From caffeine to candles, Maryland’s makers are churning out amazing products – and make the perfect gift for your loved ones. This year, we’ve added some fun experiential opportunities for our Holiday Gift Guide for those looking to gain new skills and try their hand at a historic craft.

History Gift Guide

Blackwater Distilling Signature Series

In their Finishing Barrel Series, Blackwater Distilling based on Kent Island, explores the effects of different types of wood on the aging of spirits by using barrels made from different varietals of white oak, as well as barrels used previously to age other spirits and wines. Each bottling is different, so check their website for the specifics.


1LB of Baltimore Roasted Zeke’s Coffee

Zeke’s Coffee is a local, Baltimore-based, small batch, family-owned coffee roastery that is seriously committed to freshness. Once you see their “Powered by Zeke’s” bumper sticker on cars across Maryland, you’ll see them everywhere and want your own. Here are four more local coffee shops to check out, too.

Smith Island Cake from Smith Island Baking Company

Smith Island Baking Co. specializes in authentic Smith Island Cakes, a tried-and-true recipe of thin cake layers separated and covered in fudge, that held up well on long trips out to sea and is so delicious that Maryland made it our official state dessert. Smith Island Baking Co. ships their cakes in decorative tins around the world.


Soaps and Salves from Biggs and Featherbelle

Biggs and Featherbelle is a booming family business based out of Baltimore City offering organic body products all made in Maryland. Biggs and Featherbelle only use pure essential oils and plant-based ingredients and never add synthetic fragrances, dyes, additives or preservatives. You can find Biggs and Featherbelle goodies in stores across Maryland or order straight from their website.

Maryland Pride Clothing and Accessories from Route One Apparel

Route One Apparel is an e-commerce platform that specializes in making trendy and affordable Maryland pride apparel and accessories for those who want to make a statement. Route One Apparel offers great accessories and a huge selection of designs featuring Maryland icons like Natty Boh and Old Bay.


Upcycled Sail Cloth Accessories from Olde Dog Bags

Olde Dog is a small artisan start-up business specializing in super unique bags and wallets made from recycled sail material and an array of vintage fabrics of all kinds.

Introduction to Blacksmithing with in Frederick

Based in Frederick, Ms. Caitlin’s School of Blacksmithing, offers a custom-tailored educational experience in the age-old trade of blacksmithing. There are classes for beginners to those looking to refine their skills – and everyone is encouraged to explore the medium and trade and their own pace.


Artisan Workshops at Spruce Forest in Garrett County

Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Little Crossing has long-served as a unique heart of artistry as far back as the time of General Braddock. Today, the Village is a venue for artists and where visitors can interact directly with the artists, their studios and crafts, and experience the creative process.

Reproduction Garret Van Sweringen Tile Coasters

Dutch immigrant Garret Van Sweringen ran the first known coffee house in the Colonies. Historic St. Mary’s City have crafted beverage coasters using designs interpreted from tablewear shard found during archaeological excavations at the site of Van Sweringen’s Inn.

Maryland Grown & Made Beeswax Candles

The Bee Folks offer hand-dipped beeswax taper candles from the farm fields near Mount Airy. These hand-dipped candles are made in Maryland by Maryland bees and beekeepers.

Preservation Maryland staff with that Maryland holiday spirit, 2017.

Preservation Maryland staff with that Maryland holiday spirit, 2017.

Membership to Preservation Maryland

Make history by saving history! Share history and support it’s preservation by become a part of the first and foremost historic preservation organization in the Old Line State. Great as a gift – and comes with member-rate discounts on tours and events and a members-only quarterly newsletter.

For even more ideas, check out our Guide Guides from year’s past: