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Charitable and Stylish Holiday Gifts 2012: Annapolis

Tucked away on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and known as the sailing capitol of the world, Annapolis and the surrounding areas boasts a unique and small town vibe full of local small businesses eager to give back. Whether or not you’re stopping in for Midnight Madness at your favorite downtown shop or perusing Main Street on a Saturday afternoon, this guide will give you the top picks of local and fashionable right under your fingertips.

The Diva Boutique (Photo Credit: Diva Boutique)

Personal Styling at Diva Boutique:  In historic downtown Annapolis since May 2006, Diva is a unique all-inclusive boutique offering up-to-the minute styles and cutting-edge designers for the fashion-conscious female. Diva is owned by Michele Deckman, an Annapolis resident for more than 25 years.  Deckman has worked with celebs like Nicole Ritchie and Hilary Duff.  A range of personal styling services include in-home wardrobe consulting, styling parties, and virtual fitting rooms.  Even a fashionista would appreciate such a unique gift!

PRICE:

Call to inquire

WHERE:
Diva Boutique
2494 Solomons Island Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ph. 410-266-1460

 

(Photo Credit: City Peek)

BIN 201 Wine Tasting: Know any wine-lovers?  Treat them to a tasting!  BIN 201 hosts wine tours featuring different regions (such as the Rhône Valley & Southern France) and varieties of wine (such as sparkling wine).  Tastings held are on Thursdays from 6-8pm and are limited to 15 students.  The tastings are a great opportunity to savor the wines and swap notes with the experts.  Make a reservation for you and a friend for an evening you’ll both enjoy.

 

PRICE:

Tickets are $10 with a $10 store credit

 

WHERE:

Bin 201
201 Harker Place
Annapolis Town Centre
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ph. 410-571-2011

 

(Photo Credit: Jason Wu Studio)

 

Jason Wu Orchid Rain Candle: Candles make a great stocking stuffer because they are a great way to change the mood and enhance relaxation without requiring much effort.  The Jason Wu Orchid Rain candle from Candles Off Main was inspired by the designer’s 2012 spring collection.  Candles Off Main is a leader in luxury home fragrance featuring the finest candle lines such as Voluspa, Votivo, Nest Fragrances, Rigaud, Aquiesse, DayNa Decker and more. They also have a wide selection of reed diffusers, home fragrance mist and Lampe Berger lamps and fragrance oil.

 

PRICE:
$48

WHERE:
Candles Off Main
2017 D Renard Court
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ph. 410-990-0664

Tickets to Coppélia at the Ballet Theater of Maryland: Give the gift of culture and support the arts by buying tickets to see Coppélia at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. The production will be performed by the Ballet Theater of Maryland, which was recently recognized by Governor Martin O’Malley the state’s premier professional ballet company.  Coppélia is a comedic ballet by Arthur Saint-Leon about a mad inventor who creates a life-size dancing doll who seemingly comes to life.  The production runs from February 22-24, 2013.

PRICE:

Tickets range from $31.50-42.

(Photo Credit: Tumblr)

WHERE:
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ph. 410-263-5544

 

(Photo Credit: Varuna Salon and Spa)

 

Anti-Aging Green Science™ Facial:  This unique rejuvenating facial experience at the award winning Varuna Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa harnesses powerful high-tech plant technology of Green Science and combines it with high touch skin therapy to renew, repair and regenerate your skin. This facial is clinically proven to lift and firm the skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin’s smoothness, tone and clarity, and significantly improve skin’s barrier strength while reducing the appearance of age spots.

PRICE:

$130 (60 minutes) or $150 (90 minutes)

WHERE:

Varuna Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa
1 Park Place, Suite 11
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ph. 410-268-2828

Capital Teas Starter Set (credit: Capital Teas)

Capital Teas Starter Set is a great introductory set that says luxury, relaxation and good taste all in one fantastic set.   Four teas, in two oz. tins each reminiscent of the special place that is the Chesapeake Bay region and the lifestyle synomous with the Capital region.  The sampler set comes with the premium quality: Capital Breakfast Organic, Cherry Blossom Rose Organic, Provence Rooibos Organic, Orange Grapefruit Wellness, rounded out with a “Perfect Cup of Tea Spoon” and Capital Teas Universal Infuser.  Say, “Cheers to your good health and a happy New Year”.

 
WHERE:
Capital Teas
6 Cornhill Street (at the intersection of Fleet Street)
Ph. 410-263-8327

PRICE:
$49

Maryland Avenue by Ellen Allen Annapolis (credit:EllenAllen.com)

Handbags, totes and carry-alls are a fabulous way to bring color to an outfit or bring a smile  to your lips.  Ellen Allen Annapolis is a great way to shop local and look fabulous while you do.  The lauded line carries moderately priced, practically functional bags that are exquisitely finished standing as the hallmarks of this Chinquapin Round studio.  Not sure which bag to choose?  We like the Maryland Avenue as a great bag that can take you throughout your day.
 
WHERE:

Ellen Allen Annapolis
111 Chinquapin Round Rd.
Suite 115
Annapolis, MD 21401

PRICE:
$200

Front Lobby Annapolis Pottery (credit:Annapolis Pottery)

Pottery is a classic artform, and Annapolis Pottery makes some of the finest functional pottery on the East Coast.   The Downtown studio, nestled in the Four Rivers area, the other is in Westfield Mall, has been custom crafting since 1969.  With pieces ranging from $3 to $800, guests, visitors and treasure seekers alike are bound to find something to strike a chord and delight the eye.  Be sure to stop in and talk with a local artisan, learn about the decorative craft.
 
WHERE:
The Annapolis Pottery Downtown Store
40 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ph. 410-268-6153
 
PRICE:
$3 – $800

Where the Magic Happens at Ceremony Coffee Roasters (credit:Ceremony Coffee)

Like wine, coffee is an artform that I partake of everyday.  When I get the chance to enjoy really good coffee, a happy sigh of delight is always at the tip of my tongue.  Annapolis’ Ceremony Coffee Roasters produces just that sigh-inducing coffee that I scour the world for.  Carrying a variety of blends from the world over, I have to admit, my personal favorite is Alexandria’s Restaurant Eve Signature blend with its’ deep chocolately flavors, but we will happy try the “It’s the Most Wonderful Blend of the Year”.  With ten years of roasting experience, we are pretty sure its going to be fantastic.

WHERE:
Ceremony Coffee Roasters
90 Russell Street
Suite 500
Annapolis, MD 21401

PRICE:
$12.75 per bag for Restaurant Eve Signature
$12.50 per bag for the Holiday Blend
(I would recommend getting 2 bags)

Lovely Modal and Lace from a la mode intimates (credit:a la mode intimates)

Nothing says luxury like a beautiful piece of lounge wear, particularly in a creamy modal or a ribbon-smooth silk.  For nearly ten years, Annapolis lingerie retailer a la mode intimates has been outfitting women in the fabrics and textures of their dreams.  Carrying elite brands like Aubade, Cosabella and Chantelle and offering reliably great service, a la mode has been catering to Annapolis residents in beautiful style.   If you want to take a tip from our wishlist, the Hearts Desire Modal and Lace Pajama set with the Beautiful Dreams Silk Mask would be a winning gift

WHERE:
a la Mode Intimates
Annapolis Towne Center
1910 Towne Center Boulevard
Suite 115
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ph. 410-280-9771

PRICE:
$88

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