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Baltimore: Shop Local this Holiday Season with Anthem’s Gift Guide

Dec 11, 2020

Anthem House residents, shopping local is a great way to support our community and small business owners during this difficult year. With an assortment of amazing gifts for everyone on your list, shopping small is a win-win situation for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of some fantastic local retailers, along with gift ideas, so keep reading to discover how to make someone’s holiday merry and bright!

Festive Food and Drink

For neighbors, colleagues, teachers and more, you can never go wrong with a classic food and drink gift. Or, treat yourself!

Charm City Chocolate makes some of the best chocolate in the city. If your loved one loves to bake, the Signature Holiday Baking Box will help them make the perfect batch of holiday cookies. Their chocolate gift collections, like the Merry Maryland, are any chocoholic’s dream: an assortment of chocolates including “Chesapeake Crunch Bark” and “Crabs for Christmas.”

Nothing says holiday cozy like a toasty mug of hot cocoa. Add a little flair with Hot Chocolate Bombs from Bakeology! The hot chocolate bomb gift set includes everything you need to make the perfect holiday beverage, including a chocolate bomb, festive mug and marshmallow stirrer.

Wight Tea Co has great tea gift sets, including trios of their scrumptious tea beautifully packaged in super-giftable containers. We especially love the “BMore Local Love Mini Set”!

For your friend who’s a self-proclaimed coffee snob, check out Coffee from Black Acres. A subscription to the BAR coffee club ensures they’ll have fresh beans for every cup of joe. You can select from an amazing array of single-origin and blends that they are sure to love a “latte.”

For the wine lover in your life, look no further than The Holiday Trinity from Angels Ate Lemons. This 3-bottle set includes one red, one white and one rose, all made by an innovative wine maker in Germany. If spirits are more their speed, check out Baltamaro liqueur from Baltimore Spirits Company.

Subscription gift boxes are a gift that keeps on giving! Send a smile to your loved one’s doorstep each month with a subscription from The Seasoned Olive with incredible olive oils, tasty balsamic and cool kitchen accessories. You can select the duration and even customize with substitutions to make the most perfect gift.

Handmade Accessories

For the fashionista in your life, accessories like earrings from Pink Kiss Pottery are a hit. These hand-crafted, small-batch ceramic earrings feature a fun graphic print, sure to inspire “oohs” and “ahhs.” Check out their Instagram to see more beautiful ceramic creations.

During a chilly Baltimore winter, you can never have too much cold weather gear! A hand-knit winter hat from Rosie Posie Design Co is a perfect way to help your loved ones stay warm––and stylish.

Of course, we can’t forget about this year’s top accessory: face masks. Handmade Face Masks from Bottle of Bread are a present that’s equally thoughtful as practical. Their handmade cotton masks come in a ton of beautiful colors and patterns, all made with pre-washed vintage fabrics.

For the Home

While we’re staying home this year, it’s important to make our spaces a comfortable, happy place to be.

Anyone on your list could use some ambiance and a touch of Baltimore charm for their home! Baltimore Candles from Son of a Hon feature iconic monuments from around the city, made from high-quality beeswax. A Baltimore Ornament from Annie How Papercuts is another cute option, a beautiful hand-crafted cut-out brass ornament with a gorgeous skyline design.

Your loved one with a green thumb will cherish a Wide Corked Bottle Moss Terrarium from B Willow. Moss and other greenery are nestled inside a corked glass bottle, making an easy-to-care for terrarium. Another eco-friendly gift is glass straws from Good Neighbor, which come in a 6-pack in fun colors so there’s always one ready when you need it.

A little art to brighten up our spaces also makes a wonderful gift. Explore Baltimore-themed art and stationary from Tiny Dog Press to discover absolutely stunning BMore-inspired cards, prints and more! Art by Barton’s gorgeous Baltimore Map wood print is a great gift for anyone who wants to bring a touch of their hometown or new home into their decor!

Tis the Season For Self-Care

We could all use a little extra self-care this year. Encourage your loved ones to take some time to unwind and pamper themselves! The Best of Hon’s Honey Gift Box includes six of Hon’s Honey’s best-sellers in a beautiful gift box.

A Cozy Care Package from Homebody General Store is another great option. Give the gift of a cozy night in with this box that comes with an aromatherapy rollerball with lavender and peppermint essential oils, comfy cozy Le Bon Shoppe Cloud Socks and 2 mini tins of Wight Tea.

Since washing our hands is an important step in our routines, make it luxurious with a gift from Earth Element Soap Works. The Cherry Almond Body Butter can provide TLC for dry, cracked skin, made with soothing shea butter and a yummy cherry almond scent. 

Unique Toys/Games

For your nieces or nephews, or just someone who is young at heart, toys and games are a fun gift, like this cuddly and cute Red Panda from Amuse Toys!

Quarantine movie nights just got a lot cooler with the AirFort, also from Amuse Toys. This inflatable fort is such a neat gift (and it’s big enough for adults!)

Loved ones of all ages can appreciate a board game from Canton Games. They have the largest selection of games in Maryland with over 300 to choose from, including classics like Clue and Life as well as unique new favorites. Your friend who’s obsessed with The Queen’s Gambit would love a chess set!


We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a great time shopping local for gifts!