If you're looking for special gifts or something truly different to give this holiday, sometimes the best place to look is a local craft fair. Usually featuring the work of local artists or small volume vendors, craft fairs often have great gifts at very reasonable prices. As an added benefit, at many craft fairs in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, a portion of the proceeds or admission fee goes to help the host non-profit organization.Christmas Holiday Shoppe - December 4
Craft show at St. Thomas More School featuring more than 55 artisans and crafters from the Triangle. All proceeds benefit the school. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Chapel Hill.Fearrington Holiday Market - December 4-5 Fearrington Village hosts one-of-a-kind gifts from local artists as well as the eclectic collections in the boutique shops. Featuring trunk shows with Tracey Mallon, Lauren Miller and Debbie Jones of French Laundry! 12-4 p.m. Chapel Hill. Carolina Christmas Show- December 2-5
Carolina craft show. A Raleigh tradition since 1977. Raleigh Convention Center. Raleigh.Celtic Christmas December 5 Tir Na nOg's annual Celtic Christmas celebration includes live Celtic music, vendors with Celtic gift ideas and lots of great food and drink specials. Music starts at 4 p.m.
32nd Daniel Boone Craft Fair - December 5
Annual Daniel Boone Craft Fair. North Carolina vendors selling hand-crafted items in the Big Barn at the Shops at Daniel Boone. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to OCIM and help a neighbor in need. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hillsborough.The 2nd Annual North Carolina Pottery Fair - December 10-12
Presented by the Sanford Pottery Festival. North Carolina pottery, wine and chocolates. The Holshouser Building on the State Fairgrounds. Admission $5. Children 16 and under, free. Raleigh.JLDOC Holiday Market - December 11
The 7th Annual Holiday Market sponsored by the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties. Food, home decor, gifts, seasonal items and baby gifts. Pictures with santa. Holiday bar. Admission $5. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Marriott Convention Center. Durham.Elf Fair - December 11
Thrid annual arts and crafts fair at The ArtsCenter. Locally made holiday gifts. Music, crafts and holiday cheer. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The ArtsCenter. Carrboro.