It can be easy to get caught up in the urge to spend spend spend at mainstream stores during the holiday season. Everyone is offering sales, hitting the mall makes it easy to find something for everyone. Yet, it also lends a desperate and stressful air to your holiday shopping, not to mention leading to some generic (read: boring) finds. Houston has countless boutiques with unique and locally made items. If you missed the incredible popup shops a couple of weeks ago, here are a few places to get some unique, last minute items that will be sure to make your loved ones smile.
Tierra de los Artesanos.
Tlaquepaque market is a gem with a distinct Chicano vibe. For me, the standout shop in this East End market is Tierra de los Artesanos. These women have created a coop with Mexican artisans, to bring you beautiful, quality items at a fair price. Items include iconic embroidered cotton tops, colorful purses and smaller items, like jewelry and wallets. A word to the wise, most items are for the beautiful women in your life. However, don't just stop here, take your time and stop in Treats of Mexico for authentic Mexican sweets. Check out the wares at Artesanas Mexicanas. If you have more time, step in to Bohemeos for a coffee and live music.
There is at least one incredibly cool boutique in every neighborhood in the loop. Unfortunately, I couldn't feature them all but Montrose Shoppe is one of these. I wandered in here a few months back and could have spent another hour or two roaming around. The installations are sparse but you will be sure to find wardrobe staples for your favorite gal among the neutral-toned collection. Also available are scents for the home and body and some comfy seating.
When asked to describe this magical place, I cannot find any words more eloquent than a department store on crack. Kuhl Linscomb is a feast for the senses. It has everything from high-end toiletries, like European favorite Aesop, to home goods like textiles and ceramics, trendy furniture, beautiful kids items and everything in between. Here you will find something for everyone at a range of price tags. Take advantage of the valet. This time of year the ample parking is at a premium.
Hoping the end of your year is sweet and bright.