Thomas Foolery (2020 P St., N.W.) is an ideal place for the “kid at heart” adult. The bar offers board games, candy, colorful cocktails, grilled cheese, tots and an extensive beer list. Purchase a holiday bar tab as a gift for food or drinks. The tabs have no required minimum or maximum making it a great gift idea for every budget.
Labyrinth Games & Puzzles (645 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.) has many games for adults and children alike. Pengoloo ($19.92) is a wooden penguin memory game that can be silly fun for kids.
Give the gift of relaxation at Capital Teas (1627 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). The Green Dragon Fly Cast Iron Teapot ($100) is a kitchen staple great for brewing. Gift a couple holiday-themed teas along with it such as Christmas Cookie, Figgy Pudding and Gingerbread Rooibos.
For the live-show lover in your life, purchase tickets to their favorite concert, sporting event or Broadway show with SeatGeek. Upcoming shows through SeatGeek include the NFL Playoffs featuring the Redskins, The Beach Boys, Justin Bieber, Earth Wind & Fire and Washington Nationals Opening Day. SeatGeek also offers an instant mobile transfer, perfect for gifts. Ticket prices vary.
Don’t know what brand he likes? A cologne sampler, like this deluxe Leading Man “favorites” set from Sephora, is a safe, fast and easy choice. $55
Pick up a holiday candle at Universal Gear for $39.50. Candle scents include holiday pine with bayberry and clove or orange with cinnamon and spice. You can also keep it organized by giving a stylish messenger bag ($59.95.).
Gift cards are always a safe bet. American Plant, like many retailers, have them available in any denomination. americanplantgiftcards.com.
S&A Beads (6929 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, Md.) has all of the tools to give someone a creative and specialized gift. Create beaded necklaces or bracelets from their wide-ranging bead collection. Beads range from $0.10 to $18 per bead.
Proper Topper (1350 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) has a paper Nutcracker stage ($28) great for play or decoration. Personalize the stage with additional accessories for $18 each. For those people you know who love a nice drink, give a cloth flask in big ($24) or small ($17) sizes.
Fantom Comics has many LGBT-themed comic books for the comic novice or collector. “Glory” ($34.99) is a comic by trans writer and artist Sophie Campbell. Other LGBT comics available include “The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye” ($19.99), “The Wicked and the Divine: the Faust Act” ($9.99), “Saga: Vol. 1” ($9.99) and “Jem and the Holograms: Showtime” ($19.99).
Grab stocking stuffers at Lou Lou (1804 14th St., N.W.). Heart-shaped trinket trays ($20) are small gifts that are nice for holding jewelry or other small items. Bright Ideas pencil set ($12.95) and Bright Ideas journal ($14.95) make a gift set for the artistic soul or idle doodler.
For the person who you can never shop for, get something different at Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th St., N.W.). For a rustic decoration, give a license plate of their home state for $12. Keep it crafty with a ball jar ($9) for decorating or flower arrangements.
Keep it cute in the kitchen with an elf mug ($11.99) or Melamine Personality Plate ($9.99) from Home Rule (1807 14th St., N.W.).
A calendar is a fast choice anybody can use. Among this year’s offerings are the naughty “Kilty Pleasures,” Madonna’s annual celebration of herself and Grammy darling Sam Smith. Available at various retailers. Prices vary.