With Valentine's Day right around the corner, don't forget to pick up a little something special from one of our local retailers. Maryland businesses offer plenty of options for your loved ones no matter what region you live in. Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas for the upcoming holiday.
For the athlete
Created by Baltimore resident Susan Clayton in 2016, WhitePaws RunMitts are the perfect winter-weather gift for the athletic enthusiast. Susan knew first-hand what mitten design was best needed for a runner, so she invented it herself. These velour fleece mittens are thumbless and convertible to help keep you cool while running, and, also provide an inside layer for extra cold weather. The gloves are named after her dog, Daisy, who sports the nickname "white paws" due to her appearance. RunMitts are available to purchase online.
There's no better way to show off your Maryland pride than wearing it for all to see. Hill Killer, a Glyndon-based athletic apparel company, takes its hometown spirit to another level through its cycling gear. Check out their Pride of Maryland jersey or Maryland flag calf warmers that will keep you comfortable (and visible!) while exercising outdoors. Order Hill Killer's products online or find a store near you that has their items in stock.
Located in the heart of Frederick, Artisinal Hair Company provides each and every customer with a personalized hair care experience. Led by master stylist Christian Riser, the modern studio specializes in numerous cutting techniques and provides plenty of healthy-hair products free of sodium chlorides and sulphates. The reviews don't lie – Artisinal's innovative and customer-focused practices keep clients coming back year after year. Call or text to book an appointment, or, stop by the store to pick up a gift card. Click here for more information.
For a relaxing day at the spa, try Artistic Edge Salon and Spa throughout the Carroll County region. The store has expanded from one location in Westminster to additional spaces in Marriottsville, Eldersburg, and Mt. Airy since launching in 2009. With options like massages, nail care, facials, and reflexology, it's easy to spend hours at this relaxing retreat. Learn more on Artistic Edge's website.
For the style maven
From wedding bands to gemstone bracelets, family business Sanders Jewelers has been offering top-notch selections for more than 60 years. President and CEO Larry Sanders is the third generation operating the Pasadena store, with his children following in his footsteps. As a member of the Registered Jeweler American Gem Society – a designation that only the top two percent of jewelers in the country have – Sanders hand selects each diamond that goes into the shop. The company prides itself on giving back to the community by holding charity raffles and donations every year.
Tip: Sanders' is having a Valentine's Day sale, including $50 off of any $250 purchase and $100 off of any $500 purchase, with free gift wrapping, balloons, and chocolates.
For the taste buds
Port of Leonardtown Winery is one of the only cooperative wineries in Maryland, consisting of 12 different vineyards from St. Mary's, Calvert, Charles, and Kent Counties. Formed in 2010, Port of Leonardtown was the first commercial winery in St. Mary's County and has since won more than 150 awards for its wines. Bring your picnic basket and taste test the Southern Maryland selections while supporting the local economy.
Cumberland's favorite frozen custard supplier – Queen City Creamery – has the perfect gift for the loved one with a sweet tooth. Daily handmade custard from The Creamery is so good you'll be going back for seconds. Stop in and order a freshly spun milkshake off the menu, or take home a pint or quart of custard to share later. Some special February flavors include Black Forest Cake, Chubby Hubby, and White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.