Tag: gift-giving

Gracious Receiving 101



What to do if we receive a Christmas present we hate? University of Baltimore MFA student Melinda Cianos gives it to us straight.

Okay, let’s review. This holiday season you are likely to receive, if you’re lucky and people like you, a nifty gift or two. Please do not forget the appropriate reaction to said gifts in order to avoid the severed relationships and tarnished reputation surely to follow you into the New Year if you do. Below: a few reminders to help you stay in good, gracious standing.

Give the Gift of Books with The Help of the Pros at The Ivy, Nov. 26



Do not  miss next Tuesday, November 26, from 9 a.m until 12 p.m. (a daytime event! Shop while the kids are in school) when the staff at the Ivy Bookshop gives you its recommendations for what to buy this year for the book lovers on your list. The Ivy’s own Shirley Fergenson, Rona London and Jessica Baldwin will give you a guided tour as they present their favorite holiday gift suggestions in fiction, nonfiction and children’s books. Cider and doughnuts will be provided, so bring your list!


Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day Treats from Green Spring Station



It’s not too late to shop for your loved one (or yourself!).  The shops at Green Spring Station offer beautiful jewelry, linens, parfumes, bags, clothes, cards, chocolate treats and special gift ideas…oh…beautiful sweetheart dresses for your wee sweethearts and dapper duds for your little dudes.  There is something special waiting for everyone on this year’s ‘love list’!

Inspired Habitat: It’s a Wrap! Green Gift Wrap Alternatives


Recycled paper gift wrapsIt’s the holidays and you’re looking at all the gifts you still need to wrap and wondering just how to do it without creating a mountain of non-recyclable trash. There’s got to be a better way!

Book Giving Recommendations from the Ivy


We asked the book lovers at the Ivy Bookshop — “Baltimore’s literary book store” — to give us a few suggestions for gift giving this year. Here are some staff favorites.


From Ed Berlin, Ivy Bookshop Co-owner

 Fiction: An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer

On the heels of bestsellers The Tourist and The Nearest Exit,  An American Spy, follows the adventures of CIA agent Milo Weaver and is said to be Steinhauer’s most stunning thriller yet.





Non-fiction: Why I Left Goldman Sachs by Greg Smith

Who can forget last March when Greg Smith, a former vice president at Goldman Sachs, made a scorching exit from the Wall Street investment bank with a searing Op-Ed in the New York Times?  Now comes his book, which picks up where the Op-Ed left off with more details about the nation’s most high-profile investment bank.







Coffee Table Book: Elegantissima by Louise Fili

Elegantissima covers the nearly forty-year design career  of Louise Fili, an artist whose elegant designs created over 2,000 book jackets and  helped market Sarabeth’s, Bella Cucina, Jean-Georges, and Good Housekeeping and other brands. A must-have for graphic design students and professionals.




The Holidays at Halcyon House – Gift Guide 2012


Short on Christmas-list enthusiasm? Enter Halcyon House Antiques on Greenspring Avenue in the Greenspring Valley and find inspiration for the holidays like none other. The beloved antique shop of former BMA board chairman, art and antique historian, interior designer, style-setter and bon vivant Stiles Colwill, Halcyon House presents a feast for the shopping senses. Garland and lights adorn the entrance, delicate, beautiful glass ornaments decorate the tree and mantels, scents for the home fill the air, while goodies await in the kitchen. Yes, it has begun to look a lot like Christmas at Halcyon House, where you’ll find everything you need for the season of giving and more giving. We’ve assembled a few standout items you should not miss. Get started now!

Photos by Krista Smith.

What Gives? 2013 Calendars by Baltimore’s Greg Otto



For more more than a decade Baltimore artist Greg Otto has signed poster reproductions of his paintings the second Saturday in December at Gundy’s Gifts in Roland Park. He’ll be there again this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with two new posters among others of New York and Baltimore.

Open House at The Shops at Ruxton


See the Shops at Ruxton Gift Guide to view what you will find at the Shops at Ruxton.

Green Spring Station Shop Crawl Wednesday Night!


You’re invited to Green Spring Station’s and Baltimore magazine’s VIP Shop Crawl – a complimentary event that combines neighborhood shopping, exclusive sales, champagne, gift bags (for the first 100 only),  in-store raffle items, and, of course, you and your fabulous friends! End your evening at Tark’s Grill with food and drink specials!

Green Spring Station

Wednesday, December 5, 6-9 PM

View the Green Spring Station Gift Guide to see what you’ll find at the shop crawl.

Open House at the Galloping Goose Vineyards, Tomorrow 12 – 5 p.m.


Enjoy a day in the country at the Galloping Goose Vineyards Wine and Chocolates Open House on Saturday, December 1.  Music, wine,  handcrafted chocolates and food from local vendors will be on hand to get you into the spirit of giving.  Start Christmas shopping early with handmade gifts and crafts. It all starts at noon and goes until 5 p.m.

Galloping Goose Vineyards is off Falls Road at 4326 Maple Grove Road in Hampstead. Reservations appreciated, but not required, 410-374-6596.  For more information, please visit the Galloping Goose website.