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Washington DC Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

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Not sure what to get your #1 travel buddy? Don't worry - we got you.

Our curated DC Holiday Gift Guide has gifts for travelers who love DC and Washingtonians who love to travel.

Disclosure: While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.

1. Washington DC Books by Our Tour Guides

Did you know that we write books in addition to leading award winning walking tours?

You can buy autographed copies of Canden's books to be shipped anywhere direct from us by emailing

Or come visit her at the Takoma Book Fair on December 17, 2022 1pm-4pm at Busboys & Poets!

Or shop at our favorite local bookshops like East City Books, Politics & Prose, Kramer Books - or on Amazon if you must.

Check out the women's history of DC with Becca's book:

2. Anything from Scoutberry Shop

You have until December 14th to get in those orders for these adorable handmade travel themed gifts!

Visit Lauren (a former DC tour guide!) shop

3. A DC by Foot Gift Certificate

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4. A DC Neighborhood Print

Get your favorite DC neighborhood mapped in a hand printed colorful design.

5. Locally Made Jewelry

You can get locally made jewerly from vendors at any of the Christmas Markets in DC.


6. Official White House Christmas Tree Ornament

Every year the White House Historical Association released a new Presidential or White House history themed ornament. (We've been collected them for over a decade!)

7. Spirit from Republic Restoratives

Buy the bourbon lover in your life something from the women-owned, local distillery, Republic Restoratives.

We bought all our relatives Madam last year!

You can shop locally or ship nationally.

8. Custom Camino de Santiago Map

If you know someone who has been or is planning a walk along the Camino, you can order custom maps (or puzzles!) based on their route from A Road to Santiago

Between customizing the design, printing and shipping, this takes about 5 days to get to your traveler.

9. Scratch Off Map

Reveal the places you've been with vibrant colors and see where there is left to go! This simple quick gift is always a hit with travel lovers.

There are a few options to choose from on Amazon.


10. Dopp Kit (Toiletry Bag)

A timeless piece for every traveller, the dopp kit provides a place to store your toiletries.

We like the waterproof interior and leather exterior for an option that can last for years and many trips. But Herschel makes a great non-leather bag, too.


If you want something more high-end, check out Hunker Bag's Baxter Travel Kit

11. Collapsible Water Bottle

Our most common recommendation for what to pack is as travel water bottle! This one collapses to fit snugly in your bag between refills.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: January 22nd, 2023
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