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DC Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2016

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Valentine’s Day is only a few short weeks away. Gotta get prepped for a night with the boo. Here are our DC-themed, Bitch-approved picks for guys, for girls, and for you both.

Of course, the best gifts start with a thoughtful card, so we suggest picking up a quippy, fun notecard from Typecase Industries.

For Her

The easiest way to make a lady smile is with a beautiful bouquet, and we appreciate that local start-up UrbanStems is stepping up its floral game as of late. With more tiers of blooms ranging from $35-55, you can select from multiple bouquets for the best option for your gal.

If your girl isn’t into flowers, opt for some beautiful packaged, local chocolate from Harper MaCaw, which you can pick up at Glen’s Garden Market or Compass Coffee.

Personally, my heart swells when I am gifted macarons from Olivia Macaron, as they’re my favorite treat. The French patisserie delivers across the U.S.A. or you can pick them up at the Georgetown location. The pretty confections come in a box wrapped in a bow. Be sure to throw some salted caramel in there—that’s my favorite flavor.

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Why not gift your lady love something fashion-forward from a local lady designer? Among our favorites include cozy DeNada designs scarves, delicate jewelry pieces from Mallory Shelter, and stylish clutches from Matine.

If the lady in your life likes to workout, we suggest heading over to Chelsea Collective to pick up some stylish, chic athleisure as a thoughtful, unique gift.

For the foodie in your life, we suggest a subscription to Glen’s cheese club—yes, a cheese club. (Learn more here)

For the boozy brunching Bitch, order her a clever tank or tee in her size. Some of our favorites include the “Brunch, Please” and “Conserve Water, Drink Wine” tees from From Phoenix With Love. Or, better yet, snag a “Bitch Who Brunches” tee or a cute set of Bitchisms pencils for the lady in your life who still sends thank you notes and writes in journals (because they’re still out there!)

For the Busy Bitch, go ahead and make an appointment at Logan 14, the high-end salon on 14th street not only does great hair, but also offers spa services including facials, manicures, and massages. Better yet, they offer a 30 minute express services on weekdays so your work-a-holic lady can get a massage or facial on her lunch break. Check out the menu of services here.

For Him

For the Bro Who Loves brunch, we’d suggest some Bloody Mary Mix from Made in DC brand Gordy’s Pickle Jar.

For the Guy Who Grills, gift him some ‘Chups to make an awesome marinade and grill come spring. We’d suggest Spicy Pineapple or Plum.

For the carnivorous chap, we’d suggest picking up some house-made bacon from DC Harvest. It’s cherrywood smoked in house and thick cut for $10. You can make him breakfast in bed. I’ve done it for my boyfriend with great success. To order, call DC Harvest at 202-629-3296 or stop by the restaurant to pick some up at 517 H Street N.W.

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For the dandy dude, wrap some Stubble & Stache face wash and moisturizer in a bow. Even if your guy isn’t a pretty boy, chances are his skin is dry this winter and he’s not comfortable admitting it!

For the fashionable guy, we’d suggest a Bull & Moose Gingham bow tie or neck tie. Or, order a custom shirt from Read Wall. We love this red gingham button down (perfect for VDay date night!) and this awesome La Matera watch.

For the Both of You

Yes, Way Rosé. We’d suggest a nice bottle of wine (or a case) for the lucky lady or gent in your life. Currently, I’m loving this Cab Franc from Jefferson vineyards at Glen’s Garden Market, great Pinot Noirs from Wilamette Valley, or my go-to Rosé, Whispering Angel. If all else fails, pick up a bottle of Veuve Cliquot or a beautiful painted bottle of Perrier Jouet.

Dinner for Two. It’s Valentine’s Day, so we suggest you take your typical dining routine up a notch. Some of the best dinners I’ve had in Washington lately were at Convivial, the Dabney, Kinship, The Jefferson, and Central. These spots all offer impeccable cuisine and a romantic ambiance—and you’ll need a reservation.

If you’re looking for something super casual but totally delicious, then choose either DC Harvest or Thip Khao.

Date Night Activities. Rather than dinner out, why not try an activity? Some recent happenings in the District that have caught our eye include: cooking lessons at CulinAerie or Williams Sonoma in Clarendon, chocolate and cheese lessons at Righteous Cheese (two classes on Valentine’s Day weekend!), Valentine’s Day card making at Typecase Industries.

Bitch Biz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Whispering Angel, Olivia Macaron, DC Harvest, and Central. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from these companies.

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