Holiday Gift Guide 2016

The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
(Illustration by Jon Marchione)

Oh, my god, you guys, the election has happened, and we have to keep moving forward somehow. For some of us that may mean going about this time of year as usual, though with a more pained smile, soaking in the season's changes, decorating for the holidays, buying gifts, and spending time with family. Some of us may also need to have some difficult conversations with our families ("Did you even read his platform? Did you hear him speak actual nonsense? Have you seen his Twitter?" etc. Dig deep.). If we have any hope left, it is based mostly in the collective power of our communities, so whatever your plans are, hopefully you're taking care of yourself and others this holiday season. Across the next several pages, City Paper staffers wander through neighborhoods all over Baltimore City, poke our heads into (mostly local, independent) shops and watering holes, and offer you a loose guide for where to go and what to buy. (Rebekah Kirkman)

Photos by J.M. Giordano, Marie Machin, and Reginald Thomas II

Git Guide 2016: Mt. Vernon

What once was a routine stroll through the leafy, historic neighborhood of Mount Vernon, full of elegant dogs and moneyed folks and tony mansions, has become a

Gift Guide 2016: Charles North Old Goucher

A brisk pace, my body tense to the chill, feet shuffling through leaf piles—I relish all of the banal pleasures of the fall season while walking through Old

Gift Guide 2016: Hampden

Hampden overwhelms with choices. It’s almost unnerving, like, do I really have this much power? How can I decide between buying this adorable felted cactus or

Gift Guide 2016: Belvedere Square

The House Downtown (524 E. Belvedere Ave., [410] 464-1440, has a high-end, rustic vibe. It’s packed with furniture and objets d’art, with

Gift Guide 2016: Ellicott City

This year has really sucked--and some places like Ellicott City got slammed from all sides. When floods tore through Main Street in July, people called it the

Gift Guide 2016: Pigtown

Like many neighborhoods in Baltimore, Pigtown provides options for the shopper seeking a gift for the recipient less likely to be wowed by standard mall-sourced

Gift Guide 2016: Mondawmin Mall and Sandtown

When I want to go to places in Baltimore where I can still in some way, even briefly, buy into American ideals of pluralism and democracy—and that seems both

Gift Guide 2016: Mt. Washington

With Falls Road, I-83, and the Light Rail all nearby, Mt. Washington is easy to get to, but some of its shopping options are cut off from each other, so taking

Gift Guide 2016: Federal Hill

We sometimes like to kid Federal Hill for its status as Baltimore’s home for 13th Grade, but in addition to the bars there’s no shortage of great shopping in

Gift Guide 2016: Sowebo

Robert Williams says he’s opening a gallery in one of the apartments adjacent to his shop, Umri Siki (1100 Hollins St.). The place is filled with artwork,

Gift Guide 2016: Do Gooders

Just in case you want to eschew the crass commercialism this year and make a donation to a good cause, we list a few favorites here.