Holiday Happenings Houston 2018
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Gift Guide

Land on the nice list with this impressive collection of holiday gifts

Renovate holiday tea towels
Photo courtesy of Renovate
Texas Lottery Christmas tickets
Photo courtesy of Texas Lottery
Switch2Pure products
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Golden Thread rings
Photo courtesy of Golden Thread
44 Farms Yeti cooler
Photo courtesy of 44 Farms
Tea Sip packets
Photo courtesy of Tea Sip
Facade gift guide items
Photo courtesy of Facade
Brackish feather bow tie
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Balcones whiskey bottles
Photo courtesy of Balcones Distilling
Tom & Sheri's Iron in a Bottle
Photo courtesy of Tom & Sheri
Fairmont Austin spa
Photo courtesy of Fairmont Austin Hotel
Sarah Stewart Cammy handbag
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If you have a wide range of people to shop for this holiday season, you're going to need a lot of gift ideas. Luckily, we've got 'em. From stylish accessories to indulgent escapes to the chance to win a quarter million dollars, all the best presents are right here. You might even finish your shopping early this year, which is perhaps the best present of all.


Renovate tea towels

These cotton, machine-washable tea towels are handmade by a mother-daughter team in Marietta, Georgia. Renovate is a home decor and gift boutique, also run by a mother-daughter duo, that specializes in unique gifts that are handmade and fair trade whenever possible.

Texas Lottery

Looking for a gift that keeps on giving? Gift bigger with the Texas Lottery Season’s Greetings scratch ticket. It opens to reveal five games inside, and has a top prize of $250,000.


This lux e-tailer has opened a brick-and-mortar store in the River Oaks District. Get a mini makeup or skincare consult, have your event makeup done, or stop by to shop the edit of pure, clean, natural, and nontoxic, yet still effective, beauty and skincare products.

Golden Thread signature personalized diamond band

This best-seller is available in 14-karat yellow, rose, or white gold, and can be engraved with up to four names, numbers, dates, coordinates, or Roman numerals on the band. (Four diamonds total separate each engraving specified, and the inside can also be engraved. Use the discount code MERRY25 for 25 percent off your entire order.

44 Farms smoked prime rib and Yeti cooler

Fill your loved ones with wonder this holiday season — the wonder of how such a rich, succulent prime rib can be so exceptionally savory. This slow-roasted, melt-in-your-mouth prime rib will steal the show at any meal and nourish the body after a day’s outdoor adventures with a 44 Farms Yeti
Roadie 20 cooler. (Smoked prime rib can be purchased separately.)

Tea Sip

Treat your special tea-loving someone to Tea Sip's top 10 best sellers. Tea Sip crafts all of its unique tea blends in-house at its Houston Heights location using only organic and wild harvested ingredients.


Façade, Houston’s premier makeup store, sells fine make up and skin care from such brands as By Terry, Kevyn Aucoin, Natura Bissē, and more.

1. Luxurious, velvet cosmetic bags are perfect for holding brushes, eye pencils, and makeup essentials. The larger bag will also fit an iPad, making it the ideal gift for the girl on the go.

2. By Terry’s Terribly Paris Palette features rose gold warm tones that complement every eye color. The shadows may be used dry or damp for an endless amount of possibilities.

3. Complete any holiday look with Kevyn Aucoin’s Molten Gem Lipgloss. Nourishing, long-lasting, and mistletoe-kiss approved.

4. Personalize a gift card in any amount for a Façade makeup service or product.

Brackish bow ties

Sustainably sourced bobwhite quail feathers are seamlessly layered and combined with a grey wrap for a special item worthy of the attention it will undoubtedly receive. All Brackish bow ties are handcrafted in Charleston, South Carolina, with every feather hand-selected by the artisans, making no two ties exactly alike.

Balcones Distilling

One of the most decorated craft distilleries in the world, Balcones makes its whiskey 100-percent grain-to-glass right here in Texas. The luscious flavors of their ingredients — from Golden Promise malted barley from Scotland to their roasted heirloom blue corn — are preserved in the whiskey, which ranges from single malt to rye to corn and scrub oak-smoked. This is the perfect gift for any Texan. 

Tom & Sheri's Iron in a Bottle

Problem: Ironing is the worst, and we all want to look and feel our best. Solution: Tom & Sheri's Iron in a Bottle, the natural gift for everyone on your holiday list. Iron in a Bottle is a wrinkle releasing spray for clothing that's quick, easy, and works like magic. Clothes are ready to wear before you could've plugged in an iron. Comes in three individual sizes and combo packs. Available online and at Houston retailer Saint Bernard.

Fairmont Austin Hotel spa package

Last minute gift-searching? Dreaming of escaping the holiday madness? Either way, Fairmont Austin has got you covered. Book one of its special Texas resident spa offers to receive a 30-minute upgrade to your treatment or $50 hotel credit. Gift to a loved one — or keep for yourself.

Sarah Stewart "Cammy" handbag

Handmade from artisans in the Balinese community, this envelope handbag has an inside zip pocket and magnetic closure, along with a detachable chain. Hand-printed textiles, silks, metals, grasses, and leather goods take center stage at Sarah Stewart, a lifestyle brand that is decorative, spirited, and has the perfect balance between modern luxe and boho.