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This Christmas, Shop Local in D.C.

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Purchasing amazing gifts, beautiful decorations, and the right ingredients to prepare a home-cooked Christmas dinner can feel like a marathon right before Christmas. To top it off, going to the mall, fighting the crowds, and waiting in long lines can make the holiday experience downright stressful.

So, this Christmas, turn your shopping session from a chore into a fun treasure hunt by leaving the malls behind. Instead, choose to shop local and seek out charming boutiques on neighboring streets. This way, your special gift will certainly be unique, and your meal will be made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

If you’re ready to get started on your Christmas checklist, here are some of our favorite local retailers in D.C.

Gourmet Food

Via Umbria, located in Georgetown, brings the Italian region of Umbria to Washington, D.C. Stop here for a batch of high-quality ingredients for your Christmas cooking. In addition to offering a wide selection of authentic products—such as fresh deli meats and cheeses, candies, cookies, pasta, and oil—it also organizes wine and cheese tastings, exhibitions, and book clubs. Furthermore, those wishing to try authentic Italian food can sign up for one of their dinner or brunch experiences.

Stationery & Books

Kramerbooks & Afterwords is one of the city’s most beloved independent booksellers—with a twist. Besides carrying a wonderful selection of books, it also has a café and full-service bar where you can try some of its delicious food. As a bonus, the store organizes hundreds of book-related events each year, both in-store and elsewhere.

Next, you’ll find the largest collection of journals and notebooks in the city at Jenni Bick Custom Journals, as well as planners, sketchbooks, albums, and fountain pens. The knowledgeable staff will even help customize the journal of your choosing; for instance, engrave your name or that of a loved one into a journal and you have the perfect present!

Clothing & Jewelry

If you’re looking for something unique for someone special, stop by Tiny Jewel Box. The in-store experts will walk you through the process of purchasing the perfect piece of jewelry for your loved one. They carry a fine selection of diamonds, engagement and wedding rings, custom-designed jewelry, and watches.

The Phoenix features local and international conscious goods. Its selection of accessories, clothes, home décor, and garden goods are made by artisans and designers from all over the world. If you’re looking for affordable designer jewelry and semi-precious bead creations, look no further!


High-quality wooden children’s toys, books, crafts, clothes, and sporting goods are always in season at Kinder Haus Toys. What’s more, the merchandise is not only fun, but also educational and made from natural materials—mostly wood—and not powered by batteries. You’re sure to find a charming gift for any child here; the shop carries stuffed animals, puppets, block wagons, and puzzles, just to name a few. There’s also a playing area where your little one can have fun while you stroll the spacious store.


Miss Pixie’s boutique showcases an eclectic selection of vintage furniture and home décor items. It offers unique finds for antiques and vintage goods, including postcards, art, toys, and furniture. From Victorian to modern, mid-century or shabby chic, you’ll find the perfect accent pieces for your home here.

Urban Dwell offers a selection of merchandise that includes home goods, accessories, stationery, kitchen and bath products, paintings, and baby gifts. There’s something for everyone who ventures in, so chances are you’ll easily find a great and unique gift for a loved one.


Music lovers can gather at Songbyrd, a place where you can get your morning coffee, grab a bite to eat, pick out the latest vinyl records, and go down to the basement venue to listen to some live music. The café even has a 1940s recording booth where visitors can record their own vinyl on the spot. If you’re looking for a great gift for a music fan, be sure to pop by.

Spread the Christmas spirit even further by frequenting local, small businesses in the area like those listed above. Have we missed any of your favorite spots? Let us know at and we’ll check them out.

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About the author

Agatha Major

Agatha is a Marketing Communications Specialist for RENTCafé.com, with a background in business and personal finance. Discovering her fascination with the real estate market, she re-oriented towards researching topics pertaining to rental trends and their influence on renters’ lifestyles. You can connect with Agatha via email at

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