Fall fairs throughout Europe can yield treats worthy of giving others.

Fall fairs throughout Europe can yield treats worthy of giving others. (iStock)

Finding that perfect gift for a special someone isn’t always easy, especially for those who procrastinate. With Christmas just under two months away, a short trip to a market or fair at which high-quality, unique or quirky gifts can be purchased combines fun with foresight.

For gourmet tastes

The upscale spa town of Baden-Baden makes an ideal backdrop for a fair celebrating refined tastes in regard to eating, drinking and serving at the table. The Genussmesse “fine,” on through Oct. 30 at the city’s Kurhaus, offers gourmet foods, wine and handmade and designer goods. Exhibitors will tempt with items such as chocolate, honey, spirits, oils, salami, cheese, coffee and spices; clothes, cosmetics and fashion jewelry are also offered. Tickets at the door go for 12 euros; those up to the age of 12 enter for free. Online:

For military memorabilia collectors

For collectors of military memorabilia, a good place to be is Belgium, where large and small fairs take place throughout the year. Ciney Militaria, billed as Europe’s largest fair of its kind, takes place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the city of Ciney’s expo grounds. Some 600 exhibitors from throughout the Continent are expected to attend. Adult tickets go for 15 euros at the door. Online:

The Antwerp & Kortrijk Militaria fairs are indoor events featuring some 150 stands manned by vendors from across Belgium and Europe. The goods include uniforms, helmets, spare parts, medals, flags, posters, authorized weapons, books and vintage equipment. Fairs take place at the Antwerp Expo on Nov. 20 and at the Kortrijk XPO on Dec. 11. Opening hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and admission costs from 6 to 10 euros, depending on time of entry. Online:

For vintage fashionistas

Vinokilo, a company that organizes the sale of high-quality used clothing by weight, makes buying second-hand into an event by staging multi-day shopping events in eclectic venues to the accompaniment of live or DJ music and food and drink. An afternoon or evening of vintage and good vibes can be had at the Stuttpark in Stuttgart Nov. 3-5. Event hours are noon-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets go for 3 euros, payable by card only. Stuttpark is located at Kegelenstraße 19. Other upcoming Vinokilo events take place in Frankfurt Nov. 8-12 and in Cologne Nov. 18-19. Online:

For world travelers

The Bazar International de Luxembourg is a fundraising event that aims to financially support and promote charities from all corners of the world. The volunteer-run organization seeks to help some of the world’s neediest, including victims of poverty, violence or social isolation, particularly women and girls. Each year in the run-up to Christmas, the group sets up the social and shopping event. About 60 countries are represented at stands selling their most typical products including food and drink, artwork, jewelry, clothing, Christmas decorations and other surprises. Dance and musical performances add fun, color and multi-cultural allure. After shopping for gifts, visitors can mingle over warm or cold beverages and snacks. The fair takes place Nov. 11-13 in Halls 7 and 8 of the LuxExpo. Entry is free. Hours are 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. (for drinks and snacks); 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Online:

For lovers of games and hobbies

The Stuttgarter MesseHerbst, a massive trade fair that’s open to the public, puts on sale and display the type of goods best enjoyed during autumn and winter. Set up as eight separate fairs under one roof and accessible with a single ticket, a range of interests are addressed here. “Eat & style” will appeal to lovers of fine food and drink; “Spiele” offers games, toys and puzzles; “Kreativ” is the place to find a new hobby or handicraft or improve the mastery of an old favorite pursuit. Other sections highlight pets, rocks and minerals. “BRAWO” offers the chance to get acquainted with and try out various brass and wind instruments or listen to a big band concert. The fairs run Nov. 18-20 (four of these fairs will open Nov. 17); tickets costs 15 euros for weekday entry and 17 euros for weekend visits. Children ages 15 and under enter free. Online:

For antiques collectors

The Antiques Fair in Prague, arranged by the Czech Antique Dealers Association, happens twice annually. The fair’s autumn edition is slated to take place at the Karlovo náměstí in Novoměstská radnice (New Town Hall) Nov. 24-27. Close to 50 exhibitors will be showing and selling their wares across five halls, to include jewelry, home décor and more. Adult entry costs 120 Czech Koruna (about $4.80). Online:

For lovers of unique design

The Marché de Nuit in Frankfurt am Main turns shopping into a late-evening social event. Around 100 exhibitors display goods including textiles, jewelry, photographic arts, glassware, graphic design, upcycled products and more. Food and music creates an atmosphere appealing to a young, hip crowd. Events take place on a monthly basis in the Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus at Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1; the next planned date is Nov. 26. The market runs from 6 p.m. to midnight; tickets go for 6 euros. Online:

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