The three O'Hare sisters -- Ann, Patty and Beth -- are of Irish descent. So who better to import antique pine furniture from Ireland, especially as they have backgrounds in antiques and retailing? But Irish antiques are only the beginning of what their new Annapolis shop offers. The Annapolis Furniture Co. (238 West St.,  295-7463) has antique reproductions from England; distressed mahogany furniture from Indonesia; wrought iron, glass and wood pieces from Mexico; and pottery and woven goods. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
If Fred Flintstone collected objets d'art, this would be one of them. The Ultravision Frame With Remote Control ($67) is made of cast stone and steel, and holds a picture or a small mirror. Shaped like a television set, it comes with an inoperable remote control made of the same material. Joe's Orbit, the local company that creates these Bedrock photo frames, also makes vases, mirrors, lamps and bowls with feet -- human feet! At Nouveau Contemporary Goods, 519 N. Charles St., (410) 962-8248.
Of course you would expect to find a chic little safari jacket at Banana Republic, but now the trendy clothes chain has introduced its first line of home-furnishings gifts. Just in time for the holidays, you'll find velvet picture frames ($18), velvet pillows ($48), hand-blown glass ornaments ($6), leopard coasters (3 for $32), hand-blown martini glasses ($12) and cocktail napkins (6 for $38). At Owings Mills Town Center and other area malls.
Looking for a Kwanzaa gift or a Christmas item with a black theme? Two holiday gift catalogs may have the answer. Colors of the World and the Nubian Collection carry a range of appealing ethnic merchandise, from Kwanzaa kinara to mudcloth throws to black Santa ornaments.
To get a Colors of the World catalog, call (888) 265-6771; for the Nubian Collection catalog, call (800) 537-0449.