This week seems to be the unofficial kickoff for the holiday shopping season, thanks to a slew of holiday shopping events at local retailers. On Saturday, the first annual MNfashion Holiday Bazaar hits the Grain Belt Bottling House with the best in local accessories and jewelry designers (ROX, Carrier Pigeon, Bionic Unicorn), boutiques (Cliche, Karma), and message tees and cards (Maybe You Should Die). Free apps from Ginger Hop, cocktails and hot cocoa, a live photo shoot and spa treatments should make it worthwhile.

Gaviidae Common's Holiday Market, Thursdays through Dec. 23, features a mix of art, accessories and giftable food items from local vendors.

  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu. 11/11
    Gaviidae Common, Level One, Saks Wing
    555 Nicollet Mall, Mpls

And Friday through Sunday, Galleria is hosting its annual Holiday Open House, complete with food, entertainment, in-store events and special offers.

  • 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11/12
    10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. 11/13
    11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 11/14
    69th St. & France Av. S., Edina