Send your loved one comfort and plenty of rainbows with light-up unicorn slippers, Twinkle Tootsies ($44.99). These adult-sized slippers from Moon Market are perfect for relaxing at home with their cushiony inner soles and soft cotton and polyester blend. The slippers feature six, color-changing LED lights with a controllable on/off switch to brighten any chill night-in. These unicorns will be delivered in a fun, ‘80s/‘90s nostalgia box covered with even more unicorns and rainbows for anyone who needs a bit of magic.
Big Planet Comics (1520 U St., N.W.) offers plenty of comic books with LGBT characters for comics enthusiasts. Pick up an issue of “The Walking Dead” ($14.99) for a dose of gore or an issue of “Lumberjanes Gotham Academy” ($3.99) for adventures of five girls at summer camp, two of whom are in a relationship with each other. “Wuvable Oaf” ($29.88) is also a great option by out cartoonist Ed Luce.
It’s hard to go wrong with a classic gift like a candle or cologne. Goodwood (1428 U St., N.W.) has candles ($16) in scents such as cumin and saffron or basil and vetiver to fill any room. For a more personal scent, choose a Berdous cologne ($30) in cuir, tonique or naturale.
For the music-lovers in your life, peruse the stacks at Songbyrd Record Cafe (2475 18th St., N.W.) for new or used LPs. Enjoy coffee while on the record hunt or while sampling albums at one of Songbyrd’s listening stations.
You can never go wrong with a calendar — next year’s models pay tribute to Davie Bowie, “Empire,” Broadway smash “Hamilton” and many more. Or go super local and savor the moving hunks who get a bit, ahem, scantily clad in the “Miss Pixie’s Delivers! 2017” calendar. It’s $12.99 at the shop (1626 14th St., N.W.).
A great spot for “gifty” items you never think of unless you’re there, is the Kennedy Center’s two gift shops (2700 F St., N.W.). The one on the main floor is great, but don’t miss the one downstairs, which is much larger, for a wide array of ornaments, nutcrackers, novelty items, show merch, coffeetable books and much more. Prices vary.
Is someone on your list a Kennedy Center regular? Then consider a gift card to Campono (600 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.), conveniently located just outside the Kennedy Center steps. Much more than a glorified pizzeria, Campono (camponodc.com) staff knows how to get you in and out and fully sated in time for your show. Gift cards are available at the restaurant in any amount.
For the true last-minute gift getters, purchase Ellen DeGeneres’s Heads Up in the Apple App Store or on Google Play for 99 cents. Practice your team-work skills with your family or friends by trying to guess the card using their clues. Keep the kids entertained with Heads Up Kids, a child-friendly version for the same price.
Give the gift of style with accessories from Lulu’s (various locations). Get personalized cuff links with initials for $65 each or $130 for a pair. Earrings in various styles ($15-30) are available.
The holidays means plenty of family time so give a gift that will entertain the whole family. Grab a game for every member of the family at HomeRule (1807 14th St., N.W.). Atomic Bouncy Balls Set ($7.99) from Ridley’s House of Novelties will give the kids decorated rubber balls to bounce around the house. Games like Movie Buffs for movie trivia, Charades or the Name Game from Wild and Wolf Ridley are great for spicing up any holiday party.
Investment pieces make great gifts for the holidays like a leather watch ($650-750) from Shinola (1631 14th St., N.W.). For those who prefer pen to paper over a screen, pick up a Shinola monogrammed notebook ($19.95) in a variety of colors.
Craft your own gift basket (starting at $50) at Cork Wine Bar (1720 14th St., N.W.) to suit anyone’s tastes. Choose from an array of wines and foods, both perishable and non-perishable, for a gift good for a loved one or a co-worker.
Out clairvoyant Tyler Henry’s memoir “Between Two Worlds: Lessons from the Other Side” recounts his life as a medium and explores how he became a credible clairvoyant to the stars including Margaret Cho, Boy George and Khloe Kardashian. Purchase is available for Kindle ($12.99) or hardcover ($16.51) editions.