Monday, November 9, 2015

Looking for the perfect memento during your
next trip to the nation's capital? We've got the scoop on what to buy in
Washington, DC. There's a seemingly endless supply of
cheesy souvenirs lining the streets of downtown DC and the National Mall.
But
you don't need to buy a fake FBI T-shirt to prove that you were in our
nation's capital.
Here's a look at some of the city's best souvenirs
celebrating its history, its beloved neighborhoods, and, crucially, all the
great booze and brews.
These are gifts that the locals love.
White House Christmas Ornaments Where to find them: The White House
Historical Association runs gift shops both in the historic Decatur House on
Lafayette Square, as well as at the National Park Service White House Visitor
Center.
You can also buy them online.
Why you should buy: The White House Christmas Ornaments are a longstanding
collectibles tradition in Washington, DC.
Since 1981, the White House
Historical Association has created a new ornament each year to celebrate
various chapters of American presidential history.
This year's ornament
depicts the lighting of the first-ever National Christmas Tree, presided over
by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923.
Also, this is the first-ever ornament
that comes equipped with LED lights so that you, too, can light up the
National Christmas Tree.
Cost: $18.95 Plus: Consider expanding your shopping list when visiting
the White House Historical Association.
They've got tons of other great DC
souvenirs, from a LEGO White House set to stuffed animal versions of past and
present First Family pets.
DC Brau Tees Where to find them: Choose from a selection of t-shirts in
the DC Brau tasting room or online.
Why you should buy: One of the highest forms of expressing your Washington
pride is embracing the "taxation without representation" motto printed on
all the city's license plates.
Washingtonians are also exceedingly proud of
DC's burgeoning craft beer scene, which kickstarted a few years back with
the launch of DC Brau.
So it's only fitting to grab a shirt that plays on
both the iconic city flag as well as its logo, declaring: Fermentation Without
Representation.
Cost: $20 Plus: If you visit the tasting room in person, take a tour of
the brewery and grab a couple of six-packs while you're at it.
Courtesy White House
Historical Association DC Statehood Glassware Where to find
it: Hill's Kitchen Why you should buy it: You have to drink cocktails out
of some vessel, so why not a beautiful piece of glassware etched with the
outline of Washington, DC? Hill's Kitchen has three different styles of DC
statehood tumblers in stock, perfect for serving a drink made with Green Hat
gin or any other local booze you pick up while in town.
Cost: Call for price.
Plus: The adorable Hill's Kitchen also has plenty of other great
DC-related housewares for your shopping needs.
Now that the holiday cookie
season is coming around again, take a look at their collection of state-shaped
cookie cutters, which honor not only this capital city but the rest of the
American states, too.
Anything From the International Spy Museum Where to find it:
International Spy Museum Why you should buy it: The International Spy
Museum has one of the best museum gift shops in town, thanks to the wide
variety of spy gadgets, accessories, and apparel they have in stock.
For kids,
you can pick up an Ultimate Spy Kit with a night vision light, a UV spy pen,
rearview glasses that enable you to see what's behind you, and a motion
detector.
The museum store also offers t-shirts emblazoned with "Deny
everything," glasses with mustaches attached, and Rubik's cubes that are
actually safes.
Cost: Varies.
Plus: While you're there, it's worth paying the $22 entrance fee to tour
the museum, an international favorite.
Cherry Blossom Creative's DC Neighborhood Prints Where to find it:
Online at http://shop.cherryblossomcreative.com Why you should buy it: The
key to truly knowing and loving DC is to know its many neighborhoods.
The
designers at Cherry Blossom Creative have built a following with the release
of their neighborhood prints, in which the streets of Adams Morgan, Logan
Circle, Georgetown, Shaw, Columbia Heights, and more are colorfully rendered
in a 13"x19" matte print.
Cost: $20 each.
Plus: Though Cherry Blossom Creative has prints depicting many of DC's
neighborhoods, they haven't gotten all of them represented just yet.
If your
favorite is missing, reach out to them and make the request.
Amy McKeever is on the D.C.
beat for Travel + Leisure.
You can follow her on
Twitter and Instagram.
Looking for the perfect memento during your next trip to the
nation's capital? We've got the scoop on what to buy in Washington, DC.

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