Tis the season to begin your holiday shopping. If you’re still struggling to figure out what to get everyone on your shopping list…and you want to buy outside of the box this year… our curated shopping guide is for you. These featured gift items are from D.C. area boutiques that stand out in uniqueness and quality. From coworkers to loved ones, you’ll be gifting your loved ones with great items, while supporting small businesses too.

Handmade Vegan Soap

Nubian Hueman 1231 Good Hope Rd SE  | Tuesday-Saturday 1 PM- 7 PM | (202) 394-3386

When you walk into Nubian Hueman, you are instantly hit with the scent of Bayou Soap. The soaps are 100% handmade with unrefinded vegetable oils, herbs, flowers and spices. There are seven scents available and all smell as amazing as you’d imagine.


Graphic Tees/Sweatshirts

Made In

Do you have someone on your list who loves to rep where they’re from? These Made In tees and sweatshirts– featured in magazines like Essence– would be perfect for them. Along with Made In Africa, you can find tees and tanks for other states including Maryland, Texas, and California. 15% of profits are donated to Made In’s mission of supporting orphaned children in Africa.

Perfume and Cologne

Arielle Shoshana 

You can never go wrong with gifting someone with a fragrance. After all, we all want to smell good! Arielle Shoshana offers a great variety of fragrances and body products that will be great gifts for both men and women.



Salt & Sundry | Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE | (202) 556-1866

Another great unisex gift are candles. Salt & Sundry scented candles are hand-poured using soy wax. What’s great about this gift is that it’s multi-purpose. Once the candle is done, the silkscreened glass makes for a great drinking glass or container. 10% of profits are donated to animal rescue.



Lorra Rivers9103 Woodmore Center Dr. #305 Lanham, MD 20706

This fashionable gift is perfect for the women on your list who love handbags! Lorra Rivers offers four handbags that cater to different occasions and styles. Along with the clutch that’s featured, a tote, backpack and hobo bag are also available. Fun Fact: this clutch was featured on the hit Fox show Empire.


She’s Unique205 King St, Alexandria VA 22314

Ladies love jewelry. She’s Unique offers the perfect blend of stylish and unique jewelry in the form of rings, necklaces, and bracelets. This is a great option for the jewelry lover on your shopping list.

Dinner Jacket

Bespoke Not Broke Fenton Street Market | (571) 315-5923

If there’s a man on your list in need of a jacket to wear for special occasions, this gift is for him. Bespoke Not Broke sells some of the best vintage and upscale resale men’s clothing in the area. The guy on your list will surely be the best dressed at his next event with this gift.

Which one of these gifts will you consider this holiday season?