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Finding One-of-a-Kind Gifts: A Guide to Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs

’Tis the season to start buying gifts. Tired of generic mall-bought presents? Try holiday markets and arts-and-crafts fairs. You’re bound to find something original for friends and family. Here’s a guide to local markets.

The Downtown Holiday Market will have 40 local vendors selling such items as photographs, jewelry, knits, paintings, and cultural crafts. Or just grab a beverage and food and enjoy the live music. More info here.

Downtown Holiday Market
F St. between Seventh and Eighth sts., NW
Fridays and Sundays, December 7 through 23, noon to 8

The National Museum of the American Indian’s Holiday Art Market will feature Native American artists selling ceramics, baskets, beadwork, dolls, and more. A list of vendors and their wares is here.

Holiday Art Market
National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth St. and Independence Ave., SW
Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9, 10 to 5:30

The National Museum of Women in the Arts will host its annual Holiday Gift Market, featuring textiles, jewelry, stationery, and more.

Holiday Gift Market
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave., NW
Tuesday, December 4, 10 to 8; Wednesday, December 5, 10 to 5

The Norwegian-American Christmas Bazaar at Union Station is always fun, with everything from jewelry and calendars to dolls and ornaments. More information is here.

Norwegian-American Christmas Bazaar
Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Saturday, December 8, 10 to 7; Sunday, December 9, 10 to 3:30

There are always treasures to be found at Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market,  including housewares, jewelry, gifts, and food.

Eastern Market
Seventh Street and North Carolina Ave., SE
Arts-and-crafts market Saturdays and Sundays 9 to 6

If you’re looking for the freshest holiday produce, check out the Arlington Farmers’ Market. Here’s a chart of the products available. Free parking in the underground lot behind the Arlington Executive Building at 2009 N. 14th St.

Arlington Farmers’ Market
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington
Saturdays 9 to noon

If you like to buy market-quality goodies but aren’t thrilled by outdoor shopping in cold weather, buy local farmers-market merchandise—such as holiday wreaths—online.

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