These objects and experiences reflect the creative folks who live and work here. Celebrate yourself or someone you love this holiday season.

A color photograph of a fall tablescape and a bag of tea.
Elevated Tea Experience at Cuples Tea. Image courtesy of Cuples Tea.

Elevated Tea is a contemporary twist on the classic tradition of afternoon tea, promising an immersive and elegant experience for guests at this small, Black-owned, and woman-owned business.

Charm City Books
782 Washington Boulevard

If you’re really trying to impress the bookworm in your life, what about renting a bookstore for date night? Includes 90 – 120 exclusive minutes to browse the bookstore for 2 people,* and opportunity to BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) or have it delivered. Your choice of a complimentary wine from Pigtown Liquors or beer from Suspended Brewery, a curated playlist based on three of your favorite artists, and more!

A photograph of a box of lavender bath items.
Lavender Lover Gift Box. Image courtesy of Hon’s Honey.

Lavender Lover Gift Box
Price: $43

Hon’s Honey
Available online and at various locations.

Pamper yourself with this gift box from Hon’s Honey. This gift box is handcrafted with natural ingredients, including raw local honey and lavender essential oil, and is handcrafted with purpose and love by women survivors. “Hon’s Honey is a social enterprise dedicated to giving dignity and purpose to women survivors of trauma— addiction, trafficking, generational poverty and abuse.”

Even Keel Soap Set
Price: $35

Bottle of Bread
216 West Read Street

Buy a box of six clay soap cubes from Even Keel. Even Keel infuses Eastern Roots with Western Herbs to handcraft a vegan bath and body line with a principal focus on our earth’s natural clays, oils, and botanicals.

A row of liquid dark chocolate on display at Jinji Chocolate. Photo Credit: Philip Muriel.
A row of liquid dark chocolate on display at Jinji Chocolate. Photo Credit: Philip Muriel.

Liquid Dark Chocolate
Price: $8

Jinji Chocolate
3100 Greenmount Avenue, Unit B

If you’re craving something decadent and not too indulgent, what about this to-go pouch of Jinji’s dark chocolate? Use in hot or cold drinks, pastries, or as a midday pick-me-up.

Cajou Creamery Gift Card
Price: $13- $52

Cajou Creamery

411 North Howard Street

Give the gift of joy and ice cream with a Cajou gift card. The husband and wife team serve 100 percent plant-based ice cream from their physical location in Bromo, and ship nationwide.

A photograph of candles.
Hard at Work Candle Set. Image courtesy of KSM Candle Co.

Hard at Work Candle Set
Price: $75

KSM Candle Co.
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Unit 123

This unique holiday gift set is designed to encapsulate the essence of a day at the office with a delightful twist. This set is elegantly packaged in a beautiful box, making it the ideal holiday gift. KSM Candle Co. is a Black woman-owned business.

The Pink Art Gallery Membership
Price: $85

The Pink Art Gallery
1125 Light Street

Experience the best of The Pink Art Gallery, a Black woman-owned space, with this exclusive membership plan. As a member, you’ll enjoy a variety of perks, including free general admission for a year. The space is an immersive and interactive art gallery with plenty of space for creative exploration, and for selfies.

A color photograph of a jar of seed bombs.
Cosmos Seed Bombs. Image courtesy of Urban Roots Company.

Cosmos Seed Bombs
Price: $20 (½ pint, 25-30 pulp balls in each jar. Each pulp ball contains 10+ seeds.)

Urban Roots

Urban Roots Seed Bombs are a great way to start gardening and are a perfect gift for all. Simply toss, let the rain fall, and watch them grow.

A color photograph of a neon green hat.
2023 TEW Beanie. Photo courtesy Miss Kam.

2023 TEW Beanie

Miss Kam Official Merch Store

Stay warm and stylish this winter with this beanie, with a new patch designed by rapper Miss Kam. Each beanie is handcrafted with love and intention by Tonae Lee of Style Fanatic Stylings. These colors are limited edition, and only be available for pre-order. Please allow at least 2-4 weeks for processing and shipping.

Nothing Can Dim the Light That Shines from Within Bracelet
Price: $20

Creations by Seay

This beaded bracelet is an artful gift that can be an affirmation for yourself or for someone you love.

Little Activist Board Book Bundle
Price: $36.85

Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
3128 Greenmount Avenue

This set of books by Innosanto Nagara and Mona Damluji is perfect for your friend who is a new parent. They are available at Red Emma’s, a worker cooperative in Waverly with an unparalleled section of radical literature.

Photograph of a bottle of alcohol free rose.
Prima Pavé, an Alcohol-Removed Sparkling Dry Rosè available at Hopscotch. Photo credit: Philip Muriel

Prima Pavé, Alcohol-Removed Sparkling Dry Rosè

520 S. Caroline Street, Suite 101

Celebrate the holidays with this alcohol-removed sparkling rosè. Grab a bottle of bubbles for yourself or your sober (or sober-curious) friend.

Photograph of ceramic hands.
Hand dish. Image courtesy of Personal Best Ceramics.

Hand Dish
Price: $14

Personal Best Ceramics
Available online and at various locations.

Each hand has a tiny painted manicure. A nice spot for rings, tea lights, and tea bags. Whitney Simpkins began selling ceramics in 2016 as a way to part with all the extra cups and bowls that hadn’t been given away to friends. Years later, Personal Best Ceramics evolved into a bit more than cups and bowls, and her ceramics have found their way to many, many new friends.

A color photograph of three multicolored clay hearts.
Clay Pinch Pot Hearts Kit. Image courtesy of Art with a Heart.

Clay Pinch Pot Hearts Kit
Price: $30

Art with a Heart
3000 Falls Road, Mill No. 1

Make art with your family, or on your own. Materials are included, and this purchase supports Art with a Heart’s mission to enhance the lives of people in need through visual art.

Cover of a book.
Kerry James Marshall: The Complete Prints. Available at good neighbor. Image courtesy of good neighbor.

Kerry James Marshall: The Complete Prints
Price: $125

good neighbor
3827 Falls Road

If you’re looking for a gift for your friend with great taste, what about a gorgeous coffee table book full of Black contemporary art? This book is a complete survey of painter Kerry James Marshall’s prints from the 1970s to the present, with many previously unseen works.

Mera Kitchen Collective Gift Card

Mera Kitchen Collective
1301 North Calvert Street

Mera Kitchen Collective is a worker cooperative that serves story-worthy food and drinks by chefs from around the world. Support their work, and treat yourself or someone you love to a meal in their inviting space.

A photograph of a mannequin wearing a hat and t-shirt.
“Hometown” Thinking Cap from Black Genius Art Show. Image courtesy of The Black Genius Art Show.

A “Hometown” Thinking Cap from Black Genius Art Show
Price: $48

Genius Guice Studios
106 North Eutaw Street

Cover your head and represent your city with this Orioles-orange bucket hat from The Black Genius Art Show. The Black Genius Art Show brand and brick-and-mortar are the brainchildren of Baltimore artist and educator Bryan Robinson. In addition to the bucket hats, Robinson also has a wide array of t-shirts, socks, sweatshirts and more — all in his signature vibrant colors and animated imagery.

Teri Henderson is the Arts and Culture Editor of Baltimore Beat. She is the author of the 2021 book Black Collagists. Previously, she was a staff writer for BmoreArt, gallery coordinator for Connect +...