First, take a deep breath. You’re not alone, and that means there will be plenty of last-minute shoppers running around the city searching for perfect gifts just like you. But unlike them, you’ll be armed with the best places to visit for a quick, painless and successful shopping trip after reading this article. Take a trick from Santa – make a list and check it twice before you start on your journey. The more items you can purchase in one location, the better. Then review this list, which contains everything you might be looking for plus that something you didn’t know you were, and narrow down your shopping destinations.
2101 Essex St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Family board games, trading cards, action figures, comic books…and the list goes on, so when it comes to finding an exceptional game or meaningful toy at the last minute, there’s no better place to go than Canton Games. This store hosts the largest selection of board and card games in Maryland with more than 300 different games in stock (and if you should have extra time, there’s thousands available by special order). Just a few of the great game companies available include Hasbro, Scene It, Fantasy Flight, Mayfair Games and Cranium. Additionally, new comics arrive on Wednesdays and special deals run from 10 percent off cover price of new issues to 20-30 percent off cover price of graphic novels. Canton Games also offers a comic subscription program that could be the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
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On the Avenue In Hampden
West 36th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
Between Keswick and Falls Road on West 36th Street is a prominent shopping destination called “The Avenue” that features a wide selection of small businesses for all of your holiday needs. Many of these merchants sell one-of-a-kind products, a perfect way to show that special someone you care, plus they offer great sales for last-minute shoppers. Shop for apparel, arts, antiques, books, furniture, home goods, jewelry, spa and wellness services, vintage items and more. There are also a handful of great restaurants, bars and cafes offering a hip and trendy atmosphere to tired shoppers or a place to purchase gift cards.
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Towson Town Center
825 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, Md. 21204
Offering a slew of upscale shopping and dining (i.e. gift cards) all within reasonable walking distance makes the Towson Town Mall a favorite destination for harried shoppers. Any category you can think of can be found here, such as bath and beauty, music and books, shoes, fitness equipment and electronics. Further, many shops have last-minute deals and sales that almost make it worth the added stress of waiting until Dec. 24th to get started. If the numerous stores and choices prove too daunting, opt for a mall gift card instead.
2910 On The Square
2910 O’Donnell St.
Canton, Md. 21224
Since 1999, 2910 on the Square has been a one-stop shop for last-minute shoppers during the holiday season. With two full floors of unique, original and handcrafted gifts that range from serious to frivolous and fun, this store contains something for even the pickiest. Jewelry, clothing, home décor, art and baby gifts mean that busy shoppers can get everything crossed off their list in just one trip. Plus, it’s located less than three miles from the Inner Harbor, making it a convenient place to visit if you find yourself running around town.
Harborplace & The Gallery
201 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
For the last-minute Inner Harbor shopping experience, there’s no better place to go than Harborplace. Located along the exciting downtown strip adjacent to the harbor, these shops can provide both the typical and traditional gifts and the out-of-this-world kind. For the sweet tooth people in your life, be sure to stop by IT’SUGAR for larger-than-imaginable treats that will shock and amaze. Also, plenty of Baltimore gear and souvenirs can be found, including Ravens and Orioles memorabilia.
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