You guys KNOW how I feel about repping and promoting my fellow small business owners. And I don’t know about you, but I just love getting friends and family gifts from local DC creatives because then I get to sort of brag that these talented people live/work here in my favorite city and hometown. So I thought it would be fun to share my Local DC Holiday Gift Guide in case you need some ideas for family and friends this year!

1. Holiday Cards & Other Letterpress Fun from Typecase Industries

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Awesome designs with sassy phrases – you can’t lose getting your cards from these fabulous ladies. Also they make the BEST holiday tags. Also we teamed up to make something together that will be on sale OH SO SOON.

2. Neighborhood Prints from Cherry Blossom Creative


I love my H Street neighborhood print and we ALWAYS get compliments on it when people come to our house. They even created a NoVa print for all you Virginian readers out there. ALSO. Along with Typecase Industries, Cherry Blossom Creative just opened a GORGEOUS brick & mortar in Atlantic Plumbing. Go check them BOTH out. ASAP.

3. Gorgeous Handmade Leather Bags, Wallets & More from Stitch & Rivet


Not a day goes by that I don’t drool over my next purchase from Stitch & Rivet. I already am the proud owner of one of Katie’s stunning purses, but I long for more. Many more. You can shop online here OR go visit Katie up in the fabulous Monroe Street Market Arts Walk!

4. Custom 3D Printed Jewelry from Love, Lori Michelle

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I am luck to own a super rad, custom Love Lori Michelle necklace that Lori made for me that is actually my logo!! Lori is my go-to for custom jewelry gifts (that queen bee above we had made for my mom!) and there’s no stopping me from continuing to order ALL the things from her. You should too.

5. Annual 2016 Desk Calendar from Hitchcock Creative


A custom, rad desk calendar is SUCH a great practical (and affordable) gift. I LOVE my desktop calendar from Hitchcock Creative. You will too (and anyone you give it to!).

6. Handmade Soy Candles from Handmade Habitat

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For some bizarre reason (which will be changed immediately) Amina’s handmade Soy candles are the ONLY gift on this list that I don’t own myself. (WTH?!). Especially seeing as my husband is like a candle addict. Amina has a gorgeous online shop full of fun & enticing scents and you can also catch her at tons of local markets.

7. Fine Handmade Alpaca Knitwear from Denada Designs


Quite possibly the warmest (and most stylish) thing I own. I LOVE my Denada cowl neck scarf (and I bought one for Andy last year. Equal loves). A great gift from a high-end, handmade DC local designer. You cannot go wrong with this one.

Happy Holidays Romancers! Hope you think of one of these amazing biz owners when doing your holiday shopping this year!

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