Trying to buy local during this year’s holiday shopping onslaught? Tired of being scoffed at by the hard to please, hipper than thou loved one in your life? Washingtonians, you are in luck. Two local art galleries are closing out 2009 by offering interesting and affordability priced (as low as $4) alternatives to the usual gift giving rigmarole.

With their newly minted Mount Vernon Square space up and running at 1019 7th Street NW, DC gallery Civilian Art Projects is set to open their boutique, The Shop, just in time for the holidays. From handmade journals (pictured above) and portraits of local landmarks to pieces of clothing large and small — including “the coolest recycled leather bracelets this side of Burning Man!” — The Shop is starting off with a sale on all their recently moved goods from Saturday, Dec. 12th through Dec. 19th. (They do have a bit of a wonky schedule, so check out the swag and Shop hours here.)


Meanwhile, the Washington Project for the Arts has also set up their own Christmas gift shop, IceBox, inside of their headquarters at 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Everything in stock was contributed by WPA member artists and their inventory includes pieces and products ranging from photographs to candle holders to avant garde jewelry (including a pretty swank piece entitled “Neck Sculpture). Already doing some brisk business, IceBox is open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm and will remain in place through December 21st. Find out more here.

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