Holiday shopping–with trying-to-be-good-for-Santa kids and an eggnog spike latte–is great. Long lines? Not so much. Beat some of the big box store crowds by checking out these one-of-a-kind boutiques and pop-up shops filled with something for everyone on your list. Bonus: Some of these spots will even make that latte for you!
Shop Made in DC
If you’re looking to support local businesses, then Shop Made in DC takes that possibility to a whole new level. This sophisticated Dupont gift store/art gallery/café features an eclectic assortment of jewelry, clothing, art, furniture and food, all designed, crafted and produced by fellow Washingtonians. Available brands include Letterpress, Mallory Shelter Jewelry, District of Clothing and many more. When you’re tired of all the shopping, you can grab a bite at the café, which features a rotating choice of locally produced foods, such as bagel sandwiches from Bullfrog Bagels, Tibetan curry and Southwestern tacos, plus coffees, teas, juices, beer, cider and cocktails. While you eat, drink and shop, you’ll listen to music (live on the weekends!) by local musicians. If you like what you hear, you can buy it right then and there!
1330 19th St., NW (Dupont Circle)
Open: Mon-Fri: 7am – 8pm; Sat.-Sun: 11am – 6pm
Shop Analog is an independent boutique and workshop that features handmade stationery, paper goods, vintage clothing and accessories, and home goods from local craftspeople. D.C.-natives Melissa Esposito and Lisa Rowan opened the store as a way to show off their handmade stationery and quirky crafts collection. Now, it has blossomed into an adorable boutique filled with vintage goodies and unique gifts. You’ll find anything from 1950s post cards to antique magnets, to women’s clothing and jewelry, to men’s suits and ties, and much, much more. For real community fun, sign up for one of their crafting and letter-writing socials. You’ll also find many of Analog’s products at the annual holiday GRUMP markets held at the Crystal City Underground and the National Zoo. Check the website for market dates.
716 Monroe St., NE (Brookland)
Studio 5, The Arts Walk
Open: Hours vary; check their website
While this cool shop offers wares from small-bix artisans all over the country, that hyper local feelng still exists. Steadfast Supply is a conceptual retail store with a mission. :pcatedin a 3,000 square ft warehouse space at The Yards, Steadfast Supply gives indie brands and designers a rare opportunity to display their goods and sare their stories. Steadfast Supply also hosts fun weekend workshops like lettering, woodworking, and wrapping paper 101 (for kids!).
300 Tingey St., SE
Open: Wed.-Fri., 11 am-6 pm; Sat.-Sun., 10 am-6 pm
Where do you score local gifts around the district? Tell us in the comments.
-Jamy Bond and Ayren Jackson-Cannady