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The Georgetown Gift Guide from The Georgetown Dish

Everyone needs inspiration during the holidays. For some, it comes from extra prayers, pageants, and parties signaling the seasonal celebration. We also take stock of the year, what has happened, and what matters most. If we're lucky, our blessings include family and dear friends. We take time during the holidays to see them, enjoy their company, and let them know how much they mean to us. Gifts are not the point of the holidays, but they sound a festive note to amplify our sentiments. These days, spending money on seasonal gifts can also serve a greater good: supporting small businesses and spurring a long awaited economic recovery both in our neighborhood and nationwide. Starting today, The Georgetown Dish publishes the first entry of our "Georgetown Gift Guide." Each day until Dec. 25, our TGD Elf will offer a unique holiday gift -- found in Georgetown -- that has inspired us. By buying in Georgetown, we not only delight our loved ones and help the economy, but support the unique and outstanding merchants we are blessed to call neighbors in this singular, special village. Day One of our Georgetown Gift Guide is a two-fer -- a cookbook by world-renowned chef Michel Richard, plus the tools to replicate his magic from Alessi, the new Italian home furnishings boutique in Cady's Alley. Our associate publisher Judith Beermann, one of the founders of The Georgetown Dish and a woman of great taste, launches the Gift Guide with this unique combination. We hope you enjoy the Gift Guide and wish you a spectacular launch to a holiday season full of blessings. And Georgetown gifts.