Gift Guide – For the Serial procrastinator | Union Market District
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Where you bean?

Holiday Coffee Survival Kit ($35)

Perk up your family get-togethers, weird uncle moments and dinner table conversation with Café Unido’s Holiday Coffee Survival Kit. With a bag of Unido’s award-winning Single Origin Coffee, Ninety Plus Geisha Dripkit and Señor Lechuga Hot Sauce (to spice up those leftovers), it’s the best part of waking up. Other than presents, of course.

Cafe Unido
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

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

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

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

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

Happy Hour, Any Hour.

Monthly Cocktail + Spirits subscription ($25-$180/month)

Even if you can’t take a vacation, Serenata’s cocktails transport you on a rhythmic journey through the countries of Latin America, exploring the cocktails, food and culture. Explore the “Boarding Pass Program” and board a cocktail plane traveling to a new Latin American country every month. Want to take it up a notch? Choose “For The Adventurer,” featuring hand-picked spirits from Serenata’s Beverage Director, Andra ‘AJ’ Johnson. If that’s not enough, all memberships come with a monthly treat from the Serenata kitchen like chicken empanadas, pandebono or black bean dip.

1280 4th St NE

You’re One in a Melon

Gift Cards (Price varies)

Finally, a gift for your friend who always replies, “I can’t, I’m on a cleanse.” SouthBlock’s menu of cold pressed juices, acai bowls and smoothies are fair trade, organic, sustainable and full of nutrients your body needs. Keep your health nut friend’s refrigerator full with the perfect stocking stuffer, a SouthBlock gift card. Here’s the deal: for every $25 gift card you purchase, you’ll receive a $5 coupon to use in the month of January. Can’t make it in store? No worries. Order a gift card online and automatically receive $5 off your order of $25 or more.

1309 5th St NE

Bao Down

Tote Bag ($15) T-shirt ($15) Gift Card (price varies)

Combining Korean and American flavors with the original Taiwanese “gua bao,” Bun’d Up puts a modern twist on a beloved classic while honoring the history behind it. Each day, founder Scott Chung and his team make pillowy bao buns stuffed with Korean beef BBQ, braised pork belly, spicy or sweet soy Korean fried chicken and crispy shrimp. Show your Bun’d Up love and grab the foodie in your life some merch and a gift card. Just make sure they save a bun for you.

Bun’d Up
1309 5th St NE