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 decorations, perfect to get yourself into that holiday spirit—and to put your shopping haul to rest, you might catch a comedy show or punk gig at Zissimos (1023 W. 36th St., [410] 467-4707, facebook.com/zissimosbar). Between the Woodberry light-rail stop and the 27 local bus, and fairly ample street parking, 36th isn’t too out of the way from the rest of the city to devote an afternoon (or day) of shopping. And there are ever-increasing restaurant options to fuel up on a good breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks. Golden West Cafe (1105 W. 36th St., [410] 889-8891, goldenwestcafe.com) even has that to-go window now, so you can easily scarf down a burger while you’re busting your ass trying to find a suitable gift from the huge multitude of stores. You can get normal presents like a book or a sweater or a scented candle or chocolate or whatever, but it’s just as easy to find the perfectly proportioned dildo at Sugar (1001 W. 36th St., [410] 467-2632, sugartheshop.com), a century-old pocket watch at one of the many vintage and antique joints, next-level home decor at Trohv (921 W. 36th St., [410] 366-3456, trohvshop.com), a quaint little pipe at Voodoo Glass (1013 W. 36th St., [410] 235-2848, voodooglasscompany.com), whatever witches need at Crystals, Candles & Cauldrons (927 W. 36th St., [410] 467-4111, wiccancrystal.com), and so on. And right around the corner are even more shops on Falls Road (page 41) and Chestnut. Basically, if you can’t find what you’re looking for in Hampden, I don’t know what kind of person you’re shopping for. Good luck with that. (Maura Callahan)

Crave Vesper in rose gold ($89), Sugar, 1001 W. 36th St., (410) 467-2632, sugartheshop.com

The Womanizer ($189), Sugar, 1001 W. 36th St., (410) 467-2632, sugartheshop.com

Iroha Mini ($25), Sugar, 1001 W. 36th St., (410) 467-2632, sugartheshop.com

“The Dominant Wives & Other Stories” by Eric Stanton ($25), Sugar, 1001 W. 36th St., (410) 467-2632, sugartheshop.com

Chemex 6 Cup ($44), Spro, 851 W. 36th St., (410) 243-1262, sprocoffee.com

Dripper by Beehouse ($20), Spro, 851 W. 36th St., (410) 243-1262, sprocoffee.com

Orla Kiely bag ($88.95), Doubledutch, 1021 W. 36th St., (410) 554-0055, doubledutchboutique.com

Jewelry stamping kit ($34.95), Doubledutch, 1021 W. 36th St., (410) 554-0055, doubledutchboutique.com

Gradient puzzle, 500 pieces, from Areawear ($20), Trohv, 921 W. 36th St., (410) 366-3456, trohvshop.com

East Coasters by REEDWILSONDESIGN ($34), Trohv, 921 W. 36th St., (410) 366-3456, trohvshop.com

The Carry On Cocktail Kit by Moscow Mule ($25), Trohv, 921 W. 36th St., (410) 366-3456, trohvshop.com

“The Smith Tapes: Lost Interviews with Rock Stars & Icons 1969-1972” by Ezra Bookstein ($24.95), Trohv, 921 W. 36th St., (410) 366-3456, trohvshop.com

Wingman flask ($26.50), Trohv, 921 W. 36th St., (410) 366-3456, trohvshop.com

The Original Scoop by Zeroll ($20), The Charmery, 801 W. 36th St., (410) 814-0493, thecharmery.com

“Gnome B Gone” by Fred Conlon ($65), Mud and Metal, 1121 W. 36th St., (410) 467-8698, mudandmetal.com

 

Platter by Laurie Flannery (Baltimore local) ($52), Mud and Metal, 1121 W. 36th St., (410) 467-8698, mudandmetal.com

Round ’60s style sunglasses ($13), In The Details, 813 W. 36th St., (410) 889-0380, facebook.com/InTheDetailsShop

Matt Muirhead sweater ($30), In The Details, 813 W. 36th St., (410) 889-0380, facebook.com/InTheDetailsShop

“Erzählungen” by Edgar Allan Poe ($25), Charlotte Elliott, 837 W. 36th St., (410) 243-0990, charlotte-elliott.myshopify.com

Book Lovers soy candles in “Sherlock’s Study,” “Trashy Romance Novel,” and “Reading at the Cafe” ($16.99 each), Charlotte Elliott, 837 W. 36th St., (410) 243-0990, charlotte-elliott.myshopify.com

Fern Fawn Chime ($18), Greenberries,
915 W. 36th St., (410) 889-6253, greenberriescompany.com

Hebrew ABC blocks ($43), Greenberries, 915 W. 36th St., (410) 889-6253, greenberriescompany.com

“A Christmas Carol” by Gibbs Smith ($9.99), Greenberries, 915 W. 36th St., (410) 889-6253, greenberriescompany.com

Uppercut pomade ($20), Sixteen Tons, 1021 W. 36th St., (410) 554-0101, shop16tons.com

Bay Rum shave soap ($10), Sixteen Tons, 1021 W. 36th St., (410) 554-0101, shop16tons.com

Crown super stainless razor blades ($3.99), Sixteen Tons, 1021 W. 36th St., (410) 554-0101, shop16tons.com

Safety razor ($30), Sixteen Tons, 1021 W. 36th St., (410) 554-0101, shop16tons.com

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