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

April 9, 2013 9:00 AM

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

While weddings entail parties and celebration, they also require serious gift giving. If there is ever a time to put thought into a gift, it’s for a wedding. Wedding gifts help couples get their lives started, including necessities for the home and fun must-haves. Look to these DC-area shops to make the bride happy.

Coco Blanca

122 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 567-2002

While vacationing on Cape Cod, boutique owners Gayla Reed and Elisabeth Squire had a vision of author Ernest Hemingway and beloved actress Audren Hepburn coming together. Their dreamt love child was born and is now a reality: Coco Blanca. Coco Blanca, the culmination of their creativity, is a beautiful lifestyle boutique, reflecting the tastes Hepburn and Hemingway may have had. Within a year of their launch, Gayla and Elisabeth were lucky enough to find a third partner, Susan Neithamer. Coco Blanca “offers expert solutions for home design and women’s fashion —blending a clean, fresh, sophisticated, feel-good style.” Customers often comment how they would “love to move right in! It’s no wonder customers love to return to Coco Blanc – it’s a shopping experience like none other. Coco’s second store will be located at 210 South Union Street in Old Town Alexandria and will open in early May. Gifts range in price from $25 to $225.

La Cuisine

323 Cameron St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-4435

Believe it or not, I opened La Cuisine in October of 1970 with a very firm idea about bringing really good quality cookware and utensils based on what was used (but not necessarily fancy schmancy) in restaurants in Europe,” said Nancy Pollard. Newlyweds are likely to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so it’s important that supplies and serving dishes withstand use and abuse. La Cuisine has Pillivuyt platters, made of elegant heavy-duty porcelain from France, that range in size and price. “Probably the most shipped fun item that we have shipped all over the world is the Blachon poster, ‘Chaos in The Kitchen.’ It comes in two sizes and neither will not break the bank. Honestly, you could look at it for an hour and you’ll discover some hysterically funny detail,” said Pollard. Every Saturday, La Cuisine has a tasting in which all ingredients featured are discounted online and in the shop for that day.

Related: Best Kitchenware Stores In DC

The Little Monogram Shop

106 N. Columbus St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-3777

The ultimate destination for personalization, The Little Monogram Shop in Old Town Alexandria can monogram just about anything. Be it sheets, a pillowcase, bathrobe or travel bag, this spot has you covered. A money-saving idea is to bring in the item you want monogrammed rather than purchase in store. It’s safe to say that a monogrammed gift will stand apart from the rest.

Red Barn Mercantile
1117 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-0355

It’s the mix of old and new product, high and low price points and major and minor labels that keep Red Barn Mercantile’s customers coming back,” said storeowner Amy Rutherford. Decorative juice glasses with fun icons like roosters are only $5 a piece and add flair to any cabinet. Dash and Albert throw blankets are ideal for snuggling on the sofa with your new bride or groom. At $74, the cozy woven cotton is worth every penny. “Brooklyn Slate 10×14 Cheese Board is our go-to gift at the store,” said Rutherford. The cheese board is only $35 and dishwasher safe. An average gift at Red Barn Mercantile is $60.

The Dandelion Patch

1663 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-8803

DC’s finest wedding professionals have recognized The Dandelion Patch as best wedding vendor in the area. Along with its wedding-planning services comes great wedding gifts. Suitable for couples that love to cook and entertain are a number of measuring sets and serving dishes. Photo frames are always a go-to wedding gift, and The Dandelion Patch sells elegant, silver-plated frames that are sure to match any interior.  The Dandelion Patch specializes in custom stationary. Order her stationery that features hew new last name – a true personal touch. To find a real bargain, visit the store at Leesburg Outlets.

Related: Best Stationery Stores In Washington, DC

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

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