3rd-ward-holiday-craft.jpg If you’re were dreading shopping at the big chain stores for your holiday gifts, this Sunday brings a chance to participate in a more local, sane consumerism, not to mention support New York's creative class. On December 7 from 12-7 pm, 3rd Ward & Brooklyn Based are hosting the Handmade Holiday Craft Fair. Since our members are eligible for discounts on membership and space rental at 3rd Ward, it's also a great time to scope out their facilities. Over 50 local “artisans, craft mavens, and culinary masters” will be present, selling the standard fare of chocolates, jewelry, and soaps, as well as more quirky gifts like hula hoops, knives, and dog costumes. You can also indulge in comfort foods and “spiked drinks” while you deliberate over your shopping list. Freebies for shoppers include:  gift bags; coffee; workshops in textile design, electronics and collage; live music. They are also collecting food donations for the Food Bank for New York, one of many social services that are feeling squeezed by difficult economic times.