When it comes to holiday shopping, the pressure is always on. You don't want to give gifts that are boring or could be found anywhere. The goal is to find those rare treasures that will make the recipient's day and cause everyone else to say, "I wish I had thought of that!"
Washington, D.C., has a number of unique options for gift givers, and 10Best has combed through shops and websites to find a variety of different gift ideas that will put smiles on people's faces.
For those who have history lovers to shop for, the district is a great shopping spot. Consider buying the annual White House Christmas Ornament. The 2014 creation, a Pullman Superb railroad car, honors the presidency of Warren Harding, who used the train during a cross-country political tour.
Head over to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens to see a bevy of Christmas items, including ornaments, Byers' Choice carolers, holiday cards and other gifts.
A 12-pack of cookie-inspired craft beers may be found at Flying Dog Brewery — Photo courtesy of Flying Dog Brewery
Smithsonian gift shops offer copies of many of the items you see inside their 19 museums, including stuffed animal toys at the National Zoo, prints of world-famous paintings at the National Gallery of Art and space food at the National Air and Space Museum.
For those who crave food and drink, customize a box of lollipops, marshmallows and divinity at The Capital Candy Jar. If all this holiday shopping has got you thirsty, drive up I-270 to Frederick, Md., where you can go to Flying Dog Brewery and grab a 12-pack of their cookie-inspired craft beers.
Stay for a tour of the brewery, too, but make sure you book it way in advance.
Women can be notoriously hard to shop for, but with cold weather quickly approaching, many would jump at the chance to wear the stylish, handmade knitwear scarves, hats and cowls of Denada Designs.
The holidays are not far away. Don't get stuck in panic mode, when there are plenty of unique gift ideas in the nation's capital.
A White House ornament hangs on a Christmas tree — Photo courtesy of The White House