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Christmas gifts ideas: PURO Guide to design, fashion and eco-markets

30.11.2018 City

If you are looking for good-quality and unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones, take a look at design made in Poland! The market offers more and more original products that will appeal to everyone who loves good - not only industrial - design. Art, fashion, beauty products, organic food, textiles and all kinds of decorations... With you in mind we have created a guide to Christmas markets in the largest Polish cities. Let the Christmas rush beat to the rhythm of Polish design! 

Warsaw

As we would expect it, the capital is brimming with events, markets, and pop-up stores dedicated to local, artisanal products and original design. On December 8-9, two floors of Dom Towarowy Braci Jablkowskich will house WZORY - a Christmas market with more than 200 exhibitors (offering furniture, graphic art, ceramics, and textiles) and a rich program of talks and workshops focused on the theme of ZERO WASTE. At the same time, one of the postindustrial halls at Mińska 65 in the Praga district will host the 10th edition of Slow Weekend, offering - as the name suggests - a carefully selected collection of “slow” design. There will also be markets with food and beauty products as well as workshops for families… If you want more, go to Look At Me Plates Pop-Up SHOP! (8 December) for unique, hand-painted ceramics. Vegan Christmas are coming to town on December 15-16. The event, organized at Mysia 3 by USTA Magazine, champions organic products and conscious shopping: from food and beauty products to clothes and accessories. Anyone looking for a bit of magical atmosphere should do their shopping at Targi Rzeczy Wyszukanych. Classical music, flickering candles, and the space of concert halls in the heart of the city filled with classy objects (antique jewelry, leather clothing, and paintings by the Academy of Fine Arts graduates) will certainly put you in the mood for Christmas.

Kraków

The heart of Lesser Poland has been beating to the rhythm of Polish design for quite a while now! Especially so in the Forum Hotel - the gem of Krakow’s modernist architecture. That’s precisely where Kiermash will be taking place on December 15-16, offering a range of attractions: fair devoted to fashion, design, and organic beauty products, the KRAKÓW ŁAŁ kids zone, and Art&Food Bazar full of delicious food and relaxed atmosphere known from Mediterranean markets. For dessert, buy yourself some art (carefully selected by Litograf Studio) made by graphic artists using the oldest printing techniques or relax in the Chillout Zone designed by BoConcept. If you’re hungry for more, Taftyli Pop-Up Store full of wabi-sabi design - minimalist ceramics, linen textiles, and woolen, weaved cushions - will stay open until Christmas. It’s located near Bednarski Park in Podgórze, so make sure you check it out

Gdańsk

In Tricity, the wind from the sea inspires creativity! Polish design has permanently entered the landscape thanks to Bakalie, a market held annually in Gdańsk, as well as Sztuka Wyboru, a concept store and a regional mecca of cultural and design initiatives. This year’s Bakalie are, traditionally, all about the best Polish fashion (clothes, accessories, jewelry), beauty products, and design, while - on December 16 - Sztuka Wyboru is bringing to us a real organic feast TARGI EKO full of herbs, flavors, and natural ingredients. For some last minute shopping go to the local Art and Design Fair or visit Aurelia’s X-MAS pop-up store with hundreds of original ideas for Christmas gifts!

Wrocław

Discover the richness of Christmas goods for body and soul from Wrocław-based artists and artisans during Świąteczna Noc Nadodrza. From the early hours of December 8th, artists’ studios, cafes, and galleries will open their door to offer you all kinds of bazaars, exhibitions, tasting events, workshops, and movie screenings... 12 hours, 48 places and countless surprises - you just have to be there! If you would like to make some DIY gifts for your loved ones, CRZ Krzywy Komin warmly invites you to a workshop “Sztuka pod choinką” (Art under the Christmas tree) with artist Mantas Poderys or the “Christmas SPA” (both events on Dec. 8th) during which you will make your own organic Christmas-scented beauty products: glycerine soaps, herbal bath sachets, or a winter massage oil. If you find yourself looking for something with history right before Christmas (on December 22-23), visit Giełda Staroci (the Antiques Market) near Hala Stulecia. Flea market shopping is always a good idea if you want to put originality under the Christmas tree! For last minute shopping before Christmas Eve you must go to EkoBazar (December 22) full of Christmas delicacies from local producers.

Poznań

The capital of Greater Poland does not lag behind! Galimatias - a bazaar with a multitude of clothes, decorations, toys, games, vinyl records and other miscellanies - is opening its door on December 8-9 in what used to be the main hall of Poznań Main Station. If you get hungry, go to Wege Festival (December 9) in the neighboring Poznań International Fair. With more than one hundred exhibitors, it’s the biggest celebration of plant-based cuisine in the country! Should you get thirsty for design, Stary Browar invites you to Wolny Targ (December 15). Enter Browar’s beautiful interior to find unique art made by human hands, talk to artists and enjoy the atmosphere of freedom ;) To feel the magic of an outdoor Christmas market go to Świąteczny Targ Towarzyski (December 15-16) and remember to treat yourself to some quality shopping at Studenckie Targi Sztuki UAP (December 15) - a students’ art fair where young artists from the University of Arts in Poznań will be exhibiting their works of art (painting and graphic art), design, and fashion. Watch out for gems!

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