List Made So Check It Off With These Top D.C. Holiday Shopping Spots

During the holidays, you will often hear Mariah Carey singing "All I Want for Christmas is You" over the radio. Well, that song sentiment is awfully nice but a lot of us want a present to unwrap that magical morning. Luckily, Washington, D.C. provides consumers with a number of incredible shopping options when it comes to finding that gift that will melt someone's heart or put a smile on even the most persnickety face so start making those lists and get ready to circle some parking lots because 10Best has rounded up some great holiday shopping spots for you in the nation's capital. 

Holiday markets featuring locally-made goods are quite popular here. You will want to check out the Downtown Holiday Market or the Tysons Corner Center Holiday Market. Looking for a gift that will remind you of your time in the nation's capital? Look no further than the White House Historical Association for their annual Christmas ornament. (This year's selection of a train was inspired by the Harding administration.)

We've also included some neighborhoods and a city worth visiting. Check out Union Station, Eastern Market or downtown Frederick, Md. to find unique products made by local vendors.  

Now, if you will excuse us, we need to go back to some of these venues and do some gift buying off the clock.




With more than 100 exhibitors from five states and five countries, Eastern Market's Flea Market is one of the most diverse in the nation. Located only seven blocks from the Capitol, this flea market is at its most vibrant over the weekend....  Read More

Tysons Corner Center


Hope you are wearing your tennis shoes because this center is one of the largest shopping malls in the United States. With more than 300 specialty shops and restaurants, shopping is an all day event. Located just 13 miles outside of Washington,...  Read More



A train station may seem like an unlikely (and last minute) option to picking out holiday gifts but after undergoing an $160-million renovation, you will understand why this place made the list. One of the district's most popular tourist sites,...  Read More

Politics & Prose Bookstore


Last holiday season during national Small Business Saturday, President Barack Obama brought his two daughters here to buy holiday gifts and once you step inside, you will understand why. Locally owned by two former "Washington Post" reporters,...  Read More



Want to learn about a country and get some shopping done too? Head on over to the Swedish Holiday Bazaar – an annual craft fair and holiday celebration on the waterfront in Georgetown. Hosted by the Swedish Women's Educational Association...  Read More

Outside the City


With thousands of twinkling lights providing a soft glow to the historic streets of downtown Frederick, Md., even Ebenezer Scrooge would feel the holiday spirit. Composed of dozens of locally-owned businesses, Downtown Frederick has multiple...  Read More

National Harbor Holiday Harbor Market
Photo courtesy of National Harbor


Beginning Nov. 14 and running every weekend until Dec. 20, the market allows gift seekers the chance to give unique gifts for those hard-to-please folks. While you are there, sample some hot drinks to keep warm. Take home fresh local produce,...  Read More

Smithsonian Store
Photo courtesy of Union Station Smithsonian Store


Wouldn't we all love to own some of the things we see on display in the Smithsonian Institution's 19 separate museums and the National Zoo? Of course! (Hope Diamond for me!) Sadly, the real ones are not for sale but you may find much more...  Read More



This non-profit organization aims to teach others about the historical significance of America's most famous home. To raise funds for creating informative publications and acquiring items for The White House, the association has an array of...  Read More



This annual market features more than 150 small, local businesses selling a variety of handmade products all in one convenient location: the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, between...  Read More


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