Being a prime tourist destination, the District offers plenty of gaudy souvenirs that make Washingtonians cringe; there’s the ‘FBI (Female Body Inspector)’ sweatshirts that tourists can’t get enough of, and the shirts that exclaim ‘Osama Bin Laden: Dead.’ The good news, though, is that Washington, DC is an artistic and creative hub, and amazing souvenirs exist outside the tourist traps and street carts.
Local artist Anthony Dihle creates bright pop art of iconic Washington neighborhoods. Locals adore the prints, which capture the unique spirit of each beloved neighborhood, but they also make for a fantastic souvenir; the art represents the true essence of DC, unlike the mass-produced, tacky paraphernalia that all tourists seem to love. (Let us reiterate: Washingtonians hate those stupid FBI hoodies.) Purchase the prints here.
DC Brau Memorabilia
The District loves its beer, and it’s particularly proud of the emerging craft beer scene – launched by the start of DC’s first brewery in 2009, DC Brau. The brewery offers engraved glasses, graphic tees, tap ornaments, and, of course, cases of the beer itself. Nothing says vacation like buying a six pack of local beer as a souvenir.
White House Christmas Ornaments
The White House Historical Association commissions one ornament each year to commemorate the current president. Dating back to 1981, there are 35 ornaments in existence, and the entire collection is as impressive as it is valuable. The ornate ornaments exude elegance and veer away from gaudy decorations typical of its kind. Find them in The White House Visitor Center.
Taxation Without Representation Stickers
If you truly want to represent DC, look no further than its license plates. The slogan reads ‘Taxation Without Representation’ – a nod to the fact DC isn’t afforded senators or representatives. No one in Congress is there to specifically represent DC’s interests. The District is currently rallying for statehood again, but its bid will likely be rejected by Congress, again. Support Washingtonians in their struggle for autonomy and voting rights.
Spend your money on…money! Purchase uncut currency sheets at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Of course, the money costs more than it’s worth. A sheet of four $2 bills (aka $8) costs $25, but isn’t the inflation worth it to lie that you robbed the U.S. government?
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
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