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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Last Minute Shopper’s Helper


Welcome to the Baltimore Fishbowl Local Gift Guide series. We’ll be featuring ten themed items each week through the holidays. Let us help you find that special something for everyone on your list, while supporting local businesses, and getting out to shop in different parts of this diverse and thriving city.

This Week’s theme is something along the lines of: “Christmas is when now?”

2016 Gift Guide: Eating Well


eat well gift guide 2016

Welcome to the Baltimore Fishbowl Local Gift Guide series. We’ll be featuring ten themed items each week through the holidays. Let us help you find that special something for everyone on your list, while supporting local businesses, and getting out to shop in different parts of this diverse and thriving city.

This Week’s theme is Eating Well. Good food is my favorite part of the holidays, and why not fuel the inner foodie in everyone on your list, with gifts that celebrate cooking? With ways to serve and to ways to season, this guide covers stocking stuffers and larger gifts alike.

Online Gift Ideas for Valentine’s, Don


Did we mention Valentine’s Day is coming? Not the cynical, “what a bogus, trumped-up, retail event” Valentine’s Day, but the “she makes me so happy” day that acknowledges the scientific truth that gifts are important factors in every relationship. Flowers and chocolate are always wonderful, but maybe this year you want to try something different, something easy, something you can find, buy and send, say…from work. In that case, here are some last minute, online ideas for your best girl, or girls.

Green Girl – Here’s a really nice idea for that rare woman who “has enough stuff.” Lease her a share in a farm. From Rent Mother Nature, she can rent part of a dairy farm, an orchard, or a bee hive. She’ll receive a deed, farm updates, photos, and at a pre-appointed time, receive the appropriate form of produce, from cheese to honey, to nuts, eggs and more. $$ 

Sexy Girl – if you or your sweetheart would enjoy a $220 body suspender (and who wouldn’t?), this is the place. Agent Provocateur is a steamy pleasure palace of high-end lingerie. It might be the most fun you’ve ever had with your clothes on, and no worries, she’ll get the message. 

Silly Girl – Seattle-based shop Archie McPhee is world-renowned for having the very best funny, crazy, kitschy stuff online. Shop toys and joke items in categories like Bacon, Weird, Mustaches, and naturally, Underpants. Which would she like more, the rubber octopus arm, the finger sporks or the squirrel underpants? You’ll laugh out loud trying to decide. $ 

Material Girl – Not into fashion, but wouldn’t turn up her nose at a pair of antique English club chairs? A 1960’s Hobie surfboard? A 300-year-old baroque Italian mirror? 1st Dibs has stupendous pieces of estate jewelry, antique furniture, and glamorous “objets” at the very high end of the price scale. Well, they are “the most beautiful things on earth”…$$$$$ 

Garden Girl – if your girl has dirt under her fingernails, Digging Dog Nursery is one of the greats, especially for native plants and trees. Digging Dog offers gift certificates with a $30 dollar minimum.  For free, you get an enclosed message, and the low key, hand-illustrated, lovingly detailed newsprint catalog that only a gardener could love. $ 

Arty Girl – Unless she’s like my friend Mimi, who bought a 4’ x 6’ canvas and some house paint, mixed herself a pitcher a margaritas and called it a color field painting, a gift of art might seriously impress.  UGallery has a high quality selection of original art — oil paintings and more — that will nicely fill that blank spot on the wall. But unless you’re an art dealer, choosing a painting without consulting her is probably a bad idea. Search this one together. $$$ 

Glam Girl – Do men know about Net-A-Porter? For a guy who’s at all interested in fashion, it’s a gold mine of potential gift ideas. A beautifully wrapped and hand delivered gift from Net can demonstrate how much you’ve noticed about her own (expensive designer) style, or give her a nudge in the (expensive designer) direction you’d like her to go. Careful with that last one, though. $$$$ 

Little Girl – for daughters, granddaughters and young friends, there are some proven winners, like the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, the Popcorn Factory, and of course, Archie McPhee (see above). But after a certain age, maybe ten, there’s really nothing like a box of flowers to make her feel like a woman. $ www.kabloom.com

What Gives? A Sure Winner: Ravens Stuff


Watson’s Garden Center on York Road in Lutherville has amassed a huge selection of Ravens tchotchkes: T-shirts, pullovers, jackets, hats — even a Santa hat in Ravens purple and black — for men and women, boys and girls.  It doesn’t stop there either with cups, glasses, wallets, bags and more.

It’s a relief to find a single display with items to satisfy so many on the list!



1620 York Road





What Gives? Lilly Pulitzer’s Nat’l Aquarium Scarf


In honor of the National Aquarium’s 30th anniversary, renowned designer Lilly Pulitzer created a limited-edition signature scarf. The silk and cashmere scarf, in classic Lilly hues of aqua and coral, features several of the Aquarium’s residents — the octopus, sea turtle, and sea star — as well as a secret message hidden in the print. Every scarf purchase makes a generous donation to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Only 500 were made, so order yours now before they’re gone forever.

What Gives?


We know what you’re thinking: Gloves are a boring I-didn’t-know-what-to-get-you gift. Au contraire! If the gloves are stylish classics like these quilted ones from J. McLaughlin, they will always be a welcome gift. 

J. McLaughlin

7623 Bellona Avenue


What Gives? Minnie Rose Shawls


Kate Middleton has been spotted wearing these elegant Minnie Rose shawls. A great, great gift for the women in your life.


Green Spring Station

Falls and Joppa Roads


What Gives? Calendars and Posters by Baltimore’s Greg Otto


Any Baltimorean will love calendars and posters by local artist Greg Otto who depicts cityscapes in vibrant colors. This Saturday, December 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Gundy’s gift shop in Roland Park will sell two calendars of Baltimore and four new Baltimore posters, among others in his collection of Baltimore and New York posters. Otto himself will be there also to sign the reproductions of his work.


739 Deepdene Road

Baltimore, MD 21210


What Gives? Ravens, Orioles and Terps Ties from Vineyard Vines


Want to see a 12-year old get happy about receiving clothes for Christmas? Vineyard Vines custom-designed ties come in Ravens, Orioles and Terps patterns and please fans of all ages. Belts available too!

Cohen’s Clothiers

64 Cranbook Road




What Gives? The Man Test: Answers to Questions Every Man Ought Know


Yes, we know women should know the answers to these too, but this book by Robert Dodenhoff strikes us as a fun conversation starter over the holidays and beyond. Flip through the pages and find thought provoking questions like, “What to do when a bear attacks?” or “Your car veers off a bridge. What should you do?” Each question will likely spark discussion — maybe even debate — about the correct answer. 

The Pleasure of Your Company

Green Spring Station

10749 Falls Road