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.


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.