Holiday Gift Guide: Chesapeake Christmas

Make gift-giving a local endeavor this season with items that exude Chesapeake charm.

1. Boordy Vineyard's Icons of Maryland wine series have engraved labels depicting iconic Maryland wildlife such as the Baltimore oriole bird on the riesling, the blue crab on the Boordy blush, rockfish on the seyval chardonnay vidal, a terrapin on the petit cabernet, Assateague ponies on the shiraz, the great blue heron on the vidal blanc and the mallard on the chambourcin merlot. $11-$17 per bottle. Discounts available on 12-bottle mix-and-match cases. Boordy Vineyards in Hydes.

2. The 192-page hardcover book "Chesapeake: Bay of Light," features the wild beauty of the Chesapeake Bay captured through the lens of photographer Ian J. Plant. Essays by Tom Horton to complement and a foreword by William Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Patrick Noonan of the Chesapeake Bay Conservation Fund. $45. The Walters Art Museum Store in Baltimore.

3. Decorate your Christmas tree with some bay charm with hand-painted crabshell ornaments. Choose the Maryland flag ($20) or Santa ($15). There's a new Santa oyster shell ornament this season as well ($12). The Maryland Store in Westminster.

4. Dyed agates and japers, carnelian, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, beads, and Chinese porcelain beads make up the intricate and eye-catching Anemone necklace by jeweler Valerie Sanson. She took her inspiration for the piece from Matisse's painting "Anemones and Chinese Vase" in the Baltimore Museum of Art’s collection. $240 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

5. The iconic Mr. Boh of National Bohemian beer fame gets dressed up a bit with the Natty Boh logo collared shirt. The 50 percent cotton, 50 percent polyester preshrunk shirt is available in orange, red and purple. $21 at Greetings and Readings in Hunt Valley.

6. Baltimore-based artist and illustrator Maggie Stewart captures scenes of Baltimore in silkscreen cards and 12 x 12 inch prints. Her work is inspired by 1950s and 1960s design. Baltimore Museum of Art.

7. Local author Lauren R. Silberman shares the sinister side of Baltimore's history in her new book, "Wicked Baltimore: Charm City Sin and Scandal." Published by The History Press, this book recounts the pirates, speakeasies, riots, crimes and other scandals of Charm City's past. $20 at Eddie's Market of Charles Village, The Ivy Bookshop, The Book Escape, HonTown, USS Constellation Museum and B&O Railroad Museum bookstore in Baltimore and at Ukazoo Books in Towson.

8. Have fun with "Bawlmer's" iconic Hon style with the paper doll book, "Hey Hon! It's Baltimore Betty." Dress up Betty (and her hair) for visits to various points of interest in Baltimore. Created by local artist Chelsea Carr. $10. Baltimore Museum of Art.

9. Get squeaky clean with Charm City soaps -- made by a local school teacher -- with scents like Hampden Honey, Lime Margarita, Tea Tree Oil with French Green Clay and Sowebo Buzz. $6 at Earth Alley in Hampden.

10. Snack time tastes great when you're munching on Michele's Granola, in original, cherry chocolate, cinnamon raisin, ginger hemp and pumpkin spice varieties. Based in Timonium. $6-$7 for a 12-ounce package.

11. Spread the love -- and the fruit -- with family-owned McCutcheon Apple Products. Try the fruit spreads like apple butter, cherry butter, peach butter and pumpkin butter ($3-$4), or the array of jellies, preserves, dressings, syrups and sauces. Based in Frederick.

12. You'll have the cows at a family-operated farm in Sykesville to thank for Bowling Green cheeses. Varieties include hard cheeses like tomato basil cheddar, swiss, dill farmer, colby and feta, spreads in Chesapeake, jalapeno, mustard dill and red wine flavors, as well as butter. Available at David's Natural Market in Columbia and MOMs Organic Market in Timonium.

13. Myriad styles of stoneware and porcelain line the walls of Wild Yam Pottery in Hampden. The ever-changing, one-of-a-kind creations are crafted on the premises by local artists. All items are lead-free and oven- and dishwasher-safe. Custom orders are welcome.

14. Sweeten things up with fresh, raw lavender honey from Breezy Willow Farm in West Friendship. Honey is produced at the farm's apiary and it's infused with a hint of lavender that's also grown at the farm. Enjoy it in herbal tea, or use it in lieu of sugar in most recipes (decrease baking temperature by 25 degrees and use 20 percent less honey than sugar). $12.50. 

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