Nothing beats seeing the joyful expression on someone’s face when he or she unwraps the perfect gift. How do you decide what gift perfectly captures what you are looking for? Businesses around Severna Park and Arnold have all the bases covered, from jewelry and candles to bikes and home appliances. Here are some ideas they recommend.
Alpaca International has garments and accessories made with Alpaca wool. For women, Alpaca International has sweaters, shawls, capes, hats and gloves that are designed to be elegant and feminine. Shopping for a man? The Annapolis-based shop has sweaters, sports blazers and jackets.
Houck’s Menswear is catered to shoppers seeking business casual attire. Located in the Cape St. Claire shopping center, Houck’s Menswear is stocked with suits, jackets, pants, shirts, hats, gloves and an array of other apparel.
Shoe Specialist not only repairs shoes but also deals in shoe dye, shoelaces, heel tips, shoe stretches, inserts for comfort, and orthopedic shoes.
Looking for tops, dresses, or T-shirts? Try The Cottage.
Zachary’s Jewelers is all about helping shoppers find jewelry that fits their lifestyles and their budgets. Although the Severna Park store is temporarily closed, shoppers can still visit the Annapolis location for rings, bracelets, watches and more.
A popular business on this list because of it’s range of products, The Cottage carries necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, showcasing brands including Brighton, John Medeiros, Kendra Scott and Puravida.
With the push of a button, anyone can make cocktails at home in less than one minute with the Drinkworks Home Bar by Keurig, on sale at Fishpaws Marketplace. Drinks are made using a pod-specified mix of chilled water and carbonation. Options include margarita, Moscow mule, mojito, old-fashioned, long island iced tea, mai tai, cosmopolitan, red sangria and more.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Anne Arundel County residents have been taking advantage of parks and trails more than ever, and you can join in the fun. Bulldog Schwinn & Sports has adult bikes (Schwinn Cruisers, Specialized Rockhoppers, GT Palomars) and kids bikes with 16-inch, 20-inch and 24-inch wheels. Want to get out on the water when the weather warms up? Bulldog Schwinn & Sports also carries kayaks and standup paddleboards.
Located near the center of Severna Park, Pedal Pushers carries road and mountain bikes for adults, and kids bikes and accessories.
Is there a soccer player in your family? Soccer Post sells balls, cleats and team uniforms.
TOYS & GAMING
Jigsaw puzzles have been harder to find since the pandemic started, according to Franklin’s Toys, but the store has a good supply of puzzles. The store is also well stocked with arts and crafts, homeschool supplies and workbooks, and Lego products.
For some people, the holidays don’t feel right until they hear their favorite jolly tunes. Located in Arnold, My Vintage Vinyl carries vintage records from all genres, and the store is prepared to meet the holiday demand. Holiday albums include “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms, “The Disney Family Christmas Album” from 1981, and “The Christmas Spirit” by Johnny Cash.
Help your loved one decorate their home or brighten up their space with art. McBride Gallery’s recent arrivals have included paintings of cherry blossoms, snow-covered trees and scenic Annapolis. Gallery 564 features paintings, photography and fine art objects, including multimedia works and fused glass.
Side Street Framers also enjoys highlighting local artists by selling fine art prints, photography, glass art and more.
FOOD & TREATS
Want to present your loved ones with a delicious treat? Lisa’s Cakepops can make sweets that resemble snowmen, Christmas trees, ornaments and just about any other festive figure.
Edible Arrangements was founded for moments like this, celebrating life’s moments. Gift options include fresh fruit arrangements, fruit bouquets, and fruit baskets and platters filled with treats like chocolate-covered strawberries, dipped fruit, and cookies.
Soaking Treasures has a holiday candle packed with the scent of a freshly baked sugar cookie with vanilla extract and buttercream icing. The shop also has bath bombs, soaps and wax melts.
Do you know someone who loves the sauces at Chick-fil-A? Now they can use those sauces at home. The restaurant’s holiday sauce pack comes in barbeque, Polynesian and Chick-fil-A flavors.
Gift cards make great stocking stuffers. Consider a gift card to an area restaurant such as Garry’s Grill, Park Tavern, Chick-fil-A or Bella Napoli, or to a dessert business like Kirsten’s Cakery. Want to give the gift of something fun? Pic-N-Paint Pottery and Image Creators Salon & Spa are among the local businesses providing experiences.
The Cottage and Park Home both carry Christmas ornaments and other holiday items. Chick-fil-A has its own ornament for $6.99.
That’s our list, shoppers. Please remember to shop local when possible and support the business owners who help make the community a vibrant place to live.