And there wasn’t much out there in the manner of gifts available from local businesses. (On that note, kudos to TBD for this gallery of unique U Street finds.)

I’m hoping this annual D.C. shopping spree helps give local shoppers some direction: The four-week-long Downtown Holiday Market returned to Washington Friday.

Confession: I’m heading into my second holiday season as a Displaced Midwesterner in Washington,and I’ve never been to the Downtown Holiday Market. GOG bills it as a “favorite stop for those in search of a personal gift,” so I’m going to use this weekend to start doing my research.

Share your gifting ideas. I’ll be at the market around 1 p.m. Saturday snapping photos — check out my Instagram feed — and getting ideas from other shoppers. Find me on Twitter @KatieRogers if you want to send along tips, pictures and related chatter. Or you could stop by and say hello in person. I’ll then plug the best suggestions into a master list to help out fellow local shoppers. (Bonus points if your gifts ideas are original and economical.)

Downtown Holiday Market details from Going Out Guide:

12:00-8:00 pm Dec. 2-23

F Street Between Seventh and Ninth streets NW

F and Seventh streets NW


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