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The holidays are here which means that we are back with another edition of the best gift guide ever!

This year we have brought in some of our favorite people to help curate some special gift sets, as well as a few collections we think are perfect for the people in your life who love plants, want to apply the RBG aesthetic to their every day life, and so much more.

Also new this year is we put together a special edition of the BYT Office playlist to go with your perusal of the gift guide! And it has absolutely NO holiday songs (except “Christmas Unicorn”, the best song of all time) but only holiday gift giving adjacent songs, such as “Something’s Got to Give” by Labrinth,  “Need U” by DVBBS and Alan Walker’s holiday classic “Lost Control”.

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We’ve combed the city and went to some of our favorite shops in town to put together this guide that’s guaranteed to help you find a gift for everyone you are socially and emotionally obligated to purchase something for. Better grab these great gifts before they’re gone!

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Starting off with the picks from our favorite fashion-forward friend, Chaz McCarter. Mother to the incomparable House of Sonique, Chaz has curated a collection that screams queer excellence and (mostly) monochromatic moodiness.

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For the Co-Star subscriber in your life, we’ve got you covered. Aim for the stars with these gifts and you’re sure to land in their hearts – gold glitter not included.

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The fastest way to our heart is through our stomach, and this collection has everything you need to eat well and look good doing it.

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Sometimes the best gift is the holiday season itself – grab these items to show off how much of a holi-phile you and your friends truly are. Get all warm and cozy, grow a spruce tree, wish your friends a “feliz navi-dog”, while wearing some amazing earrings from Steadfast Supply.

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2019 has been a big year for D.C., and we’ve never been prouder to call the District our home! Whether they’re a fan of the sportsball teams or just love living in the Nation’s capital – these gifts are perfect for showing off a little D.C. pride. Highlights include an incredible Jose Andrés 2020 calendar – which we should all get to celebrate our city’s favorite human and chef.

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Our next guest-curated gift list comes to us from the incredibly talented artist Trap Bob designed to foster creativity and make sure you just have a good time.

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Some things don’t seem like they would go together, but they totally do. For instance, take a trip with us to the Bone Zone for gifts that combine some of our favorite topics: sex & death. As a reminder – we do a true crime festival.

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Celebrate the QUEENS in your life with this selection of some truly incredible, and fierce women and Kramerbook’s wonderful Game of Queens drag queen cards.
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Gender is a construct, but here’s some gifts for the male identifying humans in your life. Gear them up before we send them all to space!

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You definitely know some plant parents in your life. Nothing says I love you like responsibility for a living thing!

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We went full PBS on you for the miniature humans in your life. Also at this point the whole staff started singing “Boom Boom Boom” by The Outhere Brothers so… wayo.

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Our third curated gift set comes from the multi- talented musician,  Iza Flo founder, and 7 Drum City teacher Isabelle De Leon. Grab these gifts to put some rhythm into your holidays. We’re also including the comments she sent because they were fairly amazing.

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  • Summer Shirt – The 9:30 Club: 9:30 Club is iconic among musicians and industry professionals! Every time I’ve toured around the U.S., I come across at least one person with 9:30 club swag and it makes me proud to say I’m from the city of its home! Definitely recommend for your music lover family member or friend.
  • Winter Passport – Salt & Sundry: I love any excuse to explore new restaurants and bars in DC, so having a somewhat game-ified checklist that includes exclusive deals and access to events sounds like a win to me! Plus, you can make it a double win by gifting one to yourself and using it as an excuse to see your friend or loved one more often!
  • Mondrian Composition Earrings – National Gallery of Art I’m a sucker for wearable art, it’s an easy way to glamorize any outfit! And I bet you won’t find many people wearing the same thing. A beautiful gift for any of your art-lover family or friends!
  • “Indian Cooking From My Mom” by Rupen Rao-Shop Made In D.C. I love receiving food gifts as a way to try new flavors and ingredients I might not have chosen myself. Plus it’s a great excuse to host a dinner party, or make a romantic meal for your significant other. I’d recommend for your foodie friend!
  • Rupen’s Saag Summer Sauce – Shop Made In D.C.
  • 8 Myle’s Mango Magic – Shop Made In D.C.
  • Scone Mix – Shop Made In D.C.
  • Wood Wala Serving Block – Shop Made In D.C.
  • The Neighborgoods Dish Towel – Shop Made In D.C.
  • Boy Smells Votive Candle in Kush – Ivy Wild
  • Bawdy Butt Sheet Mask – Shake It –Ivy Wild:  I didn’t know butt sheet masks existed (insert cry-laugh emoji here), but I’d be both amused and delighted to receive one! Hilarious and practical gift for your significant other or a lady friend in your life, single or taken!  
  • Maude Organic Lubricant Oil – Ivy Wild


For the female identifying person in your life!

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Im-peach-mint? We will drink to that!

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The true goal is to wake up and think WWRBG do? And the answer is

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Gift guide time is truly the most wonderful time of the year! At the end we all grabbed our favorite items- and here’s what we are currently coveting.

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THIS GUIDE WAS PRODUCED BY:

Producer: Marissa Rubenstein

Sourcing: Sarah Jacobs, Tom Hausman

Photography: Clarissa Villondo

Styling, emotional and creative assistance, and hand models: Jenn Tisdale, Kaylee Dugan, Nina Fomufod, Chazmen McCarter, and Vikram Lakshmanan

Many thanks to lululemon for letting us use your space for our photoshoot, and just generally being forever amazing partners.

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