‘Tis the season for giving. Whether it’s familial presents, white elephant parties, or co-worker Secret Santa, chances are you’re going to be dropping some dough on a gift for someone that you hardly know. Gone are the days of buying Starbucks gift cards as a cop out for not actually knowing what a gift recipient likes, we’ve compiled a list made up entirely of D.C.-based products for every type of person you’ll find in D.C. So snaps for supporting local businesses and tricking your co-workers into thinking you actually know them.
- Mischo Beauty – Show them how they can still look good while pushing 18 hour days.
- Printed Wild Clutch – See how much of their life they can stuff into this bag.
- Caryn Cramer Pillows – Because their thin skinned face needs somewhere comfortable to rest after having one too many happy hour vodka sodas.
- Matine Letterpress Notepad – Get them something to jot notes on besides a Starbucks napkin.
- Hunny Bunny Face Mask – Help them go full Patrick Bateman with a natural face mask. Pairs well with being a hollow shell of a human being.
- Appointed Co. Notebook – This minimalist notebook has just as much character as their personality.
The Person You Avoid on the Metro
- Matine Rollerball Perfume – Give them some nice perfume as a subtle way to let them know that they smell like shit.
- Jon Wye Earbud Pockets – Get them earbud pockets to let them know you’re tired of listening to them yell out random obscenities.
- Hunny Bunny Deodorant – Give that guy with the pit stains some much needed deodorant.
- Hellrazor – Let them clean up a bit and then you’ll decide if you feel comfortable sitting next to them for eight stops.
The Hill Staffer
- Innovators Box – Change things up a bit and have you be the one asking them a million questions.
- Stitch & Rivet – Get those poor staffers a nice leather wallet, they’ll need it for all of the drinks they’ll be buying.
- Nosegay – Show them that you actually, kind of, appreciate them by giving them some flowers.
- Scout Lunch Box – Allow them to reach for a bite to eat in between writing press clips and giving tours.
- Rachel Pfeffer – You can never go wrong jewelry.
- Sarah Cecelia – In case jewelry isn’t their thing, go with some metal goods like a brass bottle opener.
- Hunny Bunny – Get them some all natural bath and beauty products.
- Stitch & Rivet – Buy them some vegan-friendly leather goods.
- Shiny Apple Studio – Buy them another pin or two to add to their ripped jean jacket.
The Caffeine Enthusiast
- Hollow Work– Get them a nice coffee cup to put their caffeine in.
- Compass Coffee – Caffeine and oxygen are one in the same here, so getting them coffee is basically the equivalent of giving them life.
- Marcella Kriebel – If they are a true caffeine addict, they’ll want this poster to keep in their cubicle.
- Junius – Another option of coffee to gift.
The Health Nut
- Gouter – They’re going to feel the need to cleanse after this holiday season.
- Bright Greens – Because nothing brings them more joy than getting in all of their servings of greens for the day.
- District Juicery – So is juice like a meal for them or…?
- Underground Greens – Let them enjoy the gift of life by growing their own microgreens.
- Greenheart – This is just becoming a juice section.
- Jinsei Juice – Another cleanse for you to gift. FYI, cleanses don’t really work.
- 76 and Maine – You can never go wrong with a pair of gold earrings.
- Mallory Shelter – When in doubt: jewelry.
- Emma Marty – No but actually, buy them jewelry.
- Kicheko Goods – Just in case we haven’t made it obvious yet, get jewelry!!!!
- Pattern Sample Sew – A subtle way of telling them that they need an entirely new wardrobe.
The Zen Type:
- Calabash – Stay warm this winter with some teas.
- Handmade Habitat – Or share the warmth with some nice candles.
- Dorpare Tea – Step aside Kardashians, we’ve got our own Fit Tea.
- JSquared Candle – They’ve got therapeutic candles, body scrubs, and hand soaps to calm you down during this anxious time period.
The Person Who Doesn’t Want to pay $16 for a Drink:
- Shrub District Cocktail Vinegars – Allow them to make their own drinks so they can stop complaining about paying for them.
- iconsDC – Get them a flask so they can BYOB.
- Scout Body Bag – Get them a nice crossbody bag to stuff their phone, Purell, camera, sunglasses, and trail mix into.
- Stitch & Rivet – Buy a passport wallet for your world traveler.
- Jon Wye Camera Straps – You’re not officially a tacky tourist until you have a camera swinging around your neck.
- Grip Unlimited – Give them a bag that attaches to their bike. If only this was around when we still had newspaper boys.
- On. Us. Tees – Let them promote their platform with these cool shirts.
- Denisa Piatti Jewellery – Tell the world who you are through their “I Am” campaign.
- Harper Macaw – It’s not the holidays if you’re not stuffing your face with chocolate to avoid human interaction.
- 5-12 Dessert – But really, you can never ever go wrong with getting desserts… unless they’re a self-proclaimed gluten free, vegan with a nut allergy.
- Bazaar Spices – Teach them how to spice up their life.
- The Pretzel Bakery – Nothing like a freshly baked soft pretzel to keep you warm on a cold day.
- Stella’s PopKern – It’s not just for stringing around your Christmas tree.
- Rise Bakery – You will be seen as a god in the gluten free community if you gift any of these items.
- The Cookie Jar DC – Another cookie or ten will never hurt them.
- The Capital Candy Jar – Sugar is always a plus.