Across the street at the flea market, tenacious bargain hunters can find interesting, off-the-beaten-path items such as vintage advertisements, African crafts and handmade leather purses. Whether it’s Turkish rugs, 1970s toys or handcrafted pottery, the market is always worth a look for the adventurous gift shopper.
This brand new boutique in Union Market owned by D.C. food writer Amanda McClements offers unique gifts without the hustle and bustle of the outdoor Eastern Market vendors.
For the entertainers on your list, the charming mid-century champagne flutes ($10-$15 each) would add pizzazz to get-togethers. Beautiful fabrics made by a local family-owned business can be used as tablecloths, throws or even scarves. They are available in small ($17.50) and large ($62.50) sizes.
This women’s store offers everything from clothing to beauty to food to housewares, making it a one-stop shop for fashionistas on your list.
Shopping for a girl on the go? Personal accessory kits featuring tiny versions of necessary grooming tools — think toothpaste, fashion tape, tweezers, nail files — are a great option. The sleek kits can pass for a clutch and come with a removable strap, so they’re easy to tote. As a bonus, they are approved for carry-on luggage. The three sizes are available: micro ($35), mini ($45) and original ($55).