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A Guide to Washington, DC Gifts—How to Choose a Gift for Beltway-Loving Friends

Washington, DC, formerly known as the District of Columbia, is the capital and federal district of the United States. It’s one of the most visited cities in the country, offering a variety of interesting experiences, some of the most iconic sights in the entire nation, and insights into American history. 

So, if you’re visiting this megalopolis or simply love Washington, D.C., consider buying a Washington, D.C.-themed gift for yourself or your friends and family. 

Give a Gift That Shows off a Love of DC in the Home

Home is where the heart is, and you may like your home to tell a tale of where you’ve been. What better way is there to show off your trip to or love of Washington DC than to gift someone a Washington DC-themed gift for their home? Check out some home decoration products below— 

Washington DC Dish Towel

People like pretty, thoughtful, and practical gifts—which is exactly where this towel comes into play. It’s a perfect reminder of the nation’s capital, and each design is carefully crafted around what excites Washington residents and captures the capital spirit, even in the minute details. 

Each towel is made from hand-loomed cotton, and the designs—which were drawn by hand—are then silk-screened using 12 colors. The result is framed using a hand-stitched border. However, we’d like to point out that they’re more than just pretty reminders of the nation’s capital—Washington DC Dish towels are fully functional towels that aren’t afraid of any work. 

Washington DC Hand-Embroidered Pillow

Pillows make great gifts; they’re personal and thoughtful and great for holidays, weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, or just in general. Anyone who has ever encountered a hand-embroidered pillow loves it instantly because of the uniqueness of the product. 

Yes, even when the same pattern is used, the small variations in the embroidery make every product unique. Our Washington DC Hand-Embroidered Pillows are entirely embroidered by hand on 100% organic cotton—it takes one week to complete one pillow—making each of our products unique in their own way. Additionally, every pillow has the artisan’s signature on the tag.

Washington DC Fine Art Print

Fine art prints are fantastic for home decor, as they often tell a story of where you’ve been, which places you love, and what your favorite spots are. We have more than 250 Washington, DC, Fine Art Prints with hand-drawn designs crafted in collaboration with the locals. 

This includes some of the better-known locations, such as the Smithsonian Museum, the Washington Monument, the Union Station, the US Capitol Building upon Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial. 

The designs are hand-embroidered, scanned using the latest technology, and then printed on museum-quality paper, which makes them perfect for framing and display. 

Give a Gift that Can be Brought on Trips to DC

Most Washington DC souvenirs include cherry blossom designs—synonymous with the nation’s capital—or tote bags with a printed map of DC’s embassy row. However, you can always opt for more practical gifts like the ones we have prepared for you. 

Washington DC Thermal Tumbler

The original art on our Washington DC Fine Art Print and our Washington DC Hand-Embroidered Pillow can now be taken anywhere with you, making the Washington DC Thermal Tumbler a perfect gift for you or someone you hold dear. 

The thermal tumbler itself is made using triple-walled construction, with two outer stainless steel layers (stainless steel is food and beverage safe) and one layer of internal copper lining to keep your beverages hot for 4 hours or cold for 6 hours. This also means that the product contains no toxic material like lead. 

Furthermore, the magnetic lid stays on no matter what and only pops off for easier cleaning, while the no-slip bottom greatly reduces the risk of spillage. It’s an innovation at its finest. 

Washington DC Zip Pouch

Zip pouches are fantastic gift ideas due to their sheer practicality since they can be used to store your documents, notepads, charging cables, sunglasses, and various other items—just about any item that would fit into a 5×7-inch pouch.

The design is woven (not printed) on a poly fabric body that resists dirt, stains, shrinking, and stretching, which not only fits all your small necessities but also provides an additional layer of protection from splashes or light rain—in case you’re caught in one. 

Give a Gift DC-Lovers Will Be Able to Use Every Day

As previously stated, good gifts are thoughtful, but great gifts are both thoughtful and practical, so make sure to gift your favorite DC-lover something they can use daily. Here’s our selection of products that are great for everyday use: 

Washington DC Birchwood Tray

Birchwood is a fantastic material for building trays and kitchen utensils, particularly because it’s a strong and resilient hardwood that can withstand wear and tear. 

Despite its strength, the material is also incredibly lightweight, and it doesn’t splinter or break easily compared to other wooden materials, which is precisely why we selected it for our Washington, DC, Birchwood Tray.

The trays are hand-crafted in Sweden and bear our graphical design that shows your love for the capital. They measure 12.5×12.5 inches and are completely food—and dishwasher-safe, making them perfect for serving coffee, drinks, and snacks or as a simple decorative display piece. 

Washington DC Drinking Glass

Washington, DC, drinking glassware can add a colorful splash to your beverages. It adds visual appeal and makes your everyday beverages feel more special and perhaps even more festive. Our Washington DC 15 oz. glasses are made of frosted glass and may feature over 300 designs for you to choose from for yourself, your friends and family, colleagues, etc. 

Of course, the designs are hand-drawn and printed on the glasses using organic, cadmium(and lead)-free inks. For added convenience, the glasses are also dishwasher safe. 

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Are you looking for the perfect gift for a special occasion? Don’t worry—catstudio has your back. Check out our range of Washington, DC-themed gifts or any of the products from our Geography collection, featuring more than 314 of your favorite places.