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8 ways to give the gift of #dctech this holiday season

Presenting the DC holiday gift guide.

It's present time! (Photo by Flickr user Laura Bittner, used under a Creative Commons license)

It’s gift-giving season and we’re sure that you, dear hip and trendy member of the #dctech community, are on the hunt for stand-out presents that are locally made. It can be hard to find the perfect gifts for all the characters on your list, which is why we at DC put together this list of tech-y (loosely speaking) things that were created right here in the District.
None of the companies behind these products know we’ve chosen them, and this is in no way a comprehensive list of all potential #dctech gifts. But here’s hoping, humbly, it’ll give you a couple ideas to run with.


For the family history enthusiast: A custom frame from Framebridge

Your girlfriend, father or great aunt Sally will love having a special memory framed for their wall. And best of all, Framebridge is super easy to use — just send in physical or digital artwork and pick a frame option, then sit back, relax and let the team at this Lanham, Md.-based company do the rest. (Frames $39 to $159.)

Frame it. (Photo via Facebook)

Frame it. (Photo via Facebook)

For the fitness buff: A Sworkit Premium subscription

Think carefully about this one before you buy — you wouldn’t want to give the gift receiver the wrong impression. That said, for someone who really loves working out, locally-created app Sworkit has a premium version that comes with a bunch more features like exclusive workouts and the ask-a-trainer feature. ($2.99 per month or $19.99 per year.)

For the avid bike commuter: A Riide bike

Riide is making electric bikes cool again. And that’s not just an allusion to how cool, calm and collected you’ll be when you don’t have to pedal uphill (both ways!) to get to work. (RiidePass $79 per month.)

A Riide bike. (Courtesy photo)

A Riide bike. (Courtesy photo)

For the liquor lover: Equity in D.C.’s first equity crowdfunded distillery, Republic Restoratives

Women-owned D.C. distillery Republic Restoratives is among the first companies to take part in Indiegogo’s new equity crowdfunding program. For as little as $100 you can buy, and gift, equity in the company. ($100 minimum investment.)

Republic Restoratives' cofounders. (Photo via Facebook)

Republic Restoratives’ cofounders. (Photo via Facebook)

For the fashionista with hometown pride: A Bailiwick t-shirt

Bailiwick Clothing Company makes cool T-shirts, tanks, sweatshirts and hats with District-inspired designs on them. This reporter is a huge fan, and it looks like they’re even having a holiday sale. (Men’s T-shirt, on sale, $20.)

For the kitchen skeptic: A Galley gift card

Know someone in D.C. or Baltimore who doesn’t like to cook? Get them off the hook with a gift card from Ivy City-based food delivery startup Galley. (Choose your own gift card amount.)

Dinner by Galley. (Courtesy photo)

Dinner by Galley. (Courtesy photo)

For the lifelong learner: A General Assembly workshop or bootcamp

In addition to their full- and part-time courses, General Assembly offers one-day or weekend-long bootcamps at their 15th street and Crystal City campuses. Give the gift of an intro to HTML and CSS with “Coding 101” or learn about Google Analytics or … the list goes on and on. (Prices vary.)

At General Assembly in D.C. (Photo via Twitter)

At General Assembly in D.C. (Photo via Twitter)

For the floral arrangement aficionado: A bouquet or holiday gift box from UrbanStems

D.C.-born UrbanStems has all kinds of holiday options in their “Tinsel Collection.” This includes bouquets as well as holiday gift boxes like The Dasher — perfect for a “dapper gentleman,” according to the company. Remember, UrbanStems now delivers in D.C., Baltimore, Philly and New York, and same-day delivery makes it a great (ahem) procrastinators option. (Prices vary.)

The Dasher gift box. (Courtesy photo)

The Dasher gift box. (Courtesy photo)

Companies: Galley / UrbanStems / Framebridge / Riide / General Assembly

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