Top finds around the Washington D.C. area and nearby Etsy businesses
Still searching for the perfect gift for your significant other? Why not check out these gorgeous, quirky and unique items created by local artists and artisans. Worldwide, over $18.2 billion is spent on Valentine’s gifts every year, but that doesn’t stop us from agonizing over what to gift to whom. Buying something handmade right here in your community can simplify the process while also showing extra care and thought.
There’s a strong Made in D.C. movement (with a shop in Dupont Circle) and several options to buy on Etsy, but supporting local makers. Browse our selection of items to find something perfect. The recipient won’t know that we suggested it–and we’ll keep the secret!
The creative outlet of a licensed architect, Off on a Tangent, based in D.C., offers gorgeous geometric designs based on architectural wonders of the world.
Most pieces are jewelry, but there are also items like tie bars and lapel pins. We love the pieces inspired by the corona pattern exterior of the National Museum of African American History and the cour pattern of the Louvre.
Owned by two women who left the corporate world behind for a more bubbly and hoppy path, the popular Arlington Brew Shop, located on Wilson Blvd. between Rosslyn and Courthouse, offers everything your special beer lover could need.
Does your giftee want to start home brewing? Stop in for starter kits and expert advice and guidance. Are they just into tasting? There is a more extensive local and broad selection here than almost anywhere else, plus you can check out what’s on tap for a growler fill. (Browse our selections below from Barrel Art LLC for a special way to serve your new brews!)
It can be hard to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside, especially in a city home. A hand-crafted or hand-painted pot from local crafters help you make a nice home for your plant with an elegant style for your home.
The Greater Washington area has a huge and rapidly burgeoning coffee scene, which your special coffee lover may have already noticed. You can buy beans, grinders, and mugs galore at most area coffee shops, but to truly impress, go for harder-to-find options.
Now based in D.C., EWBASTORE’s founders made their way to Washington from Brooklyn, NY, where their creative efforts started.
If they love to host friends, help them do it in style with these premium items from Barrel Art LLC. Based in Hampton, Virginia, the owners are inspired by their years of travel in Europe. Each item is well crafted from– you guessed it– repurposed barrels, so each piece is unique in how it shows the age and complexity of aging it has undergone.
We have our eye on the beer flight set and the whiskey/bourbon/scotch flight (option to include Glencairn-style glasses). Most items come in several elegant woods to choose from, like mahogany, natural light oak, or walnut.
Maybe your loved one has run marathons in the past (or you did together!) that you want to remember. Or perhaps they have a favorite place that you want to help them honor. These pre-designed and customizable ink prints from WishfulInkingDesign (based in Arlington) will be a strong gift for any decor!
We have our eye on the marathon prints and, for those who are married, the “Met, Married, Engaged” triptych with coordinates of each occasion. Prints are available at lower prices for digital downloads, if you can find a quality local printer in a time pinch.
There is an adage that you can’t go wrong with jewelry– and if you’re a little unsure about choosing a style, you may be better off going with something classic for everyday wear.
We love these simple choices: