Shopping for the perfect gift is never easy. It’s hard to find that one item, trinket or good that shows just how much you care. Luckily, we have some hot tips for you when the person you’re on the lookout for is a Maryland native who is missing home. As Marylanders ourselves, these are some of the things we’d most love to find at our doorsteps.
Hope this list of our top ten Maryland-centric gift ideas helps guide you on your quest.
1. Get crab cakes delivered to their door from G&M Restaurant
If there’s one thing everyone who loves Maryland agrees on, it’s good crab cakes. Serve a Marylander a bad crab cake and you’re unlikely to hear from them again. Order G&M Restaurant’s crab cakes online and your Maryland-loving gift recipient will get a box of goodness on their doorstep the very next day. G&M crab cakes are soo good that they are delivered all around the country every day, so you know you will be sending a box of good vibes and great tastes their way.
2. Give ‘em the gift of Old Bay
No matter what zip code your Maryland lover might find themselves in, their kitchen will always be stocked with Old Bay Seasoning. The beloved spice originated in Baltimore, and though people everywhere love it, the passion amongst Marylanders is unmatched. From dinner plates to cycling apparel, Old Bay goes with pretty much anything.
3. Perk up their morning with Zeke’s
The rest of the country has Starbucks but for Marylanders, there is nothing like a good cup of Zeke’s coffee. Sending Zeke’s coffee beans is the perfect way to ensure your pal will be able to make their whole home smell like Maryland every time they brew a cup.
4. Invite them to return with the gift of Shirley’s
Nothing invites a Marylander back to their roots like a gift card. A gift card is easy to transport and invites your gift recipient to return to fond memories of their favorite restaurants like Shirley’s. You’ll be excited to plan your visit to other Maryland hot spots as well.
5. Remember the good times with a beer cap map
Order your Marylander something they can proudly display in their home with this novel beer cap map in the shape of Maryland. They hang it on their wall and add beer caps from their favorite brews to fill in the holes. It’s definitely a conversation starter.
6. That’s so Ravens
For the sports fan, Baltimore Ravens gear is always a safe bet. But don’t go with a boring jersey or cap. Be a little more creative and get them a toaster with the Ravens logo printed on it. This ensures that your gift will be one they can cherish every time they enjoy breakfast.
7. Serve the taste of Toto’s
Every Marylander knows the taste of Totos Blue Crab Salsa can add to nearly any dish. Packed neatly in a reusable jar, be sure to place your orders well in advance as this top seller is often out of stock year round. And guess what? It’s even fat free.
8. Make them go nuts with Jeppi
Some of the most beloved snacks in all of Baltimore that aren’t crab-centric come from Jeppi Nut and Candy company. Their Chesapeake Bay Crabby Nuts pack is sure to keep your Maryland friend coming back for more with the mouthwatering flavor of crab seasoning. OK, so it’s not totally absent of crab hints.
9. Give a pop with Fisher’s
Fisher’s Popcorn got started on the Ocean City boardwalk all the way back in 1937. And ever since then, it’s been a beloved favorite of everyone who has tasted its caramelly goodness. If you haven’t tried it, you’re not from Maryland. And you can get it shipped in a big tub for a party pack that will keep on giving.
10. Send them there in person
All the gifts we’ve mentioned will certainly give your Maryland pal the hint of home, but there’s nothing quite like going there yourself. A voucher for a flight might be a great way to get them to come back and visit. And when you’re here, they can get many of the items mentioned on this list. If we had to choose just one, we’d make sure they stop by G&M Restaurant for some famous crab cakes and other popular menu items served up in person. With a welcoming at-home atmosphere, there’s nothing quite like dining in Maryland.