Looking for holiday gift ideas? We’ve got you covered! Here’s what our contributors suggested when I asked for items related to transportation, cities, urbanism, and our region itself.
For the home
Cherry Blossom Creative: Local designer Cherry Blossom Creative has a large collection of bright wall art portraying DC neighborhoods. The entire collection is currently available at the Downtown Holiday Market near the Verizon Center. Also, if you want to use Cherry Blossom's online shop, the coupon code GGWASH20 will get you 20% off through the end of December!
Subway system poster: This 29 x 23 inch poster lets you compare 140 subway systems from around the world side by side in one scale.
Vintage DC Streetcar poster: A poster photo of a DC streetcar from the 1890s shows what public transit looked like over a hundred year ago. It’s available in several sizes.
CaBi Gift Certificate: Capital Bikeshare offers gift cards for their annual, 30 day, three-day and 24-hour passes, and they’re easy to buy at the absolute last minute.
Metro station and Metrobus t-shirts: If you have a favorite DC Metro station, Transitgifts.com has a t-shirt for you. The site also has apparel and trinkets from other transportation systems around the world. Also, Highway to Hill sells an X2 bus shirt that's sure to start a conversation or two.
Transit gift cards: Local greeting card maker Grey Moggie sells Metro and bikeshare-themed holiday cards. Their online store is temporarily out of stock, but you can find them at some local markets.
The city essentials
DC 4D City Puzzle: One of the many gift offerings from the National Building Museum, this puzzle let’s you create a full 3D historic city scape of the District as it developed through the years.
DC Street grid jewelry: This necklace and earrings highlight DC’s famous street grid.
A picnic set: A picnic set is a great way to enjoy our region’s green space. The only downside with this gift is that for most, picnic weather may be a few months away.
Great Society Subway: This book may not explain why your Metro train is late, but it does provide a rich history of the DC subway system, it’s iconic architecture, and its emergence as one of the busiest in the US.
Transit Maps of the World: This book captures rapid-transit systems from around the world with historical and present day maps.
Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington DC: Want to explore all the nature that the city has to offer? Grab a copy of this book and explore the wildlife and parks of the city.