WHERE TO SHOP NOW
Where to shop in Houston right now: 20 must-hit spots for December
As savvy shoppers here know, fab finds in Houston are endless. Add in festive holiday décor coupled with the urgency of scoring the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift, and December's shopping experience is amplified — in the best way possible.
Head to River Oaks District, Rice Village, or The Galleria for the highest concentration of window-shopping fun, or relax with a coffee at an artisan market where handcrafted jewelry, leather goods, and art take center stage.
In time for the season, we've rounded up some top December shopping options — luxe, local, and more — that are sure to impress and entertain this season.
Shopping in Round Top isn't just limited to twice per year. Throughout December, the quaint Texas town and legendary vintage shopping mecca is the ideal holiday destination for those seeking retail therapy or antiquers searching for those one-of-a-kind finds. Round Top will host family-friendly programming for the first three weekends in December, making it a perfect holiday getaway for shoppers and families.
Famed luxury multi-brand beauty retailer Cos Bar recently opened its second Texas flagship location in the posh River Oaks District (next to Van Cleef & Arpels). Known for delivering a one-of-a-kind customer experience, the brand carries luxury skincare and makeup offerings from the world's most prestigious collections. Brands include La Mer, Sisley, Tom Ford, Westman Atelier, Cle de Peau, Augustinus Bader, Chantecaille, Charlotte Tilbury, Creed, Maison Francis Kurkdiian, and many more.
Houstonians Larry Leonard and Sukaina Rajani (of Macaron by Patisse fame) recently launched a line of athleisure apparel called DBS (Don't be Scared). Featuring workout wear for both men and women, DBS is made of premium materials in vibrant colors. The line consists of cropped t-shirts, bra tops, bike shorts, and leggings for women and t-shirts and lined shorts for men. DBS is available for purchase online.
Shop until you drop in Dominique Sachse's closet. The former news anchor and current YouTube star will be selling a curated collection of over 200 pieces of her clothing at madmeg on Friday, December 2, from noon to 6 pm. Sizes will range from XS to medium, and the event will have a "designer" section. Sachse will be on hand to sign copies of her book Life Makeover: Embrace the Bold, beautiful, and Blessed You. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Women's Home.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Uptown Park’s Elizabeth Anthony. The luxury boutique will be hosting a Gems & Jewels event December 1 to 17 featuring fine jewelry collections from brands including Cadar, Talkative, Goshwara, Moksh, Silvia Furmanovich, and La Molina. Elizabeth Anthony will also be offering a gift card with purchase promotion ensuring good things really do come in small packages.
Customers can shop local for four consecutive weekends in December during the Christmas season at Discovery Green's open-air market, Flea by Night. Local artisans will showcase their vintage, handmade, recycled, repurposed, and local goods making it easy to find holiday gifts. In addition to shopping, visitors can enjoy noshing on bites from food trucks, listening to great live music from Houston bands or ice skating at the Green Mountain Energy Ice Rink.
This holiday season, shoppers have an ultra-rare opportunity to bolster their art collections with art from emerging and notable artists at the famed gallery Gremillion & Co. Fine Art. The art gallery is hosting its first and final sale after over forty years of business, beginning on December 3. (Read our full story here.) The sale is anticipated to run for one month and will feature approximately 500 pieces at price points ranging from $200 to $200,000.
Cross everyone off the Christmas list at Iris Gifts & Decor in The Shops at Memorial. The boutique offers customers an array of luxury and bespoke items for the home, gifts for men, women, and children, paper goods, drink and barware. Founded by Houstonian Sarah Connor, the store features many beloved Texas brands, including Paty, Kate Weiser Chocolate, and Texas Standard. Other notable brands include Two's Company, Zodax, Meri Meri, Lele Sadoughi, Lafco, Beekman 1802, Smathers & Branson, Jojo Maman Bébé, Pink Chicken, Tender Leaf Toys, Jan Barboglio, Hot Sox, and many more.
Four Seasons Houston's Krigler boutique has introduced its limited-edition Aquarelle Candle Collection, perfect for warming those cool winter nights. These large (56-ounce) scented soy candles come in hand-blown colored glass, are infused with an 18-percent Krigler perfume base, and boast a burn time of 120 hours. The collection includes Aquarelle Blue: America One 31 — a surprising mix of energizing neroli and spicy black pepper; Aquarelle Brown: Sierra Vista 2142 - a warm, woody ode to the US Southwest; Aquarelle Mint: Good Fir 11 — a crisp, mossy mix that conjures snow-capped mountains; and Aquarelle Pink: Lovely Patchouli 55 Classic — a cozy, sensual scent made for chilly nights.
Beauty maven Mari Metzler just dropped her Holiday Lip Sets. Each beautifully boxed set contains travel-sized glosses in her best-selling hues from the Pink About It, It's Nude to Me and Born "Red"y lines. Makeup by Mari's lip glosses are super pigmented for long wear and contain antioxidant Vitamin E for hydration. The holiday sets are available at her store, Trellis Spa or online.
Swiss chocolatier Läderach, best known for their iconic FrischSchoggi (large slabs of fresh chocolate bark), launched their 2022 winter holiday collection inspired by the theme of gift giving. At the Galleria outpost, shoppers can find delectable treats for gifting and snacking, including everything from advent calendars and festive boxes of fresh Swiss pralines to the brand's beloved chocolate reindeer Finn.
Bundle up in the chicest way possible with Lafayette 148's recently debuted Aspen 148 collection. Located in The Galleria, the luxury collection is inspired by the Aspen slopestyle of the '60s and '70s. Aspen 148 luxuriously reinterprets classic alpine ski details and a cozy, rocky mountain sensibility with a modern New York aesthetic. There is no need for a lift ticket to wear the collection perfect for looking après ski-ready with sweaters and plush, shearling coats to technical puffers and Fair Isle everything.
Argentinian brand Las Sureñas, known for their size-inclusive and slow fashion pieces, will host a pop-up at Teressa Foglia in River Oaks District. The designers will be on hand for the two-day event on December 14 and 15 from 11 am to 7 pm.
Luxury gift boutique Léránt, located across the street from the Galleria, is re-opening just in time for Christmas shopping. Léránt is known for its holiday merchandise, high-end tableware and complimentary gift wrapping. The boutique is offering 20-percent-off storewide on Wednesday, December 14, and will be open seven days per week leading up to Christmas.
Find the perfect gifts for any foodie at Rice Village's Local Foods Market. Choose from a hand-selected seasonally-evolving collection of red, white, and sparkling wines. Shop for locally made holiday gifts, including Pop Soap Astros candles, Blood Bros BBQ sauce, Cochinita & Co., Kin by Evelyn Garcia, Chilaquiles, Mama Vanns Jerky, Inanuts, Zwita Harissa and Tatemada.
With a full line of Astros-related apparel and accessories, including the just-dropped Johnnie O Astros World Series Collection, Paris Texas Apparel Co. is the place to find a gift for the ultimate Astros fan. Also, check out the new commemorative book on the World Series Champion's 2022 season.
Find luxury gifts for every discerning pet at the newly opened PUCCI Café & Pet Boutique at Cinco Ranch. The high-end Pet Boutique offers one-of-a-kind pieces ranging from dog collar bling to twill outfits and festive treats. Read more about the chic pet boutique here.
Stephen Dwek, best known for his engraved precious metal, and intricately hand-carved and faceted gemstones, recently launched his latest collection at Neiman Marcus in The Galleria. Jewelry lovers will be delighted with the designer's newest gold pieces debuting just in time for the holidays.
Shop from more than 100 vendors at the second annual Urban Harvest Winter Festival on December 10, from 8 am to noon. Local farmers, ranchers and artisans will showcase their goods, making it easy and convenient to support local small businesses. Enjoy prepared and hot food vendors, photos with Santa and complimentary cooking decorating.
Discover the most dazzling gifts in designer jewelry & luxury timepieces at Zadok Jewelers' holiday trunk show series. View extended collections and visit with brand representatives from Dinh Van, J.B. Star, Mikimoto, Pasquale Bruni, Pomellato, Roberto Coin, and Phillips House throughout December.