Gift guide 2011: 10 gifts with Baltimore flavor
Sloop Betty Vodka
Area liquor stores; see sloopbetty.com/location.htmlCan't have a holiday without a little holiday cheer. So stand out from the crowd by giving Sloop Betty, a Maryland-made, handcrafted wheat vodka.
T-shirts from Gimmickwear
$12.99 and up
Helping define Baltimore beyond crabs and Natty Boh, Gimmickwear's T-shirt classics include line drawings of street scenes in several Baltimore neighborhoods. Or choose from other Baltimore-themed shirts including "Baltimore, Home of the Hoff" (yes, David Hasselhoff was born in Baltimore), "All My Ex's Live in Essex" and a line of J Roddy Walston tees.
Rat Czar "I heart Baltimore" bag
Trohv, 921 W. 36th St., Hampden; trohvshop.com
Shop in style, Hon, with this custom-printed bag by local artist Matt Fouse. It's a hot item and sells alongside T-shirts ($24) and bumper stickers ($3.95) of the same design.
Artwork by Nancy Lee Mitchell
Give the gift of art as only AVAM can serve up. Mitchell's work is bright, whimsical and affordable, perfect for anyone on your list. (Pictured: Day of the Dead skeleton, $34)
Dinner for two at Charleston
1000 Lancaster St., Harbor East; charlestonrestaurant.com
"No restaurant sets the bar higher for itself than Cindy Wolf's bastion of Low Country cuisine," Sun dining critic Richard Gorelick wrote of Charleston in the Top Restaurants guide. And no other gift (save, perhaps, jewelry) can say "You're really special, or else I wouldn't be paying this much money."
Handmade glass ornament
Corradetti Glassblowing Studio, 2010 Clipper Park Road, Suite 119, Woodberry; corradetti.com
Attend a holiday ornament-making class on Saturday or on Dec. 2 or 10, and have as much fun making the gift as giving it. Must register online.
Hand-painted Baltimore bricks
2910 on the Square, 2910 O'Donnell St., Canton; 2910onthesquare.com
Show off your Baltimore pride by giving a trendy rowhouse brick painted by local artist Linda Amtmann. There are more than 100 designs to choose from, including 24 sites in Federal Hill. Or choose to have your own rowhouse painted for $90.
Give back locally
$10 and up
Make a charitable donation in someone else¿s name to your choice of more than 50 local projects by Baltimore nonprofits.
Learn to Ski or Snowboard
Wisp Resort, 296 Marsh Hill Road, McHenry, Garrett County; wispresort.com
Perfect for the friend who has always wanted to try skiing or snowboarding. Price includes rentals, lift ticket and lesson.
Gift certificate for cooking classes at Pierpoint Restaurant
1822 Aliceanna St., Fells Point; pierpointrestaurant.com
The aspiring foodie in your life will love the classes offered at Pierpoint, which include Thai, knife skills, Indian and international BBQ.