Gift cards be gone. This impressive array of gift and craft markets around the world will help you finish your shopping in one-of-a-kind style. And the biggest gift of all: a mall-free shopping experience.

 

 

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BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA
Also known as Christmas City, Bethlehem does it up big for the holidays. Its Christkindlmarkt includes a juried craft show with works from more than 150 artists. Through December 31; adults, $10, children ages six to 12, $7; corner of Spring and Main streets. www.christmascity.org

BUDAPEST 
The report from a picky shopper is that Budapest’s outdoor Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square features fantastic pottery, stunning decorative ironwork, jewelry, candles, and much more. Through December 29; free. www.budapestinfo.hu/en/
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CHICAGO
Snap up a sausage to munch on (and a German beer to wash it down) as you wend your way through Christkindlmarket Chicago. It’s the perfect place to pick up a slew of ornaments to really deck out your tree — and also to find that cuckoo clock your aunt Myrtle has been dreaming of. Daily through December 24; free; Daley Plaza between Washington, Clark, and Dearborn streets. www.christkindlmarket.com

COLOGNE, GERMANY
At least eight Christmas markets dot Cologne every year. One of the biggest is the Cathedral Christmas Market. Sip mulled wine as you shop the market’s more than 150 stalls. Through December 23; free. www.koeln.de/en/whatson/christmas/dom.html

NEW YORK CITY
The elegant Vanderbilt Hall lights up with high-end housewares made by local artists, New York–centric gifts at booths run by local museum shops, and a world’s worth of other treasures during the annual Grand Central Holiday Gift Fair. Through December 29; free; Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. www.grandcentralterminal.com

SAN FRANCISCO
It’s a jolly good time (in a Victorian England sort of way) at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco. Get an earful of the carolers, who stroll through the re-creation of Victorian London as you shop at stalls selling fashions of yesteryear (corsets, anyone?), pewter goblets, and much more. Weekends through December 23; adults, $22, children ages five to 11, $10; Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue. www.dickensfair.com

STRASBOURG, FRANCE
If Cathédrale Notre-Dame doesn’t take your breath away (though it will), the variety at the Strasbourg Christmas Market in front of it sure will. Started in 1570, this holiday market is the oldest one we’ve come across. Through December 24; free. www.strasbourg.fr

SURREY, ENGLAND
Make merry (and lighten your wallet) under the tents at the Royal Kingston Christmas Fair. With loads of handmade items and other gift-ready goods available, you’ll surely be able to tick off all the remaining items on your shopping list, licketysplit. Through December 30; free; Grounds of the All Saints Parish Church, along Clarence Street. www.edencrafts.co.uk