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Where to Find Great Arlington, Virginia Souvenirs

If you’re going to travel to the nation’s capital, come home with a souvenir that’s as meaningful as the trip.

Staying in Arlington, Virginia means you can find uniquely Arlington mementos and gifts. Here’s how to come home with treats your friends and family will love, and maybe even a souvenir for yourself:

Arlington and National History

  • At the Arlington National Cemetery store you can find an array of books and gifts highlighting Arlington and the nation’s capital, such as prints, books on Civil War history as well as postcards, keychains, mugs, pencils. Find titles like “George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior” and “Robert E. Lee’s Lighter Side.”

Local Clothes and Crafts

  • For a locally-designed Arlington T-shirt from District Line Co. or jewelry that’s made in Arlington, step in to Covet gift shop near Ballston. You’ll find Sydney Hale candles, soaps, room sprays and lotions crafted in Arlington and unique handmade necklaces made of precious metal clay by local artist Diane Felice.
souvenir towel with map of Virginia design

Covet shop offers the gifts you love to give and get.

jewelry and art at Covet gift shop in Ballston

People back home will understand Virginia is For Lovers when you bring them tea towels with Arlington’s location marked with a red heart on a map, a pillow with Arlington’s map coordinates or an adorable onesie for a baby that says, “Someone in Arlington loves me.”

Artisans and Chocolatiers

  • For things beautiful, wearable and edible from Arlington artisans, visit the Made In Arlington Shop at the Plaza Library Shop at Courthouse Metro. There you can buy Kingsbury Chocolates, plus home décor textiles, hand woven yoga mat straps, hand-stamped table linens and artist designed T-shirts.

"Rock the Red"

  • Be a champion when you come home with National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals gear from the team store at Medstar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood. Get a jersey, T-shirt, sweatshirt, onesie, cap or team flag so you can “rock the red” like a Caps fan.
Washington Capitals sports jersey

Pentagon City Souvenirs

  • In the Pentagon City neighborhood, visit the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum and pick up DEA apparel, a Junior special agent T-shirt and toys like “Scout,” the 9-inch super soft plush German Shepherd dog with a DEA collar and badge medallion who’s ready to play or serve.
  • Be dazzled by gifts to buy at the Fort America gift shop inside the Pentagon, from challenge coins to Pentagon apparel, and sign up for a 60-minute Pentagon building tour too. Reservations can be requested at the Pentagon website 14 to 90 days in advance.
  • The ground-floor Stars and Stripes Store in Fashion Centre at Pentagon City will satisfy your shopping list for capital T-shirts and sweatshirts, along with sunglasses, snow globes, bobbleheads, paperweights, flags, travel mugs and piggy banks.

Specialty Foods

Want to please a sweetie? Arrive home with Artisan Confections, high-quality, handmade chocolates in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood that are elegant in both design and flavor.

handmade chocolate from Artisan Confections

For foodies, make sure you have a taste of Arlington arriving at the front door: Mail order from the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl four-packs of the 4 oz. half smokes, a hot dog that’s half beef and half pork sausage, with enough Ben’s Chili Sauce to smother each of ‘em.

Need more ideas on what to buy on a capital trip? Discover favorite brands and hidden gems in StayArlington’s shopping directory.

Author: Kathleen Murphy