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Gift Ideas: Give a Local Gift This Season

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From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

When making your list and checking it twice this season, be sure to keep local businesses in mind. Shopping local stores not only supports fellow neighbors and store owners, it also keeps money in DC’s local economy.

Think Local First, a DC-based nonprofit dedicated to growing a sustainable local economy, is encouraging residents to think outside of the (big) box (stores) when selecting gifts. To help shoppers, the organization took all the guess work out of “where to find what” with their Shop Local Gift Guide.

The free-to-download guide includes everything from home decor, to tools, gym memberships, art and pet gifts, and offers ideas for stocking stuffers, office gift swaps, gifts for kids, gifts for parents and the perfect gifts for “him” and “her.”

Local Borderstan Stores in the Guide

  • Logan Hardware (1416 P Street NW)
  • Foundry (1522 U Street NW)
  • Pleasant Plains Workshop (2608 Georgia Avenue NW)
  • Riptide Partners (1530 14th Street NW, Second Floor)
  • Skynear Designs & Gallery (2122 18th Street NW)
You don’t have to limit yourself to the stores in the guide — they are suggestions to get your gift-giving wheels turning. Here are some other neighborhood stores to consider for unique and personal gifts.

For the Person Who Has Everything

  • PULP (1803 14th Street NW)
  • Tabletop DC (1608 20th Street NW)
  • Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot (1626 14th Street NW)

For the Fashion-Forward

  • Proper Topper (1350 Connecticut Avenue NW)
  • Redeem (1734 14th Street NW)
  • Universal Gear (1529 14th Street NW)
  • Caramel (1603 U Street NW)
  • Current Boutique (1809 14th Street NW)
  • Lettie Gooch Boutique (1517 U Street NW)
  • Ginger Root Design (1530 U Street NW)

For the Foodie

  • Seasonal Pantry (1314 9th Street NW)
  • Pleasant Pops (1781 Florida Avenue NW)
  • Cork Market (1805 14th Street NW)
  • Cork and Fork (1522 14th Street NW)

For a New Homeowner, Renter or Lover of Home Decor

  • Room and Board (1840 14th Street NW)
  • Urban Essentials ( 1401 14th Street NW)
  • Vastu (1829 14th Street NW)
  • MulĂ©h (1831 14th Street NW)
  • Good Wood (1428 U Street NW)
  • Darryl Carter (1320 9th Street NW)

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One Response to “Gift Ideas: Give a Local Gift This Season”

  1. Alex says:

    Great local store round-up, Rachel! I might also suggest that a Grape Crate would make a pretty nice gift… check out http://www.grapecrate.com!

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