Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday gifts

We've posted about holiday shopping events here and here. But what if that doesn't cover everyone on your list? Here's a few thoughts:

Biagio Fine Chocolate: I've posted about it a few times before but I'll keep doing it because I'm a little bit obsessed with this place. They have a great selection of interesting bars in all sizes and prices that are great for a stocking or Secret Santa. To take it up a notch go for the chocolates behind the counter, which come in an ever-changing array of classic and offbeat flavors. You can them in any amount and they cost about the same as the Godiva boxes at Barnes and Noble, but the lucky recipient will know they're getting something special.

GoMamago! I couldn't find a website for this place for the longest time because I've been thinking the sign says GoMango! Whatever it's called, this spot on 14th St. is tucked between other goldmines like Pulp and Homerule. It's got a great collection of household goods, gifts, and tchotchkes from around the world in all price ranges.

Grooming Lounge: $50 may sound like a lot for a shave; but if the preponderance of bowties on men under 70 in this city is any indication, there's plenty of young men who are looking to revive elements of old-timey grooming. If your man is one of them, he'll be bragging about this for months.

National Building Museum
: Another Gone Out favorite. A solid spot for house stuff, toys, and books.

Not local but still feel-good bonus: OneWorld Gift Guide

Monday, November 24, 2008


This has nothing to do with free ice cream or cheap happy hours but I had to share it- can you imagine anyone swimming in the Potomac today? And what exactly are the people in front doing?

Shorpy: Who Can't Swim?