I’m so excited to share my DC Small Business Gift Guide with y’all! This is an update of a post I did for the first time two years ago, and it’s a wonderful way to buy last-minute gifts (no shipping required if you’re in the area!). I’ll update over the coming days if I discover new-to-me small businesses but, at the moment, these are among my favorites.
Also, as a disclaimer, I included primarily brick and mortar businesses because I think those are what make our community unique and wonderful. However, most, if not all, offer online ordering and shipping.
DC Small Business Gift Guide 2022
This is a uber-stylish and boho-inspired boutique owned by the woman behind Mallory Shelter Jewelry. You could pick up a simple, dainty necklace, work on a custom piece, or find gorgeous clothing or home goods.
Three Littles is my go-to for baby gifts (of which there are many these days) but you’ll also find minimalist treats for adults. My uneducated kids gift opinion is that wood toys are always a chic choice.
This is one that really doesn’t have an online shopping presence at all but, if you’re in the DC area, it’s worth stopping by. Whether you’re looking for DC-themed tea towels or cookie cutters, delicious and high-end product from local companies like Pratt Standard, or the perfect kitchen gadget, you’ll find it in this delightful store. Plus, it’s owned by the friendliest woman who’s always so, so helpful.
Area 2 Farms
An interesting idea for a gift would be a CSA subscription — it’s great for those who love to cook. I tried Area 2 Farms’ organically grown, pesticide-free subscription a few weeks ago, and loved how it came beautifully packaged, with clear instructions around what each item was. There were several items in our box that I wouldn’t normally buy at the grocery store, but I loved having fresh sage to throw in my eggs in the morning, turnips to try for dinner, or chocolate mint to make tea (I’m hooked on chocolate mint now!). It’s also a wonderful way to bring people together around the table!
S & Co. Shop
I love this relaxing, calming interior and home shop on East Capitol. There is furniture, textiles, as well as lots of smaller items that are perfect for gifting.
Salt and Sundry
If you live in DC, you’ve likely been in one of the two outposts of this colorful, modern shop or its sister store, Little Leaf. I absolutely love it for kitchenware, cocktail goodies, and home goods.
Y’all knew I couldn’t leave out my favorite coffee shop/kitchenware store, right?! While they primarily sell drinks and food, don’t discount the fact that you could easily make a gift of their packaged spices for someone who loves cooking. You could also get a spice sampler set or a gorgeous olivewood serving bowl.
Shop Made in DC
This is your place to find DC-themed items from makers across the region but you’ll also find great gift buys, including jewelry, home goods, art, and more. They also have a gifts under $25 section.
Steadfast Supply has a similar vibe to Shop Made in DC but features a worldwide array of makers. They have cards, art prints, pottery, and more.
This is another baby gift go-to for me. She is at Eastern Market almost every weekend but you can also find her online with lots of organic cotton adorable animal clothing up to 2T. I just picked up the most darling hoodies and onesie.
Capital Candy Jar
If you have someone with a sweet tooth on your list, you need to check out the goodies at Capital Candy Jar. I’m partial to the chocolate covered oreos, which you can get with a holiday theme, a DC theme, political theme, and more.
And, a few more small business favorites of mine: Capitol Hill Books, Clothes Encounters (great for vintage designer finds!), Groovy DC, and Fairy Godmother.