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9 Holiday Gifts
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Walking into this tres belle boutique is like sneaking into the enormous walk-in closet of your most stylish and decadent friend, with its walls of gorgeous women’s wear, fabulous handmade jewelry and exquisite Italian leather bags, but everything is for sale! Tucked into the 200 block of Pennsylvania, Marjorie Tuttle’s upscale shop is easy to miss, unless you’re lucky enough to know its there. If you’re looking for gifts with a “wow” factor, check out these fabulous fur and feather hats and scarves or these chic, brightly colored Nina Bossi bags. 225 Penn Ave. SE, 202.548.0105.

Blue Iris Flowers

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Angie and Issiah Brunson are well loved, enduring fixtures here on Capitol Hill. With the fresh, fanciful beauty of their floral designs and the convenient location of their shop - inside Eastern Market’s South Hall - whether you need an arrangement to compliment a holiday dinner or a bouquet to say, “sorry, I missed dinner,” the Brunsons are there for you and likely will be for a long time. 225 7th St. SE, 202.547.3588.

Capitol Hill Books

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You can’t judge a book by its cover, and this is particularly true of Capitol Hill Books. The unadorned storefront and handwritten signs give no hint to the intrigue and wonder within. With two cozy floors of quality used books, rare books and first editions (like this two volume, first edition of The South American Gentleman’s Companion, by Charles H. Baker, $100), a visit to this tome treasure trove can steal away your afternoon. If you’re lucky enough to spot the owner, Morton “Jim” Toole, do have a word with him. He is frank, funny and as fascinating as his bookstore. 657 C St. SE, 202.544.1621, capitolhillbooks-dc.com.

Clothes Encounters of a Second Kind

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Linda McMullen has a discerning eye when it comes to her consignments and nary an item is accepted without her sayso. Delving into the racks of designer clothes and accessories, it’s impossible not to notice the quality, the style and the seasonal relevance she demands in her collection. One area Linda’s not so tough? Her prices. Pop in to find something for the well-heeled woman on your list. A vintage fur? A silk scarf? Or perhaps a dazzling piece of costume jewelry that says, “I went all out,” when you really just went to see Linda. 202 7th St. SE, 202.546.4004.

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Santa To Visit Ba December 12th rracks Row – 2 to 4 PM The Corner of 8th & G Street s SE
Santa will visit Capitol Hill at a display of his on Saturday De Workshop cember 12th be tween 2 pm an the corner of 8th d 4 pm at and G Street SE hosted by Barra Main Street. cks Row The DC Fire Department loc ated on 8th St. bring Santa to the SE will Work Shop in the ir fire truck since is no snow yet for his sleigh an there d reindeer. A photographer will be available to take pictures dren as they ma of chilke their final req uests of Santa. will be able to Parents download these shots from the Row website. Barracks Refreshment wi ll be served an d there will be Tots collection Toys for box at the Work shop. Barracks Row is decorating for Christmas! Pla ing the Christm n on seeas lights after Sa nta’s visit.

713 D STREET SE | WASHINGTON DC 2003 202.543.1997 | WWW.HILLSKITCHEN.COM MONDAY-SATURDAY 10AM TO 6PM, SUNDAY 10AM TO 5PM

For more information call Barracks Row Main Street 202-544-3188 or visit www.barracksrow.org.
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How do you say, “Baby, it’s cold outside,” in dog? No matter, the turn of season is enough cause to stop by the Chateau and pick up a handmade Chilly Dog sweater ($29.99-$43.99) for your “beast” friend. Not into wearables? Check out the plethora of pet toys or holiday inspired cookies in the Animaux “Ba(r)kery.” This upscale pet supply store, brought to you by Dennis Bourgault and Michael Suddath, has a unique product mix of top-quality foods, treats and provisions, fish and aquarium needs, a grooming salon and a self-service dog wash. 524 8th St, SE, 202-544-4660, chateau-animaux.com.

Chateau Animaux

Chat’s Liquors

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This popular local purveyor of beer, wine and spirits has served the Hill since the early 1900s. In 1979 the Williams family turned the key and took over. They have been here ever since. Bernie Williams deftly meets the needs of his diverse clientele by treating them like his quality vintages. Some need time to breathe, while others are best served immediately. With a broad knowledge of his merchandise, Bernie has a recommendation for any occasion, like this delicious, award-winning, seven-year vintage vertical of Lauterbach Cellars Russian River Pinot Noir (bottles start at $44.99). 503 8th St. SE, 202-544-4660, chatsliquors.com.

Dawn Price Baby

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Shopping at Dawn Price is as easy as A, B, C, D. “A” sales associate is there to help, whether you know what “layette” is or not. “B”-eautiful baby items and bountiful gift ideas (like this Little Packrats horse backpack, $29.99) are displayed with care, making browsing a pleasure. “C” is for the crazy-cool, completely cute clothes they carry. And “D” is for the dude diaper bags, which spare Dad the shame of carrying Mom’s Petunia Pickle Bottom. From the useful to the decadent, the fun to the functional, this singular baby boutique has it all. 325 7th St. SE, 202.543.2920, dawnpricebaby.com.

DC Styles

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Want to take your man from the cusp of cool to the height of hipness? Slide over to DC Styles on H Street, NE and let owner Moe Abdi guide you through his chic shop filled with au courant European fashions for men and women. Whether your preferred look is dress or casual, DC Styles has a wide selection of jeans, jackets, dress shirts, T-shirts, footwear and accessories to satisfy all tastes. Steal Moe’s look: Pazzo sport jacket ($249), Ko’s T-shirt ($69) and Rock Star jeans ($169). 1342 H St. NE, 202.388.3290.

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Pampering Gifts
Special, Easy to Give and Great to Ask For

As seen in Glamour & Washingtonian European Facials Swedish & Deep Tissue Body Massage Spa Manicures & Spa Pedicures Gift Certificates Beautifully Wrapped and more ...

HEADLINES SALON
326 Massachusetts Avenue, NE ¥ 202.546.5151 www.headlines-salon.com
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Dunkin Donuts

There on 8th and Penn, like a beacon of caffeinated hope, stands our dear Dunkin Donuts. The double D has provided the eastern seaboard with a healthy coffee buzz since long before the word “barista” entered the general vocabulary. They power us through our days with fine brew and yummy donuts, but did you know they also offer a fine selection of packaged gifts coffees, accessories and gift cards? Next time you pop in for a pick-me-up grab a gift for your favorite java junkie. 801 Penn Ave SE, 202.543.3923, dunkindonuts.com

Dynamic Wellness

Pass into this curious storefront and be greeted by certified health consultant, Nate Mines, a man so cheerful and charming you’ll want to know what vitamin he’s taking. Because Dynamic Wellness is all about customer health and happiness, he’ll gladly show you. This spacious store offers a variety of health supplements, wholistic products for home and body and beautiful African jewelry, clothing and art. This soap stone chess set ($50) would make an excellent gift for the thinker on you list. Is your thinker a novice? Dynamic Wellness hosts free chess classes every Friday night. 402 H St. NE, 202.547.0163, dynamicwellness.biz.

Eastern Market Pottery

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On the south end of Eastern Market’s South Hall you’ll find Eastern Market Pottery’s shingle hanging atop the basement staircase. Follow the stairs down, ring the bell and one of the talented potters in residence will invite you in. The studio’s shop, small compared to their vast workspace, is plentifully stocked with the artists’ wares, each piece an original, each striking. Thrown and fired in house, these fine, functional pieces (microwave, oven and dishwasher safe, from $5-$50) make for great gifts.Know an aspiring potter? Sign them up to throw some clay. 225 7th St. SE, 202.544.6669, easternmarketpottery.com

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Fairy Godmother Books & Toys

Most only dream of having a fairy godmother, but we here on the Hill have one to call our own: Roberta Blanchard. Step into Jack and Roberta Blanchard’s magical book and toy store and prepare for a flight of fancy. Tall bookshelves, packed with everything from old school classics to YA vampires to tales in French and Spanish. Beyond books, find toys galore, from Lego, Playmobil, Fisher Price, dolls, collectible (see this “Dutch” Madame Alexander doll, $89) to cuddly, balls, figurines, do-dads, and plenty of princess supplies. 319 7th St. SE, 202.547.5474.

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Give A Unique Gift This Season!!!! Over 5000 rugs in all sizes!
Exceptional gifts from every country along the Silk Road.

We also offer • Cleaning • Repairing Restoring • Appraising • Acquiring

The source for the finest vegetable dyed, hand spun wool, tribal, village and urban rugs from Woven History Looms, woven by Tibetan and Afghan refugees in Nepal and Pakistan.

311-315 7th St. SE • 202.543.1705
www.wovenhistory.com Open everyday for the holidays, 10 am - 6 pm Since 1995 on Capitol Hill Gifts and arts from every country along the Silk Road, including jewelry, clothing, antique furniture, musical instruments and more.

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Folger Library

To be aware of this gift shop, or not to be aware, it’s really no question. Thou must stop in. No more than a tiny alcove, the shop is brimming with such stuff as gifting dreams are made: art, cookbooks, paper dolls, jewelry, board games, costume pieces, all manner of multi-media, even Shakespearean fortune cookies ($5.95-$7.95). A fan of folly? Check out “Shakespeare’s Schnozzz” ($21.95) a tissue box made from Willie’s head, or the “Disappearing Wives of Henry VIII” Mug ($12.95). Pour in a piping beverage and the unlucky ladies disappear, leaving behind their names and foul fates. 201 E. Capitol St. SE, 202.675.0312, www.folger.edu.

Forecast

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This fashionable front rolled in thirty years ago with a highpressure system of style and sophistication. In that time seasons have changed, but Forecast continues to offer timeless collections. On the first floor, find heavenly home décor, delightful dishware (like this meticulously crafted botanical earthenware from Capetown, Africa’s Mustardseed & Moonshine in Lettuce Leaf, $35-$250), lavish bath products and gifts, and the new greeting card corner. Upstairs discover lux designer clothing, exceptional accessories and the sleekest shoe collection around. 218 7th St. SE, 202.547.7337, forecaststore.com.

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This friendly, old-fashioned hardware store has been satisfying customers on the Hill since 1920. From their garden department, to their paint supply store and rental shop, Frager’s has whatever you require. Need adornments to trim the tree? Presents for pets, parents or partners? Toys for the tots? They’re all here. Check out the Frager’s Starter Tool Box (Retail value: $45, Frager’s price: $25) styled by Bob “the tool man” Tappe. Transform the tool-averse person in your life into a dexterous DIY’er with this comprehensive collection. 1115 Penn. Ave. SE, 202.543.6157, fragersdc.com.

Frager’s Hardware

Frame Of Mine

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Your poster from the Uffizi, the ’04 Red Sox World Series program, and the inky handprints of your toddler (now sixteen) have been gathering dust in your closet for too long. Take your cherished memories and naked art to the talented framers at Frame of Mine. Whether you choose full-service framing or the new, DIY option, the on-site professionals will provide you with expert advice on the best framing approach. Acid free mats, top quality frames, conservation framing and custom hanging are available, as well as gift certificates of any denomination. 522 8th St. SE, 202.543.3030, frame-of-mine.com.

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Freer & Sackler Galleries Museum Shop

The Freer and Sackler galleries celebrate the love of Asian art and their shop, filled with inspired wares from Asia and the Middle East, allows you to take that celebration home with you. The one-of-a-kind, exclusive items, like this reversible quilt made in India from antique saris ($395), will enchant and tempt you. Browse the books, music and film selections, reproductions, tableware, furniture, gifts and games for children, and fashions from far-off places. 1050 Independence Ave. SW, 202.633.0535, freersacklershop.com.

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