Make an impact in Baltimore with these holiday gift options

The holidays are upon us and there are plenty of ways to shop locally. This includes purchasing from a Baltimore manufacturer or social entrepreneur.

Here’s a gift guide with both products and events to keep your money flowing through the Baltimore community and benefiting neighborhoods that are often the first to support a new business.

Gifts to raise

Social enterprise resource network Innovation works, curated a list of Baltimore companies from its pipeline. With a mission to create sustainable neighborhood economies, Innovation Works provides mentorship to social entrepreneurs.

Here is an overview of the freebies, with information in the descriptions provided by Innovation Works:

Hygiene products

  • Hair and skin without fancy is a black woman-run business that sells all-natural, chemical-free hair and skin products.
  • Hon honey is a social enterprise run by women that sells honey products. Its mission is to employ, equip and encourage female survivors so that they can experience the hope of recovery.
  • Handmade oyin, a brand of natural hair and skin products run by black women specifically designed for natural textured hair.

Clothes and clothing

  • Change handbag, a social enterprise run by women that designs and sells reversible shoulder-strap handbags, made in partnership with Lifting labels. It also offers handmade pouches and masks.
  • Fidelity is love, a clothing line that donates the proceeds to local after-school programming and Baltimore youth college scholarship funds.
  • Creative nomads, a community with a merchandise store that works to provide access to the arts, music and cultural programming to youth and families.
  • Jazmine Kionna offers luxury high heels designed to be both trendy and comfortable. They are made of vegan leather from recycled plastic.
  • HeARTwares sells gifts, jewelry and household items. The association’s retail store Art with a heart, Social enterprise retail store, merchandise is created by participants in the organization’s workforce development program, the benefits of which are shared between Art with a Heart and the artist or community partner.
  • The Cavanagh House is a non-profit organization offering free trade and learning programs to help individuals gain financial stability. Members of the community can submit a custom upholstery, modification or interior design project to complete.

More gift ideas:

  • Heritage! Card game exposes all players to investment concepts and career opportunities. It is designed to celebrate diversity and offer lessons on the impact of career and financial choices on inheritance and wealth.
  • Coffee wire is a Baltimore-based, female-owned, gay-employee, fair-trade coffee roaster. It adopts a transparent model that supports farmers locally and internationally. Thread sells coffee, as well as a variety of coffee brewing equipment and accessories.
  • Done @ Dent, the market for all things made by Dent Education students, sells bags, stickers, water bottles, face masks and other products created by Baltimore youth.

On Saturday December 11, the pop-up market will be at Not a lot and sidewalk in front of North Ave Market. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is the opportunity to meet community centers in the region as makerspace Open works,workshop North Station Tool Library, board games room No Land Beyond, Baltimore Jewelry Center and Baltimore Print Studios to see the work that is created within their spaces. The lineup includes dozens of vendors including artists, designers, and nonprofits. Click to discover their products and find gift ideas:

The market also welcomes musical guests Salem kamalu at the piano, DJ T. Rexx on both and Brass Bedlam rain or shine.

At Remington Row (2700 Remington Ave.), browse items from local manufacturers covering clothing, bath, home, food, and more. The store is open until January 19, 2022. Stay tuned for a closer look at what’s available in a future article.

Here are some other local businesses with places to gift:

Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member of Report for America, an initiative of the Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. -30-

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