I always say that I am amazed by the abounding creativity and excellence found at fairs and festivals. Every year I see several “why didn’t I think of that” products. In addition to new discoveries, I love to shop at holiday gift shows to purchase gifts that have become a Christmas tradition. For me, themed kitchen hand towels with crocheted tops, crocheted nylon kitchen scrubbies, aprons and handmade ornaments are a must! This year, there is a new baby in the family and I will be pursuing the vendor booths for keepsake handmade baby clothes and toys.
Friends and family appreciate gifts that are thoughtful and reflect their personality and there is no better place to get inspired than a local holiday gift show. Church bazaars, local festivals and large venues all have something to offer. Most of the smaller shows are free to attend although there may be a small fee for some of the larger productions.
Holiday Gift Shows are also a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Food and festivities are often a part of the experience. Country Village in Bothell, WA kicks off the holiday season with a gingerbread house competition, chestnut roasting, wine tasting and even a live reindeer. You can find Santa Claus at the Holiday Food & Gift Festival in Denver, Co, as well as over 400 vendors. The huge Top Shelf Sports Arena in Lafayette, LA hosts Merry Marketplace and their charity table top tree auction. Holiday Mart @ The Hub in Jersey City, NJ offers shoppers holiday happenings including; ice skating, tree lighting, food trucks, concerts and a toy drive. Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival in Albuquerque, NM provide professional pianists, carolers, mariachis, magicians, and more for their shopper’s delight.
So start your holiday shopping without the dread and drudgery of the mall or big box stores. Visit one or more of your hometown’s holiday gift shows this season…