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Five featured bazaars and craft fairs offer variety of handmade gifts

Handmade baskets from Bangladesh will be among the many items for sale this weekend at the Human Hands Bazaar, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Holy Name Catholic Church.

— Some people have an knack for holiday gift-giving. Somehow they know exactly what to give their loved ones.

But most are usually left scrambling to find that perfect gift.

In Steamboat, there is a remedy for this — a flurry of holiday bazaars and craft fairs.

Happening throughout Routt County this weekend, these festive pop-up shops will feature both local and international artists and craftsmanship.

35th annual Yampa Arts and Crafts Fair

"The benefit of a handmade craft is the fact that it's a gift that required a lot of thought and energy …" said Nita Naugle, one of the organizers for the 35th annual Yampa Arts and Crafts Fair. "And, it's something you can't get anywhere else."

Christmas wreaths, embroidered linens, jewelry, leather work, photography, baked goods and more will be included in one of the largest craft fairs in the area. With 60 booths, the 35th annual Yampa Arts and Crafts Fair will be held in the Soroco Elementary School gym from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and a large percentage of the goods are handmade by local and visiting artisans.

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35th annual Yampa Arts & Crafts Fair | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 21 | Soroco Elementary School, 448 Main St., Oak Creek

18th annual Work of Human Hands Holiday Bazaar

A presence from around the world will be represented this weekend at the 18th annual Work of Human Hands Holiday Bazaar. The bazaar will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Holy Name Catholic Church.

This year, the nonprofit organization 10,000 Villages sent a variety of items representing the diverse cultures of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Product sales are returned to the artisans to help help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing.

Items available for sale at this year’s bazaar include jewelry, baskets, rugs, quilts, lip balms, cookbooks, ornaments, musical instruments and more. Ninety percent of the proceeds go back to the villages in which the items were created, while 10 percent is given to the church. Local crafters created items such as lotions and pottery.

Apart from the money given back to the international crafters, the church last year donated money to The Giving Tree program in conjunction with United Way. This year, money from the luncheon will benefit the youth group's trip to Poland for World Youth Day.

18th annual Work of Human Hands Holiday Bazaar | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 21 | Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St.

North Routt Holiday Bazaar

Encompassing the charm of North Routt, this year’s bazaar — set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at North Routt Community Center — will include handmade candles, jewelry, cards, artwork, herbal teas, honey jam, Greek food, wood crafts, handmade soaps, crocheted items, quilts and more.

"You will never have two items that are the same," said event organizer Stella Peroulis.

Peroulis said it is North Routt vendors who make the event unique due to the rural influence inspiring many of the items.

"It's all local, which makes it fun with all the vendors," Peroulis said. "And it's fun to take a nice drive from town to come out to Clark for the day."

North Routt Holiday Bazaar | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 21 | North Routt Community Charter School, 26990 Eagle Lane, Clark.

Concordia’s 32nd annual "Taste of Christmas" bazaar

Prepping recipes, gathering supplies and igniting their creativity, local artisans and bakers have spent the past few months creating handmade items to be sold at Concordia's 32nd annual "Taste of Christmas" bazaar.

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Concordia Lutheran Church invites the community to shop the assortment of crafts, breads, pies, jellies, fudge, jewelry, handmade ostrich eggs art, lefse (Norwegian flatbread), Christmas cookies and more. All proceeds from go to support local, national and international missions. Brunch will also be served.

Concordia’s 32nd annual "Taste of Christmas" bazaar | 9 a.m. to noon | Saturday, Nov. 21 | Concordia Lutheran Church, 755 Concordia Ln.

Shop Small Business Saturday

Featuring Sundance Studio's new retail space, the Shop Small Business Saturday event will feature a wide variety of locally made items.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., patrons will have an opportunity to shop handmade jewelry, fine art, leather bags, body care items, clothing from local retailers and more. With each store purchase, patrons will receive a free regular class at the studio.

Shop Small Business Saturday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 21 | Sundance Studio, 385 Anglers Dr.

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