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Well, hello there! REAL TALK: You have ONLY TWO weekends left before Christmas. YEAH. So, you better get that last minute holiday shopping ball rolling. And we’re here to help. Below you’ll find a hand picked, mood board inspired selection of items your friends and family would be FOOLS not to love (SIDE NOTE: FEEL FREE TO GIVE THEM MOST OF THESE YEAR ROUND, and not just when you’re obligated to), all locally purchasable here in DC (and a lot locally made, even). And-New Yorkers-99% of this is orderable too, don’t worry.

SIDE GIFTING NOTES: check out our holiday market and pop-up guide too. Our 2013, 2012 and 2011 gift guides are pretty aces too still.

SO-lets dig in.


The snuggliest, coziest, most wrap-aroundable gifts we could find. And then gifts to go along with those gifts. Which way to our chalet?

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Blanket- Salt & Sundry ; Kinfolk Table Book – Salt & Sundry ; Big Spoon Peanut and Almond Butters – Red Apron; Norse Project Socks- Mutiny; Kiehls Lip Balms- Bluemercury ; Tivoli Audio Radio – Room & Board; Stuffed Animal – Room & Board; Arpinteur Woolen Hat – Mutiny; Sour Cherry Jam – Salt & Sundry ; Salty Toffee –Fatty Sundays; Sydney Hale Blue Sage Candle –Salt & Sundry; Scarf – DeNada Design


DC is pretty amazing, and we found some DC prideful gifts to match. Give these to: your friends who love DC, your friends who pretend they’re better than DC, your friends in general (but especially those who moved to NY or LA or Portland  a few months a go and are in denial that they left the best city they could for… that).

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DC Cherry Blossom Candle – Mara Home; DC Flag Onesie – 60 Bugs; DC Pillow- Salt & Sundry; Hell Yeah Gloves – 60 Bugs; Positive Force: More Than A Witness – Som Records; Be Black Baby cassette by Laughing Man – BLIGHT. Records; Hard Art by Lucian Perkins – Som Records; District of Columbia Sweatshirt – Kelly Towles; Tea – Capital Teas


Real gifts for real men in your life.

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Pocket Atlas to Remote Islands – Kramerbooks; Detroit and Nashville Guides – Mutiny; Hill-Side Pocket Square – Mutiny; Pencil case- Mutiny; Shinola Notepad- Shinola; Fabric Bowties –Knot by Tiffa; Wooden Bowtie-Switchwood; Shirt –Hugh & Crye; Wallet- Mutiny; Tie Clip – Salt & Sundry; Brewer’s Best Beer Ingredient Kit-myLocal Homebrew Shop; Complete Joy of Home Brewing – myLocal Homebrew Shopwoods

When nature calls, these gifts answer.

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Sydney Hale Perfume- Redeem; Magnifying Glass- Mutiny; Duke Cannon Soap- Shinola; Otter Wax Beard Oil and Cologne- Mutiny; Wood Coasters –Mara Home; Woods Candle- Salt & Sundry; Swell Bottle – Salt & Sundry; Knit Hat – Mutiny; Drunken Botanist Book –Salt & Sundry; Boot Wax and Brush – Mutiny; Umbrian Salumi – Red Apron; US Pin – Treasury Vintage; Saw Tie Pin – Treasury Vintage; Whiskey- Traverse City Whiskey Coneon

Gifts good enough to send a jolt of electricity through your otherwise maybe a little too beige existence.

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Curtis Mayfield “Back to the World” Record – Som Records; Buttah-Bling- Bliss Spa; Yes Please and Inherent ViceKramerbooks; Molten Brown Spa Baubles – Bluemercury; Dog Bowl – Old Towne Pet Resort; Extension Cord – Shinola; Necklace – Redeem; Cry Baby Onesie –60 Bugs; Come and Play leggings –Pixie Kitsune


Smelling, feeling and looking good is not optional. Some of our favorite products for him AND for her this season:

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NARS Algorithm, Bobbi Brown Palattes – Bluemercury; Mint Julep Lip Scrub- Salt & Sundry; La Bruket Toiletries- GoodWood; Toma Travel Set – Toma / The Still Point Spa; Harry’s Winter Essentials-Harry’s; SOAP- Salt & Sundry; Triumph & Disaster Toiletries –Mutiny ; D.S. & Durga Perfume- Mutiny ; Big Hair Don’t Care Blow Dry Set – Drybar; Artisan Crafted Soap – GoodWood


Things your dinner/brunch/cocktail/holiday party NEEDS and needs RIGHT NOW.

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Tea Towels-Elizabeth Graeber and Emily Hilliard; Tequila Cabeza ; Prestat London Gin Truffles- GoodWood; Red Apron T-Shirt- Red Apron; Salsas – Casa Oaxaca ; Cutting Board – Mara Home; The Dinner – Kramerbooks; Mast Brothers Chocolate Cookbook – Salt & Sundry ; Single Ingredient Cookbooks – Salt & Sundry ; Gordy’s Giardiniera – Red Apron; Spicy Cayenne Chickpeas-Salt & Sundry; Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts and Richard Sandoval’s New Latin Flavors– Amazon (NOTE: Richard Sandoval’s books are available in his DC restaurants too: Masa 15, El Centro DF, Toro Toro…)


For the Carmen San Diego in all of us.

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Paper Love by Sarah Wildman – Politics and Prose; Red Hat – Treasury ; Grey Hat –Ciao Nina; Studded Belt – Treasury ; Teacups – GoodWood; Leather Crop Top- Redeem; Thank You Notes and Pencils – Salt & Sundry ; Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eyeshadow – Bluemercury; Inventory Magazine- Mutiny; Necklace – Redeem


Serious joy even for non serious drinkers.

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PDT Cocktail Book – Salt & Sundry; Bathtub Gin Marmalades- Red Apron; Mason Shaker – Salt & Sundry; Homemade Tonics- Buffalo & Bergen ; Wilks and Wilson Products-see bottom of post for locations around town; 86co’s Fords Gin-see bottom of post for locations around town; Noble Tonic – Salt & Sundry; Riggs Tavern Bitters – Salt & Sundry; Gordy’s Cajun Okra- Salt & Sundry; Bottle Opener – Mutiny; Shot Glasses – Salt & Sundry; Cocktail Glasses – Miss Pixie’sluck

Well she’s all you’d ever want, She’s the kind they’d like to flaunt and take to dinner. Well she always knows her place. She’s got style, she’s got grace, She’s a winner. She’s a Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, She’s a Lady. (AND YES, we know we’re mixing lyric references here)

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Crystal Necklaces- Violet Boutique; Fur Hat- Treasury Vintage; Vintage Shoes – Treasury Vintage; Fur Vest – Violet Boutique; Sparkle Clutch – Violet Boutique; Jewel Box- Treasury Vintage; Asymmetric Earrings by K/LLER – Redeem; Glass – Miss Pixie’s; Fascinator Hat-Ciao Nina; Black Clutch – Treasury Vintage; Gloves – Redeem; Women and Clothes Boook – Amazon; Merci Oval Cards and Necklace – GoodWood


Big presents for littlest ones

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Paper Bots – Kramerbooks; You Have to Fucking Eat – Kramerbooks; Stuffed Animal –Room & Board; Blue Blanket – Room & Board;  New in Town + SO Rad Kid Sweatshirts – 60 Bugs


For perfect boyfriend t-shirts to Bowie, gifts for the coolest girl you know (and yes, that girl could be YOU)

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Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl –Kramerbooks ; Caitlin Moran’s How To Build A GirlKramerbooks; T Shirts you want to be stealing from your boyfriend –Hugh & Crye; Clutch – GoodWood; The softest, coolest sweater in town – Redeem; Belvedere Vodka and Gift Set – Available in fine liquor stores around town; R Pendent Necklace – Treasury Vintage; Earrings – Redeem; David Bowie Record – Som Records


Best bad taste things we could find. And we want ALL OF THEM. In fact, we may not want to share these… sorry.

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Stuffed Animal – Room & Board; Crap Taxidermy Kramerbooks, Megan Amram’s Science for Her – Kramerbooks; Fruit Candles – Mara Home; Wristwatch – Mara Home; Heck Yeah Hoodie – 60 Bugs; Kitten Minidress – Pixie Kitsune;  Hello Kitty 40 – Simon & Schuster


Take us away.

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Clutch – Salt & Sundry; Fringe Earrings- GoodWood ; French Keychain by Twisted Aristocrat – Redeem; Feathers- GoodWood ; Prestat Teas – GoodWood ; Trays – Salt & Sundry; Shabd Magic Jar Dye Kit – Salt & Sundry; Kurbad Spa Bath- GoodWood ; Necklace – Redeem; Bronze Clutch – GoodWood ; Ornament- Miss Pixie’s


Perfect little things EVERYONE wants

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Embroidered Stockings –  Salt & Sundry , Marlboro Cowboy Cards –Miss Pixie’s ; Neil Patrick Harris – Choose Your Own Adventure – Kramerbooks , Jim Gaffigan – Food:  A Love Story – Kramerbooks , Ornaments – Miss Pixie’s , Good Candle – GoodWood , Barrets – Ciao Nina, Match Holder – Shinola, Peppermint Crunch Pretzels – Fatty Sundays, Temporary Tattoos – Violet Boutique , 2015 Cards – GoodWood , Pocket Squares – Hugh & Crye , Rockin’ Christmas – Som Records .

so, that’s all folks!


  • Styling and sourcing: Svetlana Legetic and Morgan H. West
  • Photography: Jeff Martin
  • Styling and sourcing assistance: Brandon Weight, Tamara Sackman, Mackenzie Bailey
  • with many thanks to the Gibson Guitar Showroom for letting us shoot on location there and the whole BYT team for running around, grabbing things, returning things and more.

HAPPY SHOPPING. Here is your walk around guide:

  • Bliss Spa 515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
  • Bluemercury Locations: DUPONT CIRCLE 1619 Connecticut Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20009, FARRAGUT NORTH 1145 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036, GEORGETOWN 3059 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20007, UNION STATION 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002
  • Buffalo & Bergen 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002
  • Casa Oaxaca 2106 18th ST NW Washington, D.C. 20009
  • Denada Design 52 O Street NW, Ste.302 Washington, D.C. 20001
  • Drybar 1825 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, D.C.
  • GoodWood 1428 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
  • Kramerbooks 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Mara Home 2213 14th St NW Washington, D.C. 20009
  • Miss Pixie’s 1626 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Mutiny 52 O St NW Washington, D.C., DC 20001
  • My Local Homebrew Shop 6201 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22044
  • Old Towne Pet Resort 8101 Alban Road Springfield, VA 22150
  • Politics & Prose – 5015 Connecticutt Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
  • Red Apron 709 D St NW Washington, D.C., DC 20004
  • Redeem 1810 14th St NW Washington, D.C. 20009
  • Room & Board 1840 14th St NW Washington, D.C. 20009
  • Salt & Sundry 1309 5th St NE + 1401 S Street NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20002
  • Shinola 1534 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005
  • Som Records 1843 14th Street NW Washington, D.C.
  • Toma / The Still Point Spa –  multiple locations
  • Treasury 1843 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
  • Violet Boutique 2439 18th Street, Washington, DC

LIQUOR ON DISPLAY drinkable and purchasable at: