A stress-free solution to the season’s quest for the perfect present? Recruit a task force of local notables, and ask them for their suggestions. And just in case our experts’ ideas miss the mark, we’ve added a few recommendations on what to get for all those on your list, including those difficult-to-buy-for music buffs, technophiles and foodies. — Janet Bennett Kelly
FOR GIRLFRIENDSAlison Starling, who co-anchors the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Leon Harris on ABC 7/WJLA-TV, says time is her most valuable possession, so she thinks the perfect girlfriend gift is time together “to enjoy one another’s company” at a cooking class. Jay Westcott/POLITICO
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.