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Holiday Gift Baskets from Downtown Del Ray, Part II

Holiday Gift Baskets from Downtown Del Ray, Part II

A few weeks ago, we wrote about sweet and savory treats you can find on Mt. Vernon Ave. in Del Ray to add to a gift basket or gobble up yourself. Yesterday, DIY Del Ray took another stroll in search of more gifts of the non-perishable variety. Ideas abound.

Once again, we return to St. Elmo’s but this time for a to-go mug and tshirt.

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I love the pool ball wine stopper from Kiskadee. I also like their series of handsome ties for the man on your list and a dinner party game that looks like a lot of fun. Kiskadee mainly carries clothing and jewelry, but I went in looking specifically for smaller gift items.

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A Show of Hands features a variety of wonderful handmade creations from local artists and musicians. Their store has so many affordable items to choose from like a signed CD from a local musician, or lavender sachets, letter openers, handmade wooden bowls, and crocheted coffee cup cozies.

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If you can take your eyes off the custard board for one minute, you might spot a magic wand or a tshirt or onesie for your gift basket from The Dairy Godmother.

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You can find gifts for children galore at Purple Goose, more barrettes than you ever imagined existed — seasonally themed and for every occasion – every one as cute as can be. Purple Goose stocks gorgeous clothing for children, new and consigned, as well as a growing inventory of toys. I might add some Hello Kitty socks to my gift basket as well.

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Bellies & Babies, an upscale children and maternity consignment store a few doors down, has an entire section devoted to handmade gifts by local Moms. I love the darling hats and the appliqued tshirts. They’re also selling a book about the meaning of Christmas written and illustrated by a local Mom.

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And speaking of projects by Del Ray moms, visit the Del Ray Baby online store where you can buy onesies and tshirts to flaunt your love for our little neighborhood.

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Last stop of the day is Eclectic Nature, which carries anything and everything to decorate your home for the holidays. A plant and landscaping business, Eclectic Nature has a nice selection of small potted plants that are perfect for holiday gift baskets. You can also choose from a variety of ornaments, even ones geared to the gardener in the family, such as little spades and rakes and decorative stakes to adorn an indoor or outdoor potted plant.

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Many of the businesses in Del Ray are open late this Friday, December 2 for the Holiday Tree Lighting and Luminarias event sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.

Posted by Leslie

1 Comment

  1. Oh man, this makes me miss Del Ray! Love all of those shops. I’m also bummed that Artfully Paper moved to Old Town – they were one of my go-to shops for great gifts.

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