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9 DC-Themed Gifts Only a Washingtonian Would Appreciate

We hear the gondola tee is a real icebreaker.

Gifts for Washingtonians.

From the cheeky and quirky, to the novelty and delicious, there’s a DC-themed gift for everyone on your list.

1. A Chocolate Monument

Eight-ounce, five-inch, three-dimensional Capitol Domes come in white, dark, and milk chocolate for $13.95 each, but there are also chocolate Lincoln Memorials, Washington Monuments, White Houses, and more. Available at Chocolate Chocolate on Connecticut Avenue or ChocolateDC.com

 

 

2. A “Gondola Now!” Tee

Inspired by the proposed Rosslyn-to-Georgetown gondola, the “Gondola Now!” merch includes a short- or long-sleeve tee, a sweatshirt, and a tank top. Starting at $20 on Amazon

 

3. An RFK Stadium Seat

With the demolition of RFK stadium, Events DC is selling an assortment of stadium seats—and turnstiles, too. $350 to $600 on at StadiumSeatDepot.com.

 

4. DC-Flag–Themed Pencils

The gold-foil stars on this local stationery company’s pencil set are a nod to the District’s flag. $20 at Appointed.co

 

 

5. A “51” Statehood Hat

A designed-in-DC hat for your pro-statehood friends. (According to a 2016 referendum, 86 percent of DC residents are such). $32 at DistrictofClothing.com.

 

 

 

6. An Old Bay Sweater 

An ideal choice for this year’s ugly sweater party. $70 at RouteOneApparel.com.

 

7. A “202”-Etched Whiskey Glass

Cheers to having the original area code. (There’s wayyy less 771 merch.) $22 at SaltandSundry.com.

 

 

 

8. Mambo Sauce

Plenty of non-Washingtonians enjoy the tangy condiment, too, but the DC-linked (its birthplace is apparently contested) mambo sauce is a treat for local friends. There are several producers, but this made-in-DC version starts at $8.50 at SauceCityOrganicFoods.com.

 

 

 

9. A Neighborhood Map

There are many to choose from, but these incredibly detailed ones by Wild Place Prints  are a favorite right now. Starting at $28 at ShopMadeinDC.com.

Amy Moeller
Editor, Washingtonian Weddings

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.