To both de-stress and pick up a last-minute gift, stop by Tranquil Space (1632 17th Street N.W., tranquilspace.com) to look through a variety of incenses and candles that aim to promote peace and calm. Most popular is the myInsens gift set for $18, which comes complete with 24 rose incense sticks, one stick holder and a travel box.
For the art appreciator in your life, head to Gallery 2000 Art and Frame (1529 17th St. N.W.). Quick gifts to pick up include assorted prints for $7 and vintage framed prints for $45-$50.
Gay novelty gift staple Pulp (1803 14th Street N.W.), never fails to deliver one-of-a-kind gifts. Easy items to pick up include multi-purpose tins for all sorts of use from condoms to recipes. Prices depend on size and range from $6.95-$17.95.
Also nifty to pick up are various coffee table/activity books like “Pin the Mr. on the Man” and “Keep Calm and Crossword On.” Prices range from $10-$30.
Head over to Dupont Circle and stop by Tabletop D.C. (1608 20th Street N.W.). Think Homegoods but better and in the District. At Tabletop D.C., last-minute gifts include an assortment of patterned and graphic totes for $18, wine bags for $12 or chic toiletry bags for $26.
Between Farragut North and Dupont is another last-minute gift spot called Chocolate Moose (743 L St. N.W.). Pick up some classic gifts like an Etch-a-Sketch for $20 or an Ouija Board for $27. Other gifts include a solar-powered waving Queen Elizabeth for $18 or tons of pretty ornaments from $10-$20.
If your recipient is more of fine arts kind-of person, then stop by Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. N.W.) and purchase a gift certificate in any amount of your choosing for your theater goer. You can either have it mailed directly to your special someone or pick it up at Studio Theatre’s location.
Or if your fine arts fan is more of a movie buff, then get him or her a subscription to IndieFlix, basically Netflix but with all independent films. For $49 they’ll receive a one-year subscription to the service with unlimited streaming access to more than 4,000 films.
If you’re really pressed for time, then gift cards are probably your best option. Head over to Logan Circle and stop by Universal Gear (1529B 14th St. N.W.), which offers gift cards starting at $25. During this holiday season, gift cards are 25 percent off, so be sure to take advantage of this deal while it lasts.
Or swing by Logan Tavern (1423 P St. N.W.) which also offers gift cards that are good for all five Eat Well D.C. restaurants (The Pig, The Heights, Grillfish, Commissary and Logan Tavern). You can put any amount you want on the card and for $2 have them shipped directly to your recipient.
Right around the corner from Logan Tavern is Vida-owned hair salon and spa, Bang (1519 15th St NW). They, too, offer gift cards, which are good for all three of its locations.
For D.C. suburbanites, visit gay-owned-and-operated, Bloom Fresh Flowers (625 South Washington St., Alexandria), which is stocked with only the best floral supply. Creative arrangements range from $59.95-$229.95 and can be delivered all throughout the D.C. Metropolitan area.
Closer to the Maryland suburbs is Cleveland Park’s Wake Up Little Suzie (3409 Connecticut Ave. N.W.). There you’ll find eye-catching and trendy items like “pop clox” (unique clocks with pop culture sensibility) for $50. Or on the more affordable side are the adorable Muffin Tops Baking Cups for $13.95 or charming owl dishes available in several different sizes and priced between $12.50-$23.
The National Zoo has several gift ideas such as a Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) membership that provides a year of benefits and includes everything from free parking to members-only access to the pandas. Several membership levels are available starting at $50. Visit fonz.org/gift for details. It’s also possible to adopt an endangered species — packages come with a plush toy of the species in a custom carrier, a certificate, photo and fact sheet. Various packages are available starting at $40. Visit fonz.org/adopt for details.
For the live music lover on your list, nothing triggers memories of all those great concert nights at the 9:30 Club like its cool official merch. Available on site, its staff has everything from signature cupcake ornaments ($10) to pet collars ($15) with the nationally famous club’s logo on them. Also available online at merch.930.com/merch.
Yes, it’s getting a little late to order stuff online, but calendars always make great gifts and the Nashville Grizzlies RFC rugby club is raising money to attend the international gay rugby tournament next year in Sydney, Australia. Order one online for $20 at shop.grizzliesrugby.org.
American Plant (5272 River Road, Suite 550, Bethesda) has Saxon Chocolates, a collection of delectable chocolates and confections that have made Belgium synonymous with fine gourmet chocolates. The shop also has an online catalogue with a wide array of cute garden, holiday and décor-type gifts. Visit americanplant.net for details.