Sorry to those not connected to the DC area, but for my last big gift guide, I wanted to pay homage to the city I live in and love. There are so many great designers and businesses right here – like Hugh and Crye for men, Tiny Jewel Box for amazing jewelry and neat DC-themed gifts, Treasury and Violet for clothing, and Nectar Skin Bar for amazing spa treatments. Plus, there are a handful of trunk shows this weekend showcasing talent like Aidah (Sat 1-5pm at Carbon), Artaya (Friday/Sat 10-7pm, Sunday 11-8pm at Chevy Chase Bloomingdale’s), Nikki Baker (Thurs-Sunday at Hu’s Wear) and Suzanne Somersall (Friday 10-6pm at Ginger Boutique Bethesda). Here are some ideas to start.
1. Hugh and Crye shirt / 2. Artaya cuff / 3. Leather glove and baseball / 4. Capitol desk pad / 5. DC cutting board / 6. Bamboo bracelets from Tiny Jewel Box / 7 . Capitol molded chocolate at Artfully Chocolate / Kingsbury Confections / 8 . Gioielli by Nikki Baker jewelry available at Hu’s Wear / 9. Nectar Skin Bar treatments / 10. Jose Andres cookbook / 11. Suzanne Somersall jewelry / 12. Great Seal cufflinks from Tiny Jewel Box / 13. DC subway art / 14. DC typographic map / 15. Aidah brooch pin
I also recommend checking out this BYT Neighborhood Gift Guide for more local stores to shop – I personally love Home Rule, Redeem, Good Wood, Dr. K Vintage, Caramel and Pulp in my neighborhood and Ella Rue, and Pretty People for vintage. This We Love DC guide has some more DC ideas – like area musician Mary Timony’s Wild Flag, and a district shaped cookie cutter. But if we’re talking local musicians, I would also have to suggest U.S. Royalty or Justin Trawick albums. Did I mention I love DC?