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Express Gift Guide: Near and dear

When making your yuletide list, why not share a bit of home? These gifts include items made locally or that pay tribute to D.C., Maryland or Virginia. “If you have dollars to shop with, put them where they’re impactful,” says Theresa Wells Stifel of local-minded gift store Stifel & Capra (260 W. Broad St., Falls Church; 703-533-3557). “Shop locally! Money stays in the community.”

Locally Made


In his new book, local Michael Lisicky honors Woodward & Lothrop, D.C.’s once-glam, now-defunct department store ($20,

Society Hill Designs’ Solare necklace is made with agate and silver ($275, Stifel & Capra).

A clay serving tray with flowers by Society Hill Designs (based in Falls Church) begs for cured ham, cheese and crackers ($58, Stifel & Capra).


A lint-busting felt dryer ball doubles as a cat toy ($6, Stifel & Capra).    

Petworth resident Dan Snyder channels lumberjack-chic with Corridor Clothiers, a line of button-downs ($195-$215 each, Mutiny).

Made from reclaimed pine found in Maryland, a pen holder from D.C.’s Field design studio is a handsome desk accessory ($80, Mutiny).

Rachel Pfeffer crafts twee jewelry in her D.C. living room (earrings, $82; necklace, $52,

Beneath a vintage hardback book cover, find a hidden journal made in Fairfax ($22, Stifel & Capra).

Persimmon Street, a pottery studio in Arlington, makes ceramic garden markers ($7 each, Stifel & Capra).

The co-owner of Stifel & Capra, Bob Stifel, blends this apple-pie mix. Just add fruit and the wet ingredients ($3.50, Stifel & Capra).

Ever the hipster, Rachel Pfeffer (see above) also makes stockings from customers’ Instagram pics through her other company, Stitchtagram ($64,

Locally Shaped


Melissa Esposito of Craftgasm turns vintage D.C. postcards into mini journals ($8, Analog).

A Virginia-shaped souvenir dish featuring a sprig of dogwood (the state’s official flower) makes a lovely key holder ($8, Stifel & Capra).


What gets packed into a D.C. flag lunch bag? We’d say a half-smoke ($19, Hill’s Kitchen).

Laser-cut wood coasters would suit friends and family who live up and down the Eastern Seaboard ($35, Red Barn Mercantile).

The Folk specializes in wire state-shaped necklaces ($28 each,

Potter Maura Jacobsen’s license-plate imprint ceramic platters honor any state you choose ($50 each,

Fairfax-based artist Jackie Liedl draws such local haunts as Blues Alley and the Reed Theater ($20 each, Stifel & Capra).

Store Guide

Analog, Monroe Street Market, 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio 5; 215-680-5849, Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D St. SE; 202-543-1997, Home Rule, 1807 14th St. NW;202-797-5544, Mutiny, 52 O St. NW; 202-500-8680, Red Barn Mercantile, 1117 King St., Alexandria; 703-838-0355, Stifel & Capra, 260 W. Broad St., Falls Church; 703-533-3557,



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