Already mentioned in our Best Of Issue for its tasteful coasters, the K Street store Après Peau offers a bevy of Washington wares. Though the R. Nichols notecards are almost too cute to pass up, our favorite item is the D.C. chocolate tour. Leave a few luxe bars on the pillows of your out-of-town guests for a sweet souvenir. Flavors include Smithsonian Salty Pretzel and Key Bridge Key Lime.
$20 for a set of four, call 202-783-0022 to order.
The quintessential DC poster, guaranteed to already be gracing the wall of at least three hipsters you know. If nothing else, the graphic helps unravel the mystery of how areas are connected above the Metro tunnel.
$22 at orkposters.com
Aww. Hand-holding in front of the Capitol. If you and your sweetie met in Washington, what better way to celebrate your time together than a sweet print by the Alexandria-based artist Megan Nolton?
$15 at etsy.com
The Think Local First DC network offers a lovely watercolor map of independent retailers, restaurants, services, farmers markets, and more in Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, MidCity, and Mount Pleasant. Remind yourself to support local business by putting one up on your wall.
Free, call 202-540-7420 for information.
With wallet-friendly and well-stocked galleries in Georgetown and Dupont Circle, Claude Taylor’s got the market covered when it comes to Washington photography. In the DC section, our favorites include Adams Morgan murals, Georgetown houses and, of course, anything Ben’s Chili Bowl (see image at left).
$20 to $200 at travelphotography.net
Memorize the stations while sudsing up behind this colorful curtain that comes with with nickel-plated grommets.
$29 at izolashower.com
Snyder, based in Southeast DC, creates vibrantly colored prints that can be found at Eastern Markets most weekends, and you can call him directly to order artwork. With depictions of everything from Capitol Hill rowhouses to the Tivoli Theatre in Columbia Heights, the artist has us fully confident that every District resident will be able to find a print.
$25-$90, call the artist at 202-276-7439 to order.