Shop locally this holiday season! 

Here is your 2020 holiday gift guide curated by the Adams Morgan Partnership!

A lot of things have changed in 2020, but there’s one thing that remains: the desire to give thoughtful gifts to the people you care about during the holiday season. However, if your brain is a little fried from, you know, everything, and you don’t know where to begin, we’re here to help!

Instead of supporting big corporations this season, let’s think about the local shops around Adams Morgan that deserve our love and support, especially right now. With the unique gifts, shops, and restaurants on this list, you’re bound to find something perfect for that special someone and you will feel good giving back to your community.

Happy gifting (and giving)!

For the foodie: Buy Restaurant Bonds (aka gift cards) to your favorite Adams Morgan restaurants this season. Gift cards can be used for carryout, delivery, and in-person dining now or later! Not to mention, this also puts immediate cash in the hands of businesses during these slower, winter months. Another foodie-inspired idea is to gift a holiday meal to a friend or family member that wants to avoid the hassle of cooking and cleaning up after! The Diner, Mintwood Place, Federalist Pig, The Game, and Tiki on 18th, and Tail Up Goat are all offering special holiday meals for enjoyment at home or in the restaurant. Pitchers and A League of Her Own have some special hot holiday to-go beverages to help keep you warm. Top off your meal with a selection of Italian wines to go from Rettrobottega, all 50% off! Click here for links or visit their websites for pricing and availability. 

For the runner: Fleet Feet offers the ultimate gift buying experience for running enthusiasts and new runners alike. They recently released a Gift Guide that you won’t want to miss! From shoes and socks to hoodies and joggers, there’s something for every runner on your list this year. 

For the caffeine lover: Give the gift of Tryst this season! Their Holiday Gift Bundle includes their traditional 10 oz Tryst Coffee diner mug and a 12 oz bag of exclusive Tryst House Blend coffee (whole bean). The bundle comes gift wrapped with the option to add a handwritten message on a notecard placed inside your package. They also offer coffee-themed merchandise and gift cards available on Tryst’s website. Philz Coffee in Adams Morgan also offers a holiday blend AND Tesora is on sale by the pound in-store and on the app! Stock up on Phil’s original blend at $14 per pound. It’s a great gift for others or to treat yourself this season. 

For the book worm: Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with a good book. Both Lost City Books and The Potter’s House offer a wide selection of books, perfect for the book lover in your life. Lost City Books is also offering after-hours private browsing appointments.

For the plant lover: Plants make the perfect gift for any home. The Little Shop of Flowers is offering 20% off any $100 purchase of flowers or plants! 

For the fitness buff: Tis’ the season for savings at MINT Gym and Studio! They have a limited number of 2021 Season Passes available along with special virtual class packages for you or to gift to a friend for the holidays. Check out their amazing deals on their website before they’re gone! Prefer another type of workout? Adams Morgan is home to a wide variety of fitness boutiques. Check out our website for a full list and consider purchasing a gift card! 

For the sweet tooth: The bakeries in Adams Morgan will certainly satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth! Check out Cakeroom, Rise Bakery (Gluten Free), Sharbat Azerbaijan Bakery, and Kogibow Bakery. Insomnia Cookies has a new Secret Santa Kit full of delicious surprises sure to make the ultimate holiday gift. The kit includes a variety of cookies and sweet treats – plus, an exclusive pair of Secret Santa Socks, sustainably produced from recycled water bottles by Freaker USA™. 

For the shopaholic: Adams Morgan is full of eclectic boutiques and cozy shops (aka a shopper’s paradise). Urban Dwell is the perfect places to purchase all of your holiday cards, candles, fun DC-centric gifts, and other homegoods this season. It’s full of boutique finds and fun stocking stuffers, too! 

For the fashionista: Tribute, Le Bustiere, Fashion Optical, Mercedes Bien Vintage, Meeps, and Commonwealth are all great options for those that want to rock the latest trends. 

For the Furniture Maven: 1830 is your go-to for vintage, unique furnishings. They also sell art and various accessories for your home. 

For a unique gift with an international flavor: An array of authentic gifts from around the world can be found at Bazaar Atlas in Adams Morgan! 

For the bourbon and cocktail connoisseur: Jack Rose Dining Saloon offers an array of rare finds in their Bottle Shop! Famous for their wide selection of bourbons, you’re sure to find the perfect gift. You can also deck the halls with Cocktail for a Cause with Reveler’s Hour! They are bringing a special holiday Cocktail Class your way Thursday, December 17th to benefit Miriam’s Kitchen. Bartenders will walk you through preparing three festive holiday drinks with Owner Bill Jensen offering color commentary along the way. They are selling a Cocktail Kit with everything you’ll need for the occasion (minus bar equipment and ice). The class itself is totally free. Any gratuity you leave will go to Miriam’s Kitchen to support its mission of ending chronic homelessness in Washington, DC. Cheers!

For the beauty queen or king: Adams Morgan is full of nail and hair salons and tattoo shops. Give the gift of rest, relaxation, pampering, or body art from Unwind Wellness, Trim Salon, Tattoo Paradise, Mimosa Salon, Bristle Hairdressing, Enchanted Nails, Cosmo Nail Bar, Embassy Tattoo, Joy’s Spa, LV Nail & Spa, Bill Lawrence Salon, Metropolis Salon, Rachel Joyce Organic Salon, Amy’s Nails and Spa, Aparnaz Lash & Brow Bar, Wise Owl Club for Men, Wat Massage, TuSuva Body & Skincare, Q Nail & Spa, Giovani Hair Design, Evolution Hair, AsukiSQ Salon, and more! And, while shopping at Unwind Wellness, enjoy a free gift with your service! Mention “GOODBYE2020” at checkout and receive a free bottle of champagne. 

For the person who misses travel: Getaway without having to get away! Give the gift of a staycation this year with a gift card from Adam’s Inn, The Line Hotel, or the HighRoad Hostel

For the tune-loving aficionado: A music-themed gift from Songbyrd Music House and Cafe or Smash makes for the perfect gift. From t-shirts and vinyls to gift cards and shoes, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for! 

For the giver: This year, it’s more important than ever to give back to local charities and nonprofits. Take a peek at our Adams Morgan Nonprofit Giving Guide below!

  • AMYLA: Visit their website for donation details!
  • DC Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy: DC Campaign was founded by a distinguished group of Washingtonians who were deeply committed to cutting the teen pregnancy rate in half in order to improve the social and economic health of the city. This holiday season, please make a donation to help their ongoing efforts in preventing teen pregnancy for DC residents.
  • Christ House: Christ House keeps an Amazon Wish List up to date with their most needed items for their patients. Items purchased from the Wish List will be shipped directly to Christ House. You can also select Christ House as your charitable organization of choice through AmazonSmile. Christ House will receive 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Learn more at
  • Columbia Road Health Services: visit their website to make a donation! 
  • DC Arts Center: Visit their website to make a donation this holiday season!
  • Everybody Wins!: Everybody Wins DC is raising $10,000 to keep their bookshelves filled for DC students! How many books can you help put on the shelf? Books are more than simply printed words on the page. Books can be bridges to new places, new ideas, and new opportunities. And with schools, libraries, and bookstores remaining closed due to COVID-19, connecting over books is more important than ever. Click here to donate.
  • Higher Achievement: Visit their website for more information and to make a donation.
  • Joseph’s House: A wonderful way you can support our community during this challenging time is by donating a dinner via our MealTrain. You will provide residents with an exciting change of pace at dinnertime and give hard-working staff a break from cooking. If you would like to contribute, sign up for a slot on the calendar—you can make your own dish to drop off at the house, place an order with a local restaurant for delivery on your chosen day, or donate a gift card. Email for support or suggestions. Learn more here.
  • Jubilee Jobs: When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase to Jubilee Jobs. Click the link to select Jubilee Jobs as your charity of choice on Amazon. 
  • Jubilee Jumpstart: The coronavirus outbreak and its impact on their operating needs and costs makes your support as crucial as ever this school year. Your gift today helps Jubilee JumpStart provide a safe and stable return to school for children and teachers as their parents return to work. Please click here
  • Jubilee Housing: The Elf Store and Wish List are treasured traditions and one of the few ways our broader community directly support residents of Jubilee Housing. Although they can’t host these events safely this year, they still want to create a way for our community to come together this holiday season. In this spirit, Jubilee Housing is retooling the holiday programs. As many members of the community continue to struggle with reduced wages or the loss of employment, we want to provide families with Visa gift cards to use as they deem best during this time. And though we won’t get to enjoy the festivities in person, we hope that the spirit of kindness and warmth that always lifts the season will still find its way home. In lieu of physical gifts, we’re inviting Jubilee friends and family to help us provide Visa gift cards to every household this holiday season. If you can give from your abundance, their goal is to provide $50 to each household to use as they best need. Thank you for helping to make the holidays a little brighter for our community. Click here
  • LightHouse D.C.: Donate to COVID-19 Relief Fund here.
  • Mary’s Center:  Since March, Mary’s Center has assessed and tested over 8,000 people with COVID-19 symptoms. Many of their participants have been unable to telework and have had to risk their lives to make ends meet. Others are immigrant families unable to qualify for government support who have been forced to double up with family members, exposing them to the virus even more. Thousands of individuals look to Mary’s Center as a trusted source where they can get tested for COVID-19, navigate the healthcare system, and access essential behavioral health and social services regardless of their ability to pay. Donate today to keep Mary’s Center at the forefront of care and recovery as they help our community reclaim health, stability, and hope. Click here
  • MPD’s Third District Winter Coat Drive Over the next few months, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District will be collecting and distributing coats to the families and individuals in the community. If you have any coats (new or used) that are in good condition, please feel free to bring them into the Third District Police Station. 
  • Platform of Hope: Visit their website to learn more and make your donation today! 
  • Potter’s House: Your gift will allow The Potter’s House to continue their long tradition of hospitality by offering hot meals to neighbors who would otherwise go hungry — and creating a warm and welcoming space for everyone, regardless of means. Demand for Pay It Forward has skyrocketed during the pandemic to levels they’ve never seen before. Your gift is more critical now than ever. 100% of your contribution will go directly toward serving neighbors in need. All gifts are tax-deductible…and deeply appreciated. Click here
  • Reed Cooke Neighborhood Association:  In this time of uncertainty, the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association created the Emergency Relief Grant program to offer micro-grants to residents of Adams Morgan who have lost their jobs as a result of the Coronavirus Health Crisis. The Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association is raising money for the Relief Fund and will match donations up to $10,000. Click here to donate. All donations are tax-deductible through RCNA’s 501(c)(3) status, and 100% of funds will be distributed to those in need.
  • Sarah’s Circle: Visit their donation page to make a contribution this holiday season. 
  • Sitar Center: Their mission is to offer possibilities that transform the lives of children and teens born into a world of unequal access to opportunity. They engage children and teens in the highest quality visual, performing and digital arts. They teach the arts so that students learn about themselves and gain critical life skills. They create community for students and their families. And they are an untiring voice on their behalf. Donate here
  • The Festival Center: Donate to the Festival Center by December 31 and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar. Click here to donate. 
  • Washington Area Bicyclist Association: Make a donation to WABA on their website!

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