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D.C. Holiday Shopping Made Simple — In Just One Day

Unless you've been living under a rock (or at least your laptop has), you know there are a gazillion gift guides floating around out there. But here's something a little different: We've documented one full day (or two, if you like to savor your shopping) of browsing our favorite stores in town, stopping for amazing treats at the must-visit cafes and coffee shops along the way. In the spirit of making your life a little bit easier, we've got loads of eye-candy to share with you from our jaunts in Georgetown and along 14th and U streets, plus the very best ideas for those still-to-buy gifts on your list. So, settle in, take some notes, and start planning your own perfect purchasing adventure.
The classic Moleskin notebook, $45, gets the Shipley & Halmos treatment — a great gift for the thinking man on your list.
Lost Boys, 1033 31st Street NW; 202-333-0093.
Designed by a former model, these 18-karat gold-plated Gorjana Reversible Alphabet Necklaces, $85, are chic simplicity at its best.
The stunning Sharya Stone and Wood Ring, $70, boasts an irresistible combination of banded purple agate against an ebonized wooden band.
Charm, 2910 M Street NW; 202-298-0420.
Step into the Last Tango Crêpe, a local favorite, and be transported into a charming Parisian café. Warm up with a bowl of delicious soup, and delight in one of the most luscious crêpes on the menu, filled with strawberries and Nutella (and we suggest adding bananas, too).
Café Bonaparte, 1522 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-333-8830.
This ideally sized vintage snakeskin-print shoulder bag, $70, has a lustrous sheen and glitzy hardware — perfect for the holiday season.
Tari, 1525 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202-621-7500.
Speaking of coffee, enjoy an expertly prepared cappuccino featuring Streetlevel beans from one of the country’s best coffee roasters. The heady notes of amaretto, almond, and dark chocolate are the ideal pick-me-up after a day of shopping.
Dolcezza, 1560 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202-333-4646.
Pamper the special person on your list with a Nectar Classic Manicure, $25, at one of the city’s chicest spas.
Nectar Skin Bar, 1633 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-333-4332.
Oh, the stories this vintage leather and sterling-silver belt, $70, could tell. This old-school-cool accessory is perfect for the guy or gal who already has everything.
Rue 14, 1803 14th Street NW; 202-462-6200.
These adorable gold fox-head pins by Phillip Lim, $95, will add whimsy and style to anyone’s lapel.
Muléh, 1831 14th Street NW; 202-667-3440.
Peregrine Espresso, 1718 14th Street NW; 202-525-5127.
Treasury, 1843 14th Street NW; 202-506-6908.
Incredibly versatile and stylish, these vintage military trunks, priced from $70 to $150, bring with them history and storage. They can be used as nightstands, coffee tables, or closet accessories.
Foundry,1522 U Street NW; 571-277-5245.
Nothing goes better with shopping than freshly fried dough. This trio of chocolate, sugar, and lemon donuts are perfectly sweet and intensely delicious.
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, 1612 14th Street NW; 202-986-8778.
These antique candlesticks, $48 for a pair, are beautifully intricate home accessories with a vintage flare and have the potential to light up any coffee table or nightstand (literally and figuratively!).
GoodWood, 1428 U Street NW; 202-986-3640.

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