Each year the Preservation Maryland team compiles a holiday gift guide filled with unique local merchants and makers, so you can shop small and support local businesses. Browse our staff curated gift guide from across the state and grab something special in time for your celebration!

Jordan Riggs, Recruitment Associate, The Campaign for Historic Trades

Their Pick: Bomboy’s Candy in Havre de Grace. Bomboy’s is a family business using original receipes from more than 40 years ago.


Bomboys Candy


 Lisa Jensen, Lead Advisor, The Revitalization Support Center

Their Pick: Discoveries, a unique shop found on Main Street in old Ellicott City. The shop offers a variety of gifts from jewelry to pottery to locally themed ornaments and cards. “I love this mug’s mix of colors, large volume for tea, and perfect ergonomic fit for my hand…and it’s made locally!”


Nicholas Redding, President & CEO

Their Pick: Frederick Books Arts in Frederick. he Mission of the Frederick Book Arts Center is to teach the craft and techniques associated with the Art of the Book. Letterpress printing, printmaking, bookbinding, photography, and language arts will be taught through a combination of workshops, field trips, school visits, and classes.

Frederick Books Arts 


Rachel Crutchfield, Executive Assistant

Their pick: Angels Ate Lemons in Baltimore. “I love the atmosphere and customer service at Angels Ate Lemons. Their selection of Natural Wines is perfect for every occasion, and you get a poem with every purchase!”

Angels Ate Lemons



Jana Carey, Director of Operations

Their Pick: Baltimore Jewelry Center in Baltimore. The Baltimore Jewelry Center is an educational nonprofit building a vibrant creative community for the study and practice of metalsmithing and art jewelry.

Baltimore Jewelry Center



Maria Mougridis, Preservation Initiatives Manager

Their Pick: Lovely Yarns in Baltimore. “Lovelyarns is located in Hampden and is a great shop for unique yarns such as alpaca, hand-dyed, and even UV activated yarns. The owner is also incredibly kind and always willing to help you out!”



Laura Houston, Historic Property Redevelopment Manager

Their Pick: L.O.V.E.: Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium in Frederick. More than 60 different varieties of olive oil and vinegar are available to sample before they’re poured fresh into any of L.O.V.E.’s custom glass bottles straight from the tap!




Dana Cohen, Director of Communications

Their pick: Taken in Towson. Taken is small shop featuring a curated collection of products from Maryland artists and makers. With some unique vintage finds that have stood the test of time and many new, handmade items, all the pieces are carefully chosen for their timeless designs or quirky character.