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Best Places in Washington, D.C. to Shop for Wedding Gifts

June 10, 2014 8:00 AM

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It seems like someone is getting either married or engaged every day in Washington, D.C. And that means lots of wedding presents are being bought and probably many of them not being used. Your best bet is to stick to something on the registry when getting a gift. But if there is no registry or you want to get something different for the bride and groom, these shops will do the trick.

Miss Pixie’s
1626 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-8171
www.misspixies.com

Not everyone wants to have a 400-person wedding in the National Botanical Gardens while an orchestra plays. Some people want a quirky wedding with a cult movie theme and a ring bear instead of a ring bearer. Miss Pixie’s has fun, different and practical gifts for the couple who doesn’t want another cheese board they aren’t going to use. At Miss Pixie’s, you will find artwork, dressers, mirrors, lamps and more that you will be sure no one else is getting. Perhaps get the groom those Matchbox cars he always wanted and the bride an antique vanity.

The Dandelion Patch
1663 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-8803
www.thedandelionpatch.com

The wedding industry is a billion dollar industry and DC plays a good part in keeping it in the billions. For many, weddings are their lives, and they are more than happy to help you with yours. While not specifically focusing on weddings, The Dandelion Patch is a stationary store that several local families have turned to for their wedding needs. And guests of these weddings have found beautiful gifts to celebrate the occasions. Having started in Vienna, Virginia and expanding into DC, this stationary shop has become a special part of the community. For wonderful personalized wedding gifts, try this local favorite.

Tabletop
1608 20th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-7117
www.tabletopdc.com

There are well-known brand name stores that specialize in home goods that satisfy the average person and couple looking to decorate their homes. But not everyone is looking for average or well known. DC has a number of cute little boutique shops that cater to the shopper who is looking for something unique and well made. Tabletop is all about cute, well-designed things, making it great for shopping for wedding gifts. It even does registries, which means couples getting hitched must love the shop’s stuff. Stop by for a wedding gift and pick up a little something for yourself.

Related: Best Wedding Stores In D.C. For The Vintage Shopper

Home Rule
1807 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-5544
www.homerule.com

A trip for two to Bali would be a fantastic wedding gift, but if that is not in your budget, more practical gifts like kitchenware is always a safe bet. Home Rule is a local alternative to some of the bigger stores you could get wedding gifts from. But don’t think you will just find ordinary pots, pans, spatulas and colanders at this shop. Home Rule has all sorts of uniquely designed products to make your wedding gift stand out from the rest. This rather small store has some of the coolest gifts, like black whiskey stones, bamboo cutting boards shaped like DC, cheese bags and more. You won’t believe how much cute can fit in this small store.

The Little Monogram Shop
106 1/2 N. Columbus St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-3777
www.thelittlemonogramshop.net

There are some things that are symbols of luxury, wealth and power. Once upon a time, monogrammed items were symbols of all three. Now it could still be considered that depending on what you have monogrammed, but mostly, it’s just for fun. Monogrammed items can also make for nice wedding gifts including monogrammed robes, towels, handkerchiefs and more. You can get the happy couple something monogrammed with their initials and the date of the wedding, helping them remember their special day.

Related: Best Places To Buy Bridal Gifts On A Budget In Washington DC

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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