Gift Guide

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.  


FireFly Farms, Accident, Md.

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.

Clark + Hopkins, Richmond, Va.

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.

Gordys Pickle Jar, Washington DC

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.

ARs Hot Southern Honey, Richmond, Va.

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.

Rappahannock Oyster Co, Topping, Va.

The Fry Package, $50

Have a fried oyster feast with a quart of local shucked oysters, spicy flour mix and cocktail sauce.

Whitley’s Peanut Factory, Williamsburg Va.

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.

Blackwater Bitters Co., Lynchburg, Va.

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.

McClintock Distillery, Frederick, Md.

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.

Blackwater Distilling, Stevensville, Md.

Sloop Betty vodka, $29.99

This organic wheat vodka comes in traditional style, or pick up some infused with honey or caramel. 

How to Cook for Beginners by Gwyn Novak

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.

A South You Never Ate: Savoring Flavors and Stories from the Eastern Shore of Virginia by Bernard L. Herman

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.

Red Truck Bakery Cookbook by Brian Noyes and Nevin Martell

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. 

100 Things to Do in Annapolis and the Eastern Shore Before You Die by Susan Moynihan

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.

Life on the Chesapeake Bay by Jay Fleming

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.

Write Notepads & Co., Baltimore, Md.

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.

Half Moon Wax Wraps, Annapolis, Md.

Oops! All Crabs reusable wraps, $25

These reusable wax-saturated cotton wraps keep your food fresh, and the cheery patterns keep you smiling.

Skipper Bags, Easton Md.

Nautical Flag Bucket tote, $42

Choose your favorite letter to customize this handy 7×5-inch square-bottomed tote.

Butter Pat Industries, Easton, Md.

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.

Maryland Candle Company, Annapolis, Md.

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.

North End Bag Co, Virginia Beach, Va.

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.

Waxing Kara, Owings Mills, Md.

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.

Woodcraft Artisans, St. Michaels, Md.

Chesapeake Bay tray, $109

This laser-cut wooden tray makes a statement, whatever you’re serving up.

Chesapeake Jewelers, Seaford, DE

Charter Boat pendant, $159 This sterling-silver fishing boat measures 1-1/4 inches and looks great on or off the water.

Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, St. Michaels, Md.

Crab and Life Ring Dog Collar, $28

Retrievers, labs and mutts give four paws up for this natty collar, available exclusively in St. Michaels.

Oyster Recovery Partnership, Annapolis, Md.

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.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va.

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.

Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach, Va.

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. 

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, Md.

Save the Bay Business Tie, $45

Spread awareness in style with these 100% silk ties featuring the CBF logo.

Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, Md.

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.

Steamboat Era Museum, Irvington, Md.

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.