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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Gift Giving

Posted December 15th, 2021 holidays, retail

The holiday season is upon us! While the timeline to purchase the right gift might be getting shorter, you’re not quite out of time just yet. Check out the following small businesses to find the perfect present for any type of person in your life:

For the Sweet Tooth


You can’t go wrong with a box of macarons for your loved ones who enjoy a fancy dessert. Balti’Marons is a French-style macaron company based in Baltimore that makes the most delicious and delicate sweet treats. Find them at a farmer’s market near you (check out their farmer’s market rotation schedule on their website) or order online for delivery!

Mouth Party Caramels

Purchase some mouth-watering caramels from Mouth Party, a locally-owned business which sells gift bags and boxes of different types of caramels. This business started from a four-generation old family recipe, and has now expanded to a variety of flavors and continues to commit to helping fund cancer research and cancer support services by donating a portion of its net profits.

The Apple Lady

Who doesn’t love a nostalgic, caramel apple? Shop some award-winning, gourmet caramel apples at the Apple Lady. They have all types of apples and desserts to suit your loved one’s taste, from the Original Toffee Apple to the Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache Toffee Apple. 

Charm City Chocolate

There’s bound to be at least one chocolate-lover in your life, and for them, you’ll want to check out Charm City Chocolate, a top-tier chocolate shop located in Hampden. Gift their adorable Peanut Butter Trees or their Almond Bark Box, among many other options!

For the Foodie


Have someone on your list who is interested in cooking or food? Consider buying them a gift certificate for one of Schola’s classes! Schola, located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, offers a plethora of classes, from “The Art of Marking Pasta” to “Making Doughnuts and Waffles.”

Bon Apple Cheese

Charcuterie boards never go out of style, so head on over to Bon Apple Cheese’s website to buy one for your friend or family member! You can buy them a gift card, just the board itself if you want them to make their own adventure, or “The Ultimate Holiday Gift Package,” which includes charcuterie that serves 3-4 people. 

The Seasoned Olive

A monthly subscription box is the gift that keeps on giving… and you can be the one that gives that gift by supporting the Seasoned Olive! The Seasoned Olive sells individual olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and spices that you can gift, but you can also purchase a monthly subscription box for your favorite person so they can constantly have their stock of oil replenished! Shop online or visit their store in Fell’s Point. 

For the Creative

Annie Howe Papercuts

Check out the intricate, hand-made papercuts made by local artist Annie Howe. Your creative friend will be sure to adore any of Howe’s gorgeous pieces of art, from a print for their wall to a tea towel. 

Row House 14

Do you have a bookish, stationery-loving friend? Find their perfect gift at Row House 14, a local business operating out of a studio in Baltimore’s historic Woodberry neighborhood. They sell greeting cards, stickers, pins, and much more that make the perfect stocking stuffers or individual gifts. 

Tiny Dog Press

Tiny Dog Press has the perfect greeting cards that you can write your holiday messages onto and beautiful prints to gift for your friend’s gallery wall. Tiny Dog Press prints right here in Baltimore and sells their work online and in markets throughout Baltimore. Plus, the artists of Tiny Dog Press even make Baltimore-themed prints and products!


Located in Harbor East, Curiosity has a curated collection of items that will add some character to your loved ones’ homes. Buy one of their unique ornaments or decorative objects for the perfect last-minute gift!

For the Green Thumb

Good Neighbor

Have that friend that won’t stop filling their home up with greenery? Fuel their addiction by giving them the gorgeous plantware sold by Good Neighbor. Head on over to their store in Hampden if you want to check out their inventory in-person or order online!

B. Willow

B. Willow has you covered with the cutest supply of potted plants. They also have other plant-themed prints and accessories for that botanical person in your life. Check out their shop in Charles Village or peruse their online store!

For the Wine Aficionado

Angels Ate Lemons

Head over to Maryland Avenue to find your wine-friend the perfect bottle! Angels Ate Lemons is an online and in-person wine store where you can find the best natural wine, sake, and natural products. If you’re feeling really generous, buy a wine subscription for someone you care about!

Bin 604

Bin 604 has everything to offer in terms of wine — affordable wines, festive wines, and exceptional fine wines if you have a wine collector on your list. Order online or drop by their tasting bar in Fells Point to try for yourself!

The Wine Collective

The Wine Collective is a group of makers under one roof in Baltimore with a commitment to quality and sustainable wine. Drop by their store in Hampden or shop online for bottles or gift cards!

For the Beer-lover

Union Craft Brewery

Do you know someone who loves to hang out at Union Craft Brewery in Hampden? Consider shopping online and buying them some merch from their favorite brewery. They’ve got hats, apparel, glasses, and other accessories!

Monument City Brewing Company

Pick up some superb beer from Monument City Brewing Company. Order online and pick up a 6-pack of beer from their place in Highlandtown. They’ve got the most interesting types of drinks, from Vanilla Latte Milk Stout to Among the Pines. 

Nepenthe Brewing Co. 

Shop Nepenthe Brewing Co.’s merch for your friend who could use a new tee, koozie, or glass. Located in Hampden, they’ve also got one-of-a-kind 4-packs — from Boreal Crypt to Inescapable Fate — for you to carry out. 

For the Fashion Forward

Tigerlillyshop Jewelry

Find Tigerlillyshop Jewelry, a handmade jewelry shop, in the Mount Vernon Marketplace. Artist Allison Formich creates all the unique mixed metal jewelry herself from natural specimens collected from her surrounding environment. If you don’t have time to shop in-person, feel free to check out her online store!


With a location in Harbor East, Sassanova is the place for you to find that perfect clothing item for your fashionable friend. A woman-owned business, they sell shoes, accessories, and clothing, and they also have a holiday gift guide already laid out for you if you are having trouble finding the right item!


Shop Brightside for that person in your life who unquestionably has the best style. They’ve got gorgeous clothing pieces and accessories, as well as a gift guide to make the experience much smoother for you. Check them out online or at their boutique in Hampden. 

Southmoon Under

If you have yet to hear of Southmoon Under, it’s the perfect classy, yet comfortable clothing store for you to purchase a gift for the trendy guy or gal on your list. Shop their store in Fells Point or scroll through their online boutique. 

Happy Holidays

From the Luminary family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season.

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