November 23, 2022
Lauren Burke Meyer
There’s a little something for everyone in this Annapolis gift guide, no matter if you’re a budgeter or dreamer. We have fun and unexpected recommendations ranging from steal to splurge–and sometimes, an epic splurge option. Because if Santa Baby taught us anything, it’s to swing for the fences and ask for the diamond ring.
So let Madonna’s sultry voice fill your head and help you muster the gumption to ask for what you really want or even better, surprise the special ones in your life with a gift to remember.
Note: these recommendations are 100% unpaid.
There’s no way to be casual about this. I have holiday gift suggestions from Zachary’s Jewelers Constance Polamalu. Her designs have been featured in Esquire and worn by pop superstar Lizzo. LIZZO! Constance is also the founder of Birthright Foundry.
100 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Diamond Barrel Station Bracelet With Island Blue Nautical Cable - $500 (regularly $550)
Hot off the presses is the new limited edition Island Blue color which is bound to be an Annapolitan staple. With its coastal hue, it pairs perfectly with denim and elevated neutrals. 0.07 carat.
Yellow Gold Diamond Infinity Box Link Necklace - $1,500 (regularly $1,575)
This effortless pendant on a long chain is an easy way to refine a chunky warm sweater but will still hold its own in the warm summers to come. If you’re looking for a piece that will blend into your everyday essentials, look no further. 0.10 carat.
Boxed Set of Yellow Gold Diamond Lunaria Interchangeable Drop Earrings - $42,490
This set of interchangeable Lunaria Drop Earrings is sure to be the ultimate hero gift this holiday season. The set affords the wearer unlimited fun and function. Mix and match all four parts to create truly inspired looks. 7.55 carat.
Nothing evokes memory quite like smell. This limited edition Naptown Scoop x Annapolis Candle will remind you of picking out that perfect Christmas tree or cozy nights around the fireplace—even when you're stuck at work. And that's not even its best quality.
When you buy this candle, 100% of the proceeds go to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. You get a sweet smelling house (or a great gift). Our less fortunate neighbors get nutritious food for the holidays and beyond. That's what I call a win-win.
Local designer Lee Snead created the handsome, reusable jar as an ode to the iconic Hemlock Christmas Tree Farm in Edgewater. 8 ounces of hand-poured, natural vegetable wax burns for 40 hours, filling your house withwoodsy notes of juniper, gin, and cypress needles.
Only available at Annapolis Candle.
We say, “Lilly,” you say “Pulitzer!”
30 Market Space, Annapolis, MD 21401
Frosti Hat and Scarf Set - $98
Comes in red or blue
A classic Lilly Shift dress for a “Mommy and Me” moment - $58 to $198
A Party Dress for her
Cleme Silk dress in green ($278) or Christiana Midi dress in navy ($328)
This is one of Annapolis’ best kept secrets I am proud to finally be in on. Yves Delorme is an international brand of luxury home linens and accessories. They’re particularly recognized for fashion prints based on original artwork and heritage to haute couture.
The "Naturally Luxurious" winter sale starts November 25 and ends December 18. Everything in the store is up to 25% off.
167E Jennifer Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401
Beautiful home accent gifts like picture frames, trays, jewelry boxes, glassware, fragrances, tea towels, soaps and more, starting at $40
French robes and nightwear - $140 and up
To my hubby, I’ll take one of these!
Couture 'Automne' sheets - $6,750 for king set
We're a sailing town. HH had to be on the list.
132 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Crew Midlayer Sailing Jacket - $165
AKA the iconic Naptown Scoop blue jacket. Sadly, our blue is discontinued and you can't get it with our logo on it. Available in men's and women's.
Women's Motionista Lifaloft Ski Jacket - $375
Made for women who chase adrenaline, this warm, light ski jacket has all the high-tech features and a chic, streamlined design. Check out the Carv or the Straightline for men.
Whenever I’m in a pinch for a quick gift for anyone, newborn to senior citizen, The Cottage is my go-to spot.
149 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Whether you need a hostess gift, appreciation gift for a teacher, family member, you name it, little gifts like candles (Thymes, Capri Blue and Nest come highly recommended), cozy socks, hot cocoa bombs, Beekman or Farmhouse Fresh body care gift sets, as well as cozy scarves, hats and wraps make the perfect gift option. Prices typically range from $6 and up.
Try a killer dress or top from Faherty ($148-$278), Marine Layer ($78-$198) or one of my absolute favorites — locally designed Smith & Quinn ($99-$189).
If you’re looking for something sentimental, each piece of Ronaldo Jewelry has a unique meaning. Plus, it's 14K Gold & Sterling Silver and each piece is handcrafted in Indiana. Prices range from $56-$238.
One of downtown Annapolis’ greatest treasures that has real “The Shop Around the Corner” vibes in the most magical of ways. My favorite part is the book-shaped hideaway clubhouse out back. In addition to both used and new books, you’ll find puzzles, stocking stuffers and a bit a magic and whimsy throughout the shop.
35 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401
Blind Date with a Book - $9.95
Books can be pretty tricky to pick out, so why not allow your trusty booksellers to do it for you? Favorite, bookseller-approved books, wrapped sweetly in holiday garb, with a short description of the book included.
There are a few 2022 released favorites that the Old Fox Books staff has their eye on.
Old Fox has some one of a kinds in the shop including: Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea from 1966, a first U.S. edition of The Master and the Margarita, Harper and Row edition, for that Chesapeake old salt in your life, a 1909 edition of Cruises Mainly In the Bay of the Chesapeake signed by one of the Barrie brothers/authors; and a Beautiful Swimmers signed by William Warner. These beauties range from $70 to $1,000.
Art is a great gift, a way to show someone you truly know them. Plus, it's the gift that keeps on giving. Every time they see it, they'll think of you!
55 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Crabs and Natty Boh by Aubrey Bodine - $34
The year was 1954 when the renowned Maryland photographer Aubrey Bodine captured this black and white image.
Red Hull by Jay Fleming - $3,400
I hope they have a big house. This Red Hull stands over 6 feet tall!
Fun fact: Annapolis Collection Gallery is the only one in a 100 mile radius where you can find canvases of Jay’s stunning images. They have over 50 of his framed pieces in the gallery with prices starting under $200.
Oil portrait of John Paul Jones by Ann Munro Wood - $34,000
Behind her exquisite porthole portrait of the man quoted for saying “I have not yet begun to fight”, Annapolis artist Ann Munro Wood gently depicts remnants of the epic battle between the U.S. ship Bohomme Richard and the British warship Serapis.
For some truly unique and fun gifts, look no further than Third Eye Comics. They're here to party.
209 Chinquapin Round Rd #200, Annapolis, MD 21401
Stranger Things Dungeons and Dragons - $19.99
Also seen on Netflix, Sandman Book One. $29.99
Leg lamp - $249
Please hold all “FRAGILE” references until the end.
Built on Irish hospitality, you’ll never go thirsty at Galway Bay. It's also one of the only bars in Annapolis without a tv.
63 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401
Famous Irish-made eggnog - $24 per bottle
This eggnog is so good, the one time I received it as a gift, I never even got a sip. Galway Bay’s Irish Eggnog Liqueur is a hand-crafted, imported beverage distilled and bottled at Terra Liquors Distillery in Ireland. The drink blends spiced Irish Whiskey, vanilla and Irish cream, finished off with a hit of nutmeg for a seasonal delight. Purchase in the restaurant. 21+ only.
Eggnog by the case - $137 for 6 bottles
You know they'll love it. Why not get more than one bottle? Pro tip: save one for yourself.
We’ll leave this one up to you, but a gift card is ALWAYS a welcome gift. Speaking of...
Here are a few of our other favorite Annapolis restaurants where anyone would be happy to get a gift card.
You can't beat the atmosphere at this classic steakhouse. Waiters wear lab coats, the dining room's dark and the booth backs are high. And best of all, it's been family run for over 100 years! Say hi to Sam and Mack Lewnes for me!
401 Fourth Street, Annapolis, MD 21403
Modern takes on Northern Italian cuisine served by some of the most knowledgeable and friendly waiters in town. You can find Naptown Scoop publisher here at least once a month.
177 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
A classic fish and crab house with the best views in town. Make sure you tell them to get a table upstairs!
110 Compromise Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
An intimate seafood haunt in historic Eastport. Definitely a local secret. Pro tip: stop at the bar before your meal and chat up Roy while he makes you one of the best cocktails you'll ever drink.
310 Third Street, Annapolis, MD 21403
If a restaurant's run by Culinary Institute of America grads, it's bound to be good. Preserve focuses on canned, pickled, and fermented food—hence the name. It's imaginative, delicious, and delightful.
164 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Sister restaurant to the original in Florence. You can get steaks a lot of places in Annapolis. But how many places can you get a steak smothered in blueberries? Make a reservation early. This one's worth the wait. Pro tip: there's a speakeasy downstairs. Just tell the host you're there to see Harold Black.
236 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Get out and shop local this holiday season, ya filthy animals! Don’t forget that Midnight Madness takes place in Downtown Annapolis on the following Thursdays: December 1, December 8 and December 15.
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