March 2, 2024
Annapolis, US 50 F

30 amazing LOCAL gifts for everyone on your list!

Annapolis Tours by Watermark’s period dressed guides will take guests on a festive Holiday Candlelight Stroll during the month of December. Photos by Sabrina Raymond.

We can’t go a week without hearing about another business casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. If we are honest, there has never been a year when it is more important to support our local stores. When you shop local, more money stays in our local economy; but more importantly, shopping local allows our locally-owned stores to remain viable in order to hire local employees. See how that works? With that said, here is a gift list for everyone on your holiday list. All local.

Please. It’s important!

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  1. A great new book by Dave Gendell — Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse–A Chesapeake Bay Icon.
  2. Darren Smith, another local author, penned a book about his time at the Jennifer Road Detention Center — 30 for 30 : The Writings Behind the Wall. Have a listen to his story here!
  3. If you need a little bling (or a lot) —  Zachary’s Jewelers.
  4. An Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park membership is a perfct gift for your Chesapeake Bay afficionado!
  5. Maybe there is a cinefile in your life?  How about a membership to the Annapolis Film Society?
  6. For music lovers, you cannot beat a show at Rams Head On Stage.
  7. Here a Pop Up Shop is on Main Street this holiday season just filled with local goodies!
  8. Christmas cheer in a bottle. Galway Bay’s Irish Egg Nog is sure to warm the cockles of everyone.
  9. If you want ecclectic and authentic, one of my favorite shops is Local By Design at the base of Main Street.
  10. When I need to send a taste of Annapolis to a friend, I send them a crabcake from the Boatyard Bar & Grill.
  11. Furniture? Home furninshings? Look no firther than the Annapolis Maritime Antiques in Eastport
  12. Everyone loves a great book and we have two amazing bookstores in town– Back Creek Books and Old Fox Books.
  13. Annapolis oozes history from every paver in the road.  Why not get a membership to Historic Annapolis and help preserve it!
  14. They are not sailing right now, but a gift card for a spring (or summer or fall) sail on the Schooner Woodwind is a fantastic gift.
  15. Another great way to get out on the water is with Watermark. And if you are a landlubber, their historic walking tours are fascinating.
  16. Nothing screams iconic Main Street than the food challenge at Chick & Ruth’s. While that may be a bit much, why not give a meal in this iconic place?
  17. What happens when you merge maritime history, one of the last remaining skipjacks, and the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park? The Wilma Lee. You can book her for a private charter or individual sails come the spring!
  18. The most iconic building in Maryland is probably the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse and she always needs some repairs. Make a donation and make sure this icon can be enjoyed for generations to come!
  19. Navy grad? Navy fan? Remember the old dome of the Chapel? Now you can give a memento crafted from the ACTUAL dome!
  20. Nothing is more important than the generations that follow us. The Annapolis Police Foundation sees to it that deserving kids in our community have some help going to college.
  21. Black and white photos of Annapolis from Annapolis Collection Gallery.
  22. Gallery 57 West is a local artist collaborative. You are sure to find something there!
  23. Kim Hovell Art Studio features plenty of great oyster art.
  24. Greeting cards or ornaments from the Downtown Annapolis Partnership will brighten up anyone’s holiday!
  25. There is only ONE beer brewed in Eastport. Give the gift of Eastport with a gift card to Forward Brewing.
  26. K&B True Value Hardware
  27. Want some Chesapeake inspired artwork? From stickers, to yard flags, to wall art, to ornaments to door mats. Citizen Pride is the place you need to check out.
  28. A Sweet & Salty Pop Up in Annapolis Town Center  is in the middle of Sit. Stay.Play. Their unique boutique for animal lovers has gifts for pets and the people who love them.
  29. Another fantastic book from a local author, Donna Koros Stramella from Hanover.  Coffee Killed My Mother: A Novel is a book with twists and turns. A mother (recovering alcoholic now addicted to coffee) and her daughter take off on a trip to explore coffee shops along the east coast, when all sorts of family ecrets are exposed.
  30. Gift Card ANYWHERE

And be sure to check out all the local shopping and dining info on the Downtown Annapolis Partnership website.

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