At home by the bay

By Susan Moynihan

Whether you are looking for a hostess gift, a housewarming gift, or something fun for your own home, here is
gifts of all sizes and budgets to do the trick.

Crab apron, $ 36
Sophie allport

She might be from across the pond, but British designer Sophie Allport is highly regarded here, for her crisp graphics and playful designs. This one is perfect year-round, whether you’re cooking crabs or cooking up a holiday feast, and it’s available through Welcome Home Markets in Annapolis and Chestertown, Md., As well as online. welcomehomemarkets.com


Oyster shell accents, $ 10 each
SVN.SMR (Catonsville, Maryland)

Artist Jennie Berry creates tiny works of art from oyster shells under
the name of the SVN SMR studio. You can see his work
on Instagram, or find him alongside other talented artists at the Annapolis Arts Alliance Gallery
on West Street in historic Annapolis.
annapolis-arts-alliance.com


Chesapeake blanket, $ 74.95
The Hickory Stick (Rock Hall, Maryland)

Make yourself comfortable in your favorite spot, with your favorite spot! This generously sized (52 “x 62”) fleece blanket features a map of the northern half of the bay, so you can chart your course from the comfort of your sofa. thehickorystick.com


Cutlery basket, $ 128
Vagabond’s house

Improve the presentation of everything you serve with this basket with shellfish accents from Vagabond. Extra points for the realistic detail of the pewter crab, from its claws to its little googly eyes. Available at Norfolk Market, Virginia, among others. vagabondhouse.com


Gone Sailing pillow, $ 39.99
Chesapeake Bay Goods (Baltimore, Maryland)

Okay, it doesn’t really float, but the shape of the ring buoy makes this pillow stand out from the usual nautical range. That’s just the tip of the iceberg at this Baltimore-based online retailer that celebrates the Chesapeake Bay lifestyle. chesapeakebaygoods.com


Side table, $ 2,500
Herring Creek Furniture (California, Maryland)

Craftsman Rob Seltzer uses locally harvested wood and recycled materials in his unique pieces, created in his studio / showroom located in a century old mill in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
herringcreekfurniture.com


Brass trivet, $ 76
Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Virginia)

Pineapple was a symbol of hospitality in colonial times and still gives a welcoming touch today. This one, made of brass, would be a wonderful accent on a dining table in any era. shop.colonialwilliamsburg.com


Bar glasses, $ 35 for a set of 4
Nancy Hammond Publishing (Annapolis, Maryland)

Artist Nancy Hammond celebrates the Bay with her paper-cut creations. His signed and numbered annual posters of Annapolis are collector’s items, and we think these glasses should be too. This set includes the signature black lab that appears in many of her prints, but she has crabs, herons, and more. nancyhammondeditions.com


Tea towel, $ 20
The Wild Wander (Richmond, VA)

A beautifully illustrated guide to the flora and fauna of the Old Dominion, printed on a durable bag. She has all 50 states, nautical designs, food and drink, and more available in napkins, prints, and stationery. Order online or find it at Red Barn Mercantile in Alexandria, Virginia. wildwanderco.com | redbarnmercantile.com


Insulated thermos and wine goblets, $ 39.99
Western Navy

The Captain’s Party Set includes a thermos to keep your wine cool (it contains a full bottle) and two sturdy, stoppered tumblers to prevent wine from spilling, in all party conditions. westmarine.com

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