Notable Marylanders share what they're giving as holiday gifts [Pictures]
Setting aside the baggage of frantic scheduling and manic shopping, the holidays still provide an opportunity to stop, to celebrate with our closest relations and friends, and to give. This year, the Sun Magazine asked several prominent Marylanders to pause -- for a phone call or an email -- and reveal what they planned to bestow upon those dearest to them. The answers, as you'll see, range from sensual treatments to sentimental treasures.
-- John-John Williams IV
Baltimore Sun classical music and theater critic Tim Smith contributed to this article.
Helga Surratt( Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun photo / October 30, 2012 )
Helga Surratt, president of About Faces Day Spa & Salon, has the task of shopping for a good friend who's a "fashionable, beautiful woman with great taste." To create an experience of pure indulgence, she's creating a gift bag filled with some of her favorite things. It starts with a bottle of champagne. Then a Tocca "Cleopatra" candle. Godiva chocolates are a must. And, of course, a Chenille robe from Nordstrom for cold days. "She can sit around her home [in her robe] with a bottle of Champagne, box of chocolates, while smelling the candle," Surratt said. "I think she'd really enjoy this."