I can’t believe it’s been six years since I’ve lived in Washington! This quirky, frustrating, but beautiful city has become my home.
I’m fortunate to have witnessed incredible changes in the D.C. food, art, and local business scene over the last few years—so many changes, so much for the better. As a small business owner, I’m passionate about supporting other small businesses—particularly those that are based right here in Washington.
Not only is shopping local more environmentally sustainable, but it keeps money in our local economy, helping small businesses grow and keeping our little city vibrant and dynamic. It means more jobs and more opportunities, for everyone.
It’s hard being a small business—to that I can attest—and there are incredible, scrappy people creating amazing products across the District. Through my various pursuits, many of these small business owners have become friends—or something more. If you’re ever looking for inspiration, just hit up the #ACreativeDC or #MadeinDC hashtags on Instagram, or check out the websites.
Many of these items are available in the Bitches Who Brunch Shop.
So, without further adieu, here’s our local D.C. gift guide.
Clockwise from top left: Sophie Blake Earrings | Matine Scalloped Clutch | Mallory Shelter Necklace | Read Wall Shirt | York Design Co. Cuff | Harper Macaw Chocolate |Chups Cranberry |Gouter Detox Tonic | Compass Coffee Holiday Blend | Cherry Blossom Creative Print
For the Foodie
Have a cook, coffee lover, or mixologist in your midst? No problem.
For the cooks in your life, gift a seasonal blend of ‘Chups, a local, fruit-based ketchup made by an adorable, all-American couple. The ketchups—cherry, pumpkin, cranberry and more—are best used in cooking (as a marinade, sauce and more), or as an addition to your favorite fruit plate. They’re incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Try a gift pack, or opt for the seasonal Cranberry this Christmas.
Know a caffeine or productivity addict? Compass Coffee is the perfect gift, with it’s darling seasonal holiday blend in a festive, limited edition tin. Just drop it in one of the #MadeinDC tote bags, add a Thermos or a coffee mug, and some tissue paper and you have the perfect present for a coffee lover in your life.
For the chocoholic, pick up a beautiful gourmet chocolate bar from Harper Macaw, a new purveyor of artisan chocolate. Better yet, these gorgeous bars of chocolate help curb deforestation in Brazil.
Nearly all of these local, food businesses sell out of Glen’s Garden Market, which opened its second location in Shaw this past weekend.
If all else fails, gift your foodie a gift certificate to DC Harvest, an H Street restaurant that’s local, sustainable, and absolutely delicious—read our brunch review of the H Street spot.
DeNada Designs makes gorgeous, hand-woven Peruvian scarves in a workshop in Bloomingdale that are sure to keep one cozy and stylish all winter long. My two favorite local jewelry designers are two young ladies with namesake jewelry lines: Mallory Shelter and Sophie Blake. Mallory makes delicate, hand-made pieces, sold online, in the Bitch shop and at Salt & Sundry.
Sophie Blake has her own pop-up shop, which she shares with fellow female designer Erica Schrieber, at Mosaic, an awesome mixed-use development for shopping, brunching, and playing in Virginia. It’s probably the best place to shop local or shop at all nowadays—as there’s a South Moon Under, Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, Anthropologie, Lululemon, MadeWell, and Kendra Scott and all within close proximity. We’d suggest dropping by brunch at DGS beforehand.
I own about five hand-made, perfectly preppy needlepoint cuffs from York Design Co. Gift a monogrammed version to your favorite prepster, or a festive red-and-white iteration that’s perfect for holiday parties.
For the Fit Bitch
We also love cleanses from Gouter, a local, alkaline tonic. I drink about one a day—they’re just so good for you.
If they’re paleo or health-conscious, a subscription to Power Supply, a local company that delivers gluten-free, paleo and healthy meals to fridges in gyms and offices around Washington for pick up. Our favorite spots to shop for the fit fashionistas in our lives are Pacers, which has adorable running gear (see our Fit Bitches Lust List) and accessories, and Lululemon, which has locations on P Street, in Georgetown, and in Mosaic District.
For the Gents
One of my favorite preppy, all-American brands, Smathers & Branson, was actually founded in Washington. Smathers makes awesome needlepoint belts that are an awesome gift for the guys—my boyfriend loves his. There are also two great, local custom shirt makers, Hugh & Crye and Read Wall, who just opened a showroom at the Shay. Give these guys a try before you resort to J.Crew for your gent.
Looking for a stocking stuffer for your gent? Opt for Stubble & ‘Stache, a local, veteran-owned company that makes all natural, high-quality grooming cream, face wash, and lotion for the guys. As the name might suggest, it’s particularly helpful for those with beards.
For the D.C. Lover
A D.C. neighborhood print from Cherry Blossom Creative is the perfect gift for your friend who’s crazy about all things Washington.