Just Kidding Holiday Guide
Beyond Christkindlmarket: If you're shopping for kids with particular interest, try these pop-up shopping events too
To market, to market: If you're shopping for kids with particular interest, or want to find a unique gift, try these pop-up shopping events. (Stephanie Sinclair/Chicago Tribune)
The winter session of the Renegade Craft Fair (Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk St., renegadecraft.com) on Dec. 7-8 features more than 100 indie vendors, including block-shaped, multicolor Blooming Crayons and Ex Libris Anonymous, whose notebooks made from recycled books are perfect for budding scribblers.
The Randolph Street Holiday Market (Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., 312-666-1200, randolphstreetmarket.com) on Nov. 24 and Dec. 14-15 is the place to shop for fashion-forward kids. Score vintage and modern duds, plus trendy personalized jewelry and loads of one-of-a-kind home furnishings for design-obsessed grownups. Need more incentive? Parking and gift wrapping are free.
For nature lovers:
Satisfy green thumbs at the Winter Holiday Craft Faire at Oak Park Conservatory (218 Madison St., Oak Park, 708-848-9661, pdop.org/events/winter-holiday-craft-faire/) on Dec. 1, where finds include kid-sized gardening tools and bulbs to pot during the winter freeze.
For socially conscious types:
Cause-driven kids will especially appreciate gifts from the fair trade-focused Seeds of Change Marketplace (Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N. Leavitt St., 773-784-3273, berryumc.org/events) on Dec. 7. Items from more than 20 vendors include pretty floral tops from Ghana-based Global Mamas and artisanal chocolate by local Guatemalan cooperative Maya Essence.