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5 festive places to holiday shop in Maryland

ShoppingSt.Michaels2WBy Regina Verow

If you are not finding what you need at the mall this holiday, Maryland offers some of the best main streets and out of the way places perfect for Christmas shopping.

Lisa Schlossnagle of Maple Lawn shuns malls and big box stores around the holidays.

“They are too much. There is something about having too many people and too many choices … so I tend to avoid it,” she says. “How can there be so many things and nothing seems right?”

Instead, she shops at smaller, local stores where she finds buying a gift “deepens the connection you have with the person you’re giving the gift to or receiving the gift from.”

During the holidays, Schlossnagle and her husband make a date night out of it, grabbing dinner in Historic Ellicott City and then shopping for members of their extended family, including their young daughters.

If you are looking to avoid the crowds at the same old malls this season and find unique gifts for everyone on your list, consider heading to one of these festive shopping destinations.

St. Michaels: Seasonal shopping on the Eastern Shore

Already known for its picturesque setting on the Eastern Shore, St. Michaels adorns the town with fresh greenery, holiday lights and other decorations creating the perfect backdrop for a festive shopping experience.

There are plenty of shops, mostly along Talbot Street, where you can get everything from whimsical toys at Calico Toys and Games to unique handmade items at A Wish Called Wanda. Other shops offer gourmet foods, upscale clothing and jewelry.

Visit during the Christmas in St. Michaels Festival Dec. 11-13, 2015, for a mix of ticketed and free events including a tour of homes, holiday gala, Breakfast with Santa and a holiday parade. Purchase one of the limited edition collector’s ornaments to support a local nonprofit in the community.

Marcoritaville Tiki Bar & American Grill is a fun spot for lunch offering everything from sushi to burgers. Metered parking is available along Talbot Street. Be aware that in the winter, many shops and restaurants are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Visit stmichaelsmd.org for details.

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