Prove you’re the sharpest giver in town by gifting artistic items — all with a hip, local vibe — from Pleasant Plains Workshop’s current exhibit/gift shop, Present Day.
Tim Gunn Prayer Kit by Becca Kallem, $20
Your fashion-obsessed sis will worship the humorous assemblage of the design mentor’s portrait, invocations, quotes (“I hate hot pants, but they’re very now”), and small tchotchkes like tea candles.
Sterling Jewelry by Sarah Cecelia, $35-$55
Impress your best pal with a hand-hammered silver necklace or simple heart earrings.
Tie and Tees by Kristina Bilonick, $15-$25
Encourage your suited-up roomie to dress down with hilarious vintage ties patterned with mundane items like binder clips. Bilonick also silk-screens shirts with phrases like DC Cheer to spread the civic spirit to both natives and recent transplants.
Concert Posters by Anthony Deal of Fire Studio DC, $20
Let band aids sing a song of thanks for screen-printed bills featuring local bands at D.C. venues like Black Cat, DC9, and Rock and Roll Hotel. The one for Jay-Z is pretty far out.
Plushy Sculptures by Megan Blafas, $20-$100
Little (and big) ones will flip for the stuffed animals that Blafas reassembles into sculptures of whimsical creatures, like a hot pink bear with a turquoise whale tale sprouting from its head. Who can resist hybrids like Panda-meleon, Doggybat, and CrockyKoala?
Pleasant Plains Workshop, 2608 Georgia Avenue Northwest, between Fairmont and Euclid Streets (202-415-1466 or pleasantplainsworkshop.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Pleasant Plains Workshop