Since 1912 Morgan Pharmacy has dispensed lotions, potions, and all manner of remedies to make people well. Revive each patient, er, recipient on your holiday list.
Shaving brushes, $16-$50
Since every guy in town has a beard, give yours Tweezerman’s wood-handled badger brush or one from Kingsley of London to work himself into a real lather.
Mason Pearson’s handmade tortoise combs (around since 1885) are perfect for anyone with a good head (of hair) on her shoulders. Choose from cutting, detangling, styling, and pocket varieties, and pair with a wooden hairbrush from Kent ($68 and up) for truly dapper gents.
Bronnley Skincare, $5-$45
Soothe things over with your roommate by presenting her with the British company’s peony body balm from the Royal Horticultural Society line. Throw in Sicilian lemon oil soap adorably shaped like the fruit, plus orange and jasmine fragrances.
Penny candy, 25¢ and up
Fill your sweet’s stocking with chocolate coins, Tootsie Rolls, Boston Baked Beans, Reed’s Peanut Butter Ginger Candy, and Milk N Honees, as well as hard-to-find treats from abroad (Leone Italian Espresso mints and Grether’s Pastilles).
Big Eyes Magic Focus Compact, $18
Grandma will go googly-eyed for the ’60s-era compact mirror that magnifies five times over. Relieve her premature worrying (and wrinkles) with a pack of Frownies facial patches.
Morgan Pharmacy, 3001 P Street Northwest, at 30th Street (202-337-4100).
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