Gift-giving is tricky. It’s far too easy to fall into the trap of picking up yet another tie for Dad or scooping up last-minute gift cards for the entire list. But resist the urge to be that person this year, because holiday pop-up shops are making it easy for you. Hosted by a range of creative Washingtonians and featuring countless local brands, these once-a-year markets all over town offer a wealth of memorable, unique gifts.
Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar
With a longer run than most area pop-ups, this first-ever Georgetown bazaar is perfect for both early birds and last-minute shoppers. Scour racks full of designs by Tuckernuck, Chubbies, Victoria Road, and more. Through January 5. 3330 Cady’s Alley, NW.
This one-day craft show and market, held at Artisphere, showcases the works of 40 local artisans. At this year’s event, score stationery by Craftgasm, vegan dresses by Nana, syrups by Langdon Wood, and more. December 7. 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
18th Annual Del Ray Holiday Market
The Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center hosts its annual free pop-up offering art, crafts, jewelry, photography, and more handmade goods by local artists. A portion of sales will benefit the Artisans’ mission to promote art for the benefit of the community. December 7. 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria.
All Crafts Considered by NPR
Held at NPR’s brand new NoMa headquarters, this craft fair is open to the public for the first time this year. (In years past it’s been limited to the network’s staff.) Two dozen local vendors will display their goods for purchase just outside the Commons, NPR’s in-house shop that prides itself on sourcing locally. December 11. 1111 North Capitol St., NE.
Local photographer Victoria Milko and partner Morgan Hungerford West (of Panda Head and Topaz + Arrow) host a jewelry pop-up at Monroe Street Market’s Wild Hand Workspace. The lineup of brands includes edgy local favorites, such as Saint Clair, GiantLion, and Young Frankk. December 12 through 22. 716 Monroe St., NE.
Tysons Corner Center Christmas Market
In partnership with the German Embassy, the massive mall will host an outdoor market featuring countless holiday-themed vendors and activities; clothing and accessory brands include Fournier, Reloved Fabrics, Lil’ Fishy, and more. December 13 through 15. Tysons Corner Center, McLean.
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