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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 05/15/2009

Got Plans? Redux: Unique to D.C. Gifts

By Julia Beizer

Washington D.C.: I'm visiting my boyfriend's parents next weekend and want to take a gift that is unique to D.C. Any thoughts? Don't want it to be too touristy, but something they couldn't get at home (rural Illinois).

This kind of question pops up every now and then in Got Plans? (most recently, yesterday) and it's one of my faves. There is something cool about bringing people a gift that reflects our city. "Unfortunately the first thing that popped into my head was Virginia ham, followed closely by one of those FBI/Witness Protection t-shirts. On a more serious note, how about a bottle of Virginia wine?" replied Stephanie. Readers chimed in with a few suggestions like White House Christmas ornaments, Virginia peanuts, pewter cups, Old Bay seasoning and other local flavor. Got something to add to the list? Let us know below.

We also talked about pre-baseball eats, Kids' Restaurant Week and Lincoln-related exhibits. Read the full transcript here. Have more questions? Submit them to next week's discussion.

-- Julia

By Julia Beizer  | May 15, 2009; 12:50 PM ET
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Ham and wine from Virginia would make good gifts from Virginia. They would, however, not make very good gifts from DC. You see, DC is actually NOT A PART OF VIRGINIA. Virginia is actually a separate thing altogether.

Posted by: bkchrist | May 15, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Many people think of the greater metropolitan area as "DC." This may be technically incorrect, but, you see, culture doesn't stop at the bridges. Yes, both have their distinct feels, but try explaining that to rural Illinois. Also, aside from touristy knick-knacks, there aren't too many things you can pack in a bag that say "this is DC." A nice bottle of Virginia wine, which DC residents do actually drink, would be lovely.

Posted by: cbr1 | May 18, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

A tshirt from Ben's Chili Bowl would be nice, especially since our president has now endorsed the half smokes there.

Posted by: ljgong | May 18, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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