Holiday Gift Guide

Surprise friends and family with the perfect presents this year. Browse our guide for inspiration—and come down to The Wharf for more great finds with plenty of one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and experiences all along the waterfront.


If you’re feeling guilty for gobbling up delicious meals without making a contribution, worry no more. Bring that special bottle of wine or a fun ingredient to inspire a dish or a cocktail. Or maybe you know your home chef would prefer some accessories that will complement their amazing culinary creations? Whether you’re shopping for an aspiring chef or a kitchen master, you’ll find plenty of epicurean delights to fill their holiday gift basket at The Wharf:

Patrick’s Fine Linens: Linen Me Napkin Herringbone, $42/each | Michael Aram White Orchid Napkin Ring Holder, $100 (set of 4)

Diament Jewelry: Washington DC Tea Towel, $20

Officina Market: Faello Pasta di Semola di Grano Duro, $8 | Franfoio D’orazio Olive Oil, $26 | Pacchetella Filetti di Pomodorino del Piennolo, $19

Cordial Wine: Union Sacre La Clandestin, $38 | La Raia Gavi, $25 | Jean Charles Boisset N21 Brut, $20 | District Made Rye Whiskey, $55 | Traverse City Whiskey Co. Premium Cocktail Cherries, $22

Politics & Prose: Carla Hall's Soul Food Book, $30 | Made From Scratch Oven Mitt, $15


’Tis the holiday party season—are you prepared? Here are our picks for gifts that not only say thank you for having me, but will also get you invited back to every party from now on. From small yet thoughtful items that feel highly personalized, to practical things that will spruce up any place, to local art that serves both as a conversation starter and a statement piece, The Wharf has something to fit any budget and occasion.

Martha Spak Gallery: Original Art on Canvas, Tidal Basin, $222 | Stone & Metal Sculpture, Circular Motion, $395 | Original Art on Canvas, Abstract #6 (Framed), $495

District Hardware & Bike: Pixie Plants, $3.50/each | Syndicate Garden Dish, $22 | Terrarium Tools, $12 | Milwaukee Miz Cordless Drill, $160

Anchor: Anchor Tumbler in Red, $25

Politics & Prose: Soap for Grammar Police, $11 | Soap for Dog People, $11


We all have that friend or loved one who always looks put together, whether they’re lounging at home, riding their bike, or meeting up for a night out on the town. Why not outshine them (or at least make them glow with joy) with these gifts guaranteed to be a highlight in their closet? Or take a look at some ideas on dressing up their home—plus, these shops at The Wharf have more one-of-a-kinds for you to choose from.

d/eleven: Colored Pencil Bag (one of a kind/limited edition), $250 | Nour Hammour Collarless Biker in Navy & Black, $800

Lou Lou: CVX Confetti Oversized Beanie in Navy Ombre, $20 | A Little Something Sweet Ornament Set, $48 or $16/each

Blush Med: Sabon Body Lotion, $27 | Herbivore Body Oil in Rose Quartz, $48 | Blush Suntastic, $50

District Hardware & Bike: Brooks S Flyer Saddle, $190 | Body Geometry The Remix Shoe, $100

Blink Optical: Blink Mar Glasses in Matte Tortoise, $397

A Beautiful Closet: Gracia Front Tassel Top, $88

Anchor: Helly Hansen Salt Jacket in Olympian Blue, $325


Okay, we get it. You’ve been racking your brain and procrastinating on what to get for those super-hard-to-shop-for people of all ages, but fret no more. We’ve found gifts for those with discerning taste—that fall fully within the range of sensible budgets. Stop by our shops for things they didn’t even know they needed (and maybe pick up something for yourself as a reward for checking this to-do off your list).

A Beautiful Closet: Remi/Reid Fallon Crossbody Bag in Cobalt, $89

Politics & Prose: Monstrous Devices Book, $15 | Beastie Boys Book, $50

Diament Jewelry: Eccolo Passport Case, $14 | Diament Jewelry Earrings in Turquoise, $24 | Diament Jewelry Earrings in Hot Pink, $20 | Bike Bottle Opener, $24 | Bella Tunno Bib, $16 | Creative Co-op Jewelry Dish, $8

Patrick’s Fine Linens: Roja Fetish Perfume, $500 | Patrick’s Candle Snuffer, $65

Martha Spak Gallery: Sketch Book & Watercolor Pencils Set, $28


Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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