by MeredithDeliso - 379 Reviews - 13 List
Every year come December, you're hit with the same dilemma--holiday gift giving. Whether it's your significant other, family member, or that random Secret Santa at work, it's never easy to find that perfect present. But you're not alone: These top Houston shops can point you in the direction of unique finds you'll love, too. In fact, it'll be hard not to pick something up for yourself. (Photo: Flickr user metaphoricalplatypus.com)
Updated: November 13, 2011
If you're thinking about getting the guy in your life some literature, forget Amazon and the chains and head to this tiny Montrose shop to unearth an off-the-beaten-path book. Search among the shop's collectible books, as well as its periodicals, DVDs, kitschy T-shirts and art pieces.
Give the guy who rocks a trendy urban look something to add to his daily rotation. This men's clothing boutique in Montrose features a select collection of designer pieces, from blazers to leather sneakers to oxford button-downs. A perfect fit is guaranteed with complimentary basic tailoring for store purchases.
Please a music lover with a gift from this two-story Midtown shop, stacked with records, signature tiki mugs, concert posters and vintage clothing and books. Don't leave without checking out Charlie Hardwick's psychedelic screen prints, exclusively sold here.
If the woman in your life has a big personality, head to this funky Heights boutique. Choose from among the non-cheesy T-shirts (including ones that show some Houston love), clothes from local rockabilly line Tupelo Grease Co., fun, re-purposed jewelry, vintage bags and housewares including cutting boards, soaps and hand-printed pillows.
You can never go wrong with jewelry, and this Montrose shop stocks unique, handmade pieces. It specializes in silver, and you'll also find some turquoise, gold and pearl in its selection of well-crafted earrings, bracelets, broaches, necklaces, rings and crosses.
This charming Heights boutique carries popular kid brands such as Land of Nod and Melissa and Doug, as well as a fun selection of clothes, though mostly for girls. Once you find something you like, the store will wrap it beautifully--for free!
There's nothing like good old fashioned arts and crafts, and you can find kits for children of all ages at this well-stocked Montrose art supply store. You can shop by age, skill level or favorite activity. For the older kids, we recommend the screen printing kit for some DIY fun.