Gifts are kind, appreciated gestures and the holidays are the peak gift-giving season. If you’re running out of time to finish holiday shopping, fear not because last-minute gifts are often the best. These local stores are ideal to hunt down rare presents.
Groovy DC Cards & Gifts
323 7th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
A truly fun and groovy shop, the Eastern Market location has it all. Browse the fun Capitol Hill shop and you will find anything from boxed stationery to barware and children’s books to glass art. Check the store’s Twitter account @Groovydc for specials. The inventory is bursting with personality and the staff is extremely friendly.
2205 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
Kiskadee is the lovechild of two mothers who turned their passion for business into a reality – together they joined forces in creating the charming retail store in Del Ray. For the men in your life, consider a well-crafted belt or interesting pen. For women, apparel, scarves and jewelry are excellent gifts and Kiskadee employees gladly act as personal shoppers. There is pricing to fit every budget and gifts are wrapped in customized bags. Kiskadee often offers a free gift with purchase promotion before Christmas, so why not press your luck? Tips from one Kiskadee owner: bracelets are easy to buy and hard to goof up, cosmetic bags are great for the traveler, texting gloves are the new rage and a cashmere sweater will make any woman happy.
Le Village Marche
2800 S. Randolph St.
Arlington, VA 22206
Shirlington Village is home to Paris-inspired boutique Le Village Marche. Drop in for cultured home decor and fragrance items. Fragrance items like candles and diffusers are safe gifts because they can be appreciated by men and women, and are appropriate for anyone – hostess gifts, co-workers and friends. Common gifts purchased at Le Village Marche are all things French including soaps, tea towels and glassware. The average price point is $25 and the shop offers free gift wrapping.
1520 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
This hidden gem nestled in U St. Corridor is the go-to destination for the jewelry lover in your life. The vintage pieces found at Legendary Beast are like no other. Price ranges vary and styles appeal to a wide audience, as nothing is created equal. The store may be small, but it is packed to capacity. Be aware that the store is only open on the weekend, so plan accordingly.
The Lucky Knot
101 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Shopping for the holidays sometimes means indulging. The Lucky Knot is just the right place to indulge. Located at the end of King Street in Old Town Alexandria, the shop opened in 2012 and has become a local favorite for preppy clothing and accessories. The jewelry selection is fabulous and affordable – with pricing that is hard to find elsewhere. Favored brands include Vineyard Vines, Vera Bradley and Barbour.
Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.