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.