Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (1526 14th St., N.W.) is more than just a one-stop shop for modern furniture. The gay-owned shop also has a carefully curated selection of home accessories such as a mirrored lacquer serving tray for $335. Capri bar ware ranging from $16-49 can also be used as accent pieces for the tray.
For a more modestly priced glass option, vintage home furnishing store Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th St., N.W.) has cut glassware for $5 a piece. Art enthusiasts can also brighten up any bland wall with a colorful painting ranging from $200-600. If you’re looking for a bigger bang for your buck, the store is known for its wide range of one-of-a-kind furniture pieces such as stools, chairs and couches.
Home Rule (1807 14th St., N.W.) has neighborhood clocks emblazoned with popular D.C. neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and Shaw for $19.99. For the drinkers in your life, Home Rule has “Sip from the Hip” flasks. The flasks come in a variety of bright colors and patterns and are $14.99 a piece.
Tabletop (1608 20th St., N.W.) has every table accessory you can think of such as Pantone color mugs that show the color and color number from the color company Pantone, for $15. Have a matching kitchen set with the Pantone espresso cups for $12 each.
The Sir Elton John Holiday Candle is the perfect gift to give and give back. Fragranced with a combination of Madagascar vanilla, exotic woods, smoky embers and juniper berry, this candle will burn for 60 hours. The candle is also for a good cause with 20 percent of proceeds being donated to the Elton John AIDS foundation. The candle is valued at $38 and can be purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue (5300 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.). (Photo courtesy Elton John AIDS Foundation)
Trohv Home and Gift (232 Carroll St., N.W.) has a combination of vintage and modern furniture and home goods. A fun gift for the kitchen could be Trohv’s “Buttah” butter dishes for $24 each.
Trohv also offers Blue Spruce-scented pinecones to keep any room smelling fresh. The pinecones can also be a used as decoration for a living room, bedroom or kitchen The pine cones are $5 a scoop.
The Covered Market (7000 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, Md.) specializes in Turkish home décor such as the bronze tea and herb spices container set for $22. Another great gift is its mosaic candle-holders that come in a small size for $18 and in a large size for $28.
If you want a gay gift that’s also a no-hassle bargain, check out the Nate Berkus collection at Target. From throws to baskets to home accents — like this “Cleopatra”-esque Nate Berkus Serpent Bowl ($15.99) — there a wide range of options in stock at many regional D.C.-area Target stores.
There are also tons of home decor gift options at Su Casa, like these funky clocks (sizes and prices vary) at Su Casa (901 S. Bond St., Baltimore) in Baltimore’s chic Fells Point neighborhood.
Want to give something memorable but don’t want to burden the recipient with unspoken pressure to display it year-round? Christmas tree ornaments make great “little something” gifts. We’ve found no better place in the D.C. region for eclectic options than Urban Attic/Christmas Attic (125 S. Union St., Alexandria, Va.), which offers everything from pop culture-inspired novelties like these “Wizard of Oz” character ornaments to nutcrackers to — well, you name it, they have it. Prices vary.
Room and Board (1840 14th St., N.W.) has a collection of vases that range from $69.99 to $150 to add to any room. The vases come in green and white and are sold separately.
Not sure what you’re looking for but just want to browse? Check out these great spots:
• Kensington Antique Row (3762 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md.)
• Brass Knob (2311 18th St., N.W.)
• Preservation & Framing Services (4901 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.)
• Sheffield Furniture (locations in Rockville, Md., Dulles, Va., et. al.)
• Merrifield Garden Center (Merrifield, Fairfax and Gainesville, Va.)