Valentine’s Day Shopping from Washington, D.C. Area Artists and Artisans

by McEnearney on January 29, 2019

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.

The Washington, D.C. Area is home to talented and well-loved artists and artisans. In addition, 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!


For the Architecture + Travel Lover

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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.



For the Beer Aficionado

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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!)



For the Nature Lover

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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.

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For the Coffee Drinker

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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.

  • Lone Oak Coffee Co., based in Winchester, Virginia, offers BareKnuckle (for a limited time!), which is single origin Mexican coffee aged in a bourbon barrel. We last spotted some at Arlington Brew Shop.
  • Local micro-roaster Qualia, with locations in Eckington and Petworth, rivals some of the best New York and San Francisco coffee roasters. All beans are sold within three days of roasting, and you can order online, also. (Pro tip: Find them at a local farmer’s market (like the one on Saturday mornings in Courthouse) to buy jars of the best cold brew concentrate around.)
  • This catchy and useful double-spout pourover piece from Bicoastal Woodshop will help your loved one make top-notch coffee at home.
  • Show that you’re thinking of them in a simple message they’ll appreciate as they sip their coffee.



For a Simple Statement

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If you’re looking to say something sweet, put a smile on their face with these 4”x4” and 8”x8” canvases. Whether you think a whale, a squirrel, or a koala might elicit the widest smile is up to you!

Now based in D.C., EWBASTORE’s founders made their way to Washington from Brooklyn, NY, where their creative efforts started.  



For the Fancy Host

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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.



For a Way to Commemorate

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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.



For the Minimalist Jewelry Wearer

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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:

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