Last-Minute Local Christmas Shopping

This has been a strange season. All we’ve managed to do is put a single wreath on our door. I’m hoping we can make the house a bit more festive this weekend. And as for shopping? Of course, I’m not done. We’re approaching the point where it’s going to be tough to order something online and get it in time, so let’s celebrate our local makers and purveyors instead.

If any of you are into vintage furnishings and decor, then you know about Attic DC. Tarek Anandan’s site is like a local 1st Dibs for all things funky and vintage. And for the first time, you can now give it as a gift! He’s introduced a gift card, which you can redeem with any of the retailers featured on his site:

Your friends or family may not know you’ve been eyeing some cool old pendants at the Brass Knob in Adams Morgan, say,


or that sweet dresser from Barefoot Dwelling in Baltimore.

But the gift card can help you toward that goal. I think it’s a much more interesting gesture than the standard gift card for one of the big-box home retailers.

Next, Teri Clar of Nafasi Interiors makes these amazing hair-on-hide placemats. I’ve never seen anything like this before.



Normally, she makes the placemats to order, but she has some in stock for anyone who might want to purchase them as a gift in time for the holidays—$185 for a set of four, not bad.

I’m also a huge fan of Meaghan McNamara, who’s among the most creative designers I know. She revamps old furniture, makes pillows and upholsters accent pieces, and curates a gorgeous collection of art and accessories in her Kensington showroom. She regularly hosts showings by local talents like DC artist Aaron Hill:

During the past year, I did several shopping stories for Washingtonian Magazine, so I’ll be turning back to them for tips on where to go over the weekend. Check this guide if you want to head to Old Town, Alexandria, where one of my favorite discoveries was She’s Unique. Owner Katya Ananieva stocks jewelry exclusively by independent designers:

Her website’s coming soon, but check out her gorgeous Instagram account to see more examples of her inventory.

Other cool shops:
Curated, which stocks work by local artisans:


Victoria at Home. Victoria features everything from furnishing to art and accessories, to a million gorgeous accent pillows, to perfect host and hostess gifts. Here’s a taste of her style, from a post I did shortly after she opened her shop:

Red Barn Mercatile. Just down from Victoria’s shop on King Street, Amy Rutherford has a super-cool eclectic vibe. This photo from Instagram is one of eight trees she’s got in the store right now!

I’ve also done a couple shopping guides for Arlington—my own ‘hood. The most recent one earlier this year included some great shops in Shirlington.

Le Village Marche—All things French and fabulous:


The Cookery—A Culinary Marketplace. Formally named Ah Love Olive Oil and Vinegar, they’ve got pantry items by local artisans, in addition to art and servingware by independent artists, like these block-print linens made in Alexandria:


In an earlier guide on Arlington, which I wrote for Washingtonian in 2014, there are also some standouts where I love to shop:

One More Page Books—a book store that hosts wine tastings and sells chocolate? No brainer. I also love their selections and displays. It’s a classic neighborhood shop, where you can’t walk out of there without starting up a conversation with somebody interesting.


And my regular go-to, Covet—another destination for local artists and makers:


OK, now I’m going to take the rest of the day and get some shopping done. Happy happy, everyone!