The good news about the guys hawking Obama merch on every corner lately: If you didn't like their stuff, you only had to take two steps in either direction before you were standing in front of a new set of goods. Buttons, hats, gloves, anything with blinking lights ... Yeah.
Sometimes when people are REALLY excited about something, the gear gets a little, well, tacky. (Arena rock T-shirts, anyone?)
But now that the out-of-towners are heading back home, you might be wondering, "Where's MY souvenir?" Surely you need something a little classier -- and a little more fun -- than another logo'ed ski cap or "I WAS THERE" fake newspaper.
That's where Apres Peau (1430 K St. N.W.) comes in. The sleek and chic gift shop carries gifts you'd love to give OR get, and there are just a few trinkets that you might want to snap up.
An inaugural coaster set ($45) consists of four historic black and white photographs, including Martin Luther King Jr. facing the crowds at his "I Have a Dream" speech. The "Thinking of
Barack Obama You" greeting card ($4.50) is great to send to a friend, or tuck away for history's sake. And 1960s-era D.C. trolley tokens are recycled into limited-edition cufflinks ($130) that will last forever.
However, about those Inauguration Celebration chocolate bars ($6 or four for $20)? Yeah, they might not stick around for too long.