Instead of rushing from store to store to find that item on a loved one’s list or frantically searching online for something to please, slow down and enjoy the holiday season.
Take a leisurely stroll through some of Bay Weekly’s favorite shops and find a Chesapeake Country-inspired gift for family and friends — or yourself!
We’ve arranged our picks from least to most expensive.
Second Wind Consignments
A consignment shop carrying home furnishings, decorative accessories, housewares, marine hardware, fishing equipment, tools, books, jewelry, handbags and more.
Our pick: A mug featuring Chesapeake lighthouses. ($2.70).
661 Deale Rd, Deale: 410-867-0480
Bunting Online Auctions
Each week, a new batch of unique items goes on sale online. This week’s current offerings end at 7pm Thursday, Dec. 5. But don’t despair; the next items will be online for bidding next week.
Our pick: Art glass fish (Current bid: $4)
10745 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk: 301-298-9300
Wimsey Cove Framing & Fine Art Printing
Art frame gallery specializing in shadow boxes, conservation framing and fine art printing as well as historical maps.
Our pick: A mouse pad featuring a map of Annapolis ($12)
209 Chinquapin Round Rd., Annapolis: 410-956-7278
Anne Arundel County Farmers Market
On Saturday mornings through Dec. 21 and Sundays year-round, browse farm-fresh produce and items direct from local producers. Pick from homemade wreaths, handmade aprons, soaps, fresh honey, baked goods, produce, meats and more.
Our pick: Ceramic coasters featuring photos of the Bay area. ($5 each or 4 for $15)
275 Harry S Truman Pkwy., Annapolis: 410-349-0317
This store features a full-service deli, fresh quality meats and poultry plus a complete line of groceries and gifts.
Our pick: This pick comes courtesy of long-ago Bay weekly contributor Connie Dargo, shared her gift for her hard-to-please 90-plus-year-old Granny: Chicken salad from Bowen’s Grocery put up in pint jars. Granny was satisfied. ($6.99/lb)
4300 Hunting Creek Rd., Huntingtown: 410-257-2222
A boutique carrying home furnishings, accents and personal fashion accessories.
Our pick: Handmade crabs to adorn your Christmas tree. ($10.50 each)
2 Friendship Rd., Friendship: 410-257-7510
Bay Country Crabbing
Find all you need for crabbing, fishing and hunting, equipment and accessories.
Our pick: Bucket List T-shirt. ($18.99)
214 Mayo Rd., Edgewater: 410-956-0300
Medart Gallery and Custom Framing
This gallery hosts fine quality original oil paintings, limited-edition prints, modern art, photography, pottery, glassware, gifts and more plus custom framing.
Our pick: A butter dish or vase inspired by our state flower, the black-eyed Susan. (Vase: $35; dish: $43)
10735 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk: 301-855-4515
A Vintage Deale
A shop full of vintage and antique European and American furniture, lighting, artwork and accessories.
Our pick: An antique oyster can from Leatherbury Brothers of Shady Side. ($48)
655 Deale Rd., Deale: 443-203-6157
Art gallery specializing in custom framing, fine art and fine crafts.
Our pick: Artist Lyn Laviana’s Orange Crush shows a brilliant view from Jonas Green Park at sunset. ($395)
485 Jumpers Hole Rd., Severna Park: 410-544-2299
Maryland Clock Company
Clock dealer offering full-service repair for grandfather, wall and mantel clocks.
Our pick: A battery-powered Chelsea Nautical clock. Chelsea is the last American clock maker. (From $545)
1251 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville: 301-262-5300
Fine art gallery offering appraisals and art restoration services.
Our pick: A view of Spa Creek in the painting Summer Evening by Hiu Lai Chong, an award-winning Maryland painter. ($5,500)
215 Main St., Annapolis: 410-267-7077