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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 12/16/2005

Give It Up

By Erin

Don't get stuck scrambling for gifts. Choose a special local item and give your loved ones a glimpse of the town where it's wintertime and the livin' is D.C.

The masses are flocking to the National Zoo to see Tai Shan, so swoop into the gift store instead and pick up some bird-friendly coffee. The beans come from farms in South and Central America that provide sustainable, natural-forest-like habitats for birds. The coffee is shade-grown and organic.

Gourmands will enjoy a package of addictive salty oat cookies or a bag of ginger scone mix from Teaism. If you really want to impress, pair them with some loose tea or local jam from the Dupont Circle farmers' market.

Give the liberal dog in your life a George W. Bush chew toy from Chocolate Moose.

Head to the gift shop in the Dirksen Senate Office Building for government-themed memorabilia. Buy an elephant or donkey-shaped coffee mug for the aspiring political pundit on your list, or let your loved ones take a swing at the Senate with golf balls that bear its logo.

Eastern Market is rife with unique local products. Consider picking up a small print of the monuments from a local artist. You can also find hand-made Cherry Blossom soap, barbecue and hot sauces and other crafts as you wander the market.

Have some other Washington-centric gift ideas? Feel free to share them with me and the GoG Blog audience by posting a comment.


By Erin  | December 16, 2005; 9:30 AM ET
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