Had a chance to hang out with the gang from Fox 45 News this morning and share some fun local gift finds for teachers and grads. I know. “Won’t a gift card due?” Sure. It will. And it will totally be appreciated. But if you really want to make your gift stand out, purchasing something from a local boutique is a the way to go.

Why? For starters, pure economics. According to Independent We Stand, If every family in the country spent an extra $10 a month with a locally-owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to local economies. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and stronger local economies.

Beyond the economic implications, you’re going to find fantastic selection and items you won’t find in a big box shop, great service, and —- oftentimes complimentary gift wrap. (YES! That means you’l save $6-$10 on the bag, tissue paper, box, gift wrap and bow. Whew.)

Gift Ideas for Grads

http://coolprogeny.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/May_Gift_Guide_1.pngtwo’s company lincoln quote desk tray – becket hitch ⎟ moleskin luggage tag – simply noted ⎟ dopp kit – becket hitch ⎟ boogie board lcd screen writer – amuse toys ⎟ modital bijoux necklace – trillium ⎟ around the world calendar – simply noted ⎟ cooking class – for the love of food ⎟ kate spade journal – the pleasure of your company

Check out why we love these gift ideas!

Gift Ideas for Teachers

Great Gifts for Teachers - (cool) progenywrite notepad – simply noted ⎟ lip scrub – becket hitch ⎟ blow dry gift card – haute blow dry bar ⎟ decorated pot (terra cotta + sharpie paint markers – your child ⎟ magna tiles set – amuse toys ⎟ iSucker  – 5 Wacky Women ⎟ gift card – relay foods ⎟ monogrammed jute tote bag – sweet pea britches and bloomers

And a little bit about these finds…

Happy Shopping, Baltimore!