It has all the makings of a holiday horror story. You fully intend to spend Thanksgiving alone in your apartment with a big old box of Franzia and a Dr. Who marathon. Then, a gracious friend or co-worker invites you to spend the upcoming turkey-tastic holiday with her and saves you from an evening of drunken Netflixing.

When the big day comes don’t show up with a bottle of Kroger’s finest $5.99 wine. Grab something fantastic from one of these local shops and show them why you deserve a seat at the adult’s table. 

Houston Wine Merchant + Ph Design Shop
To upgrade your wine game, visit the pros at Houston Wine Merchant. They'll find you an under-$20 bottle that blows the doors off of anything you’d grab at the grocery store. After snagging the perfect pour, swing by Ph Design Shop for some beautiful wine tags or some festive ribbon and a sweet card. 

Paper Source + Sprinkles
Yes I know cupcakes are so 2011, but they are still delicious. Visit the purveyor of tiny decorated desserts for a dozen cupcakes, then head next door to Paper Source and grab a book on how to make the sweet stuff for oneself. Bonus points for scoring some Downton Abby tea to pair with your tasty treats.

Revival Market + Kuhl Linscomb
Pick up a gift certificate to Revival Market, one of the city’s best grocery stores, and treat your host to his choice of items: house-made sauces, Fluff Bake Bar desserts, or even expertly-aged charcuterie. Package it up with a cook book from the Texas section of Kuhl-Linscomb’s gorgeous Shop One, located at 2424 West Alabama.

Good stuff from Revival Market (via Revival Market's Facebook page).

 

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