Gift Guide – For the host(ess) with the most(est) | Union Market District
  • Gift Guide – For the host(ess) with the most(est)

For The One Who Has Everything

Deco Etched Rocks Glass ($24) Ovals Tall Cup ($45) Set of 4 Yan Gold Napkins ($48) Marble Many Moons wall hanging ($36) Cactus Flower Exfoliant ($32) Vela Negra Candle ($40)

Salt & Sundry is a home + lifestyle boutique with an eclectic mix of goods from 200+ independent makers and designers stocking tableware, jewelry, accessories, coffee table books, children’s toys, textiles and paper goods. Gift your cool aunt (the one who let you listen to the good radio station) some cozy self-care essentials like cactus flower exfoliant and a Vela Negra candle. Snag elevated home goods for your cousin who just got their first apartment or your partners mom (seriously, what do you get her?) like a etched rocks glasses, hand painted porcelain cup, a proper set of dinner napkins and a moon wall hanging.

Salt & Sundry
1309 5th St NE

Experience the Art of Chocolate

La Cosecha Awarded Collection Box of 25 Truffles ($62)

Arcay Chocolates is the creation of Anabella Arcay, an award-winning Venezuelan Master Chocolatier. Arcay is recognized as an internationally acclaimed Chocolatier for her mouth-watering (and beautiful!) chocolates and desserts. Indulge your palate with a custom box of truffles filled with unique flavors like Blackberry Cardamom, Lemon Basil, Tamarind and Lavender. Arcay’s chocolate is crafted from selected single-origin cocoa and uses the finest ingredients without preservatives.

Arcay Chocolates
1280 4th St NE

Spiff Up That Bar Cart

Cotton & Reed Allspice Dram and PX Dark Rum ($35-40)

Come get that rum. Make the holidays a little easier with two of Cotton & Reed’s most seasonably appropriate bottles, Allspice Dram and PX Dark Rum. Cotton & Reed’s take on the traditional Jamaican liqueur reinforces allspice’s warmth with molasses for a richer experience. A half ounce at a time, Allspice Dram will enrich a wide variety of cocktails with a bit of sugar, a whole lot of spice and nearly everything nice. PX Dark is boldly mature. After all, 18+ months in new American oak will add some intensity. PX’s dense dark fruit tangos with grassy molasses atop a firm and spicy oak structure that keeps sweetness in check. A touch of cane syrup ties a grassy, lightly sweet bow on the whole package. Like a fruit cake, just way better.

Cotton & Reed
1330 5th St NE

Love You to the Wine Store and Back

French Favorites Wine Set ($50)

Vitis Fine Wines knows that cold weather means cozy wines. Impress even the biggest wine aficionado with French Favorites Wine Set: a two-bottle bundle of Jean Foillard Beaujolais Village and Chateau Pegau ‘Maclura’ Cotes du Rhone.

Vitis Fine Wines
1309 5th St NE

Sip, Sip, Hooray!

Perfect Manhattan Set ($50)

For the Don Draper in your life, nothing beats a good Manhattan. Inspire Mad Men vibes with The Perfect Manhattan Kit from Vitis Fine Wines: a 750ml bottle of 4 Year Aged Cardinal Spirits Bourbon, a half bottle of Classic Dolin Sweet Vermouth and Barrel-Aged Citrus Bitters from Dashfire.

Vitis Fine Wines
1309 5th St NE

Easy as Pie

German Holiday Stollen ($25) Texas Pecan Pie ($30) Mile High Apple Pie ($30) Holiday Cookies ($4 each) Gingerbread Cookie ($4) Pecan Snowball Cookies ($5) Holiday Cookie Box ($20) Gingerbread Cake ($8) Artisan Jam ($8) Bread Subscription (price varies)

RavenHook Bakehouse uses centuries-old techniques to make mouthwatering, healthy and grain-forward bread and pastries. Just in time for the holidays, RavenHook is your go-to for amazing host gifts, desserts for which you can take credit and beautifully packaged gifts people will eat on the spot. RavenHook’s pies (Texas Pecan Pie and Mile High Apple Pie), cookies (Snowflake Cookie, Gingerbread Cookie, Pecan Snowball Cookie) and cakes (German Holiday Stollen and Gingerbread Cake) are a welcome addition to any holiday breakfast or dessert table.

RavenHook Bakehouse
1309 5th St NE

Hecho a Mano

Yekuana Baskets ($75-120) Wayuu Clutches ($45) Venezuelan Handmade Jewelry ($40-86)

Each piece from ArtTepuy has a story. Founder Tamara Barnabei sells handmade jewelry, home décor, art prints and accessories supporting and empowering artisans in Latin America. This year, get everyone on your list something unique and meaningful; from Yekuana baskets made by women deep in the Amazon of Venezuela, clutch bags supporting the traditions of the ancient Wayuu community in Colombia, jewelry inspired by daily walks through nature from Venezuelan designer Denise Francoise and traditional hand-carved and painted nativity scenes from Venezuelan artisans.

1280 4th St NE

It’s a Jungle in Here

Jungle & Loom At Home Gift Box ($50)

Plant papas and mamas rejoice, Jungle & Loom has the perfect gifts for your future green thumb. The At Home Gift Box includes a hand-poured, small-batch Jungle & Loom x Handmade Habitat candle and a large Xerographica air plant. The Plant Parent Gift Box includes any plant and your choice of a 4” or 6” planter, or a macrame plant holder to go with it. Want more of an experience? Grab a friend and Build Your Own Terrarium with guidance plus container, soil, moss, plants and pebbles.

Jungle & Loom
1309 5th St NE

Some Like it Hot

Peruvian Brothers Hot Sauce Starter Pack ($10)

Gift the spicy flavors powering DC’s Best Food Truck. The Peruvian Brothers Hot Sauce Starter Pack features two of the most popular sauces: Rocoto Hot Sauce + Smoky, Sweet & Spicy, made with peppers sourced directly from the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains of Perú! Every bottle of Peruvian Brothers Hot Sauce is capped with a beautiful handwoven Chullo from women artisans in Perú. A portion of sales from each bottle supports female entrepreneurs in the region.

Peruvian Brothers
1280 4th St NE

Turn up the Heat

Salsa Picante ($9)

The newest taste at La Cosecha is fancy fast casual Taqueria Las Gemelas, complete with tacos, quesadillas and tlayudas built on blue heirloom corn tortillas made daily. Can’t get enough? Take the taste of coastal Mexico home with Las Gemelas’ mercado line of pantry stapes like moles, salsas and tortillas. Say, ¡Feliz Navidad! with house-made Salsa Picante made from chile habenero and garlic, it’s a crowd pleaser with just enough heat.

Las Gemelas
1280 4th St NE