Get a move on it….Holiday Shopping that is!
Okay, okay, stop grumbling…I am opposed to the whole Christmas before Halloween madness too. However, to give the best gifts, avoid stress and not blow your budget to smithereens, I have comprised a list of must visit shops in and around Annapolis with item suggestions for everyone on your list, but you need to grab them while you can! Many of them have websites for those of you not ‘indigenous’ to this area.
1. FOR THE YOUNG, HIP AND COOL GIRL:
Navette Consignment shop is run by two stylish sisters splitting their time between Annapolis and New York. The shop, located on Maryland Avenue in Historic Downtown Annapolis, carries an edited mix of lightly used modern clothing, vintage, designer items, and accessories. Most items are sourced locally in Annapolis or in New York City which lends more diversity to their selection, like this darling floral tank by high end designer Marni, one of their many amazing scores offered this summer. www.shopnavette.com
THEORY CAMEL COAT
OXFORDS AND GOLF SHOES, PERFECT FOR BOYFRIEND JEANS
WHITENY EVE DRESS (AS IN WHITNEY PORT OF THE HILLS FAME) AND RACHEL ROY CARDI (AS IN KIM K’S GAL PAL AND NYC DESIGNER)
2. FOR THE SPORTY COOL GUY
The headquarters for the Annapolis Outdoorsman, Annapolis Canoe and Kayak located at 311 Third Street in Eastport (Annapolis’ Maritime District) has everything you need to blow him away…without the sails! Get him a two seater so you can be ‘one with nature’ together. www.annapoliscanoeandkayak.com
3. FOR THE CLASSIC FASHIONISTA WHO HAS IT ALL
ANNAPOLIS BASED HOBO HANDBAGS FLAGSHIP STORE
BACKPACK/BUCKET BAG BY HOBO
She has the ‘Quilted’ Chanel, the Louis Vuitton ‘Never Full’ and the Ralph Lauren ‘Ricky’ bag but what she really wants is this darling bucket bag that with a few tugs of the handle converts into a backpack and stays closed so it is not a security risk. Pure genius! The soft leather makes this practical bag seem like a luxury. We cannot get enough of this hometown label! they have a stunning array of totes, top handle bags and the traditional ‘hobo’ style in a stunning color palette this season. You cannot go wrong with a utilitarian brand like Hobo that pays attention to design and style and gets the job done every time. Better yet, get her the bag and book her a girlfriends party with the Hobo truck!!! www.hobobags.com
4. FOR THE COLLEGE GRADUATE
Every young college graduate in the job market needs a resume with solid internship references, a suit jacket, sensible shoes, transportation and a nice trench coat. No one does it like Burberry. Our local Nordstrom is a one stop shop for all things fashionable at a range of prices but when it comes to splurging on a luxury item, even if they do not offer it at this location, you can visit the personal stylist department and they will track it down for you…whatever, whenever, just like a luxury hotel concierge. Be sure to ask for the manager, Katie, she is super knowledgeable and friendly! www.nordstrom.com
5. FOR THE LITTLE ONE
Danish designers have brought their children’s clothing line consisting of simple designs, luxury fabrics and light colors to Main Street in Annapolis. The quality is outstanding and while prices are not cheap, they are also very reasonable compared to their competitors offering a similar quality. Sizes go up to 12. www.wheatannapolis.com
6. FOR THE ONE YOU DON’T KNOW THAT WELL….
We all have those people on our list we don’t know well enough to get a personalized gift. This little mainstay shop has a lovely collection of home accents that will tell them you care and you have great taste, whatever their taste may be! If they don’t live in Annapolis, all the better as this shop stocks charming Annapolis and Navy items that are tasteful and never tacky. www.behome-annapolis.com
7. FOR THE STOCKING STUFFER
The mecca for charm bracelets has come to Main Street in Annapolis all the way from Portland Maine. This shop has a charm for everyone, for every occasion and the bohemian style makes even a religious charm of the Blessed Mother cool enough for the rebellious teenager on your list. www.alexandani.com
HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING!!