The Tinderbox.

The holidays bring joy, good tidings, and multiple gift exchanges with all you know. With all the delightful options waiting for you at local shops, you have no excuse for waltzing in with a Target gift card or some cheap bubble bath from CVS. Grab something handmade for the people on your list.

Here are three easy-to-love gifts from three of the best artisanal shops in town.

Toiletry bag, $34; The Tinderbox

Durable (and Adorable) Bags
Personalization is a straight ticket to best-gift-ever-land. These striking bags by W. Durable Goods can be monogramed (via a leather brand) at The Tinderbox while you wait. 

Assorted T-shirts, $32; Hello Lucky

Hand-Screened, Cleverly Designed T-Shirts
In a world of cheap, mass-produced “uniqueness,” it’s refreshing to see the always winning assortment of smart designs offered at Hello Lucky. Many are hand-screened by owner Teresa O’Connor, including the mega cool “Texas-ness” armadillo and the bestselling “It’s ok to heart Houston” varieties. 

Assorted colors, $40; Sparrow and The Nest

Beautifully Braided Scarves
Our climate is made for these warm-but-adaptable (read: not too bulky!) scarves made by Erin Rodgers, available at Sparrow and The Nest. Colors that blend impeccably and a Fourth Doctor-length make these superior to your average pashmina.

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