One of the greatest perks of living in Howard County is the abundance of locally owned shops, where passionate owners are dedicated to making your shopping experience exceptional. Their enthusiasm and commitment shine through as soon as you step inside! This is especially convenient when you're in need of a last-minute teacher gift—you can simply walk in and find the perfect item just in time for the last day of school.  Discover more at Local HoCo.

Sweet Gift Ideas

Show your child's teacher some appreciation for their hard work throughout the year with a delightful treat from a local shop. Sweet Cascades Chocolatier offers a mouthwatering selection of hand-crafted chocolates, each made with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Sweet Cascades

Sweet Cascades Chocolatier

Sweet Cascades Chocolatier has several locations in Howard County that are convenient for a last-minute shopping experience, including historic Ellicott City, Columbia, and Savage.

Another sweet gift idea is local honey and sweet treats from a local farm. Visit Mary's Land Farm or Larriland Farm to put together a locally-produced foodie gift basket. These thoughtful, delicious gifts are sure to bring a smile to your teacher's face.

Relaxing Gift Ideas

Give your teacher the break they deserve with a relaxing gift. A gift card to THE Pearl Spa in Columbia offers access to healing waters, yoga, and meditation classes for a truly rejuvenating experience.

THE pearl spa

THE Pearl Spa

For another soothing option, consider a gift card to Turf Valley Resort, home to a renowned spa offering specialty seasonal treatments designed to pamper skin and soothe sore muscles. This gift card can also be applied towards a hotel stay or enjoyed with a meal at Alexandra's. The flexibility ensures that your teacher can choose the experience that best suits their personal preferences.

Dining Experiences

Treat your teacher to a delightful dining experience with a gift card to a local restaurant, while also supporting the hardworking local business owners. A perfect example is Hudson Coastal, owned by the Hudson family, where your teacher can enjoy a fantastic meal and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Hudson Coastal

Hudson Coastal

Looking for a dining experience for the teacher who made a difference in your choral or band learning this year? A gift card to 18th & 21st offers a night out with incredible local jazz talent and elevated dining options. Conveniently located within walking distance of the Merriweather Post Pavilion, where major acts perform all summer long, it promises an unforgettable evening of music and fine dining.

Cozy Coffee & Book Nooks

If your teacher always had a coffee in hand, treat them to a Roggenart gift card. Roggenart offers a variety of coffee options, from lattes to mochas, along with delicious croissants and lunches. Whether visiting the location in Ellicott City or Savage, it's a cozy spot perfect for enjoying a book. Pair the gift card with a good summer read from a local bookshop to make it even more special.



Wrap Up Your Gift-Giving with Local Treasures

Finding the perfect gift for your child's teacher has never been easier, thanks to the wealth of local shops and experiences in Howard County. From sweet treats and relaxing spa days to delightful dining and cozy coffee nooks, there's something special for every teacher. By choosing these thoughtful gifts, you not only show your appreciation but also support our vibrant community of local businesses. Happy gift-giving!