15 Dec 2014


Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

Elf on the Bar.  Photo by author.

Elf on the Bar. Photo by author.

Capitol Hill is full of great places to seek out a gift for that guy (or guys) in your life.  We may not have a lot of options for electronics and clothing, but there are places to find unique and manly options to wrap and place under the tree in the next couple of weeks.  Personally I am big on gifts that someone (or me) can enjoy for a while, or something that is an experience that your guy can look forward to some time after the holiday.  Here are some ideas for what to get your husband, boyfriend, father, brother, brother-in-law, father-in-law, cousin, neighbor, significant other, or none-of-the-above man in your life.  I’m not saying this is MY Christmas list, but I wouldn’t turn down any of these wonderful local items…

Eastern Market’s weekend flea market has some great unique clothing and accessory options for men.  You might not get him a shirt and tie, but you can get him cuff links he may not find elsewhere at Yangku Designs.  The vendor has fun options, like Lego blocks and Lego men, antique typewriter keys, and scrabble tiles.  There are also elegant Japanese rice paper and glass options you probably won’t find elsewhere.  One-of-a-kind belts and tee shirts can be found at the Jon Wye stall in the flea market on weekends as well.  If you must buy someone a tie, check out the gently used options at Buy My Tie, also at the Market (some) weekends.  Most are affordable and you’d never know they were previously-owned.

Rooting for the home team is always appropriate, and the Nationals Team Store at Nationals Park is open year-round even though the season is long done (or, spring training is still a few weeks away?).  The main team store is open seven days a week, but note that from December 15 through December 26 the store has relocated to the Home Plate store near the corner of South Capitol Street and Potomac Avenue.  Pick up a jersey, a sweatshirt, or tickets to a future game.

If you’re guy is big on cocktails, there are great places to find fun mixers – in addition to the obvious booze – that will give him a chance to be creative at home with his libations.  Hill’s Kitchen has some fun syrups, such as Morris Kitchen’s Preserved Lemon Syrup, that mixes well with gin and sparking water.  Salt & Sundry at Union Market has a wide array of bitters and syrups as well, and can assist you in creating a whole gift basket focused on craft cocktails.

Gift cards can be both generous and impersonal, so consider pairing a card for a local establishment with an item either from the same place or complimenting it.  For example, a Frager’s gift card could come with a Frager’s tee shirt or a new tool belt (if he’s the handy type).  If he’s into beer, buy a couple steins or pilsner glasses at Hill’s Kitchen or Salt & Sundry and add drinks or dinner at Biergarten Haus on H Street.  The Pretzel Bakery on 15th Street SE has pint glasses, tee shirts, and coffee mugs that can be added to a gift card.

Merry Shopping!



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