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Capitol Hill Books is a cozy, or crowded, space, depending on your perspective. It’s so packed that they store foreign language books in the bathroom, cookbooks on the kitchen sink and other topics in various closets. Here, unlike at Riverby, you will need to do a little more digging for that rare find. But if you can handle the clutter, your search could pay off.
657 C St. SE; 202-544-1621; capitolhillbooks-dc.com
In its 29 years of business, this mom-and-pop (actually grandma-and-grandpop) children’s book and toy shop has offered a range of interesting books for infants to teens. The large nonfiction wall includes historical biographies and books such as “Madeline at the White House” bring a piece of the District home.
319 Seventh St. SE; 202-547-5474
Groovy DC Cards & Gifts
Pick up a greeting card, balloons, candles, picture frames, coasters — or go with a more personalized item like an antique-looking postcard of a famous Washington site or best-seller “Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t” by Division of Labor.
323 Seventh St. SE; 202-544-6633; www.groovydc.com
While locals rely on the award-winning pet shop’s two Hill locations for cat litter and dog food, the store also stocks animal-themed ornaments, toys, outerwear for pets and even seasonal dog cookies, perfect for the animal lover on your list.
508 H St. NE; 202-450-5661; metromuttsdc.com
Boutique on the Hill
This little boutique is the place to shop for the fashionista in your life. The sales associates are style experts and know most of their clients by name, but they can help any husband, son or boyfriend put together a trendy look.
225 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 202-491-4406; theboutiqueonthehill.com
Forecast thrives on empowering women through fashionable outfitting and indulging the five senses with stocking stuffers. The Anthropologie-style setting offers a variety of products — including Pre de Provence soaps and lotions, St. Coletta dishware, Thymes candles, Ineke perfumes and Manuel Canovas bedding — all ranging from a few dollars to hundreds.
218 Seventh St. SE; 202-547-7337; forecaststore.com