The holiday season is fast approaching, and after yet another pandemic-addled year, we are more than ready to spread some holiday cheer! Read on to find out how you can shop small for all your gifting needs.

For The Foodies In Your Life

Each Peach Market has TWO amazing subscription services to offer this holiday season, I Love Cheese and I Love Chocolate. Perfect gifts for the foodies in your life! For I Love Cheese, you can choose 3 or 6 months and your loved ones will get a curated selection of 3 cheeses per month along with some paired snacks according to a theme! For I Love Chocolate, your gift will be 3 months of chocolate starting in January or in February. Local delivery and national shipping available!

For The Home Chef 

While Italians may be known for their lengthy, multi-course, wine-soaked meals, some of the best bites you can find in Italy are sold in the streets. Fried, cheesy, saucy, meat-filled, doughy, sweet—these little meals, all with their own regional pride and traditions, feed Italians as they head to work, when they need a snack in the afternoon, or as the local bars begin to fill with hungry drinkers.

Italian Street Food takes you behind the piazzas, down the back streets and into the tiny bars and cafes to bring you traditional, local recipes that are rarely seen outside of Italy. Available online or in store from Bold Fork Books (3064 Mount Pleasant St). 

For The Fitness Enthusiast 

Have a friend or family member who loves hitting the gym – or is looking to get back into the swing of things post-pandemic?

Located at 3058 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, FIT360DC is a functional fitness training facility that focuses on both personal and small group strength and conditioning training, as well as providing a space for independent, 24/7 open gym workouts. Give the gift of fitness with a gift card to FIT360DC. Bonus: Fit360DC is offering 20% off the first month of any recurring membership – so your gift card will go even further this holiday season! 

For The Mom-To-Be

Past Tense Studio’s Prenatal On-Demand Bundle is the perfect gift for the mom-to-be in your life. Their prenatal yoga collection supports a pregnant person through all three trimesters, as well as the postpartum fourth trimester, and gives your gift recipient the ability to practice anytime and anywhere.

For The Fashionista 

If you have a friend who is endlessly chic and cares about sustainability, find them a hip second-hand gift from Frugalista, Mt Pleasant’s oldest & hippest secondhand store for women & men since 2001.

For the cool cat in your life, give them a Cat Butt sweatshirt. Score one of these super soft, heavyweight sweatshirts from Ellē. Available online or in store. 

For The Wine Lover

Looking for a unique wine for the wine lover in your life? Look no further than Irving Wine & Spirits, which has an amazing selection of wines that you often won’t find anywhere else! They have a particularly great selection of natural wines – for red wine fans in your life, we recommend the “No es Pituko” Cabernet Sauvignon.

“With an intense and vibrant cherry color, this natural wine appears slightly cloudy due to its lack of processing. On the nose, it has lively aromas of black cherry and fresh plum. The palate is fresh and persistent, silky with soft tannins and has a lush floral flavor that combines raspberry fruit.” 

For The Friend Who Has Everything

Not sure what gift to give? Give them a gift that makes an impact – on our world. Buy one of Ellē’s locally designed and printed Black Lives Matter shirts ($30), which raise money for Black Swan Academy (a non-profit organization in DC that empowers black youth in under-served communities through civic leadership and engagement) and The Mutual Aid Movement DC. In the words of Ellē, “Shit is not over! There. Is. So. Much. More. To. Do!”

Give The Gift Of A Night Out

If you want to give the gift of a night out in Mount Pleasant, you can’t go wrong with a gift card to Beau Thai (fresh, authentic, made-from scratch, and delicious Thai cuisine) or a gift card to Purple Patch (delicious American are, Filipino specialties & herb-infused cocktails).