Wednesday, 20, December 2023

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The Dupont Circle

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Guide

Find the perfect gift at these local treasures

As the holiday season unfolds with festive cheer, there’s an undeniable thrill in finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Whether you’ve been caught up in the whirlwind of year-end responsibilities or embraced the spontaneity of last-minute shopping, fear not—our guide is here to rescue you from the stress of an eleventh-hour shopping trip.

Nestled within our community are hidden treasures and iconic DC retailers, all ready to cater to your every need. Grab your shopping bags, embrace the magic of the holiday spirit, and get ready to explore the gems that our neighborhood has to offer.

Second Story Books

Second Story Books

For the bookworm in your life, browse the literary wonders at Second Story Books, situated conveniently in Dupont Circle. Explore one of the world's largest collections of used and rare books, where each corner holds stories waiting to be discovered. From cherished classics to elusive editions, this treasure trove caters to every reader's delight.

Slow down market

Slow Down Market

Discover a sanctuary of sustainable style and artisanal craftsmanship at Slow Down Market. Shop a curated collection, featuring designer apparel and luxurious accessories. With an emphasis on ethical and sustainable brands, each item echoes a unique story and commitment to mindful living. From chic wardrobe staples to one-of-a-kind treasures, find the perfect gift that aligns with both style and sustainability this holiday season.

Record and vintage clothing store

Joint Custody

Explore Joint Custody, a record and vintage clothing store nestled on U Street NW. This vibrant gem merges a curated collection of vinyl records sure to delight any music lover with an array of one-of-a-kind vintage clothing pieces. Joint Custody is the perfect stop for those seeking timeless tunes and fashion-forward nostalgia this holiday season.


Copenhaver Inc.

For exquisite stationery visit Copenhaver Inc., a haven for social, personal, and business stationary. Delight in their exceptional array of finely crafted greeting cards, stunning gift wrap, and thoughtful stationery essentials. Whether you're seeking the perfect card to convey heartfelt holiday wishes or elegant wrapping to embellish your gifts, Copenhaver's fine selection adds a touch of sophistication to your shopping experience.



A Washington DC-based brand, Quavaro produces stylish, high-quality travel bags and leather goods. Embrace sophistication as you explore Quavaro's collection, where meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail converge to create timeless pieces. From sleek designs to functional compartments, Quavaro ensures that every bag reflects a perfect blend of fashion and function. 


Urban Dwell

Urban Dwell is an independent, boutique gift shop featuring carefully curated merchandise following the latest trends in home decor, women's and men's accessories, books and stationery, kitchen items, baby gifts and more. At Urban Dwell, every item tells a story, inviting you to embrace contemporary sophistication while finding that ideal gift for loved ones this holiday season.

Mercedes Bien

Mercedes Bien

As the District’s longest-running vintage store, Mercedes Bien in Adams Morgan never fails to offer an incredible variety of pieces reigning all the way from the 1920s. Enjoy a well-curated selection of clothes and accessories, showcasing a blend of history and fashion.


Miss Pixies

A beloved Washington, DC icon that first graced Adams Morgan in 1997, Miss Pixies now stands on 14th Street as a beacon of vintage charm. Specializing in antique home furniture, this eclectic hub features an array of quirky and unique home goods.


Salt & Sundry

Salt & Sundry is a home and lifestyle boutique featuring a wide range of goods from independent makers and designers, both local and from across the globe. Founder Amanda McClements opened Salt & Sundry’s Union Market location in 2012 to share her passion for quality goods and entertaining.

Blue Mercury


An oasis for the beauty obsessed, the newly renovated Bluemercury in Dupont Circle offers the best in luxury cosmetics, skin care, makeup, perfume, hair, and bath and body.