The holidays are almost here. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, the Washington, DC area has a wonderful selection of places to shop for unique gifts. Here are some suggestions of interesting places to shop for holiday gifts in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Black Friday in the Washington DC Area
The day after Thanksgiving, many Washington DC area retailers open their doors very early to attract shoppers with special deals and bargains for the holiday season. Some shopping malls and large retailers even open at midnight. See the schedule of early openings in the DC area.
Washington DC Gifts and Souvenirs
Looking for a gift or souvenir for someone who loves Washington DC? This guide offers lots of creative ideas for locals and visitors to the nation's capital.
Holiday Craft Shows in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
See the schedule of a variety of arts and craft shows held in November and December in the Washington, DC area.
Museum Gift Shops in Washington, DC
Find unique gift items such as books, clothing, jewelry, videos, crafts, decorative arts, toys and more. Some of the museums even sell their memorabilia online!
Christmas Tree Farms in Maryland and Northern Virginia
Cut your own Christmas tree and get ready for the holiday season. See a guide to the farms near Washington DC, many of which also sell wreathes, greens, ornaments and other holiday items.
Shopping for Christmas Decorations in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
See a guide to the best stores in the area to buy Christmas ornaments, garlands, decorative lights, candles, and more.
Downtown DC Holiday Market
November 29 - December 23, 2013. Sidewalk on F Street between 7th and 9th in front of the National Portrait Gallery. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Enjoy a unique seasonal shopping marketplace in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of downtown Washington, DC. Find gift items by more than 180 exhibitors and artisans including fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, prepared food and more. A wide range of live, local musicians and bands will entertain shoppers. Jazz, swing, blues, reggae, bluegrass, klezmer, a cappella, brass and more create a fun, energetic atmosphere.
National Harbor Holiday Festival
December 6-8, 2013. National Harbor, Maryland. Located in a big top heated tent, the festival will include crafts and holiday gifts, live entertainment, food and wine, kids activities, and more.
Rosslyn Holiday Market
December 13, 2013, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 1500 Wilson Blvd. Rosslyn, VA. The holiday event will include free talks and demos offering insights on everything from gourmet coffee roasting to ballet-barre. Shoppers can enjoy a sampling of sweets, snacks and refreshments while also indulging in an array of services such as massages, holiday hair blowouts, cigar and spirits tastings, and boutique shopping.
Sports Memorabilia for Washington, DC Teams
Find great gifts for local sports fans with a guide to sports memorabilia for Washington, DC area sports teams.
Best Antique Shopping in the Washington, DC Area
Antique centers sell handmade crafts and unique gift items for the holidays. Find antiquing destinations with a variety of shops in Maryland and Virginia.
Outlet Shopping Malls Near Washington, DC
The outlet centers offer a wide selection of stores and the best prices on designer and brand name items from clothing to electronics to housewares.
Shopping Malls in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia
Step out of your own neighborhood and check out a shopping mall that you have not taken the time to explore.
Top Gourmet Food Stores in the Washington, DC Area
Find a wide selection of gourmet food and gift items from the region's best specialty stores.
Official White House Christmas Ornaments
Shop online for official, hand-decorated holiday ornaments of Washington, DC.
Christmas Shopping at Washington National Cathedral
The Greenhouse offers a wide selection of herbs, foliage, plants, gifts and Christmas decorations, (202) 537-6263. Books, music, statues, jewelry and other gifts can be found in the Museum Store, (800) 319-7073. The Herb Cottage is a gift shop featuring a variety of home and garden accessories, dried herbs and specialty teas and foods, (202) 537-8982.
GateHouse Holiday Shop at Claude Moore Colonial Farm
6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia (703)442-7557. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving Day). Find a unique selection of 18th century reproduction toys, housewares, jewelry, toiletries and more. All proceeds benefit the Farm’s educational programs.