Baltimore-area Gift Guide 2021: Local finds from arts and crafts to food and drink


This Baltimore-focused gift guide has a mix of affordable and splurge items that cover everyone from the quirky and crafty to the trendy and spendy. The guide also takes particular care in identifying and elevating BIPOC businesses and goods. So buy up and give your friends and loved ones one of these curated finds.

Monoprint on canvas, $200

Jaz Erenberg’s “Sustain”, 2021

Artist Jaz Erenberg created “Sustain,” a 14-by-11-inch colorful monoprint mounted on canvas that is sure to pop off of any wall. | BIPOC owned


Apple Pie Rum, $20.50

Loveton Farms Distillery Apple Pie Rum

This apple pie rum from Middle River-based Loveton Farms Distillery is so much more than ho hum. It captures the feel-good pastry in a bottle. 11620 Crossroads Circle, Middle River; also available at more than 50 liquor stores in Maryland | BIPOC owned


Otterbein Cookies Maryland Happy Holiday Tin, $23.99

Otterbein's Cookies - Maryland Happy Holiday Tin

For a true taste of home, an assortment of Otterbein Cookies can’t be beat. The holiday option is packed into cookie tins that allow for your choice of up to four types of cookies, including: oatmeal raisin, double chocolate chip, chocolate chip, lemon, sugar, and ginger.


Eddie’s of Roland Park jigsaw puzzle, $21.99

Eddie's 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle

Eddie’s of Roland Park released this limited edition 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle “To Market, To Market,” depicting the “quintessential Eddie’s of Roland Park grocery run.” The image captured by Baltimore photographer and food stylist Nichole Bryant is perfect for a foodie. 6213 N. Charles St., Roland Park


Spa gift cards

Art of Balance Spa

Give them the gift of relaxation with a spa package at the Art of Balance Wellness Spa at The Ritz Carlton Residences. The spa offers everything from Botox to chemical peels and massages. Buy $400 worth of gift cards and receive an additional $50 gift card for free. 801 Key Highway | BIPOC owned


Crab mallets, $29.95 for a set of 6

Old Bay crab mallet

Want to hammer home just how much they miss Maryland? These McCormick & Company Old Bay crab mallets are a must for your favorite crab enthusiast near or far.


Holiday at The Ivy

The Ivy Hotel

Enjoy a one night stay in a luxurious room or suite at The Ivy Hotel. The stay at the all-inclusive Mt. Vernon hotel comes with spiked hot cocoa for two served at afternoon tea; $150 credit at Magdalena, A Maryland Bistro; $360 at The Spa at The Ivy, which can be used towards treatments or retail; transportation to and from Baltimore Christmas Village or Inner Harbor ice skating rink; and full gourmet breakfast. Rooms start from $1,155; suites start at $1,429.50. 205 E. Biddle St., Baltimore | BIPOC owned


Tea set, $50

Cuples Tea House, boxed tea set

Sip your tea in style with this adorable set from Cuples Tea House. Included is a 3-ounce tin of tea, a gold infuser “egg,” a Kenyan wood spoon and a black matte cork bottom mug with lid. 409 N. Howard St., Mt. Vernon | BIPOC owned


Bluestone Goldsmithing custom jewelry

Bluestone Goldsmithing

Kyle Johnson, owner and designer at Bluestone Goldsmithing, specializes in making custom jewelry with fine metals and stones. And while this 18K yellow gold ring with 1-carat AAA pink sapphire is $4,000, custom commissions start at $1,500. 516 N. Charles St., Suite 307, Mt. Vernon | BIPOC owned


KSM Candle Co. soy candle, $22

Double wick soy candle

This East African Amber 12-ounce double wick soy candle by Knit, Soy, Metal features a long-lasting mix of vanilla, dark musk, and sandalwood scent with hints of citrus and jasmine. 3600 Clipper Mill Road., 123, Clipper Mill | BIPOC owned


Lobos 1707 Tequila, Reposado, $49

Lobos 1707 Tequila, Reposado

The brand has the backing of the likes of LeBron James, but it also has a local connection. Howard County resident D’Angela Dia Simms is chief executive officer of Lobos 1707 Tequila & Mezcal, which makes a perfect gift for the holidays. With notes of wine, wood and medium roast cocoa, the bold tequila makes an impression. And the 750-milliliter bottle is also available for engraving for an additional fee of $50. BIPOC owned


NKVSKIN skincare system, $80

Give the gift of good skincare with Trifecta, a 3-step skincare system that works with your skin’s natural microbiome to target and treat excess oil, acne-causing bacteria and inflammation. Founded by Nakia Vaughn, NKVSKIN is a line of skin care products and services for all ethnicities. BIPOC owned


Camp Craft Cocktails Sangria, $24.50; Camp Cranberry Martini Party, $150 and Sweater Weather, $24.50

Camp Craft Cocktails Sangria, Camp Cranberry Martini Party and Sweater Weather

From Vignette in Annapolis, these holiday party-ready cocktail kits sealed in a glass jar are fabulous for small get-togethers, brunch or sitting by a warm fire. Just add your choice of alcohol (not included) or hot water to infuse rich flavors of orange, cranberry, lemon, ginger, vegan marshmallow, citrus and cinnamon. Add a splash of soda or tonic. Makes a great host gift.


Welcome Home Frasier Fir candle, $45.99

Thymes Frasier Fir candle

From Welcome Home in Annapolis, enhance your home with the fresh fragrance of Frasier Fir as the flickering fire illuminates your room. 64 State Circle, Annapolis.


Palermo beanie hat, $35

 Polermo beanie hat

Lined with soft fleece for comfort and warmth, these wool hats from Culpa are topped with a faux fur pompom for a high-fashion style that comes in black, gray, oat and teal. 37 Maryland Ave., Annapolis.


Verre eglomise luminary bowl, $130

"Planting Seeds," a Verre Eglomise luminary bowl

Light up your home with “Planting Seeds”, a luminary bowl crafted in verre eglomise — a technique where glass is gilded with gold or silver leaf — from artist Mary Mayhew of Fallson. Artists Emporium, 220 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace.


Tydings Park Gazebo ornament, $20

Tydings Park Gazebo ornament

Decorate your tree with this hand-painted ornament by artist Anna Goodman of Elkridge. Vicenti Decoys, Harford County.


Mudpie Reindeer applique outfit, $36.95

Mudpie reindeer applique outfit

Cuddle up with your favorite little reindeer in this picture-perfect onesie from Blue Heron in Harford County. 456 Franklin St #454, Havre de Grace.


Harbor map wood serving platter, $30

Wood serving platter by artist Charlie Barton

Serve hors d’oeuvres on this unique silk screen print wood serving platter by artist Charlie Barton available at Su Casa.


Buttercup Soaperie foaming bath salts 8 oz., $16

Buttercup Soaperie foaming bath salts

Unwind in a soothing bath with these bath salts while calming the mind and easing mild body aches from Primitive Beginnings. 8247 Main St., Ellicott City.