Nothing could ever replace the DIY popsicle stick picture frame kiddo made for Nana last year. But if your little ones are itching to crack open the piggy bank and do a little gift shopping of their own, holiday craft shows offer fun gifts that are as close to one-of-a-kind as you’re going to get (without pulling out the glue sticks and paper maché). Read on for our top picks of kid-friendly fairs, where little ones can check everyone off their shopping list.  

Falls Church Holiday Arts and Crafts Show and Children’s Holiday Shop

More than 50 local merchants show their stuff at the Falls Church Community Center where you’ll find everything from handmade crafts to still-warm cookies. On Saturday the kiddos can lunch with Santa, and then do some of their own shopping at Cherry Hill Farmhouse where a holiday shop specifically for children will offer inexpensive holiday gifts for purchase. Volunteers will be available to help children make their purchases and wrap their gifts, so no peeking Mom and Dad!

When: Dec. 3, 9 am–4 pm; Dec. 4, 11 am – 4 pm

Cost: $1/all-weekend shopping pass; free/kids under 12

City of Falls Church Community Center
223 Little Falls St. (Falls Church, Va)


Where do you take your kids holiday shopping? Dish in the comments section below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Jamy Bond

Photos courtesy of Downtown Holiday Market, Maryland Christmas Show, Artisphere via Facebook, Amiefedora via Flickr, Laughter Pieces, cca student life via Flickr, Swedish Womens Educational Society, The Big Crafty via flickr

Click here for more great local gift ideas, and to find out what else is happening near Washington DC this Christmas!