So, how do you fancy buying handmade this year? You get to support independent and talented designer-makers as well as finding fantastic original gifts for your nearest and dearest.
The Shark Alley diary isn't quite as bulging as it was last year, but here are a few dates for yours if you would like to join in the fun.
Christmas Open House
202 Ditchling Road, Brighton BN1 6JE.
Held over three weekends, this is a chance to do your shopping in the comfort of an artist's home.
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th November, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November, Saturday 30th & Sunday 1st December 11am - 5.30pm.
Sparkle Contemporary Craft & Gourmet Food Fair
The Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 9NN.
Over 70 designer-makers under one roof in a beautiful listed church. Food & drink available.
Friday 22nd November 6pm - 8.30pm
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November 10am - 5.00pm
Click here for more details.
Fabrica, Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG.
The event will be held over two weekends, but come and find Shark Alley there on
Saturday 30th November 11am - 5pm
Sign up to the Shark Alley newsletter before 12th November to receive up to £10 off Shark Alley goodies at forthcoming fairs (excluding Christmas Open House).
The Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB.
This event features gifts and foods with an eco-friendly and sustainable theme. Food & drink available plus animals in residence! Sounds like a fab day out.
Saturday 1st December 10am - 5pm
Bright 'n' Crafty
Corner of Montague Place and St George's Road (big red brick building) Brighton, BN2 1JT.
A new market on the Brighton scene, this would perfect for those last minute purchases, and is Shark Alley's last event of 2013.
Saturday 14th December 10am - 5pm