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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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One for you, one for me. By Michelle Thomas

Is anyone else a little gifted-out by this time of the season? Hopefully our gift guides helped you nail down awesome presents for everyone on your list already—which means it's OK to fantasize about the goodies you're secretly hoping someone snagged for you. Here are the 20 items we're wishing will be wrapped in gold and tagged with our name.

Posted at 11:45 AM/ET, 12/23/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Eco-friendly picks for the planet-lover on your shopping list. By Sarah Title

Whether they’re preaching about the benefits of solar energy or reminding you to recycle, we all have that friend who’s obsessively eco-conscious. You know they’ll appreciate that you skipped the plastic and instead picked a present that’s a little more earth-friendly this year. From items made of recycled goods to those made of soy, we’ve rounded up 12 gifts that will get everyone going green this holiday.

Posted at 11:30 AM/ET, 12/20/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Support your fellow Washingtonians by gifting items made and sold right here in DC. By Diana Elbasha
Foodies, fashionistas, homebodies, and more are sure to love these locally made gifts.

The holidays are fast-approaching, and you’ve got just a few days left to lock down some goods for those on your gift list. Finding something unique—especially last-minute—seems near impossible, but we’ve come to your rescue with 15 one-of-a-kind, locally made products. From geometric jewelry to handmade art to artisinal oils, these gifts—which are made and sold right here in DC—are sure to please all types of recipients. Kill two birds with one stone this season by supporting your local designers, artists, and retailers, while also gifting something totally unique. To the slideshow.

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