Well, folks, the local malls are now: a.) crowded, b.) boring and c.) crowded. This Thursday, opt for nonstop holiday specials and freebies, and take a stroll around the Shops at Bethesda Row. 'Cause when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.
Score a free gift with purchase at Urban Chic. Wear it Well will have 20 percent off all accessories, or you could get 'em for 30 percent off at Urban Country. For something different, try 25 percent off stackable Suzy Landa confetti rings at Amethyst.
Still hunting down the perfect replacements for those broken ornaments from last year? The Waygoose makes it easy with 20 percent off all holiday ornaments. For the beauty product junkie, Aveda is offering discounted gift sets.
After all that shopping, sit back and relax in the lounge at Redwood, where you can sip a free drink with the purchase of a $25 gift certificate. Of course, you could always skip the drink and head straight to Georgetown Cupcake, where cupcakes are $2.75 each or $15 for a half-dozen. Remember, the D.C. area's mantra is that everything is improved by cupcakes.