The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!
If you’re traveling to Baltimore this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!
The National Aquarium
Located right on the harbor in Downtown Baltimore, The National Aquarium has an extensive gift shop with a range of lovely home goods for adults and fun gifts and toys for kids. You can also gift a membership, day passes, or make a donation in a loved one’s name. Your purchase at The National Aquarium will help support the institution’s important mission of inspiring conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures which they enact by combating climate change, saving wildlife and their habitats, and stopping plastic pollution.
The Dollhouse Boutique
Shopping for a fashionista? Then you’d better pay a visit to The Dollhouse Boutique. This Black woman-owned business offers “one-of-a-kind designs in couture and casual styles” so that women can keep playing dress up, no matter what their age. If you’re feeling a little intimidated by the offerings and don’t know what to pick, you can also gift a one-hour consultation with owner and designer Natalie Karyl. During the meeting, she’ll go through all sorts of tips from fashion and styling to business and networking, so that that special someone on your list can “upgrade [their] style & boss babe game!”
Natasha’s Just Brittle
Need some gifts that satisfy a powerful sweet tooth? Natasha’s Just Brittle, another woman and Black-owned business, has gourmet popcorn, cookies, toffee, chocolates, and -you guessed it- brittles. And for a more creative gift idea, the store has also offered classes through Eventbrite (these may not be offered currently due to COVID-19).
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Baltimore. Don’t worry, BWI Marshall Airport has you covered! This massive airport has a ton of options, but here are a few of the great shops you’ll find inside:
· Woman-owned Fran’s Organic Bodycare is a perfect place to find products to pamper that health-conscious or environmentally-conscious person on your shopping list. Located in Terminal D.
· America!, with locations in Terminals A and D, has an assortment of patriotic themed gift items.
· Diva by Cindy, in Terminals A and D, offers hair care products and donates some of their proceeds to organizations supporting homeless women and victims of domestic violence.
· For a fun stocking stuffer, check out Sock it to You in Terminal C. They have hundreds of types of fun socks with all different themes!