A silver crab pendant. An antique oyster plate. A Maryland seafood cookbook. Treat yourself or someone you love to a special memento of your trip to Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Our shops are teeming with quality nautical, historic, and vintage-inspired gifts perfect for many different occasions.
Need ideas for a wedding, birthday, or anniversary gift? You might look for beautiful painted local pottery, a vintage ship’s lantern, or a dramatic marine painting. If you’re seeking a trip souvenir for the grandchildren, there are crabby T-shirts, nautical nursery décor, and storybooks that bring to life the Chesapeake’s birds and sea creatures. Your next baby shower present will be a hit with the new parents if you choose Annapolis-themed babywear, a colonial-styled wooden toy, or a children’s learn-to-sail picture book.
If you’re looking for a special hostess gift for a dinner party, try some locally prepared coffees, craft beers, wines, olive oils, or vinegars. A gift of freshly made crab cakes or oyster stew is always welcome. Or, put together a crab feast basket of wooden mallets, Old Bay Seasoning, and blue crab salsa. For dessert, who doesn’t love a classic Chesapeake Smith Island cake?
For that Special Someone
For the love of your life, you might choose a silver pendant or bracelet depicting the Chesapeake’s treasured wildlife—perhaps a crab, sea turtle, or blue heron. For the guys, the man who has everything might enjoy a vintage book about maritime history or sailing and seamanship. Maybe that man on your list needs some uniquely styled foul weather gear from a purveyor of real boating gear. And if the object of your love happens to be a four-legged friend, then look for Chesapeake Bay-themed collars, leashes, and sweaters for the little fellow.
Mom might delight in a little silver bling as well—or perhaps she would prefer a trendy nautical scarf, a colonial cookbook, or some handmade note cards by Chesapeake artists. For Dad, how about an antique ship’s wheel or an assortment of excellent wine from our local vineyards? Or treat good old Dad to his own personal engraved crab mallet or oyster shucker for those Sunday afternoon seafood feasts.
For the home, nautical furniture and artifacts always add classic detail. Lighthouses, skipjacks, compasses, anchors, and even the Naval Academy Chapel and Maryland State House can ornament pillows, platters, glassware, and wall art. The colorful Maryland flag is trending as a playful and iconic addition to any item or attire.
Join the movement to “go green” in Annapolis, where totes and apparel are made from colorful recycled sails. Mirrors, lamps, picture frames, and other home décor created using Chesapeake driftwood and oyster shells can add texture and interest to a room. We love “going local” by supporting the Maryland artists and crafters who are featured in our quaint Annapolis shops and galleries.
Oh, and while you’re visiting, remember to shop for yourself. You’ll treasure that souvenir of your visit to Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Stop by a local T-shirt shop for an Annapolis or Naval Academy cap, shirt, or sweatshirt. Or find a piece of unique handcrafted jewelry showing your pride in sailing or fishing the Bay. Then wear your keepsake proudly as a memento of your connection to this beautiful historic place.
Your friends and family will surely cherish their gifts and the memories they evoke. The treasures found here will be fond reminders of the charm of the Annapolis historic district, the natural beauty of the Bay, and the richness of our nautical heritage. Now… let’s go shopping!
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