November 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm EST | by Joey DiGuglielmo
GIFT GUIDE II: Holiday tchotchkes

(Washington Blade photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

Celebrate your first year gay-married with these same-sex “just married” ornaments. Available variously. We found these at an ornament kiosk near the Bon-Ton entrance at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, Md.

Made by American craftsmen, this Twain Storage Bin ($99) from Room & Board features durable waxed cotton canvas and domestically sourced leather trim that lend warmth and texture. It’s collapsible so it stores easily when not in use.

The merino wool Haven throw blanket ($169) is created entirely by U.S. makers. From farm to loom, the artisans at Imperial Stock Ranch use their finest yarns and expert weaving techniques to make blankets that are the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Created in exclusive patterns and colors for Room & Board.

Pier 1 (several regional locations) is another great spot for whimsical holiday decor. These Jingle Bell Earrings ($4.95) are one of many gift options.

The Monaco Foosball Table ($4,870) from Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams gets its rich look from walnut veneers trimmed in polished stainless steel with a black-and-white field and players polished in nickel and brass.


(Photo courtesy of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams)

These Handblown Antiqued Ornaments from Restoration Hardware (several locations in the region) are $9-12 and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

The Del Ray Artisans 20th annual Holiday Market runs weekends throughout December at the Colasanto Center (2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria) with free entry. It features handcrafted work from local artists, such as this bowl by Paula Wulff, along with pottery, photography, jewelry, glass, ornaments and more.

You never know what you’ll find at Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th St., N.W.) and that’s part of the fun. If you want vintage ornaments or Christmas decor, this is the place. The shop’s third annual Holiday Market is Friday, Dec. 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. with vendors, snacks, live jazz and 20 percent off.

Take the Evil Queen, Maleficent or Cruella home with these detailed Disney figurines from the Couture de Force collection by Enesco ($64.99) for the adult collector. Available at the Disney Store or Hallmark.

One of this year’s Hallmark ornaments is not just Wonder Woman, but Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. It’s $19 and available at any Hallmark shop.

The Mt. Vernon Antique Center (8101 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Va.) bills itself as the “best and oldest” antique mall in the D.C. area. Hard-to-find vintage gift possibilities abound here on two floors.

Evolution Home (6239 Shields Ave., Alexanria, Va.) could certainly never be accused of being anti-gay. This art print from Rock Gap Interiors ($50) is one of thousands of potential gift options at this antique/consignment shop, one of the best we know of in the region.

We’ve mentioned it other years but it bears repeating — if you want pretty much any conceivable Christmas ornament, the best shop we know of in the region is undoubtedly the Christmas Attic (125 S. Union St.) in Old Town Alexandria where the entire upstairs is devoted to Christmas year round.

A visit to Le Village Marche, a charming spot that offers French-themed home decor and gifts, opened at Cathedral Commons (3318 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) in June, its second location in the area (the other is in Shirlington, Va.).

Need a tree? American Plant has pre-lit trees “so real you can touch them.” Prices vary. Their two Bethesda stores (at 7405 and 5258 River Road) also have lots of holiday decor items as well.

Ellen DeGeneres: Home” ($21 hardcover; $16.99 Kindle) offers at 304-page glimpse into the lavish home of the comedy/daytime legend from Grand Central Publishing.

Give someone a tour of the magnificently gilded (and gay-owned) Inn at Little Washington with “A Magnificent Obsession” by famed Chef Patrick O’Connell. Signed copies are available for $50 in the Inn shop or unsigned for $33 via Amazon.

Encyclopedia Madonnica 20: Madonna from A to Z” ($65) is a massive reboot of Matthew Rettenmund unauthorized 1995 classic. At nearly 600 pages, it’s positively exhaustive in its scope and detail and is equally fun for casual or hardcore fans.


(Cover photo by Richard Corman; image courtesy the Karpel Group)

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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