Holiday / Shopping

A Texas Guide to Holiday Gifting

Finds from Iconic Designers and Cherished Boutiques That Make Texas One of the Greatest Places to Shop

BY // 12.01.20
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Texas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for us, the Lone Star State is home to some of the country’s most popular makers and beloved boutiques. So for this year’s holiday gift guide, we’ve done our best to highlight them. We sourced giftable items from talented designers and iconic or up-and-coming brands. We scoured the inventory of sleek stores along Austin’s popular South Congress Avenue, visited cozy shops in Fort Worth, and — of course — we looked to the fantasy fulfillers at Neiman Marcus. We fell in love with dog-themed tea towels in Houston and studied Vogue articles to decide whether or not an acupuncture mat from a Bishop Arts District boutique is a must-have (we included it, so the answer is yes).

This was all done virtually, of course. The internet makes it blessedly easy to shop local from the comfort of anywhere. But should you need a break from your screen, we’ve included a selection of chic analog games — from cocktail-themed puzzles to almost-too-pretty-to-play Mahjong — that will engage the whole family. We’re even considering swapping our sweats for the more glamorous and elevated alternatives Texas designers have been creating.

The next 10 slides include splurges along with great finds for under $100. We have gifts for guys and little ones, as well as the friend who’s been thoughtfully relaying what you need to know from your monthly horoscope. The hosts of your inner circle received their own section, which they’ve rightfully earned in the year of at-home entertainment. We hope you’ll find something for a friend (or for yourself, no judgment here), and feel good knowing that you’re supporting local makers and businesses who help make Texas one of the best places to call home — and one of the absolute greatest destinations to shop.

It’s been a year. Treat yourself.

 
Assouline Custom Travel Library
Neiman Marcus
$295,000.00
Buy
 
Hermès Leather Gloves, size 7
Vintage Martinin
$325.00
Buy
 
Diamante Premier Cowboy
Stetson
$5,005.00
Buy
 
Piercing Appointments at Ylang23
Ylang23
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The Mansion Boot
Rosewood Mansion x Miron Crosby
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Matroschka Caviar Dish
Grange Hall
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Versace Medusa Studded Travel Mug
Neiman Marcus
$1,100.00
Buy
Joanna Czech
 
Virtual Consultation with Joanna Czech Esthetician
Joanna Czech
$250.00
Buy
 
Vintage Cocktail Thermometers
Bisette Co.
$295.00
Buy
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Moreau Iconic Black Edition
Moreau Paris
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Double Sided Black Onyx + Diamond Hex Necklace
Skaksa
Buy
 
Alligator Mini James Handbag
Wyld Empyre
Buy
 

The best things in life are free — or priced comfortably under $100.

 
Brass Initial Dog Tag
The Conservatory
$60.00
Buy
 
Caddis Readers in Raw Honey
Kick Pleat
$95.00
Buy
 
Cosmic Snake Metallic Enamel Pin
The Marfa Store
$20.00
Buy
 
SS Jewelry Gold Beaded STAR Bracelet
Nicole Kwon Concept Store
$82.00
Buy
 
Hali Hali Reusable Straw Set - Splatter
gifted.
$22.00
Buy
 
Headband Fucsia Arroyo
Mi Golondrina
$35.00
Buy
 
Celestial Necklace
à Bientôt 713
$78.00
Buy
 
Field Notes Leather Folio
Shop Commerce
$52.00
Buy
 
Large Acrylic Keychain
Citrine Home
$30.00
Buy

With a surge in popularity for puzzles and chess sets, 2020 has seen an analog renaissance. Here are some stylish ways to play.

 
The Botanical Line: Paris Pink Release
The Mahjong Line
$425.00
Buy
 
Topo Chico Needlepoint Kit
Blue Print Store
$115.00
Buy
 
Little Puzzle Thing: Cocktail
CWD Studio Home
$15.00
Buy
 
Build Your Own Bracelet Set
Akola Project
$50.00
Buy
 
Archiblocks Bauhaus
The Nasher Store
$98.00
Buy

The hosts in your close circle have never been more important. Make sure they feel appreciated with new, fun ways to entertain.

 
Booze Hound Cocktail Napkins, set of 6
Biscuit Home
$250.00
Buy
 
Fancy AF Organic Cocktails Garden Collection
Gardenuity
$89.00
Buy
 
Tejas Cocktail Infusion Kit
Mixy
$21.00
Buy
 
The Cosmopolitan
On the Rocks
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Cake in a Jar
Bird Bakery
$8.50
Buy
 
Jules Glassware, Exclusive Set
Bisette Co.
$202.00
Buy
 
Bon Appetit Tea Towel, White x Black
The Avenue by Lyndsey Zorich
$38.00
Buy
 
Square Scalloped Placemat | Birds of Paradise-Green
Fenwick Fields
$28.00
Buy
A personalized bottle of Casa Dragones tequila.
 
Tequila Casa Dragones Joven Personalize
Casa Dragones
$285.00
Buy
 

In a year where comfort reigned supreme, we expanded our idea of the everyday uniform. And thankfully, great style doesn’t have to mean buttons, or zippers, or anything unforgiving when Texas-based designers are doing effortless looks this good.

 
The Boca Dress
Edith Hour (Houston based)
$130.00
Buy
 
Organic Linen Jumper
Tribe Alive (Fort Worth based)
$198.00
Buy
 
no. 413 Lilac Feather Mini Kimono
La Vie Style House (Dallas based)
$850.00
Buy
 
Knot Dress, Velvet in Palmarosa
Miranda Bennet (Austin based)
$418.00
Buy
 
Limited-Edition Rainbow Classic Kimono-Cut
Oddbird Co. (Denton based)
$159.00
Buy
 
Pyrite + Peach Jumbo Earrings
GAIAxGBTF
$150.00
Buy

You thought picking out a gift in an online guide was easy? These Texas companies take effortless giving one step further.

 
Care Package
Marfa Brands
$75.00
Buy
 
A Gift for the Organized On-the-Goer
Leatherology (Dallas based)
$170.00
Buy
 
Holly Dolly Christmas
Favor the Kind (Dallas + Austin)
$62.00
Buy
 
Sabah Tea Time Set
Sabah House (Dallas based)
$95.00
Buy
 
Pour The Bubbly New Years Celebration Box
Casamia
$88.00
Buy
 
Serene Relaxation Limited Edition Holiday Gift Set
Farmhouse Fresh
$44.50
Buy
 
The Texas Foodie Box, Large
Foxtrot Market
$100.00
Buy

Treat him to a clean shave and cool, comfortable cotton. 

 
The Guayarobe
Dos Carolinas
$215.00
Buy
 
Two-Tone Mag Wallet
Revival Limited
$105.00
Buy
 
For The City Fort Worth Hoodie
Centre
$60.00
Buy
 
Head Barber Appointment
Brass Tacks Barbershop
$65.00
Buy
 
Rue 1807 Black Cypress Cologne
Niven Morgan
$62.00
Buy
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Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
Samsung
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Gentlemans Glassware Wax-Dipped Whiskey Glasses
Manready Mercantile
$36.00
Buy
 
Derek Rose Anthracite Jersey Pajamas
Stanley Korshak
$380.00
Buy
 
Veja Rio Branco Alveomesh Sneaker
Stag Provisions
$140.00
Buy

For the chicest self-care journeys.

 
"Living the Signs: Astrology for Radiant Embodiment" Series
Britten LaRue x Angela George
$35.00
Buy
 
Crystal Evil Eye Bracelet
Sage & Salt
$295.00
Buy
 
WTHN Acupressure Mat Set
Go Easy Shop
$65.00
Buy
milk + honey spa opens in West Ave at River Oaks this winter.
 
2020 Holiday Ultimate Retreat Gift Certificate
Milk + Honey
$565.00
Buy
 
Jade Facial Therapy Mask
Breathe Meditation + Wellness
$42.00
Buy
Hiatus is all about high-end services without the high-end price tag.  (Photo by Molly Culver )
 
H-Circle Monthly Membership
Hiatus Spa + Retreat
$69.00
Buy

Give your walls a makeover.

 
Framed Butterfly Print in Yellow
Scout Design Studio
$195.00
Buy
 
Emily Barletta Stars
Blue Print Gallery
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Yoshitomo Nara: Marching on a Butterbur Leaf Print
Dallas Contemporary
$200.00
Buy
 
The Kimbell Cookbook
Kimbell Art Museum
$30.00
Buy
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
 
Friend of the Modern Membership
The Modern Fort Worth
$75.00
Buy
Outside the Dallas Museum of Art's 2019 Art Ball
 
Individual Junior Associate Membership
Dallas Museum of Art
$250.00
Buy
 
'Abiline' by Steve Wrubel
Christopher Martin Gallery
$3,000.00
Buy

For a merry and bright end to a less than fun year.

 
Banwood Bike
Alexa James
$189.00
Buy
 
Color Stix
Botanicool
$21.00
Buy
 
Super Hero Garden
Gardenuity
$72.00
Buy
 
The Marfa Kids Pink Cowboy Boots
City Boots
$375.00
Buy
 
"Do Not Disturb" Toddler Tee
Commerce Shop
$32.00
Buy
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Sissies Adventure Series
Weeva Bookstore
$39.95
Buy
 
Painting Japanese Scarf
Nasher Sculpture Center Store
$36.00
Buy
 
Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition
Camp
$25.00
Buy

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