We've officially reached the part of the season where if you haven't completed any tasks on your holiday cheer to-do list—congratulations. They aren't going to get done. Lights you meant to string up, cards you planned to hand-address after taking a calligraphy class, cookies you were going to bake for assorted teachers, mailmen and coworkers? Nope, not happening. You'll try harder in 2016.
Buying presents, on the other hand, will not simply fall off your to-do list just because you procrastinate. You've got one more weekend before Christmas arrives, so use it well. By that we mean hit up local stores that offer a little bit of everything so you can find something genuinely special for every man, woman and child on your list. If you're still stumped after perusing these shops, throw some cash in an envelope and call it a day.
This is the place to go for anyone who likes to camp, grill, entertain, travel, tinker, etc. The extensive collection of go-to items, like Michael Aram frames, Juliska vases and gourmet foods, are also perfect for those people for whom you need to get a gift but don't really know where to begin.
6102 Westheimer Rd. and 3900 Bissonnet Dr.
Predominately a home goods store, Biscuit is known for designing their own line of printed bedding. This is also a prime gift hot spot, with plenty of pillows, blankets, coffee table books that cover both designers and the Houston rap scene, Mexican embroidered shirts from Mi Golondrina, drinking accessories, scented objects and pretty things that look nice on tables and shelves, plus a large children's section.
1435 Westheimer Rd.
Walk in the front door of this cute neighborhood shop and you'll see some jewelry, a few furnishings and a selection of elegant china and other tabletop goods—all nice, but maybe not what you need to wrap up. Never fear. Head upstairs to the attic for cool textiles and into the auxiliary space on the far side of the courtyard for toys, pet gear and plenty of presents to please the guys in your life. Stop by on Thursday and you'll also have a chance to shop from pop-ups by jewelry brand Ila & I and home decor line Driftwood Kings, with makeovers from Shyn Salon and illustrations by Rongrong Devoe.
2303 South Blvd.
This place has everything: fancy candles, modern home accessories, jewelry, upscale beauty products, toys, gourmet food and kitchen items, pet products, coffee table books—and that's just in the main building (which is probably the best spot in the sprawling store for gifts, so don't feel like you've got to scope out every corner). Its size can be a bit intimidating for indecisive types, but the variety is perfect for grabbing different presents for multiple recipients.
2424 W. Alabama St.
It goes without saying that any store that offers a gift registry is probably going to be a great source for, you know, gifts. Such is the case with Leránt, which is particularly special if you're looking for someone who loves to cook, drink, entertain, decorate or nest—which should cover a lot of people on your list.
5000 Westheimer Rd. #114
In the Woodlands, there's no place to find something elegant, yet approachable, like this gift shop in Market Street. Among the draws are diffusers by Antica Farmacista and Nest, vessels from Jan Barboglio and Simon Pearce, beauty products by Jack Black and Lady Primrose, Virgins, Saints and Angels jewelry and Barefoot Dreams robes.
9595 Six Pines Dr. #680
This little bungalow near the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy is still flying under the radar in Houston, for reasons that are anathema to us, because it's great. The selection is edited but still varied enough to give you plenty of options, and it's the perfect place to shop for your friends that have an elevated taste level (or as Drake would say, "Oh they fancy, huh?") Cookbooks, minimalist jewelry, paper goods, sleepwear, apothecary, candles and chic basics are the order of the day here.
1723 Westheimer Rd.
Nothing makes a better gift than an accessory, and that's essentially everything at this high-end Rice Village boutique. Grab a wool blanket from Scandinavia, chic sunglasses, cool clutches, gauzy scarves, or something to dress up the kitchen table or the library—there are no bad ideas here.
5217 Kelvin Dr.
This shop is stocked with goods from independent craftsmen and makers, most of them from Houston/Texas. Among the highly giftable offerings: graphic tees, coffee mugs, artisanal soap, quirky jewelry galore, tons of stuff for babies and small kids (the owners have two of their own for inspiration), illustration and photography art prints, coasters, small ceramics... And the list goes on.
1706 Westheimer Rd.