Mallternatives: Holiday shopping beyond the mall [Pictures]
The holiday shopping season is hard upon us, and here's betting you still haven't figured out what to get for the especially discerning (and deserving) people on your gift list.
Fear not. Between now and Christmas, a bevy of events will be popping up throughout the Baltimore area, offering handmade and out-of-the-ordinary gifts -- everything from fine art to crockpots, used books to decorated holiday centerpieces. And the best part about the events listed below? Even if you don't buy anything, you'll have fun looking.
-- Chris Kaltenbach
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Dec. 7-9: 'A Magical Christmas'( Handout photo, 2006 / November 30, 2006 )
Monkton's magnificent sculpted gardens are the setting for an annual greens sale that includes wreaths, table arrangements and other holiday decorations. You can purchase loose greens and make your own holiday centerpieces. Be sure to check out rooms on the first level of Ladew's Manor House, which have been decorated by 10 local garden clubs. Proceeds benefit Ladew's 22-acre gardens, the Manor House and 60-acre Nature Walk.
"A Magical Christmas" open house, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7-9 at Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. $2-$10. 410-557-9570 or ladewgardens.com.