Surely we’re not the only ones who can easily spend hours wandering the vast sea of Etsy. The artisan marketplace is pretty much peerless for its selection of handcrafted goodies. The only problem? There are so many items it can be an arduous task to sift out the gems from the duds. Allow us: We’ve ID’d 20 of the most giftable handmade finds from your favorite shopping time-suck. Original art prints, modern-cool homewares, delish sweet treats? Head to the slideshow to see ’em all.
Gift-giving is tricky. It’s far too easy to fall into the trap of picking up yet another tie for Dad or scooping up last-minute gift cards for the entire list. But resist the urge to be that person this year, because holiday pop-up shops are making it easy for you. Hosted by a range of creative Washingtonians and featuring countless local brands, these once-a-year markets all over town offer a wealth of memorable, unique gifts.
Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar
With a longer run than most area pop-ups, this first-ever Georgetown bazaar is perfect for both early birds and last-minute shoppers. Scour racks full of designs by Tuckernuck, Chubbies, Victoria Road, and more. Through January 5. 3330 Cady’s Alley, NW.
’Tis the season of giving and receiving, and we love nothing more than a chic gift that’s also charitable. Ditch the traditional presents this year and make a difference by embracing ethical and socially conscious alternatives that help those in need. To indulge in guilt-free shopping, click through the slideshow for 15 foolproof holiday gifts that give back. Bonus: They’re all under $100. Now that’s money well-spent.
In the rankings of tough-to-buy-for people, your new beau sits pretty close the top of the list. When your relationship has had a short shelf life, the season of giving seems fraught with peril: Don’t spend too much or too little. Don’t get too personal, but definitely don’t resort to socks, either. You want a gift that’s simple yet well-designed, manly yet stylish, practical but maybe a bit playful, too. It’s a tall order. But we’re here to help: We’ve found 20 gifts that just about any guy will love—your new boyfriend, your brother, your dad, you name it. And nothing’s over $125, so you can mix and match to suit your comfort level. To the slideshow!
Who: Casey Thevenot, 23
Public Policy Specialist, Patton Boggs
What I do: “I work in the public policy department at Patton Boggs as a health policy specialist. I assist with the research, development, and implementation of legislative and regulatory strategy for health-care clients, including hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and medical-device companies. Specifically I monitor for agency regulations and developments on the Hill, correspond with congressional offices, and provide clients with real-time information and analysis on pertinent policy issues.”
My work style: “I would consider my work style as classic and feminine with a bit of edge. I feel most comfortable in dresses and skirts, so I usually shy away from pants. I like to wear traditional pieces with unexpected details such as studs, zippers, or embellishments to bring some life to what can be a dull work wardrobe. Fit is also key; I always buy work clothes that are comfortable and flattering. Oh, and I think I’m addicted to blazers and tweed jackets—I have at least 15!”
A Casual Day at Work
“When I know I don’t have many meetings and will be in the office all day, I sometimes dress a little more casually. This sweater dress is soft and comfortable and allows for movement. I topped it with a black blazer to make the look more professional and wore an awesome statement necklace from Zara to bring the colors in the dress, blazer, and boots together. I’ve had these boots for years; I wear them with everything.”
Zara sweater dress, blazer, and necklace and Tory Burch riding boots.
She’s one of the easiest to please on your gift list: All it takes is the sparkle of a new nail polish or the shimmer of a good bronzer. Though the beauty addict may seem like she already has it all, there’s always more to be had in the world of cosmetics. She undoubtedly already owns a Clarisonic face brush—but does she have the newest variety, suitable for pedicures? The latest in the cult-favorite line of Naked palettes? That’s where you come in. Read on for 15 can’t-go-wrong gifts for the makeup/hair/spa junkie in your life, featuring some of our favorite local lines and tons of new releases.
Butler + Claypool’s Holiday Prep Party
The vintage collective kicks off the most sequined of seasons with a pop-up that spotlights retro-glam party dresses, jewelry styling from Stella & Dot, hair and makeup demonstrations by hosting salon PR at Partners, door prizes, and by-appointment Botox sessions. Monday 6 to 9. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-737-0909. PR at Partners, 1001 G St., NW.
Miss Pixie’s Holiday Party
The Logan Circle vintage furniture and decor store invites customers for a holiday-themed “thank you” party, complete with shopping from local vendors including Cherry Blossom Designs, Home Rule, and Flowers on 14th; snacks from neighboring restaurants such as Barcelona Wine Bar, Room 11, Cork, and Pearl Dive; and prizes. Thursday 6 to 8. Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot, 1626 14th St. NW.
Holiday Gifting Trunk Show
Urban Chic hosts a trunk show featuring great gifts from cashmere brand White & Warren, jewelry line Loren Hope, and leather accessories designer Blair Ritchey, who will be in attendance to showcase her wares. Shoppers get 15 percent off during the event. Thursday 6 to 8. Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Fine Jewelry Trunk Shows at Relish
The high-end Cady’s Alley boutique hosts a dual trunk show featuring the delicate, sculptural designs of jewelers Rosanne Pugliese and Isabel Borland. Plus, they'll have sweets from Georgetown neighbor Olivia Macaron. Saturday noon to 5. Relish, 3312 Cady’s Alley, NW.
In case you didn’t completely drain your bank account between Black Friday and Small Business Saturday (not to mention this weekend’s awesome Thread pop-up), today marks the apex of killer Web sales. Steep online discounts abound—we recommend checking Racked for an exhaustive list of sales—but why not use this day to give a little love to our very own? Washington is host to a number of retailers with an online presence. Read on to get the codes, and keep shopping local (even online).
Take 30 percent off sale items with code MONDAY. May we recommend these beauties?
The consignment boutique, which just recently launched its e-shop, offers 20 percent off everything on the site.
One of our fave local designers! Select items from DeNada’s luscious knitwear line are going for up to 40 percent off today. No coupon code necessary. Orders of $150 and up ship free.
The Georgetown-based menswear brand dips prices and offers free shipping on all orders. Shirts start at $55, and blazers start at $195.
Take 40 percent off full-price items at this luxe men’s e-boutique with the code BLACKCYBER13.
Get 15 percent off the cute handbags of this Maryland-based Etsy seller with the code GIVETHANKS. Orders of $100 and more will snag a free transparent coin purse.
Get 20 percent off orders of more than $50 with the code MONDAY20—including the 39 newly added items in the store.
This locally based chainlet offers 20 percent discounts on the whole site with code CYBER20.
The prep-perfect e-boutique gives 15 percent off the entire website with the code CYBER15. But that’s not all: The site is also running a tiered discount today. Orders of $150 and up get 20 percent off with the code CYBER20; orders of $500 and up get 25 percent off with the code CYBER25; and orders of $1,000 and up get 30 percent off with the code CYBER30.
The Old Town boutique’s Facebook-based e-business gives you 15 percent off today, plus a 25-percent-off coupon to use during a future shopping sesh.
For serious shoppers, Black Friday is the trickiest day of the year. There are few experiences more defeating than heading out for a hyped-up sale to find that it ended hours ago or that stock was wiped out in the first hour. That’s why it makes all the difference to do some ahead-of-time planning: During what hours are the steepest discounts available? Which neighborhoods are worth our precious pre-sunrise time? Use this list as a rough guide to which local favorites are offering the most money-saving deals and when. And if you can’t brave the cold at 6 in the morning, take comfort in the fact that Cyber Monday is looming—stay tuned for our online guide. Happy shopping!
Through December 3, Ada Polla’s DC-born skin-care line will be 30 percent off online with code FF2013 at checkout.
Deals at this Bethesda jewelry shop vary throughout the day, with the largest discounts offered from 8 to 9, when the entire store is discounted 50 percent. Deals drop to 20 percent off after 11. 4806 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda.
This Old Town beauty boutique will offer deals as early as 6 AM: Everything is 20 percent off from 6 to 8, and afterward, discounts range from 10 to 15 percent. At the Mosaic District location, score 10 percent off all day. 1000 King St., Alexandria; 2910 District Ave., Fairfax.
Get 30 percent off storewide from 6 to 8 AM; 20 percent off from 8 to 10; and 10 percent off through closing on Friday. 815 King St., Alexandria.
Like surrounding Old Town shops, Coco Blanca opens at 6 AM with 40 percent off furniture and rug orders and 30 percent off all other items. Discounts dip gradually until 6. 210 S. Union St., Alexandria.
In stores and online Friday, the cult-fave salon will offer Joy to the Hair coasters, good for a blowout and a ten-minute scalp massage for $40 (a $10 discount). 4840 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 1825 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
There’s nothing like a new destination with fresh vendors and hand-selected designs to kick off the holiday shopping season. That’s why I’m thrilled that Thread, Union Market’s three-day pop-up of small-biz local and national retailers, is coming to town this weekend. I got to preview the offerings and came away with a wish list of covetable favorites.
1) Grid Shibori pillow in blue, $200 at Rebecca Atwood
Inspired by the textiles of Japan, Brooklyn-based artist Rebecca Atwood creates handmade items for the perfectly appointed home. The modest imperfections from the dyeing process make each of her items one-of-a-kind.
2) Mia wool camel coat, $255 at Anthom
This online boutique of modern fashion and accessories offers a great selection of carefully curated styles. I particularly love the edgy detail and deep V opening—it adds a little something extra to the closet staple.
3) Fingerless armwarmers, $42 at DeNada
I like Virgina Arrisueño’s DeNada line so much I would wrap myself in the soft Peruvian alpaca knits in the peak of summer. These fingerless armwarmers are a great layering accessory—and easy on your wallet, to boot.
4) Gold metallic printed python folded clutch, $575 at Emily Cho
It’s the holidays; sometimes you just have to splurge. This shimmery clutch, by New York designer Emily Cho, is ideal for holiday parties—I love the chic foldover detail.
5) Buggy Back L’Enfant blazer, $245 at Hugh & Crye
I started drinking the Hugh & Crye Kool-Aid a few years ago thanks to the brand’s semi-custom, perfectly fitted shirts—bonus that it got local men on board with the tailoring trend, too. Now the company has started offering blazers in lightweight, slim-fit styles, just like the shirts. Pick up one of these versatile, partially lined blazers for the man in your life.
For more information on the retailers, hours of operation, or the Walkmen concert happening in conjunction with the event on Saturday night, visit the website.