at the risk of rattling the grinches... or really any sensible person who cringes at the mention of christmas before the twelfth month (you will thank me later, I promise). pull out your calendars and circle december 7 - 9. why? all your festive shopping in one location. think spacious aisles brimming with the best of independent design. fashion, accessories, homewares, textiles, stationary, books, lifestyle and kids products. established designers as well as fresh, emerging talent - local and international. for families there's dedicated creative play spaces to keep the whippersnappers busy for hours. and to fuel you (or perhaps help lubricate the purse clasp) there's delicious, locally made, award winning bevies and vietnamese food so good it has a cult following. Australia's newest and biggest design market, aptly named, The Big Design Market runs from december 7 - 9 in melbournes iconic royal exhibition building. oh, and did I mention it was free? ...you're welcome.