While it may seem easier to hit big department stores for Black Friday specials, these Baltimore-owned shops not only offer great deals but also those unique, personalized gifts that will show how much you care. Before heading to the mall, check out this list for the best local stores to shop at on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Plus, feel good about supporting Baltimore’s small businesses by shopping locally this holiday season.

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Canton Games
2101 Essex Street
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 276-2640

Canton Games works just as hard as you do to find that fun, meaningful gift that children and adults will keep playing all year long. Supplying the largest selection of board games in Maryland, there’s really no limit to the kind of games you’ll discover. Parents will be relieved to find popular role-playing games such as “Dungeons and Dragons” (with close to every in-print book in stock), “Pathfinder,” “World of Darkness” and “Babylon 5.” Aside from games, this store also sells comic books and graphic novels to suite every taste. Match this with a favorite action figure or collectable, and you’ve got a winning gift combination. Canton Games’ Black Friday specials are graphic novels (in the back of the store) plus a table full of family and party games at 30 percent off, collectable Lego figurines at three for $10, and a bookshelf full of discounted used games.

Yummy & Company
(410) 402-3999

Give the gift of inspiration with handmade jewelry this holiday without ever leaving home. Yummy & Company combines nature, textiles and clay into works of art that you can wear. Many pieces have a vintage and antique look, which can make for a fashionable accessory for young and old. Shop online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals with 25 percent off of all items online as well as free shipping. Customers should use the code THANKS2012 when checking out. For those preferring a hands-on shopping experience, call ahead for deals at these local shops that also sell Yummy & Company jewelry: Art & Artisan in Ellicott City, Mixed Greens in Annapolis, and Paradiso in Hampden.

Earth Alley
3602 Elm Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 366-2110

Earth Alley products make for a better world as well as happy family members, co-workers and friends. Shoppers may choose from a large assortment of unique handcrafted items such as safe and natural children’s toys ranging from hand puppets to dolls and puzzles; organic beauty supplies including massage oil candles and Charm City soaps; and thoughtful gifts for mom such as fused glass vases, relaxing wind chimes, plus a host of other natural home accessories. Earth Alley’s Black Friday deals include a free “smell so good” gift to the first 25 shoppers and free earrings for any purchase of more than $25.

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Doubledutch Boutique
3616 Falls Road
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 554-0055

Sporting modern and indie designs, Doubledutch Boutique is the place to shop for trendy girls and ladies. All of its dresses invoke a fresh, original look. Check out the sweater dresses, which are back in style for the holiday season and can easily be dressed up with accessories to match any style. For the gal with too many clothes, try a gift that could compliment any outfit, such as a stylish bag and wallet. Because no woman ever has enough shoes, it never hurts to wrap up some classic flats or wedges, even if they’re secretly for yourself. No matter which gift route you take, Doubledutch Boutique offers a surprise free gift with purchases of more than $75 for the first 20 customers on Black Friday and free shipping for its online store Cyber Monday.

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Ryan’s Relics
8100 Belair Road
Baltimore, Md. 21236
(443) 384-2777

For timeless gifts at unbeatable prices, Ryan’s Relics is a must visit this holiday season. Lose yourself while browsing for that memorable gift on its two showroom floors, which are stocked daily with newly arrived antiques and collectibles as well as contemporary items. It offers lots of options to choose from for parents and grandparents who’d appreciate glassware, crystal, prints and paintings, books, coins, antique toys, musical instruments, rugs or any variety of household goods. Beautiful handcrafted furniture or quality brand/designer furniture are also great gift ideas for newlyweds, college students or even those seeking to complete an existing collection. On Black Friday, Ryan’s Relics will offer a 10 percent discount off of all items storewide.

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