It’s a holiday tradition, whether you partake with your friends, family, or coworkers, to participate in the age-old gift swap commonly referred to as White Elephant (or, if you’re a fan of The Office, just imagine Michael Scott proclaiming “Yankee swap!” to his underlings). Each party member is tasked with bringing a wrapped, unmarked present of a certain price to the event, where guests then choose at random (or steal!) the gift they want to bring home when all is said and done.

This process allows for a variety of strategies when selecting and purchasing the item you'll contribute. Some participants go the humorous route while others prefer a more practical approach. No matter which you prefer, with a belly full of holiday treats, it’s natural to want to do your gift shopping from the comfort of your own couch. Good news: We can still support local vendors while avoiding Houston holiday traffic. There are more than enough Texas-based shops peddling their swappable gifts on Etsy, and here are a few of our faves.

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