BYT Gift Guide 2012
svetlana | Dec 12, 2012 | 9:30AM |

So, if you are anything like me, and nothing like our assistant editor Stephanie (who openly admitted to us that she already WRAPPED everything), you have a good chunk of your gift buying left to do. Maybe even  ALL OF YOUR GIFT BUYING. And we’re here to help. Below you’ll find a hand picked selection of items your friends and family would be FOOLS not to love, all locally purchasable here in DC (and a lot locally made, even). Plus, a separate post with our holiday market guide (one of which happens to be this weekend at the gorgeous Ulysses Room where we photographed these) later this morning.

New Yorkers-99% of this is orderable too, don’t worry. SO-lets dig in.

All photos: Jeff Martin

FOR THE COCKTAIL LOVER IN YOUR LIFE: where we find gifts perfect for men who love a good drink and women who love men who love a good drink(and vice versa)


Spruce up any liquor cabinet with the Jack Rudy and Morris Kitchen small batch tonics and syrups (from Salt & Sundry) and use David Wondrich’s IMBIBE! and PUNCH books ($25, also Salt & Sundry) as your spiritual guides. For those ready to take the next step, we would like to recommend the Moonshine Men’s Cologne ($74, from GoodWood).


FOR THAT WES ANDERSON CHARACTER YOU KNOW: This, we like to call our “Explorer Pack”. It features exclusively items we’d love to see our future fantasy husbands carrying around, leisurely:


(from top) hand embellished “Evil Eye” Elbow Patches for that worn cardigan/jacket ($5, Pandahead Mag Store), Midori Brass Pencil ($23, Mutiny Holiday Store @ Redeem), Vintage Camera iPhone Case – an old school camera case for your iphone ($59, Worn Abroad), “gold” heirloom scissors ($15, Mutiny Holiday Store @ Redeem), Ghoon handmade notebook ($23, Mutiny Holiday Store @ Redeem), L!fe Writing Paper ($20, Mutiny Holiday Store @ Redeem), Midori Brass Ruler ($18, Mutiny Holiday Store @ Redeem), Blue Men’s Scarf ($22, Butler + Claypool)


FOR THOSE WITH A SERIOUS SWEET TOOTH: Lets just say it was VERY HARD for us to not eat ALL OF THIS before we photographed it.


Left to right: Cooking With Love by DC Top Chef Carla Hall (from Salt & Sundry), Goldilocks Goodies Cookie Mix (from Ginger Root), Fondue de Chocolat (from Salt & Sundry), BIG SPOON Small Batch Peanut Butter (from Salt & Sundry) and last, but certainly not least, Uncle Chips‘ should-be-world-famous cookies and black bean brownies (bonus: before December 14 use code: CHIPSHIP for free shipping)


THE ULTIMATE COOL POINTS GIFT PACK: giving any of these to someone with great music, design or beer taste should guarantee them falling pretty desperately in love with you/your brain (one and the same, right?)


From Left: DC Brau Keg, One brand spanking new Kid Congo Powers LP,  choice Rootboy Slim and a Tiny Desk Unit vintage vinyl (from SOM Records), the limited edition Kelly Towles DC Brau Bottles ($7.99, available at Whole Foods and Finer Liquor Stores) and HOW MUSIC WORKS by David Byrne ($32, Kramerbooks)


THE SUPER GLITZY GIFT FOR THE GLITZIEST IN YOUR LIVES: We all know that magpie in our lives: the one that gravitates to all things shiny, all the time. Below, you will find the blingiest things around. So blingy, in fact, some of them came from the sets of OLD Soap Operas. Maybe consider putting on some sunglasses.


Featuring: Hand embellished sequin tights ($100, Styleliner Igloo), Linea Pelle “DYLAN” Clutch and Loren Hope Sophia Studs on top ($245, and $32 respectively, Ginger Boutique), Vintage Dior Runway Choker from the set of “All My Children” ($450, Legendary Beast), Vintage blingy necklace from the set of “One Life to Live” ($250, Legendary Beast), Babylone Collar ($198, Styleliner Igloo), rings (see below) and Stephen Webster SuperStud Earrings ($350, Tiny Jewel Box)




Left to right: powder coat rings 1 and 2 ($145, Treasury), Marcus Ring ($95, Legendary Beast), Blingy Poison Ring ($75, Legendary Beast), powder corat ring ($145, Treasury), Lavender Sterling Crystal Ring ($80, Legendary Beast)


ON THE NOSE: We all know candles make great non-commital gifts/stocking stuffers. We also know a bad smelling candle is the worst thing in the world. All the ones below are all natural, discreet and sophisticated enough to never put out.


Featuring: Sidney Hale Hand Poured Natural Soy Candles (Salt & Sundry), Bird Candle (GoodWood), R.Nichols candle (R.Nichols), Human Head ($48, GoodWood), Animal Skeleton Head ($18, GoodWood)


NOT YOUR TYPICAL DC BLUE SHIRT WEARER: Give the gift of great fit and the little details that matter.


From top: Hugh & Crye Shirts ($85, which come in adjusted fits ranging from short/skinny to tall/broad, natch), vintage Chanel cufflinks ($85, Treasury), Catherinette Belt Buckle + Wallet ($45 each, Ginger Root)


FOR YOUR OWN LUMBERJACK: doing the bearded AND casual thing right, with a little help from these amazing products.






















Featuring: Beard grooming products (plus, shave cream when he decides to dare to bare) ($16-28, Mutiny Holiday Store @ Redeem), vintage plaid scarves (Butler + Claypool), and Hugh & Crye Sequoia Shirts ($85)




Featuring: the Infinity Braids (from deNada, $58) and Korean Snow Vest (from Worn Abroad, $55). Bonus: both of these vendors will be at the Ulysses Room night market this weekend.


SHE’S A LADY: for the girl woman in your life that appreciates the finest of fine things


Left to right: faux leopard clutch (Butler + Claypool), Drybar blow-out gift certificates ($40, Drybar Georgetown or Bethesda), Fine Chocolates ($10 each, Cork Market), a champagne split that WILL fit into that clutch ($12, Cork Market), 60s vintage green suede gloves (Treasury)


FOR THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIVES WHO TAKE THEIR KITCHENS SERIOUSLY: must have cookbook for any kitchen table and gorgeous, nature inspired serving wares.





























From top: better than put-a-bird-on-it kitchen ware ($20-$55, GoodWood), claw bottle opener (Salt & Sundry)), INK-Bryan and Michael Voltaggio’s cookbook; dinner @ The Range sadly not included ($40,Salt & Sundry)


BEST FRIEND NECKLACES: necklaces so good, she would have to be a best friend for you to decide not to keep them for yourself


featuring: REVA NECKLACE and  MOTO NECKLACE ($48 and $52 respectively, Saint Clair Jewelry), Elaine B Cube + Rectangle Neclaces ($60, Ginger Root) and BRAG BOOK photo album ($5, MEEPS)


LOCALLY DRAWN: artsy gifts from local creatives


From Left: Hand embroidered panels ($125-$155, MEEPS), Hand Painted Elisabet Graeber wallets (Ginger Root), Jenny’s Story Box Set ($40, Pandahead Mag Store)


GAG ME: Gifts with a good sense of humor.


From top: Mustache pillow ($52, Room & Board), Glitter Pins ($5 for a set of 5, Pandahead Mag Store), Fartzine (Ginger Root),  Have a Very Marion Barry Christmas + Taxation T-SHIRTS (under $20, MEEPS), QUAALUDES Cookie Jar ($138, Jonathan Adler in Georgetown), Alien Head Earrings ($8, MEEPS)




Clockwise from top left: Red Tassel Earrings ($18, Butler + Claypool), Torta Di Siena ($18, Cork Market), Boero Dark Chocolate Cherries (Cork Market), Golden Apple Belt Buckle ($10, part of a whole belt, MEEPS), Farmhouse Fresh Strawberry Cream Moisturizer ($26, Nectar Skin Bar), PIE book by Emily Hillard (Ginger Root)


PASSION FOR FASHION: and for the end…the most covetable gifts we could find.


From the top: Grace Coddington: A Memoir ($35, Kramerbooks), Rose Gold  Cameo Ring ($250, Legendary Beast), Marcus Ring ($95, Legendary Beast), Lulu Frostpost earrings ($180, Styleliner Igloo), Rose Gold Leopard Clutch (268, Styleliner Igloo),  wild cat and panther earrings (Treasury)