Capitol Christmas cards are for sale at Groovy DC Cards & Gifts on Seventh Street Southeast, near Eastern Market.
Thanksgiving falling so late this year means there’s a little less time than usual for holiday shopping. Fortunately for lawmakers and staffers, the Capitol Hill area is home to many local businesses and stores with unique gifts.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect way to thank an unpaid intern or kiss up to the chief of staff, it’s all here. (A note: Many of these businesses are closed on Mondays, but have extended weekend hours.)
Think Local First DC is sponsoring a campaign from Nov. 30 through Dec. 8 to boost traffic at locally owned businesses. Shop Local Week 2013 includes a kick-off weekend of “charity cash mob” events in which proceeds from participating businesses will be donated to 501(c)(3) organizations of the customer’s choice.
Looking for “Mad Men”-era decor? Hunted House specializes in eclectic furniture including mid-century bar stools, outlandish lamps and groovy coffee tables.
510 H St. NE; 202-549-7493; huntedhousedc.com.
The Fridge DC
While you may know The Fridge for events ranging from poetry slams to exhibit receptions, its Barracks Row location features a retail store. Consider a piece of statement art from the graffiti-style “Hello my name is...” collection ($250-$600).
516 1/2 Eighth St. SE, rear alley; 202-664-4151; thefridgedc.com
Eastern Market Pottery
This studio and retail shop is hidden in the basement of Eastern Market’s south hall. Whether you are looking to spend $4 on a chopstick rest or $75 on a beautifully finished vase, the options in-between are mostly kitchen items. Or you can give a gift that keeps on giving: Eight-week pottery classes cost $227 to $268.
225 Seventh St. SE; 202-544-6669; easternmarketpottery.com
The gourmet kitchenware store has rolled out its Hanukkah items and will debut Christmas products after Thanksgiving. For $20 to $25, you can purchase a cutting board in the shape of the Dome or District of Columbia. Or pick up retro-looking, state-specific embroidered dish towels for $14.99.
713 D St. SE; 202-543-1997; hillskitchen.com
Woven History & Silk Road
This storefront is known for its expansive selection of imported items, particularly hundreds of vegetable-dyed, hand-spun wool rugs from 15 countries. Depending on the age and intricacy of the design, expect to pay $90 to $1,200.
311-315 Seventh St. SE; 202-543-1705; wovenhistory.com
The bookstore claims to house the city’s largest collection of Washington-themed books. Located in a yellow row house, any lover of the written word will find something worth reading. Riverby specializes in signed autobiographies and poetry, including offerings from Robert Frost and Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.
417 East Capitol St. SE; 202-543-4342; riverbybooks.com
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.