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These 100 local stores are standouts for holiday shopping

5:26 PM EST, December 9, 2010

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Often, the best way to find fun, original holiday gifts is to look locally. Greater Baltimore has a bevy of earnest, thoughtful shops with plenty to offer this season. The 100 clothing, jewelry, home goods, gourmet and gift stores on this list are some of the standouts. Grouped by neighborhood, they're intended as a starting point. Now, charge!

Bare Hills

Leesha Lee, Ltd.

6245 Falls Road, 410-337-7916

Owner Leesha Lee loves finding unusual home decor. This is a great place to find the perfect accent piece for your home, whether it's furniture, lighting or artwork.

Princeton Sports

6239 Falls Road, 410-828-1127

Get your gear for hitting the slopes, bike trails, tennis courts, swimming pools and most other sports, too, at Princeton Sports, in Baltimore since 1936.

Sunnyfields

6305 Falls Road, 410-823-6666

This home decor and gift store really is a Baltimore institution. An antiques and reproduction business when it opened in 1947, Sunnyfields is the place many locals rely on to find something fine to suit their traditional tastes.

Belvedere Square

The House Downtown

524 E. Belvedere Ave., 410-464-1440

Besides decor options like upholstered furniture, a variety of lighting designs and luxury bedding, the House Downtown also sells pajamas, candles and other gifts to help you feel right at home.

Matava Too

521 E. Belvedere Ave., 410-235-1830

Kathleen Matava's shop, Matava Too, which has been in Belvedere Square since 2003 and has locations in Green Spring Station and Annapolis as well, offers such brands as Stuart Weitzman, Cole Haan, Claudia Ciuti, Cordani and Frye.

Nouveau

514 E. Belvedere Ave., 410-962-8248

This furniture and decor store has matured a tad since its wild and funky earlier days when it was downtown on Charles Street. Now happily ensconced at Belvedere Square, it has pieces that can fit any home design, from transitional to modern. Not to worry, owners Steve Appel and Lee Whitehead haven't forgotten their roots. You'll still find some wild and whimsical things to keep any home feeling young at heart.

Canton

2910 on the Square

2910 O'Donnell St., 410-675-8505

This shop on O'Donnell specializes in whimsical gifts and items for the home that have a touch of out-of-the-ordinary. Whether it's for your kitchen, dining room table or an objet d'art, at 2910 you're bound to find something that brightens any room.

Chesapeake Wine Company

2400 Boston St., Ste. 112, 410-522-4556

Owner Mitchell Pressman, usually on the premises, has selected each of the wines himself. He gives great advice to a less knowledgeable shopper — helping him or her find the right wine to fit his or her taste and budget. Chesapeake Wine also has a great wine bar with cheese and antipasto snacks to help revive you during a shopping trip.

Dogma

3600 Boston St. Ste. 320, 410-276-3410

Owner Virginia Byrnes was a film set designer for years, and she brings a cool and quirky sensibility to her pet store. Dogma also offers a few pet-themed items for the humans on your gift list.

Catonsville

One World Emporium

825 Frederick Road, 410-744-5575

Father-son owners Lawrence and Alexey Mernaugh specialize in fair-trade items from craftspeople around the world at One World Emporium.

Cockeysville

Cohen's Clothiers

64-66 Cranbrook Road, 410-666-8952

Operating since 1904, Cohen's features lots of unusual Ravens gear, surf and skate wear, and trendy accessories for men, women and children. The store carries such brands as Polo, Billabong, Quicksilver, Ugg, Crocs and Roxy.

Five Wacky Women

10255 York Road, 410-683-8333

Five Wacky Women bills itself as "a store with personality," and its name sure doesn't hide the personality type it's going for. The shop features new products every week — a recent showcased item is "Switchflops," sandals with interchangeable straps — in categories like apparel, jewelry, food and more. Just beware of the cackling laugh track that starts playing automatically if you visit the store's website.

MB Klein

243A Cockeysville Road, 410-229-9995

Train enthusiasts need go only one place: MB Klein. Here they'll find model trains on different scales, electrical supplies, glues and lubricants, apparel and railroad memorabilia — basically anything one would need to get on track.

Downtown

Trinacria

This family-owned Italian deli has been operating since 1908. Trinacria specializes in traditional sandwiches, deli meats and cheeses, gourmet groceries and lots of other irresistible goodies.

Falls Road

The Ivy

6080 Falls Road, 410-377-2966

Independent bookstores used to be commonplace, especially here in the former City That Reads. Fortunately, we still have The Ivy, which has a respectable local-interest selection, is very customer-focused and frequently hosts author signings and discussions.

Federal Hill

Alexandra Webb

1028 S. Charles St., 410-244-5144

Alexa Webb, the artist and business owner behind Alexandra Webb Artisan Jewelry, creates handmade pieces out of materials like Czech glass, Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearls. She also sells handbags and other accessories and offers consultations for custom bridal jewelry.

Amy's Boutique

1133 S. Charles St., 410-244-1133

Fashion fiends can find such lines as CREA, Planet and Three Dots at Amy's Boutique, as well as a range of hand-crafted jewelry. The store offers customization of most pieces of jewelry thanks to a close working relationship with the artists.

Babe (A Boutique)

910 S. Charles St., 410-244-5114

It's all about being trendy, but not looking like you're trying too hard. That's where Babe comes in, offering popular lines that fall in the moderate-price range.

Couture Closet

1003 Light St., 410-528-2999

Fashion addicts who don't have the pocketbook to fit their cravings know to regularly check in at Federal Hill's Couture Closet. Owner Jessica Atkins is a master at nabbing top-tier designer pieces and offering them to customers at "an average of 85 percent off full price."

Dan Brothers Shoes

1032 S. Charles St., 410-752-8175

Don't let anyone tell you men's shoes are generally boring and look all the same. Dan Brothers has been in Federal Hill since the 1930s and it still offers the best selection of men's shoes in the area — from the top established lines to the trendy and exotic.

Home on the Harbor

1414 Key Highway, 410-433-1616

Home on the Harbor features modern furniture lines by such designers as Knoll, Kartell, Blu Dot and Alessi. There's also a selection of rugs, lighting and gifts.

Sideshow

Inside the Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway

443-872-4926

Hands down, this shop is the end-all be-all for wacky, irreverent and creative gifts, art and stocking stuffers. It's clear that owner Ted Frankel looks at life with his tongue firmly planted in cheek. Whether you have one buck or a hundred, you'll find something at Sideshow that will put a smile on your face.

Whimsy

1033 S. Charles St., 410-234-0204

South Baltimore's girly girls count on this fashion boutique to satisfy any craving for cute. Many of the pieces at Whimsy feature touches that add that little extra "oomph" to an outfit, whether it's in a patterned fabric, a ruffle or embellishment.

Zelda Zen

46 E. Cross St., 410-625-2424

This cute little Cross Street boutique is the go-to accessory and gift shop for many Federal Hill residents. Owner Beth Hawks' love of the quirky side of Baltimore is reflected in many of Zelda Zen's pieces created by local artists.

Fells Point

aMuse

1623 Thames St., 410-342-5000

Walk into this Fells Point toy store and feel immediately surrounded by "warm fuzzies," not to mention its floor-to-ceiling collection of award-winning toys from around the world. At aMuse, you'll also find unusual and handmade toys you won't find in the big chain stores.

The Corduroy Button

1625 Thames St., 410-276-5437

This shop features gifts for baby like stuffed animals, nursery gear and cute T-shirts and booties.

Cupcake

3813 S. Broadway, 410-522-0941

If you want to check up on the current trends, then check in with Lisa Schatz, the owner of Cupcake. She'll help you update your wardrobe with pieces from lines like Nicole Miller, BCBG, Black Halo, Bianca Nero and Donna Morgan.

Ecosumo Terra Station

1643 Thames St., 410-522-1833

The good-smelling Ecosumo has a small but tasteful selection of green and recycled products, including shopping bags, soaps and safe water bottles.

Pad

1500 Thames St., 410-563-4723

Pad offers modern, sleek furniture ideal for city living. The store features an extensive selection of Calligaris tables and chairs.

Poppy and Stella

728 S. Broadway, 410-522-1970

Keep your toes on trend. Stop by Poppy and Stella, and step into a pair of fabulous footwear from the likes of Poetic License, Pour La Victoire and Sam Edelman. Ooh, and just get a gander at those handbags!

Sound Garden

1616 Thames St., 410-563-9011

The Sound Garden is the place to go for vinyl and new and used CDs and DVDs, in addition to great prices on boxed sets. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Sound Garden as the second-best record store in the country.

Squidfire

410-327-3300

Squidfire was one of the pioneers on the Baltimore DIY scene and even sponsors an annual DIY craft sale. Though it is not currently operating out of the storefront in Hampden, you can order screenprinted baby clothes, T-shirts, totes and accessories at squidfire.com or look for the pop-up shop in Fells Point.

Su Casa

901 S. Bond St., 410-522-7010

Su Casa has a fun, colorful assortment of kitchen accessories, Maryland-themed gifts and modern furniture.

Trixie's Palace

1704 Thames St., 410-558-2195

Trixie's Palace is the place to go in Fells Point for gifts for cute, waiflike girly girls. You'll find T-shirts, handbags, jewelry and stationery here.

Glyndon

Black Eyed Susan

7 Railroad Ave., 410-833-5427

Black Eyed Susan is the perfect place for edible goodies such as coffee, candy, ice cream and other snacks. The store also carries a selection of Maryland gifts, toys, and prepackaged foods. Known for its premade and customized gift baskets, the store is equipped to ship these tastes of Maryland throughout the country.

Boxwood Collection

4825 Butler Road, 410-526-2220

Polish pottery, gourmet food, glassware, clocks, furniture and other home goods greet customers at Boxwood Collection.

Tickled Pink

4825 Butler Road Ste. 1A, 410-526-0559

From UGG Boots to Lily Pulitzer, Tickled Pink has a wide selection of women's and children's apparel. Opened in 2007 in Westminster, the boutique has been operating in its current location since 2008. Look out for the occasional trunk sale or jewelry from respected designers such as Brighton, Pandora and Vera Bradley.

Hamilton/Lauraville

Red Canoe

4337 Harford Road, 410-444-4440

Stop in the cozy Red Canoe for a coffee and a muffin, then shop for picture books, board books, teen series and more.

Hampden

Atomic Books

3620 Falls Road, 410-662-4444

It may be known for offering the best collection of graphic novels in town. But Atomic Books is also the best place to go for any primer on the counterculture that John Waters is most identified with. You may even run into the famed Baltimore filmmaker there, perusing its selections of books, magazines and urban art vinyl.

DoubleDutch

3616 Falls Road, 410-554-0055

DoubleDutch is considered one of Baltimore's best women's clothing stores. It features trendy dresses, blouses, sweaters and accessories, including bags and jewelry by independent designers.

Howl

3531 Chestnut Ave., 410-235-2469

If your pooch had a credit card, this is where he'd be power-shopping. Howl has treats, toys and more for your pets, plus grooming appointments are available if they're looking to get all dolled up.

Kiss N' Makeup

827 W. 36th St. 410-467-5477

When there's no Sephora nearby, Kiss N' Make-Up is the place to go for pampering goods like bubble bath and shower caps, as well as cosmetics in packages as cute as they'll be on your face. Manicures, pedicures and waxes are also available in-store.

In Watermelon Sugar

3555 Chestnut Ave., 410-662-9090

In Watermelon Sugar offers an eclectic mix of body, bath and home scents and a good selection of charming hostess gifts. Its chic window displays are a clear sign of the taste that lies within.

Ma Petite Shoe

832 W. 36th St., 410-235-3442

For many women, Ma Petite Shoe is nirvana times two. It combines two major feminine passions — shoes and chocolate. In keeping with its neighborhood, the footwear here walks on the funky side of fashion. There are almost as many choices in chocolate as there are lines of shoes.

Mud & Metal

1121 W. 36th St., 410-467-8698

One of Hampden's longest retail residents, Mud & Metal offers a wide of variety of functional fine crafts. From lamps to clocks to handmade jewelry to drawer pulls, almost everything here also comes with a finely honed sense of whimsy.

Red Tree

921 W. 36th St., 410-366-3456

You could furnish an entire home from Red Tree, or come close to it, from furniture to kitchen gadgets. Think transitional or "shabby chic." You'll find upholstered, leather-covered and mahogany furniture, linens, table top items, tableware and kitchen goods, along with a myriad of gifts and accent pieces.

Urban Baby Runway

3608 Falls Road, 410-366-2270

Is your baby a rock star? Of course he is. In that case, you should be shopping at Urban Baby Runway, which features T-shirts, onesies and clothing for the hipster tyke. There are also some gifts for the 'rents.

The Wine Source

3601 Elm Ave., 410-467-7777

The Wine Source doesn't just have an extensive selection of wines and spirits from around the world; there's also a gourmet cheese and snacks area at the front of the store — perfect for creating impromptu picnics or gift baskets. The staff is knowledgeable and is always willing to help with recommendations.

Harbor East

Amaryllis

612 S. Exeter St., 410-576-7622

After years at Harborplace & The Gallery, this little gem of a jewelry store moved to Harbor East in 2009. Amaryllis' owners Ann Marie Fiume and Allison Wolf feature handcrafted pieces from artists around the country.

Glarus Chocolatier

644 S. Exeter St., 410-727-6601

You don't need to go to Switzerland for freshly made Swiss chocolate. Just head to Harbor East, and Glarus Chocolatier. Jennifer and Ben Hauser use Hauser family recipes to create traditional Swiss chocolate, truffles and bark that will satisfy even the most serious chocoholic's urges.

Handbags In The City

840 Aliceanna St., 410-528-1443

Serious handbag addicts have Handbags in the City on their inner autopilot. Owner George Sakellaris stocks many of the lines fashionistas crave, and can always fill you in on what the next hot bag is going to be to keep you ahead of the curve.

Patrick Sutton Home

701 Aliceanna St., 410-605-0196

This classy home goods and furniture store also has a distinctive selection of gifts that you're not likely to see elsewhere in Baltimore. Look for wall-size metal flowers, table-size coffee table books, decorative pillows and seductively scented candles at Patrick Sutton.

South Moon Under

815 Aliceanna St., 410-685-7820

South Moon Under began in 1968 as an Ocean City surf shack and has become a 13-location, Maryland-based chain of stores that stretches across four states, and is the go-to shop for many a young trend-setter.

Hunt Valley

Greetings and Readings

118 Shawan Road 410-771-3022

Hunt Valley's Greetings and Readings has a great book selection, tons of kid-friendly gifts and greeting cards for any and all occasions. Additionally, the store often holds books signings and author events.

Parfections

10768 York Road, Suite B, 443-676-7071

Why stop at just plain chocolate? Parfections, the Cockeysville chocolate-maker, does offer the basics, but is known for its creatively flavored chocolate bark and truffles in flavors like port wine and cinnamon, chai latte, Guinness or one that combines habanero and jalapeno peppers. Get into the holiday spirit with cranberry and walnut, pumpkin spice or peppermint.

Teresa B.

10866 York Road, 410-628-0773

It's easy to whiz right by this York Road home and gift store, but if you do, you're missing a treasure trove of goodies. Whether it's jewelry, a whimsical little gift or a great home decor item, you're bound to find something for just about everyone at Teresa B.

Tomlinson Craft Collection

118-J Shawan Road, 443-578-4130

If you're searching for unusual glassware and other homemade crafts, visit Tomlinson Craft Collection in the Hunt Valley Towne Centre. The offshoot of the Rotunda location opened in 2005 and carries pottery, textiles, jewelry and more.

Lutherville

Bare Necessities

10751 Falls Road, 410-583-1383

Bare Necessities prides itself on service with a personal touch. The helpful staff is more than happy to measure customers for correct bra sizes and always recommends the right cut for the right party dress. There's also a good selection of nighttime ensembles.

Bijoux Jewelers

10749 Falls Road, 410-823-5545

Bijoux recently celebrated its fifth year of business with a series of trunk sales. The fine jewelry store, which specializes in antique and estate jewelry, features pieces from the U.S. and abroad, and it has kept women sparkling with its extensive collection of high-end bling. With designers such as Emma Villedrouin and Christophe Danhier, Bijoux remains a top-tier jewelry store in the region.

Craft Concepts

2360 W. Joppa Road, 410-823-2533

Craft Concepts in Green Spring Station specializes in wearable and giftable art. Think both form and function.

Fresh! Boutique

10749 Falls Road, Suite 104, 443-901-0097

This shop in Green Spring Station's Gatehouse is where many young trend-setters head when looking for a cute little dress that's totally in. But dresses are just the beginning. At Fresh, you'll find a selection of separates that are aimed not just at the young, but at the young-at-heart.

The Pleasure of Your Company

2360 W Joppa Road, 410-821-6369

Pleasure of Your Company has provided fine stationery and custom invitations for the region for more than 30 years. As an added bonus, the shop also offers an array of unusual gifts.

Trillium

2360 W. Joppa Road, 410-821-9696

Many Baltimore women have created their own signature styles with the help of this Green Spring Station boutique. Trillium offers an extensive collection of jewelry and accessories, along with well-established apparel lines.

Wee Chic

10751 Falls Road #101, 410-878-7400

Who said there is an age restriction on fashion? Wee Chic, an upscale children's boutique, regularly carries looks worn by celebrity children. So if you want your child to dress in duds worn by Suri or Angelina and Brad's offspring, Wee Chic is a must.

Mount Washington

L'Apparenza

6080 Falls Road, 410-372-0350

L'Apparenza is Italian for "appearance," and customers will certainly make a lasting one in a number of garments from both American and Italian designers. The boutique is the dreamchild of Nancy Lattmann, who used to own Stuff 'n Stuff in Kenilworth.

Holly G

1340 A Smith Ave., 410-433-3389

Inspired by the Holly Golightly character from "Breakfast At Tiffany's," Holly G meshes bicoastal fashion with flashes of Maryland flair. The boutique has been voted "best of" in several categories by Baltimore magazine for the past four years. With designers such as Parameter, Alternative Apparel and Eva Franco, it's easy to see why.

Samuel Parker Clothier

6080 Falls Road, 410-372-0078

One of Baltimore's finest men's clothing and furnishing stores, Samuel Parker Clothier brings an old English sophistication to the Mount Washington area. The business launched in 2002 after owner Ken Parker was unable to find the type of clothing lines he liked to wear.

Mount Vernon

Doll House

525 N. Charles St.

Doll House is where creative young dressers go. Owner Natalie Graham offers some edgy, lesser-known lines along with some from local designers. If you love combining a studded motorcycle cuff with an edgy tutu, you'll love this place.

Gian Marco Menswear

517 N. Charles St., 410-347-7974

For men who love to make a statement, this Mount Vernon menswear shop is all about that sleek, slimmer European look. Gian Marco also carries shoes and accessories.

Katwalk

243 W. Read St., 410-669-0600

Fashion-forward ladies know they can count on this Mount Vernon boutique to keep them on the cutting edge. With trend-setting pieces that help any woman make a statement, Katwalk is definitely not for the stylishly shy.

A People United

516 N. Charles St., 410-727-4471

If you love things from India and Asia, this Mount Vernon shop is a don't-miss. Not only does this fair-trade store offer clothing and jewelry from that part of the world, but head downstairs to A People United to completely dress your home in furniture, tapestries, pillows and home decor from India, Nepal and Tibet.

Pikesville

Couture Moda

1100 Reisterstown Road, 410-486-0415

Couture Moda has one of the most impressive collections of couture in the region. Desigual, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and True Religion are all sold at the high-end clothing store. The big-name designers also extend to the store's collection of footwear, accessories and kids' clothing.

J.S. Edwards

1809 Reisterstown Road, 410-653-2266

When you think of high-end fashion men's clothing in the Baltimore area, look no further than J.S. Edwards. The clothing store has been serving the Baltimore area since 1983 when it opened its doors at Hilton Inn Plaza before moving to its current Pikesville location in 1989. Listed as one of the top 100 men's stores in the country by Esquire magazine, J.S. Edwards is a must for male couture.

J. Brown Jewelers

1802 Reisterstown Road, 888-455-2900

J. Brown Jewelers has served the Baltimore region for three generations. With its reputation for selling fine jewelry, watches and bridal goods, it appears that tradition will continue. The store features more than 30 jewelry designers, which should please almost every sense of style.

Radcliffe Jewelers

1848 Reisterstown Road, 410-484-0398

In 2001, the owners of Towson-based Radcliffe Jewelers and Pikesville-based gift store Creative Specialties merged, to the delight of the wedding industry. Now wedding guests can shop in one spot for quality, impressive gifts such as fine jewelry and watches.

Roland Park

Children's Bookstore

737 Deepdene Road, 410-532-2000

Roland Park's Children's Bookstore has been specializing in books for children since 1978. This is the place to go to if you need a Maurice Sendak or Eric Carle classic. Additionally, stuffed animals, hand puppets and other snuggly gifts are available.

Ruxton

The Little Shoebox

7625 Bellona Ave., 410-825-3191

Many a Baltimore fashionista makes this Ruxton shop her go-to store for fanciful footwear. The Little Shoebox carries top designer lines, including Michael Kors, Sacha London and Bettye Muller.

Stevenson Village

Lori K.

10435 Stevenson Road, 410-580-0081

Lori Kilberg, a former personal shopper at Saks Fifth Avenue, brings her stylish eye to Lori K, a women's boutique in Stevenson Village. The boutique carries high-end designers such as Christopher Blue, Leifsdottir, Lafayette 148 and Kate Spade. Watch for Kilberg to move into a larger space in the same shopping center.

Morgan Truesdell

10427 Stevenson Road, 410-486-7072

It's a sweet trip to the candy shop, and a visit to Morgan Truesdell should sweeten any shopping trip. The store has candy, confections and gifts.

Stoneleigh

Gratitudes

6907 York Road, 410-377-6100

Find whimsical gifts for every occasion, made by local artists as well as national companies, at Gratitudes in Stoneleigh. Check out Scout bags, new and vintage jewelry, handpainted trays and mixed-media signs.

Timonium/Hunt Valley

Baltimore Coffee and Tea

9 W. Aylesbury Road, 410-561-1080

Talk about one-stop shopping for every coffee and tea lover on your list: Baltimore Coffee and Tea is chockablock with a variety of teas and coffees from around the world. Its coffee bar also offers breakfast, lunch and pastries for the perfect midshopping trip pick-me-up.

Charm City Run

2045 York Road, 410-561-3570

Runners and walkers alike — pretty much everyone looking to put one foot in front of the other for recreational purposes — can find all the gear they might need at Charm City Run.

A. Kirchmayr Chocolatier

9630 Deereco Road, 410-561-7705

Long before fine chocolate became a mainstream obsession, Baltimore's chocolate connoisseurs were coming to this shop. For 25 years now, Austrian native Albert Kirchmayr has been offering his chocolate creations in the classic German chocolate tradition.

Smyth Jewelers

2020 York Road, 410-252-6666

Since 1914, Smyth has been associated with high-quality jewelry in the Baltimore region. With arguably one of the best collections of fine jewels, Smyth is a destination spot for everything from engagement rings to holiday gifts.

Towson

The Bead at Kenilworth

824 Kenilworth Drive, 410-821-8888

Formerly a Rotunda staple, the relocated Bead offers contemporary women's clothing in comfortable and flattering materials.

Beltway Fine Wine & Spirits

8727 Loch Raven Blvd., 410-668-8884

Beltway is like an amusement park for cocktail-swilling adults. In addition to an enormous selection of liquor, microbrews and international wines, there's an entire aisle of wine and bar accessories. The prices are great and everything is labeled with its industry rating, a staff pick or some other information.

Cloud 9 Clothing

800 Kenilworth Drive, 410-825-5550

If you know a gal who likes to be on the cutting edge of fashion trends, but isn't one to follow the pack, introduce her to Cloud 9. Available brands include Free People and Tramp. There are also accessories and duds for guys. Cloud 9 has multiple locations across Baltimore.

Fells Point Surf Co. at Kenilworth

808 Kenilworth Drive, 410-821-7873

Not that there's a lot of surfing going on in Fells Point, or Kenilworth for that matter, but Fells Point Surf Co. can still fill your surfing style needs. For those who think the way of the wave is a fashion choice, as well as a mental state, the store sells Billabong, Roxy, Reef and other popular surf gear brands. Fells Point Surf Co. also has a location in Fells Point.

Passenger Stop at Kenilworth

812 Kenilworth Drive, 410-821-5888

If you're about to skip town, you'll want to stock up at the Passenger Stop, which can supply you with all the adaptors, passport covers, road maps and Le Sportsac luggage you'll need for a very bon voyage.

Stebbins Anderson at Kenilworth

802 Kenilworth Drive, 410-823-6600

Yes, Stebbins Anderson is a hardware store, but that's like calling the Gap a jeans store. This Kenilworth shop also offers decorative items, lots of kitchen accessories, plenty of Vera Bradley and fun additions for your garden or deck.

Uncommon Treasures

8803 Orchard Tree Lane, 410-561-6324

With items from 36 countries, and prices that start at 49 cents, you are guaranteed to find something unusual and exotic. From jewelry to gifts to home decor items, Uncommon Treasures is the place to find something for that person on your list who "has everything."

Wilson Lighting & Interiors

208 York Road, 410-823-0423

Whether your home decorating tips are modern or traditional, Wilson Lighting offers an extensive selection of lighting, light fixtures and home decor that should match your scheme.

Village of Cross Keys

Bettina Collections

98 Village Square, 410-323-3066

Bettina Collections offers such high-end brands as Tadashi, La Femme, Mandalay, Flores and Flores, Louis Feraud and Vicki Soble. This is a good place to get that special dress for your next gala.

dresscode by Gita

36 Village Square, 410-323-9009

dresscode offers minimal and designer jewelry and glam couture purses, belts and accoutrements. Look for its holiday pop-up shop at Harbor East.

Jean Pool

92 Village Square, 410-466-1177

No need to run all around town to try one line of jeans here, and another line there. Just dive into Jean Pool, where there are more than a dozen different brands of denim and related apparel.

The Pied Piper

32 Village Square, 410-435-2676

Playdates are all well and good, but sometimes your kid might want to dress as if she or he is going to tea, has an important function to attend or needs to have a formal portrait taken. For those occasions, shop at Pied Piper, which features the finest in American and European threads for little ones.

Ruth Shaw

68 Village Square, 410-532-7886

When it comes to finding some of the top designer lines in women's apparel, Ruth Shaw is the place to go. Owner Ray Mitchener has expanded his luxury designer inventory to include less expensive lines that still give off a high-fashion sheen.

The Store Ltd.

24 Village Square, 410-323-2350

This shop proves that everything in your life can be art. Whether it's home goods, apparel or fine jewelry by internationally renowned jewelry designer and The Store owner, Betty Cooke, everything has the sleek aesthetics of modern art.

La Terra

69 Village Square, 410-433-3224

La Terra features flowery soaps, pretty candles, funky jewelry and other gifts with a certain feminine appeal.

Woodlawn

Calico Cat

2137 Gwynn Oak Ave., 410-944-2450

This is not a pet store. Calico Cat is a crafts gallery that features distinctive handmade gifts like glass vases, wood toys, ceramics and holiday crafts.

List compiled by Baltimore Sun staff.