Dalton Brody provides an upscale boutique atmosphere nestled in a cozy storefront of mottled stone and regal green awnings. The shop is stuffed to the rafters with crystal and glassware, painted serving trays, candles, handbags, picture frames, and much more. Fill your home with the mingling aromas of lavender and rosemary from a petite air essence incense-like air freshener ($45), or dappify the gentleman of your choosing with a pale-green American–sailboat tie ($75). For the homosapien who has everything, leather money clips ($38) come in a variety of grains and colors, while a small photo album bound in gentle green-and-pink floral tapestry ($34) will hold a variety of memories, images from the future, and souls. Dalton Brody also stocks numerous gifts for new moms and their babies; perk up a nursery with a pink piggy bank ($52) coated in white polka-dots.
Save babies and expecting mothers the sartorial embarrassment of being wrapped inside oversized t-shirts or second-hand onesies with today’s Groupon: $35 for $70 worth of fashionable baby duds and maternity clothes at Apple Seed Maternity and Baby Boutique. Located in Old Town Alexandria, this trendy shop for the pleasantly pregnant carries stylish clothes for the expecting and gear, strollers, and children’s clothing for the expected. There is no ban against the non-pregnant, so it’s also a great place for friends and family to pick up gifts for an upcoming baby shower. Funnel cake: Your baby wishes to attend the carnival! While most physicians agree that pregnant women cannot ride rollycoasters and should not be spooked by Doctor Frankendracula's House of Stuff Jumping Out At You, your baby will be very impressed when its weight is accurately predicted at 8 lbs., 2 oz.
At Smart Toys, parents don't have to choose between fun and educational. That's because the staff at each location stocks their shelves with toys that fit both categories. Youngsters can learn as they play, developing eye-hand coordination while operating flying helicopters or practicing parallel parking with Hot Wheels. They can also express themselves creatively with art supplies by Crayola or boost critical thinking skills with board games including Clue and Monopoly.