Holidays in Washington: Distinctive local gift ideas offer something for everyone

Shrub District offers craft-cocktail drink vinegars. (photo courtesy of Shrub District)

For the third installment of our 2017 holiday gift guide, we’re focusing on certain categories of present recipients we haven’t yet mentioned. Are you looking to please a beverage aficionado, cosmetics fiend or baby/toddler? You’ve come to the right place. We have ideas for them all.

Cocktails and coffee: Shrub District Cocktail Vinegars and Zeke’s Coffee DC

The Washington-based Shrub District’s distinctive craft-cocktail drink vinegars are additive-free, and their ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible. With season-inspired flavors including apple-nutmeg and cranberry-juniper, these mixers make holiday-ready gift ideas for the aspiring mixologist in your life — or anyone who likes a good cocktail. And they’re now for sale at the Made in DC Store and Cafe, 1330 19th St. NW, just off Dupont Circle, priced at $10 for an 8-ounce bottle. For drink recipes and more information, visit

Also featured at the Made in DC store this season are items from Zeke’s Coffee DC, a small-batch roaster located in Woodridge, east of Brookland. The company specializes in fair-trade, organic and sustainable Arabica coffee beans and will be at the Van Ness Made in DC Holiday Pop-Up on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 17 (4340 Connecticut Ave. NW). For the die-hard coffee fan in your circle of friends, try Zeke’s DC Coffee Club, which lets you select a pound of coffee to be delivered weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, at $20 per delivery. For details, visit

All-vegan lotions, scrubs and oils: Skin Fix Cosmetics

Looking for a present that says “relax”? District-based Skin Fix Cosmetics has just what you need.

The company bills its products as “skincare powered by superfoods,” and indeed, the cosmetics’ ingredients are natural and animal-product-free.

Skin Fix Cosmetics sells natural skincare items. (photo courtesy of Skin Fix Cosmetics)

With decadent-sounding offerings such as the Jasmine Vanilla Cleansing Bar ($6) and Saharan Musk Fragrance Oil ($10), it’s not easy to pick just one item from this line. But for a great gift, we suggest the Make Your Own Body Scrub ($25), which lets you choose from among four essential-oil blends and then add up to two more scents. For details or to order, visit

Handmade baby clothes and accessories: Yinibini Baby

Yinibini Baby offers kids’ clothes in unique prints. (photo courtesy of Yinibini Baby)

Also a Made in DC company, Yinibini Baby has all the “littles” essentials, including bibs, onesies, dresses and reversible vests.

The company has been the recipient of numerous recognitions, including, in 2014, the Martha Stewart American Made Awards, Craft Finalist. And with good reason: Its founder’s pattern inspiration is often drawn from her South African heritage, making the clothing stand out from the round-faced-animal prints usually found on infant outfits.

Though your little gift recipient will have to wait for spring to wear it, the Roomy Romper, with its unique prints, is well worth the wait. It’s available for children ages 12 months to 5 years ($55). We also love the Boys Tunic ($45), available in multiple trim-color options and in sizes 2T to 4T. For details or to order, visit