This year has been one full of both triumphs and challenges. I still haven’t gotten the hang of this hazy pandemic hellscape. I still haven’t mastered the elusive “work-life balance,” but I’m very grateful to be living and working at this paper, in this city. December always serves as a time for recalibration, but also a chance to think about those who have made this year meaningful and bright.
This is the first of what I hope will be a yearly tradition: the Baltimore Beat Holiday Gift Guide is here to offer you suggestions about what to purchase for yourself and those that you love. The guide is broken down by category.
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For your boo:
Keystone Korner Baltimore
1350 Lancaster Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
For more information call: 410-946-6726 or go to: keystonekornerbaltimore.com.
How about a holiday date night at Keystone Korner to see The String Queens (TSQ) on December 8? (You can buy a streaming pass to watch at home for $10 or tickets for $25-$30).
1501 Bolton Street
Baltimore, MD 21217
For more information, call: 410-225-9964 or go to: cookhousecafebar.com.
I would recommend taking anyone that you’re trying to impress to CookHouse. They have gift cards available, and their steak and wine special on Wednesdays is perfect for date night. (And they have the best espresso martinis in town.)
For Self-Care Sunday:
For your foodie friend:
Off the Rox Wine & Beer
3232 Eastern Avenue, Suite A
Baltimore, MD 21224
For more information, call: 443-388-8925 or go to: offtheroxwine.com.
How about a monthly wine club subscription ($100) from Off the Rox?
Pure Chocolate by Jinji
529 East Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21212
For more information, call: 410-394-9901 or go to: jinjichocolate.com.
Or this dark chocolate hazelnut spread ($20) from Jinji Chocolate?
For your bestie:
The Paper Herald
702 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
For more information, call: 443-835-1402 or go to: paperherald.com.
For your friend who is very creative:
Drama Mama Bookshop
Inside School 33
1427 Light Street Studio #202
Baltimore, MD 21230
For more information, call: 443-873-0749 or go to: dramamamabookshop.com.
What about this hardback journal ($25) available at Drama Mama Bookshop? It features some classic Baltimore architecture and is available in a few different colorways.
Baltimore Museum of Art Gift Shop
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
For more information, call: 443-573-1844 or go to: shop.artbma.org.
What about this catalogue for A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration ($45), available at the Baltimore Museum of Art gift shop? They also have this note card set ($7.98) which features African American art.
For your most stylish friend:
For more information, email: email@example.com or go to: yelestitches.com.
What about this elegant arike satin-lined fur headband from Yele Stitches ($45)?
805 W 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
For more information, call: 443-421-3757 or go to: keepersvintage.com.
Keepers Vintage has some amazing offerings, including this T-shirt ($28) available for pre-order.
825 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
For more information, call: 410-225-3777 or go to: differentregard.com.
What about this red vegan leather sleeveless suit ($700) at Different Regard.
City of Gods
1118 Hollins Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
For more information, call: 410-317-4888 or go to: cityofgodsonline.com.
How about this jacket ($100) from City of Gods?
For your friend who is a new parent:
3128 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218
For more information, call: 410-601-3072 or go to: redemmas.org
How about this book “A is for Activist” by Innosanto Nagara ($17.95), available at your favorite radical bookstore and coffee shop?
Greedy Reads Remington
320 West 29th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
For more information, call: 410-878-0184 or go to: greedyreads.com.
Or how about this curated kids activity bag ($50) from the folks at Greedy Reads? It’s sure to keep your nieces and nephews busy.