Black Friday guides are a dime a dozen, amiright? If your mailbox looks anything like ours, it’s been overflowing with catalogues and mailers for the last two weeks straight. Most of it is a big corporation trying to convince you that life won’t be the same once you buy their widget at 40% off. Small Business Saturday is the exact opposite of Black Friday. Expect the deals to be a little smaller, but the smiles and gratitude you see across the counter is exponentially larger. And when it comes to unique, heartfelt gifts, there’s no comparison. This year, we challenge you to spend at least 25% of your gifting budget in locally owned shops, stores and markets. Show us your finds on Instagram, but don’t forget to hide your post from the gift recipient!
The Mermaid’s Cottage, Port Republic
The Mermaid’s Cottage is one of the cutest gift shops you probably don’t know about. They will be open on Small Business Saturday with gifts, fantastic holiday home decor, chalk paint & supplies, and several craft vendors in their unique upstairs pop-up area! Mermaid’s Cottage is featuring a ton of cute and unique gift ideas under $25 on their Facebook page, and we are loving all of them! ($16 Upcycled Beer Can Earring, anyone?? If I don’t see someone wearing these things at a concert in St. Leonard next year I’m going to riot.) Special bonus for any ladies of a certain age… do these names ring a bell? Samantha, Addy, Josefina, Molly… That’s right, they have a HUGE collection of vintage (are the 90’s “vintage” yet?) Pleasant Company collectables. Dolls, furniture, clothing & accessories! I might be first in line on Saturday morning and I might cry.
Samantha is WAY better than Molly.
-Me, to my sister Jessi, 1991
Brackish Waters, Prince Frederick
This is one of my go-to stores in the County! Do you have any teens or trendy adults on your list? You’re definitely going to need to swing into Brackish on Saturday. They have such great stuff here! Clothes, shoes, daypacks & wallets, small housewares, sunnies, surf, skate & ski gear. They also have ski and snowboard waxing and sharpening. If you’re cool enough to need that sort of thing. The owners Rachel & Kevin are always in, truly grinding for their shop and we definitely respect that! 25% off EVERYTHING Sale and a free Brackish Water’s Tote with any purchase!
Brackish Rachel: Didn’t you buy sunglasses in here not too long ago?
CCC Rachel: Ummm, yeah, somebody sat on them on the boat.
Hot Tubs, Inc., Owings
Grab “the big gift” here! Hot tubs, swim spas, Yeti Coolers and accessories, Big Green Egg Grills and accessories, patio furniture, pool and spa accessories, propane heaters, fire pits and more. In our opinion, you can check every hard-to-buy-for person off your list with a Yeti Tumbler! Or, grab a few to have on hand for that “extra, just in case, unexpected” reciprocal gift. (You know the one. The one wrapped with a blank “to” section on the tag.) Check that stack of aforementioned circular mailers, they have coupons in them! Special financing available on select products. This event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Yeti Cup is one of the greatest, most universally loved gifts in all the land.
-Me, Just now
Sneade’s, Owings & Lusby
I don’t live in Owings or Lusby so I had never been into a Sneade’s until about a year ago. (I know, I’m embarrassed.) Literally the first time I ever went in, I bought a LEATHER PURSE. You weren’t expecting that, right? Yeah, neither was I. Each Sneade’s has a HUGE gift section in the front, with all sorts of awesome and unique gift options for every sort of person on your list. Not to mention all of the handy hardware store gifts that people love! Think bird feeders, Yeti & Corkcicle, housewares, decor, tools, hammocks, you name it! Sneade’s is an Ace Hardware franchise, but we’re totally ok with showing the love to locally owned and operated businesses!
Oh, thanks! I got it at a hardware store!
-Me, Thanking people for the compliment on the adorable purse I bought at a Sneade’s
Half Shell Charters, Solomons
***Morse Code Sounds*** EXCLUSIVE CALVERT COMMUNITY CULTURE SALE ALERT!! Huge thank you to Half Shell Adventures for offering this exclusive sale to Calvert Community Culture readers! Maybe you’re looking for a unique client appreciation event venue, or maybe you are just looking to impress your squad. Book a private 2 hour cocktail cruise for you and 40 of your best buds around Solomons and get $100 off by using our exclusive Promo Code HSACCC. OR Take advantage of the BOGO Public Cruise Ticket Sale for just $25! What an awesome, affordable and unique gift idea! BOGO Sale is Valid Friday, November 23- Monday November 26, 2018 and $100 off sale is valid until December 31, 2019, through the Half Shell Charters sites below!
I’m on a boat, and it’s going fast, and
I got a nautical themed pashmina afghan
I’m the king of the world, on a boat like Leo
If you’re on the shore, then you’re sho’ not me-oh.
-Lonely island, who was apparently nominated for a grammy award for this song, who knew?!?!
CALVART, Prince Frederick
Calvart. The cutest little art co-op in the county! My Real Estate team has been lucky enough to sponsor several receptions here for various artists, and there’s always something new to look at. Around the holidays, the artists jam pack the shop with small, giftable original pieces and prints. Last year, I picked up an ornament sized original painting by one of my favorite local artists, Suzanne Shelden, and this year, I’ve gotten an art glass ornament in the shape of a snowflake from Ray & Phyllis Noble, and glazed ceramic Megalodon teeth from Foxtail Studios for gifts for my boys. You’ll find all sorts of artwork to suit any taste and budget, along with original jewelry and other awesome pieces. Bonus, grab a bowl of Cream of Crab or a slice of pie, and keep the gallery tour going next door, at DreamWeaver Café!
Oh, I see you’ve bought more art.
-My dad, who’s house is turning into a calvart gallery Extension, thanks to my mom
Maertens Fine Jewelers, Lusby
Maertens is hosting a BIG Small Business Saturday event, and if you’re in the market for unique fine jewelry giftables, you are going to want to make sure to stop in! They are offering 20% off ALL IN-STOCK MERCHANDISE! (Their Facebook page disclaims that there will be “some but not many” exclusions. I love Maertens for the moms and grandmas who love fine jewelry, conversation costume pieces, and elegant gifts. Or maybe you are shopping for a special little girl who is coming of age and ready to graduate to semi-precious and precious stone jewelry. Maertens also offers great gifts for every budget, from the boy looking to buy his sweetheart a sterling silver necklace all the way to heirloom engagement rings and beyond.
May I see your selection of stackable diamond and precious gemstone rings, please?
My husband/ CCC webmaster David, when he goes shopping for my christmas and/or 10 year wedding anniversary gifts. ahem.