2004_12_artsxmashopping.jpgIt's a week after Thanksgiving and you haven't started your holiday shopping yet!? You are so screwed. Luckily you can play catch up this weekend at the copious amounts of fairs, sales and craft shows going on around the city.

2004_12_artscandycaneball.jpgFirst off an annual favorite of ours, the Small Press Book Fair. With about 150 indie presses exhibiting the Fair always has an exceptional selection.
When?: Saturday, December 4, 10am to 6pm // Sunday, December 5th, 11am to 5pm
Where?: Small Press Center, 20 West 44th St

2004_12_artscandycaneball.jpgLa Superette is another great annual event that boasts original functional art at street cheap prices. You can also find fashion, toys, housewares, accessories, zines, CDs and more. Browse the catalog.
When?: December 4th 2004 12 noon - 10pm
Where?: The Tank Annex 208 West 37th St. [b/w 7th & 8th]

2004_12_artscandycaneball.jpgThe Fetes de Noel at Bryant Park has about 80 booths with arts, crafts and other assorted gifts. Last year Gothamist bought an inflatable moose head to hang in our country house. We suggest not being drunk while doing your holiday shopping.
When?: Through January 2nd [Monday–Friday: 11am–7pm Saturday and Sunday: 10am–8pm]
Where?: Bryant Park

2004_12_artscandycaneball.jpgDon't want to go above 14? Head to the Union Square Holiday Fair
When?: Through December 24th [Mon-Fri from 11am to 8 pm, Saturdays from 10am to 8pm, and Sundays from 11am to 7pm] 
Where?: South end of Union Square Park

2004_12_artscandycaneball.jpgTonic's Holiday Tag Sale will surely have lots of treasures for the finding.
When?: Sunday Dec 5th, 11 to 4:30pm
Where?: Tonic [107 Norfolk Street]

Don't want to leave the apartment but still want to find that original gift? Shopping is easy with the internets! We make the following suggestions:

2004_12_artscandycaneball.jpgCatherine's Pita can supply you with the best way to bundle up your iPod for the winter. We'll be talking more about this designer and her cozies in the future, but for now go check out her stuff.

2004_12_artscandycaneball.jpgAnother place Gothamist goes to buy original gifts is Mixed Greens. Lots of art, low prices, online shopping, need we say more?

After you're done shopping check out one of these events (after the jump)...

What the Blog?: a literary blogger extravaganza, featuring the creme de la creme of the blog world.
When?: Fri Dec 3: 7pm
Where?: Used Books Cafe, 126 Crosby Street

And evening with Charlie Kaufman: Metaphysical Prankster
When?: Sat Dec 4: 8pm
Where?: Walter Reade Theater