DC Gift Guide: Support Local Businesses this Holiday Season

While buying at big box stores and on online retailers may be efficient, small D.C. businesses also offer an array potential gifts you can browse this celebratory season.

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Supporting local businesses stimulates local economies. Between 1993 and 2013, 63 percent of new jobs were created by small businesses, the Small Business Administration said in 2014.
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nShop Made in DC offers a rotating selection of products created and crafted in the area.
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n"Our city is full of makers, now there is a space dedicated to helping them grow," its website says.
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Shop Made in DC offers curated gift baskets for the foodies and fashionistas in your life. They also offer a basket featuring items that will help you relax -- something many people in D.C. need.
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nBaskets are priced about $90 to $120.
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Do you know someone who loves to cook? Make a "big dill" out of it with this apron.n
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nIt costs $34 at Shop Made in DC.
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RESIST the urge to buy generic onesies. These ones at Shop Made in DC are $25.
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If one of your friends still has posters from college on their walls, these modern maps might make a nice alternative.
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nThey start at $25 at Shop Made in DC and are also available on the Cherry Blossom Workshop website.
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Alexandria, Virginia's Range of Emotion boutique handcrafts fingerless gloves, made entirely out of recycled wool and cashmere. Each pair is one of a kind.
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You can find them at Shop Made in DC for $62.
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Do you want onesies that don't make a political statement? Shop Made in DC has these too. They cost $28.
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The local shop also offers handcrafted scarves and jewelry. Prices vary, though many options are under $30.
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The brick-and-mortar store sells shirts that show off your neighborhood, as well. Check them out for $22.
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Maybe your mother-in-law has almost everything -- but she probably doesn't have peanut-coconut or spicy eggplant spreads. Shop Made in DC has you covered.
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Don't fret if your sister is picky. Get her a gift certificate and a sassy card to put it in -- you'll be supporting local businesses and making her happy.
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nMost cards cost $6.
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Maybe your dad would prefer booze over fingerless gloves. That's OK too. Local distillery, Green Hat is the first of its kind in D.C. in a century. It excels at making craft gin and whiskey.
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nA 750 ml bottle of gin runs $33.
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If your friends wish they were on the beach, perhaps get them a bottle of Summer Cup, an adored cordial spirit.
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Proper Topper
Want something chic? Try a fancy hat.
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nProper Topper first opened its doors in 1990. 27 years later, the little business that began as a hat shop has become a collection of diverse treasures.
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nThe shop has two locations: One at Dupont Circle near the Dupont South Metro station and a Cathedral Commons pop-up shop.
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Check out books, hats and clothes at the Proper Topper. Prices vary.
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Proper Topper has vases listed on its site at prices ranging from $16 to $70. These hand-painted vases sell for $40 each.
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