Summer weddings, graduations and birthdays are all occasions that require a gift. If you’re tired of the boring things found on the internet or the aisles of the big box stores, why not try your own backyard? Washington has a selection of locally owned gift shops filled with unique products, some made in the DC area. From hostess gifts to mind bending puzzles, you’ll find something for everyone at these Washington gift shops.
The Lucky Knot
101 King St.
Alexandria, VA  22314
(703) 549-1797

The Lucky Knot in downtown Alexandria has an inventory full of nautically inspired clothing, bags and accessories. The cute family store focuses on selling items that are made in the U.S.A., with brands like Simply Southern, Lilly Pulitzer and Mud Pie. The Lucky Knot has a ton of perfect gifts like colorful sailing bracelets, stylish beverage koozies and durable canvas beach totes. Shop the new arrivals on the store’s active Instagram page.

Two The Moon
6501 29th St. N.
Arlington, VA 22213
(703) 300-9547

Two The Moon is the realization of Johanna Braden’s lifelong dream to own a gift shop. The charming Arlington store sells a wide range of gifts for every person and every occasion. The sizable inventory includes bath and body products, kitschy tech items, designer water bottles, jewelry and kitchen decor. Two The Moon is also a great resource for seasonal decor and holiday gifts. Braden is also a local owner that concentrates on providing products made in America.

Labyrinth Games And Puzzles
645 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-1059

In this age of digital gaming, one local shop is going in the opposite direction. Labyrinth Games and Puzzles is a “mom” owned shop on Capitol Hill that specializes in non-electronic games, puzzles and mazes. You can find amazing gifts for kids and adults, designed to get them away from the screens and using their imagination. Every summer, Labyrinth has a used game sale where patrons can sell their old games for store credit. Part of the proceeds from the sale go to provide local classrooms with games and puzzles.

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Periwinkle Gifts
3815 Livingston St.
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 364-3076

Periwinkle is a Chevy Chase boutique that is part gift shop, part candy store. The candy side has plenty of sweet stuff like locally made chocolates, candy, tea cookies and gourmet jams and jellies. On the gift side you’ll find lovely jewelry, colorful totes, bath and body products, candles and exquisite paper products. Stop in and check out the marvelous inventory for yourself!

Salt & Sundry
1309 5th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 556-1866

Salt & Sundry is a D.C. is a home decor boutique with two locations in DC. The stores feature everything you need to be the ultimate hostess like candles, serveware, decor and cocktail accessories. Go to gifts include homemade gin kits, Morris Kitchen ginger syrup and Sydney Hale hand poured soy wax candles. Salt & Sundry regularly hosts product tastings, book signings and other event. The Union Market location is closed on Mondays.

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