12 made-in-Baltimore holiday gifts

A city that's all about making stuff offers lots for the holidays. We checked in with the Made in Baltimore store, and other makers.

It's present time!

(Photo by Flickr user Laura Bittner, used under a Creative Commons license)

Looking for a place to find gifts that were made in Baltimore? Good news: There’s a shop on The Avenue in Hampden.
The Made in Baltimore Store is back for the holiday season. For the rest of December, the shop is open from Friday through Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. on the second floor of Double Dutch (1021 W. 36th St.). For the fourth edition of the pop-up store, organizers at the Industrial Arts Collective partnered with soft goods maker SewLab USA and Strangers With Style.
Here’s a gift guide that includes a selection from the more than 40 businesses represented at the store, plus a few Baltimore tech favorites.

For the Proud Baltimorean


Heavy Paper. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

  • Heavy Paper Long Grain Cutting Board with Crabs ($60). Lawrence Moore of Heavy Paper works at the Station North Tool Library and Open Works. He’s got a variety of cutting boards on display. (Available at Made in Baltimore store.)

Baltimore Print Studios. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

  • BaltAmour Shirts ($28). Baltimore Print Studios offers public-access to letterpress and screenprinting. With these shirts, they’re making it easier to show your Baltimore pride.

For the Writer


Write Notepads. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

  • Write Notepads Royal Blue Pocket Notebook ($9.99). Write Notepads provides the canvas to create beautiful words. They even thought of reporters. (Available at Made in Baltimore store.)

Creative Kings. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

  • Creative Kings Wilbur Earflap Hat ($60). Jerrill Sankey left his day job to start working at SewLab USA. Now, he makes his own products in the Creative Kings line. It’s a new approach to Baltimore style, as well as encouraging entrepreneurship. (Available at Made in Baltimore Store.)

For the Sleep-Deprived


(Photo courtesy Zest Tea)

  • Energy-giving Zest Tea is growing its operations in the Wicomico Building in Pigtown. It’s available in Harris Teeter stores, and online. (Prices vary.)

For the Cyclist

  • SassyCyclist Pedal Beat Short-Sleeve Jersey ($95). SassyCyclist makes colorful bike apparel for women, and is also looking to spread the joy of biking. They’ve got gear to look good on all of the new spots for biking in town.  (Available at Made in Baltimore Store.)

Hold Fast. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

  • Hold Fast Pedal Straps ($55). SewLab USA’s Jeremiah Jones began in the soft goods business with a focus on making more durable products for cyclists. This foot retention system, a collaboration of Hold Fast and the Sporting Life, attaches to pedals.  (Available at Made in Baltimore Store.)

For the Maker at Home


Open Works. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

  • Open Works Shop Stool Hi ($75). The new makerspace in Station North provides the tools and the pieces. That’s even evident in the products the Open Works releases, such as this some-assembly-required stool. They also have gift certificates. (Available at Made in Baltimore Store.)

New Relic Baltimore. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

  • New Relic Baltimore Hairpin 3X6 stand ($35). Ally Silberkleit, David Perry, and Nicholas Edwards collaborate on New Relic Baltimore. Their furniture and home goods combine metal and woodwork. (Available at Made in Baltimore store.)

(Photo courtesy of Todd Blatt)

  • Hodor Door Stop. Todd Blatt newsjacked crowdfunding for these Game of Thrones-inspired door stops. For a limited time this holiday season, they’re 2-for-1 ($19). A longtime Baltimore Node member, Blatt has more products here.

For the Drone Lover


(Photo via Make/Amazon)

  • Getting Started with Drones ($17.48). When Terry and Belinda Kilby of Elevated Element got started with drones, UAVs hadn’t yet taken off. This book compiles what they learned, and details on how to fly drones safely.
Companies: Elevated Element
Projects: City Garage
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