Last-Minute Gift Ideas Around NoVa

Let’s be real for a minute. You are running out of time, but still have some holiday shopping to do. There are a few questions that need answered before buying that last-minute gift: what to get, where to get it and how much you want to spend. Whether you’re looking for something crafty to give your mother or something trendy for your roommate, the best in holiday shopping in NoVa’s coolest neighborhoods is right at your fingertips. Here is some inspiration if you’re looking for gifts in our neck of the woods.


Brewery Tour and Tasting

Touring a brewery and tasting local beer is always a fantastic gift for roommates and friends because you’re giving the recipient an experience. Plus, you can join in on the fun. We recommend the award-winning Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria or New District Brewing Company in Arlington – both are within minutes of our community.


Get Crafty

Everyone loves a hand-made gift, and this couldn’t be easier with Paper Source on King Street in Alexandria. Pick up some paint and artsy décor to create a unique complement to your work loft or living space. Need some inspiration?? Here are 33 DIY projects via Buzzfeed.


Something Active from REI

This outdoorsman’s paradise is just down the road and offers a plethora of awesome gift ideas to help you explore nearby hiking trails. Do some research in advance on the REI website, where you can explore sections for “small surprises” and “the most pinned items via Pinterest.” With a ton of gift options for any sized budget, one visit this neighborhood spot will take care of all of your last-minute shopping needs.


Succulent or Terrarium from west elm

We seriously love west elm – so much that our loft models are completely styled using their furniture. West elm offers incredible discounts during the holidays. They sort their trendy home décor by pricing during the holidays – gifts under $25, $50 and $100 – so it makes it easy to fit your budget. For a limited time, you can get terrariums for 50% off. Visit the DC location, home of lead stylist Jiyoung Park, and tell her e-lofts sent you.


Take it from Jennifer Sergent

If you’re looking for something unique and local to the area, our friends at DC by Design recently posted their last-minute guide to local shopping. Jennifer is an expert on all things design and local hotspots in the cool NoVa neighborhoods that surround our building. In nearby Shirlington, you can stop by Le Village Marché for beautiful, French home goods. Does Fido need a gift? There are plenty of presents for your pets at Wylie Wagg in Clarendon.


Pick Up the Bill

Sometimes buying the right gift for a few different people can be time-strenuous and difficult. Take a few friends to nearby Shirlington for a holiday dinner at Busboys and Poets or a movie at the AMC – then surprise them by paying. Surprises like this will be greatly appreciated, and you don’t even have to worry about wrapping it.