Six days and counting until Christmas, and you still need gifts for Aunt Marion in Phoenix, your new sister-in-law, and your Secret Santa pick from your book club. Oh, and a hostess gift for your boss’ wife…their annual holiday party is tomorrow. Whether you haven’t been able to locate a unique gift for that special someone or you’re just beginning your holiday shopping, consider visiting one of our region’s local farms for unique local items.
This year the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) has added a holiday component to their Buy Local Challenge: “think farms” when doing your holiday shopping. Following are some ideas to jumpstart your gift giving creativity, inspired by SMADC’s 2011/12 Holiday Guide.
Wreaths, Ornaments & Crafts
Holiday decorations make an appropriate present for just about anyone on your list. Middleton’s Cedar Hill Farm offers custom designed Christmas decorations, as well as a nice selection of hostess and office gifts. Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm also offers handmade Christmas ornaments. You can find a selection of Poinsettia at Greenstreet Gardens or Miller Farms. Make an appointment at Scarborough Farm for unique holiday wreaths, swags, garlands, and centerpieces. Their collections are adorned with greens, pods, peppers, berries, shells, and herbs, as well as optional ribbons, lights and candles. Ferny Brae Farm Crafts offers crafts made by hand from their sheep’s wool. Choose from a selection of angels, snowmen, reindeer, fairies, animals, and sheep.
Looking for something a little less traditional? Serenity Farm, right here in Charles County, offers walking sticks at their farm store. Or, consider a mohair throw blanket from Tree Stump Acres. At Finca Serena Alpaca Ranch you’ll find unique alpaca gifts from socks, gloves, and hats to finger puppets and teddy bears.
Wine from a local vineyard makes a great gift for the wine connoisseur, the novice, or anyone who’d enjoy a taste of Southern Maryland. Local wineries include Fridays Creek, Perigeaux Vineyards, Port of Leonardtown Winery, Roman Vineyard & Winery, and Solomons Island Winery.
Still stumped? These ideas were just a sampling of unique local gifts. Refer to the Holiday Guide for more ideas and for farm contact information and hours.