Great Places To Hit Around Town During Your Holiday Shop-A-Thon


The holidays can be a stressful time of the year, and at some point, you’re bound to find yourself daunted by the task of finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Worry not! Even though everyone on your shopping list might have a different style, personality or interest, you can still wow them on Christmas morning. Forget shopping at the big-box department stores or on the infinite pages of the internet. This is the year for local businesses and boutiques to shine because they offer the special touch that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Have A Little Art This Holiday

Art always makes a great gift, and there are plenty of galleries and art shops in the area for you to choose from – the recently opened Gallery 564 in Severna Park, Benfield Gallery in Severna Park, Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery in Severna Park and McBride Gallery in Annapolis. These galleries even feature work by local artists, and a few of their pieces reflect local interests and culture.

Around The House

Maybe you know a friend who just moved into a new home, or someone who just underwent a major renovation. Park Home in Severna Park specializes in home décor and carries a range of products for any price point – items start as low as $2, and some furniture pieces go for as much as $2,000. Much of the inventory goes for less than $100, and gift shoppers will be able to find bookends, coaster sets, signs and candles.

Another great option for home goods is Costello’s Ace Hardware & Hearth in Pasadena, where you could select a hot tub or a new fireplace (pellet, wood or gas) that would make your loved one’s new place finally feel like home. Ace also has a selection of grills that would delight any dads out there who are always looking ahead to summer. Ace even offers up to 12-month financing, no interest, with approved credit.

For The Fashionista

You can get some of the latest styles right here from local boutiques. Coterie Boutique in Severna Park has a variety of $15 gift items for many people on your list. Coterie also carries its Purpose line and a few other jewelry lines that are handcrafted by women in need. All proceeds from these products go back to charity. Additionally, Coterie is kicking off its fifth annual “Give a Little, Get a Little” campaign, in which the store accepts donations in exchange for discounts. This year, the campaign’s focus is on women and children in the community who are in need, and donations of clothing, baby items, toiletries, bedding and more are being sought.

Over at The Cottage in Severna Park, Swarovski crystal is now in stock, as are sweaters by POL – a hot trend at a good price point.

Jewelry makes a great gift, and with so many jewelry stores in the area – such as Zachary’s Jewelers in Severna Park or Sanders Jewelers in Pasadena – you’ll be able to find something to make your loved one’s holiday sparkle.

Enjoy The Outdoors

The days might be a little colder and shorter in December, but that doesn’t mean your outdoors enthusiast is going to want to stick around inside. Kids will be delighted to receive a new bicycle from Bulldog Bikes & Floats in Severna Park, or nature lovers will be engaged by the many unique gifts at Wild Bird Center. Both Bulldog Bikes & Floats and Wild Bird Center have highly educated staff members who understand the products they are selling, and can make recommendations based on the interests and advancement level of the hobbyist you’re trying to buy for.

Here Are Our Top Picks For Places To Visit While Shopping For The Holidays


The Cottage

568 Ritchie Highway, Suite E, Severna Park



Alpaca International

206 Main Street, Annapolis



Bulldog Bikes& Floats

405 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park



Sanders Jewelers

3820 Mountain Road, Pasadena



Wild Bird Center

568 Ritchie Highway, Suite G, Severna Park



Zachary's Jewelers

522 Ritchie Highway, Suite A, Severna Park



Park Home

568 Ritchie Highway, Suite E, Severna Park



Coterie Boutique

147 C Ritchie Highway, Severna Park



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