The 2015 Gift Guide

  • 2015 Gift Guide: Introduction

    2015 Gift Guide: Introduction

    It’s that time of year when we turn onto Charles Street and see the holiday snowflakes hung from lampposts—oh God! Already?—and realize it’s the season of church and school holiday craft fairs, Christmas muzak, and shopping. For everyone out there who can’t stand the  mall’s maze of parking garages...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: Light Street

    2015 Gift Guide: Light Street

    City paper has given Federal Hill plenty of guff for being the playground of drunken frat boys. And while that reputation is not entirely untrue, the neighborhood does have its fair share of restaurants and stores that we enjoy. Just at the neighborhood’s edge, the Science Store at the Maryland...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: O'Donnell Street

    2015 Gift Guide: O'Donnell Street

    Canton’s O’Donnell Street doesn’t have much in the way of retail, but it does have 2910 On The Square (2910 O’Donnell St., [410] 675-8505, 2910, onthesquare.com), the local gift shop that is one of the few stores in the city selling items geared toward Hanukkah. Here’s one thing Canton Square does...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: North Charles Street (Mount Vernon)

    2015 Gift Guide: North Charles Street (Mount Vernon)

    Walking through Mount Vernon down Charles Street always makes me feel kinda fancy, even if I don’t feel like I fit into this decidedly metropolitan stretch of the road. The intricate, towering steeples, the huge historic mansions, the Peabody and its classic library, and the nicely manicured green...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: North Charles Street (Above North Avenue)

    2015 Gift Guide: North Charles Street (Above North Avenue)

    OK so let’s get this out of the way: In this year’s Best Of Baltimore issue, we named Charles Street between 25th Street and North Avenue—partially it’s Charles Village/Charles North and partially it’s Old Goucher and ostensibly it’s kind of Station North—Best Confusing Shopping District, because...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: 36th Street

    2015 Gift Guide: 36th Street

    For an increasingly touristy shopping destination, the Avenue has managed to hold on to some of its charm. At the very least, it’s still infinitely preferable to the mall or the Inner Harbor. It’s just two blocks away from the crazy lights on 34th—a massive dose of electricity and inflatable lawn...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: Falls Road

    2015 Gift Guide: Falls Road

    In Hampden, Falls Road doesn’t have nearly as many gift-shopping stops as 36th, but with just a few stores, it offers several solutions for your tricky special-interest recipients. For your comic-book and graphic-novel collector, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for between The Nerdporium...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: Broadway

    2015 Gift Guide: Broadway

    If you hate yourself, you could do your Christmas shopping by driving up to the Towson Town Center, struggling to find parking in its gargantuan parking garage, and joining the swarms of pissed-off suburban shoppers as you walk in a haze between stores for big national chains. Or you could do yourself...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: Thames Street

    2015 Gift Guide: Thames Street

    If you consider Christmas shopping a high-stress chore that makes you want to break out into hives as soon as you start thinking about it, Thames Street might be the best place for you to go. The concentration of stores should make the process relatively easy, and whenever you feel your stress...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: Aliceanna Street

    2015 Gift Guide: Aliceanna Street

    If you’re like me, you might irrationally imbue physical objects with a heavy sense of nostalgia. Ticket stubs from movie dates, old photo-booth strips, newspaper clippings of your first published article, all of them wield some emotional pull that makes it hard to throw them away. Here’s an idea:...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: Belvedere Square

    2015 Gift Guide: Belvedere Square

    Sometimes you want to give someone a little gift, the kind of thing that says, “Hey, I like you and I thought you’d like this,” but you don’t want the person to feel bad because they’re not the kind of person who does that whole gift thing and besides they probably didn’t get you a gift in return,...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: Hollins Street

    2015 Gift Guide: Hollins Street

    Robert Williams’ Umri Siki (1100 Hollins St.) has been on the corner of Hollins and South Arlington for two decades. “They come from all over the country to see me,” Williams says. “They tell me they’ve never seen a shop like mine before.” It’s stocked to the rafters with African carvings, statues,...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: East Monument Street

    2015 Gift Guide: East Monument Street

    East Monument is a historic shopping district that has, like so many of the city’s once-hopping spots, declined for all the same reasons so many other things in this city have declined (neglect, white flight, deindustrialization, the dominance of chain stores, crime), though there’s still plenty...

  • 2015 Gift Guide: Do-Gooders List

    2015 Gift Guide: Do-Gooders List

    Just a few of the many local nonprofits you can donate to this holiday season Baltimore Algebra Project Democratic, student-run program that provides one-on-one math tutoring for middle and high school students—and gives them a voice in protecting their rights, such as an adequately funded education....

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