By Susan Moynihan
Need a little more help with your gift list? Here are 30 ideas for made-by-the-Bay originals. When you shop small and support local, you help keep our communities and lifestyle thriving. And yes, they all have websites so you don’t even have to leave your house.
Maryland Victory Cheese Box, $60
These award-winning cheesemongers make things the old-fashioned way: by hand, from happy goats. Sample their Merry Goat Round alongside four other Maryland producers in this “victory garden” themed box.
Chesapeake Bay pepper sauce, $7.99
Richmond-based company makes spicy pepper sauces that capture world flavors, from Kerala and Laos to our own shores. Their Chesapeake Bay Bloody Mary mix is so popular, they limit it to two per order.
Bloody Mary mix, $14
Their sweet chips and chili spears are a natural with the name, but they also make cherry pepper spread, cajun okra and a Bloody Mary mix with just the right amount of spice.
Hot-hot Southern Honey, $9.99
Sweet clover meets smoky habanero in this version, perfect for drizzling over fried chicken. Or try their four milder flavors, peach hot sauce and spicy honey peanut butter.
The Fry Package, $50
Have a fried oyster feast with a quart of local shucked oysters, spicy flour mix and cocktail sauce.
Milk Chocolatey Covered Peanut Clusters, $29.95 Fill your holiday candy dish with these locally grown nuts, candied, covered in chocolate or butter toffee, or made into brittle.
Cedar bitters, $16
Dress up your beverages with tincture drops in flavors like lavender, orange and cedar, made by a women-owned, small-batch producer.
Gardener’s gin, $38
This organic, botanical-fused gin took gold at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. As did their Bootjack Rye Whiskey, if you prefer.
Sloop Betty vodka, $29.99
This organic wheat vodka comes in traditional style, or pick up some infused with honey or caramel.
Softcover book, $14.99
The chef/owner of the popular Solomon’s Island cooking school No Thyme To Cook starts with techniques, then show you how to apply them in recipes like pasta Bolognese and rosemary-roasted root vegetables.
Hardcover book, $28
Discover the history of Tidewater cuisine through personal stories and recipes, delivered engagingly by University of North Carolina professor and folklorist Bernie Herman.
Hardcover book, $25
Dig into 85 tasty recipes from this celebrated Virginia bakery, including Shenandoah Apple Cake, bourbon-laced sweet potato pie, and of course, their famous biscuits.
Softcover book, $16
Travel writer (and CBM contributing editor) Susan Moynihan shares her favorite picks — some familiar, some not — for how to enjoy her hometown and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
2021 calendar, $15
Noone captures Bay life better than this passionate Annapolis-based photographer, whose annual calendar gives you something to look forward to every month.
Chesapeake Bay pocket notebook, $11.50
This limited-edition collection of three mini-journals makes it easy to jot your musings as you tool around the Bay.
Oops! All Crabs reusable wraps, $25
These reusable wax-saturated cotton wraps keep your food fresh, and the cheery patterns keep you smiling.
Nautical Flag Bucket tote, $42
Choose your favorite letter to customize this handy 7×5-inch square-bottomed tote.
Heather skillet, $195
Designed in Easton and forged in Pennsylvania, this 10-inch polished cast-iron skillet will be your go-to for decades to come.
Luxury Natural Soy Candle, $25
All-natural soy candles are made from US-grown soybeans, and come in dreamy scents like sea salt and orchid.
Virginia Beach tote, $150
The sturdy beach bag keeps you organized with 6 interior and 6 exterior pockets, handmade to last from durable canvas and leather.
Serenity Spa Tower, $50 This six-piece treat brings the spa to you, with masque, scrub, soak, body butter, and scented candle made with all-natural ingredients from Kara Brook’s Eastern Shore farm.
Chesapeake Bay tray, $109
This laser-cut wooden tray makes a statement, whatever you’re serving up.
Charter Boat pendant, $159 This sterling-silver fishing boat measures 1-1/4 inches and looks great on or off the water.
Crab and Life Ring Dog Collar, $28
Retrievers, labs and mutts give four paws up for this natty collar, available exclusively in St. Michaels.
Pride of Baltimore II Commemorative Oyster Knife, $195
These limited-edition Boston-style knives by master woodworker Dale German are made with leftover tropical hardwood from the building of the tall ship.
Martha’s Shell Blue Self-Welt pillow, $129.99
These indoor-outdoor pillows are made from one of Mrs. W’s favorite needlepoint designs, for a modern take on the past.
USS Enterprise model kit, $200
Spend the winter months working on this detailed model of the storied US Navy aircraft carrier, built in 1958 at the shipyard in Newport News.
Save the Bay Business Tie, $45
Spread awareness in style with these 100% silk ties featuring the CBF logo.
Pearl Oyster tin candle, $30
These limited-edition scented candles are done in partnership with Annapolis Candle Company, with retro art by Kent Island-based artist Ramon Matheu.
504-piece Steamer Potomac puzzle, $20.95
Recreate a scene from the turn of the last century, when this steamer plied the Bay. P.S. Her pilothouse is on display at the museum.
Didn’t get what you wanted last year? See if your perfect gift is still available from CBM’s 2019 Gift Guide.