The holidays are almost upon us. The year is nearly over. Are you ready? I am! I think. Other than a few small things, my shopping is complete. All I need to do is pack five days worth of outfits for Oklahoma’s completely unpredictable weather and leave room for the gifts we need to take as well. With my mad Tetris skills, it shouldn’t be a problem. In other exciting news, after scouring the district for months looking for our next apartment – we think we finally found THE ONE. More details on that in the coming weeks, if all goes well.
Bad Sentences’ Last Minute Local Gift Guide
There’s still plenty of time to wrap up your holiday shopping while supporting local small businesses. Here are a few of my favorite places to snag gifts for everyone on your list.
Steadfast Supply in Navy Yard is worth popping into even if you don’t need to shop. The beautifully curated space is an Instagrammer’s dream. There are “meet the maker” events every weekend as well so that you can get to know the people behind the product.
The pop-up is over at the end of the month, so don’t miss the opportunity to grab a few gifts for your loved ones, or for yourself. We went again this weekend and bought a beautiful gift box of local candles and a succulent for my mother-in-law, and a District of Clothing sweatshirt for myself. Steadfast Supply is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December.
I wrote about this last year, but local booze is a great gift for those who love to imbibe. And, while you’re “shopping” you can do a little sipping of your own. You know, as quality control. We stopped by District Distilling Co. a while ago and loved their clear spirits.
For whiskey, One Eight Distilling is a great choice. DC has a plethora of local breweries for the beer lover, or head out to Virginia wine country to pick up a bottle for oenophile in your life. A tour of a local distillery, brewery or winery is also a great activity if you have family in town and need to get out of the house. For those who don’t drink, a growler of local kombucha from Craft Kombucha would be an excellent option.
The snack lover on your list will be overjoyed to receive a bundle of goodies from Stella’s PopKern in Petworth. They offer a variety of delicious flavors in tins and sample packs. This is great for host gifts as well!
For other edible gifts, we also love Harper Macaw’s sustainable chocolate, sourced from Brazil.
Weekly B.S. Report 12.19.16
Once you’re done shopping, head to these local events to get the holiday partying started early!
Latke-Palooza at Commissary
Enjoy bottomless latkes and deep-fried donuts at Commissary’s 3rd annual Latke-Palooza tonight, December 20th, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $22 without drinks, or $38 with two drink tickets with 10% of profits benefiting the Jewish Food Experience.
Trappist Beer Dinner at Belga
Join Belga Cafe for a special Trappist Beer Dinner on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a four-course dinner accompanied by 6 beers for $69.95 per person (not including tax & gratuity).
Turkish Coffee & Baklava Tasting
The owners of Simit + Smith in Georgetown and Mezze Culture are offering an exclusive introduction to Turkish coffee and dessert while exploring Turkish culture through food and drink on Tuesday, December 20th at 6 p.m.. The event will guide you through a cultural narrative of authentic Turkish coffee and baklava, its historic origins, place in Turkish culture from serving to fortune-telling, and its influences throughout Europe and beyond. Tickets are only $5. The event will also be held on January 17th and February 21st.
Also Coffee has a beautiful photo essay of the Marshy Point Nature Center.
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