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A gift with a pop of color is perfect for someone with a playful and fun personality.

1. Brighten Her Day

Lanvin quilted lambskin “Happy” bag, $2,490 at Saks Fifth Avenue (Chevy Chase)

2. Fun on a Stick

Ceramic mohawk lollipop holder, $98 at Jonathan Adler

3. Double Dip

50/50 double-ended colored-pencil set, $14 at Proper Topper

4.Easy Rider

Carrera foldable bicycle helmet, in assorted colors, $139 at nordstrom.com

5. Shake It Up

“Technicolor” salt and pepper shakers from Kate Spade Saturday, $30 at saturday.com

6. Book Smart

Penguin Drop Caps collectible classic hardcovers, $22 to $25 at Proper Topper

7. Tea Time

“Lizzy” silicone-coated porcelain teapot, $14.95 at CB2

8. Puppy Love

Puppy Porcelain Coasters, $48 for a varied set of four at C. Wonder

Find more perfect presents in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Stylish gifts for someone who appreciates all things vintage.
Photographs of eau de parfum and domino set by Jeff Elkins.

1. Game On

Double Six wooden domino set, $22 at Proper Topper

2. Scent Memories

Olfactive Studio’s Flash Back, tart and citrusy eau de parfum, $195 at Bellacara

3. Refined Retro

L.K. Bennett “Jackie” bag, $695 at Bishop Boutique (815-B King St., Alexandria; 571-312-0042)

4. Old Meets New

Gramophone speaker dock for iPhone, $249 at Restoration Hardware

5. Nice Ride

“The Bixby” three-speed cruiser, in men’s or women’s frame, $1,950 at shinola.com

6. Bar None

“Gala” decanter, $69.95, and cordial glass, $12.95, at Crate & Barrel

Find more perfect presents in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Soft and cozy gifts are perfect for warming up this winter.
Photographs of booties, candle, scarf, cider, and perfume oil by Jeff Elkins.

1. Snuggly Slippers

Luxe faux-fur booties, $29 at Restoration Hardware

2. Spot On

Polka-dot cotton/acrylic/wool scarf, $59.50 at J. Crew

3. Local Pour

Virginia-made Potter’s Craft Cider “Farmhouse Dry,” $13.49 at Glen’s Garden Market

4. Knit Pick

Cashmere robe, in short ($319) or long ($369), at Restoration Hardware

5. Foodie Find

Farmhouse Pottery olive-oil bottles, $85 and $125 at Red Barn Mercantile (1117 King St., Alexandria; 703-838-0355)

6. Aroma Therapy

“Woodfire” candle by Illume, $36 at Le Village Marché

7. House Warming

Padua ombré linen throw, $280 at Lori Graham Home (1412 14th St., NW; 202-745-0118)

8. Touch of Spring

Nomaterra “DC Cherry Blossom” roll-on perfume oil, $55 at Bellacara

Find more perfect presents in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Rugged leather, whiskey and spirits, and more for your man this year.
Photographs of lunch bag, gin kit, book, and trouser clips by Jeff Elkins.

1. Easy Listening

Marshall Major cushioned, collapsible headphones, $99.95 at Best Buy

2. Lunch Hour

Peg and Awl reusable waxed-canvas lunch bag, $56 at Proper Topper

3. Small Batch

The Homemade Gin Kit, $49.95 at Sur la Table and homemadegin.com

4. Tinkerer’s Tome

Todd McLellan deconstructs classic objects in Things Come Apart, $29.95 at Barnes & Noble

5. Leg Up

Gentlemen’s Hardware trouser clips for cycling, $24 at Restoration Hardware

Photographs of syrup, bottle opener, cuff links, shoeshine kit, and watch by Jeff Elkins

6. Sweet Spot

Langdon Wood whiskey barrel-aged maple syrup, $12.99 to $17.99 at Glen’s Garden Market (2001 S St., NW; 202-588-5698)

7. On the Map

Chart Metalworks map cuff links, featuring assorted local neighborhoods, $120 at Proper Topper

8. Timeless Classic

Retrograde Moon Phases watch by Longines, $3,900 at Tiny Jewel Box (1147 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-393-2747)

9. Brew Master

Krups BeerTender, which keeps beer fresh for a month, $149.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

10. Camo Cool

Bull & Moose necktie, $39 at the Lucky Knot (101 King St., Alexandria; 855-838-7655)

11. Bit of Polish

Ted Baker Brogue shoeshine kit, $68 at Proper Topper

12. Home Run

Token & Icons bottle opener made from a Nationals baseball bat, $118 at Proper Topper

Find more perfect presents in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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These bold, black and white gifts fit the bill for someone with a sophisticated sense of style.
Photographs of bracelet and soap by Jeff Elkins; Loafer by Roger Hagadone; Scarf and gloves by Adam Watstein; Cups by Dikka Afidick.

1. About Time

Tsovet field watch, $175 at Federal (2216 14th St., NW; 202-518-3375)

2. Dark Beauty

Roberto Demeglio ceramic bracelet with diamond accent, $5,250 at I. Gorman Jewelers (1133 20th St., NW; 202-775-8544)

3. Flat-Out Fun

“Abbott” embroidered suede loafer by Aerin, $278 at Nordstrom

4. Pattern Play

“Zaggar” geometric scarf, $75, and “Techy” knit gloves, $45, at J. McLaughlin (3278 M St., NW; 202-333-4333)

5. Chic Suds

Bamboo Charcoal soap, gentle on oily or acne-prone skin, $10 at herbivorebotanicals.com

6. Be Inspired

Elements of Style by design blogger Erin Gates, $35 at Amazon

7. Go Graphic

Masahiro Mori mini ceramic cups, $26 each at poketo.com

Photograph of paperweight by Jared Goltz; Notebook and plates by Jeff Elkins.

8. Modern Classic

Lucite chess set, $795 at Jonathan Adler (1267 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-1416)

9. Take the Plunge

Modern Coffee Press (eight cups), $44 at poketo.com

10. Cheeky Choice

Glass dome paperweight, $16 at jaysonhome.com

11. Well Noted

“White Lies” notebook, $22 at Bellacara (1000 King St., Alexandria; 703-299-9652)

12. Color Block

Baggu leather tote, $175 at West Elm (1728 14th St., NW; 202-986-2165)

13. Ring in a New Year

Bicycle bell, $20 at anthropologie.com

14. Dish It

Ceramic plates, $7 and $14 each at Salt & Sundry

Find more perfect presents in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Glam gifts for the woman in your life.
Photograph of necklace by Mark Feigenbaum; Book, cocktail shaker, and clutch by Jeff Elkins; Shoes, rings, cards, and brushes by Jeff Elkins.

1. Make a Statement

Sophie Blake New York “Luna” necklace, 14-karat gold over brass, $695 at sophieblakenyc.com

2. Luxe Leather

Gold leather driving gloves, $75 at Kate Spade Saturday (3061 M St., NW; 202-471-5900)

3. Bubbly Buy

The Champagne Guide by Tyson Stelzer, $29.95 at Le Village Marché (2800 S. Rudolph St., Arlington; 703-379-4444)

4. That’s A Fitbit?

Slip a Fitbit fitness tracker in this metal bracelet, $195 at Tory Burch (1211 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-1410)

5. Jewel Box

Minaudière clutch by Shiraleah, $55 at Proper Topper (1350 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-842-3055)

6. Setting The Bar

Cocktail shaker plated in 24-karat gold, $92 at Salt & Sundry (Union Market, 1309 Fifth St., NE; 202-556-1866)

Photographs of shoes, rings, cards, and brushes by Jeff Elkins.

7. Fancy Fingers

Mischo Beauty toxin-free nail lacquer in “halo” color, $18 at the Emerald Door (8311 Grubb Rd., Silver Spring; 301-587-5800) and mischobeauty.com

8. Looking Sharp

“LoveHurts” 18-karat rose-gold rings with upside-down diamonds, $6,200 to $9,100 at Shah & Shah Distinctive Jewelers (1001 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-223-6001)

9. Brush Up

Alexis Bittar “Liquid Gold” makeup-brush set with stand, in 24-karat gold plate with Swarovski crystals, $175 at Sephora

10. Decadent Deck

Metallic playing cards, $18 at anthropologie.com

11. The Beat Goes On

Beats by Dre “Studio” headphones in Champagne, $299.95 at apple.com

12. Paillette Perfect

Attilio Giusti Leombruni sequin oxford, $365 at the Shoe Hive (127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-548-7105)

Find more perfect presents in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Plus—details on the Italian brand's upcoming DC store. By Kay Wicker
Photograph courtesy of Moleskine.

Stumped on what to get the writer in your life this year? Perhaps you’ll be able to find something at the new Moleskine holiday pop-up shop opening, just in time for Black Friday. The famous stylish notebooks, synonymous with nomadic creativity, are finding a home in Georgetown.

In addition to its holiday pop-up shop, the company will set up shop permanently later this spring. Moleskine has signed a five-year lease to occupy the 1,300-square-foot former Scotch & Soda site. While the products are available in stores such as Target, Staples, and Barnes & Noble, this will be the first brick-and-mortar Moleskine store in the Washington area.

Even though the brand isn’t slated to make things official until spring, the holiday pop-up promises spoils such as a stamping station for customization, the (Moleskine)Red #OneREDDay Special Edition Collection, which includes a large hard cover notebook, a pen, a luggage tag, and planner, and of course those classic leather-bound notebooks.

Moleskine holiday pop-up. 3029 M St., NW; November 28, 10 to 8.

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For those of you who don't mind crowds. By Kay Wicker, Caroline Cunningham
Photograph via Shutterstock.

You’re going to have to take your Thanksgiving dinner to go this year if you want to make it to the best of the Black Friday deals. Last year, Target, Sears, Kohl’s, and Macy’s all opened their doors at 8 PM on Thanksgiving Day. While it was already ridiculous to start Black Friday sales on a Thursday, this year, the same four stores have announced their deals will debut at 6 PM.

It’s a good thing you weren’t planning on eating second helpings, right?

To give yourself time to plan and prepare, we’ve rounded up the best (and the earliest) doorbuster deals for Black Friday—er, Thursday.


Thanksgiving Day

Old Navy
Doorbuster deals: Be one of the first 100 shoppers in line on Thanksgiving Day to be eligible for Old Navy’s Overnight Millionaire drawing and get 50 percent off everything in the store on Thursday and Friday, with 40-percent discounts continuing through Saturday and 30 percent on Sunday. 4 PM. 3500 East-West Hwy., Hyattsville, MD.

Best Buy
Doorbuster deals: Grab a Panasonic 50-inch LED HDTV for $199.99, save $100 on iPad Air 2 (prices start at $399.99), buy Beats by Dr. Dre headphones for $79.99, and pick up a 13-inch Apple Macbook Pro for $899.99 (you should probably already be in line if you want any of these). Or take advantage of Best Buy’s online deals from the comfort of your couch, pie included. 5 PM. Tickets distributed up to two hours before store opening. 3100 14th St., NW.

Macy’s
Doorbuster deals: Though discounts of 30 to 75 percent are promised throughout the weekend, show up at 6 on Thanksgiving Day for $39.99 cashmere sweaters, $19.99 Club Room men’s dress shirts, and $19.99 Rampage boots. 6 PM. 1201 G St., NW.

Target
Doorbuster deals: Take advantage of 40 percent off all apparel and 50 percent off all handbags, wallets, and fine boxed jewelry sets, with women’s riding boots selling for $18 and men’s Tumi outwear priced at $50. 6 PM. 3100 14th St., NW.

Kohl’s
Doorbuster deals: Receive $15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, with 50 to 70 percent off Croft and Barrow, Sonoma, and Apt. 9 and 40 to 60 percent off Chaps, LC Lauren Conrad, Elle, Jennifer Lopez, and Juicy Couture apparel. 6 PM. 5701 Kingstowne Blvd., Kingstowne, Va.

H&M
Doorbuster deals: Thanksgiving shoppers receive savings up to 30 percent off. The first 100 in line for Black Friday will receive a scratch-off ticket up to $300 in value. November 27, 6 PM. November 28, midnight to 9 PM. 3222 M St., NW.


Black Friday

10th Annual Downtown Holiday Market
Doorbuster deals: Get there on Black Friday to shop Naked Decor, Lil Fishy, and Jon Wye. Over the next four weeks, shoppers will find more than 150 exhbitors and artisans offering fine art, crafts, jewlery, photography, clothing, and more. Local favorites like De*Nada Design are slated to be there later in the month of December. November 28 through December 23, noon to 8 PM. Downtown, centered at Eighth and F sts., NW.

Bishop Boutique
Doorbuster deals: Breakfast bar provided by Bittersweet starting at 5:30 (set up in front of the Old Theatre). 30 percent off between 6 and 8 AM. 20 percent for the rest of the day. 815-B King St., Alexandria.

Shoe Hive
Doorbuster deals: Receive 30 percent off from 6 to 8 AM, 20 percent off from 8 to 10, and 10 percent for the rest of day. 6 AM to 7 PM. 127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria.

Ginger
Doorbuster deals: Storewide except for gift cards and designer jewelry at 40 percent for the first hour, 30 percent off for the second hour, and 20 percent off for the rest of the day through Monday. 9 AM. 7114 Bethesda La., Bethesda Row.

Hu’s Wear
The Deal: 30 to 50 percent off on fall merchandise. 10 AM to 7 PM. 2906 M St., NW.

Brooks Brothers
The deal: 20 percent off when using the Brooks Card or the Brooks Brothers Platinum MasterCard, 15 percent off with any other form of payment. Multiple area locations.

Alton Lane
The deal: cocktail and suiting specials up to 40 percent off, plus surprise deals throughout the day. 1506 19th St., NW.

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Bloggers, junior fashionistas, and trendsetters celebrated the launch of the rent-to-wear boutique. By Kate Bennett
Rent the Runway's Georgetown store. Photograph by Joy Ascio.

If you spotted more stylish young women than usual in Georgetown Monday night, odds are they were headed to the packed VIP opening party for the new Rent the Runway boutique on M Street. After doing a buildout on the 4,000-square-foot space, RTR's founders, Jenn Hyman and Jenny Fleiss, invited several dozen guests to toast the launch of their first cohesive brick-and-mortar location. "We found that Washington is an incredibly important market for Rent the Runway," says Hyman. "It's first when it comes to brand awareness, and second, behind New York, in membership."

For the uninitiated—though we assume if you're reading Shop Around and live in DC, you are already initiated—Rent the Runway is an online market for dresses and accessories to rent for a handful of days, and then return, all for a fraction of the retail price. Most dresses rent for $75 to $250. The Georgetown store operates under that same principle: Nothing here is for sale, only for rent. "In addition to walk-in shoppers, for a $25 fee, customers can even book an appointment to come in and work directly with a stylist to find the perfect outfit," says Fleiss, who started Rent the Runway with Hyman five years ago.

"Our customers are professional, educated, go-getters," explains Hyman of the Washington client. "They need to optimize their time, while still thinking about every outfit for every occasion, and they need to do it in a smart way."

With the new spot, you can call, tell the stylist you have to be at a wedding in two weeks and have no clue what to wear—it happens—book an appointment, and arrive to have 15 dresses and coordinating accessories waiting for you to try on, in dressing rooms with flattering, adjustable lighting systems. "It's no muss, no fuss," says Fleiss, "but it's also really fun."

The store is designed for comfortable lounging, with the most space dedicated to the trying-on area. There's plenty of seating for friends, lots of well-lit displays of chunky necklaces (a Washington-girl-about-town staple), and more than 25 staff members to fulfill your fashion needs. And if you can't find what you're looking for inside the boutique, there are still the 80,000-odd dresses from more than 270 designers at Rent the Runway's headquarters and shipping department.

"I think what's nice is that it started as getting off-the-runway, real fashion and collections, at all price points," says designer Christian Siriano, who attended the opening party, and whose designs have been carried via Rent the Runway since its inception. "It's something for every girl, and that was always the goal."

Rent the Runway. 3336 M St., NW; 202-774-5380.

Photograph by Joy Ascio.
Jenn Hyman, Christian Siriano, and Jenny Fleiss at Rent the Runway's opening in Georgetown. Photograph by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Rent the Runway.
Photograph by Joy Ascio.

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60 great gift ideas for everyone on your list, including cool gadgets, lush leather, tasty treats, and more. By Michelle Thomas

For the Glam Gal

For the Design Lover

For That Special Guy

For the Homebody

For the Old Soul

For Someone Playful


This article appears in the December 2014 issue of Washingtonian.

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