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Find unique Christmas presents at Holiday Shopping Bazaar

Christmas is coming. It's practically right around the proverbial corner that is Thanksgiving.

It's time to start thinking about Christmas presents, but ideas for great presents might not be easy. After all, there's always the question of what to get for the person who has everything. The answer might be something unique by a local artisan, found in the "forest." And for obtaining something like that, there's the Highlands Center's Annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar.

Now in its ninth year, the bazaar will be at the Highlands Center, 1375 S. Walker Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

This year's bazaar has more than 20 vendors, which is the largest number of vendors the event has ever had, said Marketing and Communications Coordinator Cynthia Jones. The James Learning Center will be completely filled and more vendors will be outside, she said.

The vendors will be selling all types of wares, from pine needle baskets and metal art to jewelry and original artwork. The bazaar will be filled with a wide variety of nature-themed items made by natural materials, Jones said. Shopping there comes with the added bonus of leaving the hustle and bustle of the mall, she added.

"It brings the great feeling of shopping in the forest," Jones said. "It gives you a warm feeling of the holidays."

The original Highlands Center Holiday Bazaar was the official grand opening of the Benson Family Nature store and the Kieckhefer classroom, Jones wrote in a later email.

Free to attend, the bazaar isn't a very big money maker for the Highlands Center, Jones said, noting the whole idea is meant to gather the area's artisans. Further, because the center is a nonprofit, none of the items include any sales tax.

In addition to the gifts sold by the artisans, another idea for a gift is membership to the Highlands Center, Jones said. The cost is for an individual membership is $35 and the family membership is $45.

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By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.

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