She’d rather stay in with a glass of red and watch Scandal on Netflix than hit up the latest hotspot. And who can blame her? When it’s frigid outside, über-cozy cashmere and a date with a manicure set sounds pretty inviting. Appeal to her homebound sensibilities with gifts that pamper—here, find 12 snuggly-but-stylish gifts practically guaranteed to convince even the devoted partygoer to hunker down indoors.
When it comes to that first holiday gift for your new lady friend, your pick can say a lot about the relationship—which is why you have to choose wisely. Go for something generic and you risk your girl thinking you’re not that into her. Gift an overly personal present and risk looking like you’re moving too fast. Seems tricky, right? Don’t worry, we did all the legwork for you and found 20 great gifts for your new girlfriend. The slideshow awaits.
We all have that one person in our life who counts a pet as their one true BFF. There’s the friend who always skips out on happy hour because he has to walk his beloved black lab, or the aunt who’s late to Christmas dinner because she got sidetracked petting her cat. When it comes to gift-giving, sometimes it’s best to aim for the sure bet. But who says you have to settle for a boring bone or an annoying squeaky toy? We’ve found 16 stylized pet products that will delight animals and owners alike.
She loves an elaborate cocktail. He worships Derek Brown. They’re regulars at all the drink-snob hangouts. For a cocktail geek, receiving a bottle of small-batch anything is practically old-hat—so this year, skip the hard stuff. From gorgeous glassware and artisanal cordials to sculptural openers and DIY kits, we’ve found 20 bar-cart must-haves guaranteed to thrill any enthusiast. Cheers, indeed.
Picking the right gifts for your stylish globetrotting friends is undeniably tricky—they’ve seen everything, so very few things will wow them. Help the jetsetters in your life travel in style with sleek voyage-inspired accessories or make their always-on-the-go lifestyles a breeze with the latest high-tech gadgets. If nothing else, these gifts will either inspire their wanderlust insticts or appease their travel bug. Head to the slideshow now for 20 of our top picks.
Maybe you're a born-and-bred Washingtonian—or perhaps you've only more recently adopted this fair city as your very own. No matter, we all feel a whole lot of pride in this place, flaws and all. Give the District a little love with these city-specific finds—from necklaces to note cards. Check out the slideshow to see 10 (non-cheesy) Washington-inspired gifts.
We all have that one friend who’s always on the search for the coolest new indie film, spends weekends at galleries, and listens to his or her favorite tunes in vinyl format only. In an age of endless entertainment at our fingertips, it helps to have said connoisseurs around to sift through the selection and give us the lowdown on the best art and music worth our time. Say thanks to your trusty, culture-addicted friends this year with thoughtful gifts that suit their most beloved hobbies. Check out our slideshow for 15 on-point, cultured gifts—none of which clock in at more than $100.
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.