Shops in Annapolis's Historic District are filled with all kinds of gifts and nautical-themed merchandise. Navy T-shirts, the classic souvenir, are everywhere. You could redecorate your house from the shops on Maryland Avenue. This town is picturesque in December -- with greenery draped around every window and white lights on the trees, it's a delightful, old-fashioned place to buy those last-minute items. Finish your day with a drink at McGarvey's or a meal at one of the casual restaurants.
In the historic district, the main shopping streets are: Main Street, which runs from Church Circle to the City Dock, has many apparel and gift shops; Maryland Avenue has shops in the block just below the State House and State Circle, where you might find home accessories and antiques; West Street has added lots of new shops and restaurants; and the shops around the City Dock itself are mostly nautical in nature. Most stores are open Monday through Saturday from 10 or 11am to 5 or 6pm, Sunday from noon to 5pm. Many stay open until 8 or 9pm on Friday and Saturday.
At Plat du Jour, 220 Main St. (tel. 410/269-1499; www.platdujour.net), you'll be convinced you've walked into Tuscany or Provence. It's filled with tableware, linens, toiletries, and a cookbook or two. Lovers of the Emerald Isle should head for Avoca, 141-143 Main St. (tel. 410/263-1485; www.avoca.ie), for its Irish clothes, linens, and decorative items.
Handmade arts and crafts are available in several places. American Craft Works, 189B Main St. (tel. 410/625-1583), features the handiwork of the League of Maryland Craftsmen. Annapolis Pottery, 40 State Circle (tel. 410/268-6153), sells wares made on the premises; you can even watch the stock being made. Easy Street, 8 Francis St. (tel. 410/263-5556), focuses on art glass.
For home furnishings, head for Maryland Avenue. Peake House, 76 Maryland Ave. (tel. 410/280-0410), sells new stuff, including Mottahedeh, Quimper, and Herend. Interior designers display some of their finds at Alex Clymer Interiors, 86 Maryland Ave. (tel. 410/263-0992), and Be Home, 82 Maryland Ave. (tel. 410/280-8616).
For artwork to hang on the walls, check out McBride Gallery, 215 Main St. (tel. 410/267-7077; www.mcbridegallery.com), or the juried exhibits at the Maryland Federation of Art's Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle (tel. 410/268-4566; www.mdfedart.org). For something most definitely nautical, check out Annapolis Marine Art Gallery, 110 Dock St. (tel. 410/263-4100; www.annapolismarineart.com). Over in Eastport, Howard L. Rogers carves teak boat signs and displays his marine paintings at his Raven Maritime Studio, 130 Severn Ave. (tel. 410/268-8639).
For gifts and collectibles, stop by the Annapolis Country Store, 53 Maryland Ave. (tel. 410/269-6773; www.annapoliscountrystore.com): It has Pooh, Raggedy Ann, and Curious George items. Pick up your Navy T-shirt at Peppers, 133 Main St. (tel. 800/254-6289 or 410/267-8722; www.navygear.com). For gifts for your favorite teen, see Brown Eyed Girl, 10 Francis St. (tel. 410/990-4475). Get something stylish at Diva, 30 Market Space (tel. 410/280-9198; www.modadiva.com). Earth-friendly and fair-trade gifts with pizazz are available at Mixed Greens, 48 Randall St. (tel. 410/216-9830.) Next door, Re-Sails, 42 Randall St. (tel. 410/263-4982; www.resails.net), stocks bags refashioned from old sails.
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