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Alexis Blair is the Baltimore & Annapolis Editor for Miss A. Born and raised in Baltimore, she has a passion for all things pop-culture, fashion and entertainment related. In addition to Harry Potter and her carefully-crafted Netflix queue, she particularly enjoys Baltimore sports teams, Broadway theater, and red velvet cupcakes. A graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, she studied English, Economics and Spanish. After working in economic development in California wine country, she returned to Charm City to pursue her passion for journalism, currently working as an editorial assistant for a bridal magazine and a marketing coordinator for Baltimore's historic Federal Hill neighborhood.

Charitable And Stylish Holiday Gifts 2013: Baltimore

Photo Credit: Urban Chic Boutique

(Photo Credit: Urban Chic Boutique)

Hunter Rain Boots from Urban Chic Boutique

Baltimore is ground zero for Ravens Nation, so pass on the purple pride with a pair of festive wellies! These purple Hunter rain boots at Urban Chic Boutique are the perfect addition to any game-day outfit when the weather is less than perfect. Everyone knows a little rain won’t deter a Ravens fan, so give a gift sure to keep feet warm and dry while cheering on the Superbowl Champions.

Urban Chic Boutique
801 Aliceanna St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Ph. 410-685-1601

Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

PRICE: $140

Chocolate Merlot Cupcake (Photo Credit: La Cakerie)

Chocolate Merlot Cupcake (Photo Credit: La Cakerie)

La Cakerie

For your sweet treats this holiday season, look no further than La Cakerie. Executive Chef Jason Hisley has charmed Baltimore with his flavorful cupcakes, pies, pastries and more! The popular bakery has grown tremendously over the past year, recently opening a second location in Mount Vernon due to the success of its Towson store. Whether a hostess gift or a gift to yourself, this sugar fix will make the holidays a whole lot sweeter.

La Cakerie
49 W Chesapeake Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
Ph. 443-275-4050

Monday-Saturday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

PRICE: Prices vary based on selection.

(Photo Credit: Andrew Magnum)

(Photo Credit: Andrew Magnum)

Custom Suit by Christopher  Schafer Clothier

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and festive affairs, so be sure your loved ones are dressed to impress! The expert team at Christopher Schafer Clothiers will schedule a personal fitting and design a custom suit for any occasion. Whether a three-piece suit or a pair of custom trousers, Christopher Schaefer Clothier provides a one-of-a-kind experience to ensure customers look their very best.

Christopher Schafer Clothier
1400 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore,  MD 21231
Ph. 410-404-5131

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

PRICE: Prices vary based on gift certificate amount.

The cast of White Christmas sings the title song (Photo Credit: The Hippodrome)

The cast of White Christmas sings the title song (Photo Credit: The Hippodrome)

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical Tickets

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with the Bing Crosby classic? Fans of the film will love seeing the song and dance brought to life on the Hippodrome stage, including such notable numbers as “Sisters” and “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing.” The Broadway tour, nominated for Best Choreography Tony Award, arrives in Baltimore during the first week of December to get Charm City in the true Christmas spirit.

The Hippodrome
12 N Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Ph. 410-837-7400

WHEN: December 3-8, 2013

PRICE: Tickets range from $25-95

(Photo Credit: American Visionary Art Museum)

(Photo Credit: American Visionary Art Museum)

American Visionary Art Museum Membership

Give the gift of art by supporting the creative arts! Home to over 4,000 pieces in its permanent collection, the American Visionary Art Museum features prominent visionaries throughout the country. Membership includes a year of free admission to the museum and special exhibition previews, discounts at the museum shop and Mr. Rain’s Fun House Restaurant, guest passes and other special perks.

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
Ph. 410-244-1900

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

PRICE: $35-130 depending on the level of membership

The L.A. Blowout (Photo Credit: Haute Blow Dry Bar)

The L.A. Blowout (Photo Credit: Haute Blow Dry Bar)

Haute Blow Dry Bar Gift Certificate

Everyone loves to be pampered now and then. Haute Blow Dry Bar offers a variety of signature blowouts, ranging from the straight, sleek “New York” to the bouncy, voluminous “Dallas.” The styling pros at the Towson salon and new Harbor East location work their magic with dryers and flatirons, giving customers 45 minutes of R&R, complete with a glass of bubbly.

Haute Blow Dry Bar
720 Dulaney Valley Rd
Towson, MD 21204
Ph. 410-870-7065

Tuesday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m. -8 p.m.

PRICE: $35 for a 45-minute session

(Photo Credit: CBS Baltimore)

(Photo Credit: CBS Baltimore)

Waterfront Movie Night at Harbor East

Each month, the Waterfront Partnership hosts a special movie night in Baltimore’s Harbor East. Tickets include appetizers and a drink at one of Harbor East’s fabulous eateries, as well as admission to any film screening at Landmark Theaters. Grab a drink, grab a seat and enjoy one of the holiday’s Hollywood blockbusters.

Landmark Theater
645 South President Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Ph. 410-244-6636

HOURS: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

PRICE: $20, Please see Waterfront Partnership’s Calendar of Events here for monthly dates.

Woodberry Kitchen's rustic exterior (Photo Credit: Woodberry Kitchen)

Woodberry Kitchen’s rustic exterior (Photo Credit: Woodberry Kitchen)

Dinner for Two at Woodberry Kitchen

This mainstay Clipper Mill restaurant promises a delicious night of dining with its seasonal farm-to-table fare. Between the hand-crafted cocktails, snackable small plates and innovative entrees, Executive Chef Spike Gjerde consistently delivers cuisine well worth the price. The C.M.P sundae is a gift unto itself.

Woodberry Kitchen
2010 Clipper Park Rd #126
Baltimore, MD 21211
Ph. 410-464-8000

Monday-Thursday: 5 – 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 5 – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 5 – 9 p.m.

PRICE: Prices vary based on daily menu. 

(Photo Credit: Under Armor)

(Photo Credit: Under Armour)

Women’s Coldgear Infrared Alpinlite Jacket

Under Armour may be a global success, but it’s proud to call Baltimore its home. Swing by the Under Armour Brand House in Harbor East to snag the latest line of Infrared gear, like this vibrant Alpinlite Jacket. The Coldgear technology insulates  to keep warmth in while keeping rain and snow out.

Under Armour Brand House
700 S President Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Ph. 410-528-5304

Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

PRICE: $124.99

(Photo Credit: Katwalk Boutique)

(Photo Credit: Katwalk Boutique)

Australia Luxe Boots   

These cozy boots from the uniquely fashionable Katwalk Boutique will keep toes warm while keeping with the trends. The fur and chain link details stand apart against the standard suede winter boot, adding edge to the otherwise preppy signature shoe.

Katwalk Boutique
1709 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore. MD 21231
Ph. 410-669-0600

Tuesday-Saturday: 12 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

PRICE: $235-$450

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