At Home by the Bay

By Susan Moynihan

Whether you’re looking for a hostess gift, a housewarming present, or something fun for your own home, here are
gifts of all sizes and budgets to fit the bill.

Crab apron, $36
Sophie Allport

She may be from across the pond, but UK designer Sophie Allport has a big following here, for her crisp graphics and playful designs. This one is perfect all year, whether you’re cracking crabs or cooking up a holiday feast, and it’s available via Welcome Home Markets in Annapolis and Chestertown, Md., as well as online.

Oyster shell accents, $10 each
SVN.SMR (Catonsville, Md.)

Artist Jennie Berry creates tiny works of art from oyster shells under
the studio name SVN SMR. You can see her work
on Instagram, or find it alongside other talented artists at the Annapolis Arts Alliance gallery
on West Street in historic Annapolis.

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Inn at Horn Point (Annapolis, Md.)

A gift for those on your list who have everything…but this. Holiday Gift Cards available for a cozy getaway in Downtown Annapolis. The Inn at Horn Point for unique and relaxed lodging close to the highest rated restaurants and sites in Annapolis, Maryland. Gift Card amounts that meet your desired giving $50 and up. The resident innkeepers thoughtfully create delicious, from scratch breakfasts every day, starting with the freshest local ingredients. With three rooms, they offer a boutique, intimate guest experience. Easy purchase on-line or on the phone.

(410) 268-1126

Chesapeake blanket, $74.95
The Hickory Stick (Rock Hall, Md.)

Cozy up in your favorite place, with your favorite place! This generously sized (52″ x 62″) fleece blanket features a chart of the northern half of the Bay, so you can chart your course from the comfort of your sofa.

Flatware caddy, $128
Vagabond House

Up the presentation on whatever you’re serving with this crustacean-accented caddy from Vagabond House. Extra points for the realistic detail on the pewter crab, from his pincers to his beady little eyes. Available at Le Marché in Norfolk, Va., among other spots.

Gone Sailing pillow, $39.99
Chesapeake Bay Goods (Baltimore, Md.)

Ok, it doesn’t actually float, but the ring-buoy shape makes this pillow stand out from the usual nautical array. It’s just the tip of the iceberg at this Baltimore-based online retailer that celebrates the Chesapeake Bay lifestyle.

Side table, $2,500
Herring Creek Furniture (California, Md.)

Craftsman Rob Seltzer uses locally harvested lumber and recycled materials in his one-of-a-kind pieces, created in his studio/showroom set in a century-old former mill in St. Mary’s County, Md.

Brass trivet, $76
Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Va.)

The pineapple was a symbol of hospitality in colonial times and still lends a welcoming touch today.This one, in brass, would be a wonderful accent on a dining table in any era.

Bar glasses, $35 for set of 4
Nancy Hammond Editions (Annapolis, Md.)

Artist Nancy Hammond celebrates the Bay in her cut-paper designs. Her annual signed and numbered Annapolis posters are collectors’ items, and we think these glasses should be too. This set features the signature black lab that shows up in many of her prints, but she has crabs, herons, and more.

Tea towel, $20
The Wild Wander (Richmond, Va.)

A beautifully illustrated guide to Old Dominion’s flora and fauna, printed on durable sackcloth. She has all 50 states, nautical designs, food and drink, and more, available as towels, prints, and stationery. Order online or find it at Red Barn Mercantile in Alexandria, Va. |

Insulated wine thermos and tumblers, $39.99
West Marine

The Captain’s Party Set has a thermos to keep your wine cold (it holds a full bottle), and two sturdy, capped tumblers to keep the wine from spilling, under any party conditions.