10 Local Gifts They’ll Love

Doing some last-minute shopping? Step away from the overnight shipping button. These neighborhood boutiques have something for everyone on your list.

Giftables galore at Covet

Fun and Funky

For gifts for your pup, your Pops and all your pals in between, you can’t go wrong with a stop at Covet in Bluemont, where you can pick up quirky treasures like ombre dog leashes, reindeer tea towels, tiny tattoos, and S’well water bottles. It’s also my source for Sidney Hale—the candle that no one regifts.

Monogrammed coozie at The Preppy Pink Pony

Monogram It

I love The Preppy Pink Pony’s on-the-spot monogramming services and stylish and functional Scout bags. The McLean shop also carries a selection of school-spirited gifts, like painted tableware and needlepoint accessories by Smathers and Branson, which are also monogrammable.


Serene textiles at Timothy Paul Home (Facebook photo)

Cuddle Up

Every designer I’ve ever interviewed says that layering is the key to a comfortable home. Elegant nesters will appreciate a cozy, luxe throw from Timothy Paul Home in the Mosaic Distict. Or a Parisian-inspired tray—for serving hot cocoa or displaying objets—from Le Village Marché in Shirlington.


Pretty vases and home accessories at Random Harvest

Flower Power

Delight a sophisticated host with a ceramic vase from Random Harvest in the Lee Heights Shops. Then go the extra mile and fill it with seasonal blooms from Company Flowers in Cherrydale—where you can also pick up fun stocking stuffers and pretty, useful things to please everyone, from kids to grandparents.


Eclectic coolness at Stylish Patina

Vintage Chic

Show how well you know someone by turning their signature drink into a gift they won’t forget. A thoughtful friend once gave me a set of vintage gold-rimmed champagne saucers from Stylish Patina in Falls Church City, along with a bottle of my favorite bubbly. I still toast to her every time I use them.


Outdoor essentials at Casual Adventure

Gadgets and Gear

I think this inflatable solar light from Casual Adventure in Virginia Square is one of the coolest gadgets around. And I’m pretty sure my 13-year-old son will think so, too.



Affordable, on-trend fashions at Gossip on 23rd

Dress Up

Not sure what the next big thing in fashion will be—or whether or not you can pull it off at your next holiday party? Katherine Dress knows. Trust the owner of Gossip on 23rd in Crystal City to help get you or your lucky gift-recipient out of a sartorial rut.


Kid gifts at Barstons Child’s Play

Kid Pleasers

Have a tot on your gift list? Doodlehopper Toys (Falls Church City) and Barstons Child’s Play (locations in McLean and Arlington’s Lee Heights Shops) can hook you up with everything from emoji pillows to gorgeous gift books to play sets to keep them occupied for hours—which is a gift for the parents, too.


Winter wares at Trade Roots

Fair Game

Dear Santa: Is it too late for me to add this Viking hat from Trade Roots to my list? The Westover shop specializes in fair trade goods that are both fun and functional.


Growlers to go at Two the Moon

What’s Brewing

Arlington’s brewery scene is hop-pin’ (get it?). Help the tailgater in your life bring a local craft brew to the next big game with one of DrinkTank’s insulated growlers and a set of recycled beer glasses from Two The Moon in Williamsburg. Even better? You can have that growler monogrammed.

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