The 2016 Washingtonian Gift Guide

The 2016 Washingtonian Gift Guide
Photo by Jeff Elkins Additional illustration by Manyun Zou.


Home for Gift Guide

1. Acrylic-and-brass candle holder, $49 at West Elm (no longer available).

2. DC map by Roam, $65 at Curated (Old Town).

3. “Mod” fabric box, $39 at West Elm.

4. Banker’s Alarm Clock, $125 at Design Within Reach.

5. John Derian Picture Book, $75 at Amazon.

6. Tom Dixon stapler, $75, and (bottom shelf) tape dispenser and desk tidy, $95 each, at

7. Living With Pattern by Rebecca Atwood, $32.50 at Salt & Sundry.

8. Gardenista by Michelle Slatalla, $40 at Amazon.

9. Monogram notebook, $34 at Appointed (

10. Michael Aram orange-blossom candle, $60 at Bloomingdale’s.

11. Purple “Greek Key” baby-alpaca throw, $295 at Jonathan Adler.

12. Anne de Solene “Jardin D’Hiver” flat sheet and “Graphic” duvet cover, $275 and $380 at Bloomingdale’s.

13. Lacquer backgammon set, $395 at Jonathan Adler.

14. Caryn Cramer pillows, starting at $189 at

15. Acrylic tray with marbleized insert, $68 at

16. Frame Trays by Johansen Faurschou, $232 for three (largest not shown) at Design Within Reach.


Vanity for Gift Guide

1. Slip-silk eye mask$45 at Bloomingdale’s.

2. Herbivore Botanicals “Coco Rose” coconut-oil body polish$36 at

3. Axiology vegan lipsticks$28 at

4. Follain original-blend candle$42 at

5. Le Labo “Santal 33” unisex perfume$260 at

6. Fresh Vitamin Nectar vibrancy-boosting face mask$62 at Bluemercury.

7. Osmia organic tea bath$29 at

8. Sarah Moon for Nars eye-and-cheek palette$69 at Sephora.

9. Claus-Porto classic-scent soap on a rope$16 at Urban Dwell (Adams Morgan).

10. Sephora Collection makeup brushes$130 for 12 plus case at Sephora.

11. Leather travel-case set (includes two bags)$110 at

12. RMS Beauty “Master Mixer” all-purpose luminizer$38 at

13. M-61 PowerGlow one-minute glycolic-facial-peel gift pack$14 at Bluemercury.

14. “Palm Beach” nine-ounce stainless-steel water bottle$25 at

15. OPI “Washington D.C.” nail lacquers (“Yank My Doodle” and “Pale to the Chief” shown)$10 at


nursery for gift guide

1. This Is Washington, D.C. by Miroslav Sasek, $17.95 at Kramerbooks.

2. Cotton-velvet crown, $39 at

3. Presidential blocks, $108 at Salt & Sundry.

4. Moon nightlight, $16.99 at Target.

5. Strawberry “lunch box,” $30 at the Shoe Hive.

6. Balloon mobile, $192 at

7. Wool pompom hat, $43 at

8. Salmon-print one-piece, $33 at

9. Corduroy pants, $48 at Salt & Sundry.

10. Pearl-knit romper, $88 at

11. “Metro Line” wood train, $19.95 at

12. Cozy Classics (War and Peace, Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick)$9.95 each at Kramerbooks.

13. Panda bookend, $58 at Urban Dwell. 

14. Fridge Play Food, $29 at

15. Knit ice-cream rattle, $12 at Salt & Sundry.

16. Shenandoah puzzle, $22 at Urban Dwell.

17. Fox pillow, $35 at A Little World on

18. Stacking rings, $12.99 at Target.

19. ABC by Xavier Deneux, $24.99 at Kramerbooks.

20. “Natalia” gold shoes, $86 at



closet for gift guide


1. “Iberia” cashmere sweater, $350 at Tory Burch.

2. Erickson Beamon drop earrings, $535 at Tabandeh (Mazza Gallerie).

3. Vanessa Mooney wrap choker necklace, $42 at Bloomingdale’s.

4. Lele Sadoughi fluorite-and-gold “Jurassic” necklace, $450 at

5. Rosanna “Ladies Choice” vanity tray, $34 at

6. White-chocolate Oreo jewels, $2.65 each (minimum order of 24) at Buttercream Bakeshop.

7. Acetate-and-crystal clip-on lily earrings, $198 at

8. Sandro embellished bomber jacket, $795 at Bloomingdale’s.

9. Silk button-down shirt, $295 at Alice & Olivia (Georgetown).

10. Custom fashion illustration by DC artist Riley B. Sheehey, $60 to $70 at

11. “Riley” leather clutch with interchangeable magnetic cover, $625 for bag, $200 for cover (“Crackle” cover shown) at

12. Dries Van Noten suede Mary Janes with pearl-wrapped heel, $865 at Relish (Georgetown).

13. Rebecca Minkoff wool scarf, $98 at Bloomingdale’s.

14. “Pure Form” 18-karat gold bracelets, $3,500 and $8,500 at David Yurman (CityCenter).

15. Hatch Hats packable wool hat, $50 at Urban Dwell. 

16. Calf-hair “Citta” tote, $525 at Ann Mashburn (Georgetown).


pantry for gift guide
Photographs by Jeff Elkins

1. Hammered-copper canister (medium), $79.95 at Williams-Sonoma. 

2. Landscape cup, $22, small pitcher, $32, and (bottom shelf) berry bowl, $52, at Kuzeh (Brookland). 

3. Republic kolaches, $45 a dozen savory, $35 a dozen sweet, at 

4. Five Rainforest-Origin chocolate bars, $42.50 at

5. Mi Comida Latina cookbook by Marcella Kriebel, $30 at

6. Corn rye bread, $7 at Bread Furst, available at Whole Foods.

7. Copper-wire breadbasket, $22 at Salt & Sundry.

8. Mcusta Zanmai Santoku Knife, $199.99 at

9. Nell & Mary Oyster Tea Towel, $20 at Salt & Sundry.

10. Capitoline rosé vermouth, $28.98 at Potomac Wines & Spirits.

11. Thrasher’s Ginger Beer Syrup, $11.99 at Glen’s Garden Market.

12. Republic Restoratives Civic Vodka, $29.99 at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. 

13. Backroom Bourbon, $55 at District Distilling.

14. Giant dark-chocolate peanut-butter cups, $5 each at

15. Pour-over coffee kit (Kalita brewer and filters not shown), $150 at Vigilante Coffee Company.

16. Pastificio Fratelli Setaro fusilli pasta, $9 at Centrolina (CityCenterDC). 

17. 1.5-liter “Fido” glass jar, $8.50 at Salt & Sundry.

18. All-Clad copper-clad two-quart covered saucepan, $359.99 at Bloomingdale’s (Chevy Chase).

This article appears in the December 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.

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