When we shop during the holiday season, it’s not just for everyone on our Christmas list. We like to sneak in a "gift" or two for ourselves. And we find the best goods at these local stores.
|CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: From fantastic furniture, like this side chair and accent table (dog not included), to gorgeous tabletop, Napa Home has all of our favorite things.
Whether you’re looking to score that perfect present for your hard-to-please friend or you just want to treat yourself (and don’t we all), these top local shops have the best goods in town.Accessories
If you’re into the layered jewelry look this season (and you should be), then pick up the phone and call divas Ashley and Deborah Montgomery. They travel to China and bring back tons of unique items
. This season they have literally thousands of vintage necklaces and chains in hot colors like cranberry and rust. They also have a great fur selection through February. By appointment only. 214-521-0036.
Carlyn Galerie. Mother and daughter Cindi Ray and Wendy Dunham have stocked their store with colorful pieces of blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, metal, and fiber from more than 350 craft artisans. Give a girlfriend a gorgeous piece of Patricia Locke jewelry in silver and Austrian crystal, or buy Mom some elegant blown-glass ornaments by Elias Studios. Preston Center, 6137 Luther Ln. 214-368-2828. www.carlyngalerie.com. 25X
M. Bountiful. Everything may be coming up roses at this chic flower shop, but it’s also a great place to score some jewels. Choose from one-of-a-kind necklaces, pendants, rings, bracelets, and earrings made from emeralds, rubies, garnets, and moonstone. Feel free to get creative. If you see a pair of chandelier earrings that need some tweaking, ask the staff and they’ll change them according to your specifications. 3010 N. Henderson Ave. 214-774-0591. 35V
Francesca’s Collections. There are thousands of necklaces in every color combination at this super-stocked boutique. Looking for a gold chain with a purple stone? Need a little something in sterling silver with red accents? You name it, Francesca’s has it. We gasped at the reasonably priced metallic purses and bought girly Mary Phillips cocktail napkins and notepads for party favors. 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 105. 214-370-3646. Multiple locations. 36J
Maribella’s. Chunky jewelry made of colorful natural stones sits in every corner of this teeny store packed with huge finds. Make an appointment with Stephanie V., who will work with you to make a custom vintage necklace or rosary. Splendid Gender silk scarves are timeless accessories, and Heidi woven caps are a stylish way to cut the winter chill. 3001 Knox St., Ste. 107A. 972-488-8720. 35V
Rebecca Collins. These bountiful baubles are classic pieces you’ll wear forever. Look for fabulous stone and mineral combinations and shimmering colors that will make your outfit complete. Plaza at Preston Center, 8319 Preston Center Plaza. 214-346-0221. 25X
Photo: Scott Womack
|GOING TO THE CHAPEL: Who doesn’t love a Cartier engagement ring? (Hint. Hint.)
Bachendorf’s. With more than 150 years and four generations of expertise, the Bock family and their associates can help you find gorgeous gifts for any occasion. Bachendorf’s exceptional designer jewelry includes treasures by Di Modolo, David Yurman, Gregg Ruth, Mikimoto, and Roberto Coin, as well as exotic watches by big names like Piaget, Rolex, Raymond Weil, and Cartier. Plaza at Preston Center, 8400 Preston Rd. 214-692-8400. Multiple locations. www.bachendorfs.com. 25X
Cartier. No brand of fine jewelry is as instantly recognizable as Cartier. Signature collections include Asian-inspired art deco pieces in onyx, rubies, and diamonds and dramatic animal jewels like the diamond panther charm. For a guaranteed "yes," show up with Cartier’s fancy yellow diamond starburst-cut engagement ring. (We won’t tell who sent you.) Galleria Dallas, 13350 N. Dallas Pkwy. 972-726-7670. www.cartier.com. 14R
DeBoulle. Denis and Karen Boulle’s chateau boutique houses some of the world’s most sought-after jewelry brands, such as Bvlgari, Charles Krypell, JB Star, Mariani, and Hollywood favorite Fred Leighton. The couple also created their own collection, and they work with clients to custom design diamond masterpieces. Twenty-two luxury timepiece collections are also featured here. 6821 Preston Rd. 214-522-2400. www.deboulle.com. 35B
|GIRL’S BEST FRIEND: DeBoulle specializes in stunning pieces like these Bvlgari drop earrings.
Eiseman Jewels. Every woman should have gold bangle bracelets with subtle diamonds by Gurhan, sapphire and moonstone finger candy by Rodney Rayner, and jaw-droppingly giant Asscher cut diamond rings from this extraordinary store. For the watch enthusiast, Eiseman has the new "it" watch: the Jaeger Master Minute Repeater Antoine Le Coultre, one of only 25 available in the country. 514 NorthPark Center. 214-369-6100. 26S
Forty Five Ten. We’re in love with bold ARA rings of gemstones in gold, fascinating vintage charm necklaces by Melissa Joy Manning, delicate Julie Baker gold foil earrings dripping with blue topaz and citrine, and monogrammable "guitar chip" charm necklaces by Suzanne Wilson. In fact, we want one of everything at this style-setting shop. 4510 McKinney Ave. 214-559-4510. 35V
Harry Winston. Renowned jeweler to the stars Harry Winston likes to do diamonds bigger, better, and flashier than everyone else. If you can’t find what you are looking for in the exquisite Dallas collection, they’ll fly in pieces from New York accompanied with their own security guard. To acquire your own sparklers, call for a private appointment with Rozalyn St. Pé Colombo. Address is disclosed if you call for an appointment. 214-315-4047. www.harry-winston.com.
Ice House. This low-key shop specializes in ready-to-wear or customized pieces in a multitude of mediums: diamonds, gemstones, platinum, gold, silver, titanium, and more. Modern-minded consumers find creative options in engagement rings and wedding bands for men and women. Watches and colorful art glass round out the selection. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 318. 214-219-2228. 35Y
Matthew Trent. Here you’ll find future family heirlooms. Matthew Trent’s exquisite creations, each handmade in his on-site studio in 18-carat gold or platinum, are truly pieces of art. Remember the day forever with a ring etched with a memorable date or message. Romantics swoon for stackable diamond Romeo rings. 2508 Maple Ave. 214-871-9170. 45F
|MAN AT WORK: Matthew Trent creates some of the most sought-after jewelry in town (below left).
Naomi at Tootsies. Dallas-based jewelry designer Naomi Pevsner’s diamond designs are coveted and collected by a growing number of fans worldwide. Her signature lines include the crown-jewel-themed Tiara Ring Collection and Huggie earrings with interchangeable dangle diamond charms—perfect for brides-to-be or any woman who wants to feel like a princess. Plaza at Preston Center, 8300 Preston Rd., Ste. 200. 214-696-9993. 25X
Neiman Marcus. Each location has its own mix of fine jewelry pieces and designers but can import anything you desire from other locations. Diamond lovers delight in Lee Siegelson’s masterpieces, from cushion-cut diamond rings with meticulous pavé settings to pavéd cuff links and studs. Neiman’s also offers important estate pieces, some with price tags in the millions. 1618 Main St. 214-741-6911. Multiple locations. www.neimanmarcus.com. 45K
Pampillonia Jewelers. Bob and Kathleen Pampillonia, sixth-generation jewelry experts, design stunning pieces that have adorned Dallas socialites for years. To everyone’s delight, they finally decided to open a storefront this year. Find hammered gold cuffs, pendants and pins, jeweled animals, colored diamond earrings, exquisite rings, and hard-to-find estate pieces. 640 N. Coit Rd., Ste. 2260, Richardson. 972-792-8100. 16B
Stanley Korshak. You’ll still find longtime favorite designers Loree Rodkin and Erica Courtney here, but don’t miss the handmade stack rings of gemstones and gold by Emily Armenta, one-of-a-kind jade and diamond pieces by Eclat, and giant organic rings by Lucifer Vir Honestus. Yossi Harrari is a bestseller, with its gold bangles and necklaces seen on nearly every A-list actress. It’s all beyond glam. 500 Crescent Ct., Ste. 100. 214-871-3625. www.stanleykorshak.com. 45F
Sue Gragg Precious Jewels. Whether you’re high fashion or rock ’n’ roll, Sue Gragg has your jewelry fantasy. Head-turning selections include many variations of diamond crosses, intricate coral-like diamond earrings, chic bracelets of carved gemstones, and stunning colored diamonds. She even designs diamonds for your hair. By appointment only. 214-630-1422. www.suegraggpreciousjewels.com.
Tiffany & Co. Every girl dreams of receiving a little blue box. This year fill it with treats as stunning as she is, such as dangling diamond earrings from the Jazz collection or a Tiffany Swing collection necklace that glamorously drapes diamonds down her back. 330 NorthPark Center. 214-378-9800; Galleria Dallas, 13350 N. Dallas Pkwy. 972-458-2800. www.tiffany.com. 26X, 14R
|DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS: Jade drop earrings, George Fouquet, circa 1925, from Siegelson are available only at Neiman Marcus NorthPark.
William Noble Rare Jewels. Famous for its magnificent engagement rings, the first-class design team at this legendary store can create anything you desire from their highest quality diamonds, pearls, and other gemstones. William Noble has sold some of the rarest and most valuable jewels in the world. They’ll also help you scour the globe for the perfect estate piece. 100 Highland Park Village, Ste. 370. 214-526-3890. www.williamnoble.com. 35K
Ylang-23. It may have a new name, but this divine destination still has the jewels of our dreams. On our Christmas list: Cathy Waterman stackable diamond and colored sapphire rings, Me & Ro gold hammered large hoop earrings, and Mizuki crescent moon necklace and bracelet in yellow gold. We promise we’ve been good. Galleria Dallas, 13350 N. Dallas Pkwy. 972-980-0819. www.ylang-23.com. 14R
Photos: Rings: Courtesy of Cartier; Earrings: Courtesy of DeBoulle; Trent: Elizabeth Lavin; Jade Earrings: Courtesy of Neiman Marcus
Gifts & Home Accents
Ambrosia Vintage Vogue. Funky jewelry, hard-to-find antiques, clothing, and baby booty pack the store’s shelves with old-world charm. Bee Bar body products, Tucci candles, La Maison du Parfumeur fragrance lamps, Bella Notte linens, and Petunia Pickle Bottom baby products are just a few of the whimsical items. Shops at Legacy, 5800 Legacy Dr., Plano. 972-473-0287. 556T
Bishop Street Market. The contemporary interior of this Oak Cliff store is the perfect backdrop for the cool stock. Owner Michael Harrity handpicks each greeting card, which he says are "a little bit twisted, without being too out there." Find Dallas-based candle guru Niven Morgan’s line, Phat Tran’s silk purses and pillows, and Thymes Limited lotions and fragrances. 419 N. Bishop Ave. 214-941-0907. 54C
|COOL CAT: Owner Michael Harrity presides over a carefully selected mix of home décor and gifts at Bishop Street Market.
Bonne Bouchee. Mother-and-daughter team Robin and Michelle Zazitkovsky make gift giving easy. Think Delectable Sweet Shoppe chocolates (in the most adorable holiday shapes) for the candy lover, Matt & Nat handbags for the accessory junky, and doggy collars with matching leashes for the pampered pooch. It’s also the best place to find stocking stuffers like Judy’s Toffee, Gund stuffed animals, and Bonne Bouchee sugar scrubs and lotions. 8411 Preston Rd., Ste. 120. 214-361-8580. 25X
Bryan Christian Home & Gift. We could almost smell the La Lumiere handmade jar candles as we walked into this store brimming with great gifts. We stocked up on Evolve votives, silk picture frames, eclectic trinket boxes, fashionable lamps, funky decorative pillows, and jewelry by Oak Cliff’s Carla-Marie Weir. 502 N. Bishop Ave. 214-943-1868. www.funkylittlemonkey.com. 54C
DL Lifestyle. David Lee, a self-proclaimed lamp freak, has some fab accents for brightening up your home. Choose from great illuminations made out of wood, glass, fabrics, and leather with Eastern influences and modern touches. His accent pillows are one-of-a-kind, and the coffee table books with architectural flair make divine conversation starters. 4514 Travis St., Ste. 125. 214-522-3220. www.dllifestyle.com. 35U
Forty Five Ten. Brian Bolke and Shelley Musselman’s boutique is known for avant-garde threads. But we can’t get enough of Kelly Hoppen linens, Diptyque candles, or Eskander bath and body products. That’s just skimming the gift and home décor surface. Gwyneth Paltrow, Erykah Badu, and Angie Harmon have dropped by to peruse the John Derian tabletop pieces, Juliska glasswear, and Red Flower candles and soaps. 4510 McKinney Ave. 214-559-4510. www.fortyfiveten.com. 35V
Iota. It has more of an art-gallery feel than a retail vibe. Owners Dan Dean and Mickey Miller have quite a following that comes for artful jewelry, glass, clay, and ceramics. We fell for Dripping Springs sculptor Mary Fischer’s clay pieces (look for her to break big on the national scene) and Philippa Roberts’ ornate silver and semiprecious stone accessories. 3107 Knox St. 214-522-2999. www.iotadallas.com. 35V
|ART OR BUST: Iota, well-known for its eclectic mix of artists and pieces, is a great resource for unique gifts.
Bettyann & Jimbo’s Junkadoodle. It’s like a flea market, but not really. That’s because owners Bettyann Nugent and James Henley keep the store really tidy and do all the handpicking for you. The eclectic selection includes shabby chic wicker chairs, iron garden pieces from Mexico, darling little candleholders, Votivo soaps and lotions, and vintage chandeliers. 4402 W. Lovers Ln. 214-350-5755. www.junkadoodle.com. 34 C
Knox Street Market. Owner Michelle Holley’s customers are so excited about her annual themed Christmas tree that they call her in the summer to find out what’s in store. In years past, the tree’s been dripping with desserts, mirrors, silver, and teapots (always antique). This year? Behold a tree o’ vases. Holley travels to England to pick up candles, antique furniture, frames, lamps, and needlepoint pillows. 3207 Knox St. 214-520-6262. 35R
Legacy Trading Co. Fabulous furniture finds include chaises, couches, bed frames, and wall hangings (coral is big), but we also hit Legacy for eclectic gifts. Sprinkled throughout the store are long-lasting Valuspa candles, Buddhas in all shapes and sizes, funky martini glasses, decorative throw pillows, jewelry, and dog gifts. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 104. 214-953-2222. www.legacytrading.com. 35Y
Madison. Kelly Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbon put together the most marvelous holiday table arrangements: hand-blown crystal stemware; Ercuis place-card holders; monogrammed linens; and Herend, Raynaud, and Royal Coopenhagen china. Perfect gifts for the holiday hostess include Karen Callan leather goods, Slatkin candles, and cashmere throws. 45A Highland Park Village. 214-528-8118. www.kkmadison.com. 35K
|POSH PLATES: Every elegant hostess should have china from Madison.
Mark & Larry’s Stuff. Brace yourself for sensory overload when you enter Mark-Brian Sonna and Larry Groseclose’s Deep Ellum store. Choose from more than 3,000 unique items—everything from gorgeous Blenko glass vases, Bass frames, and Tokyo Bay watches, to sleek stainless bottle stoppers and an ultra-hip mini cocktail shaker. 2932 Main St., Ste. 101. 214-747-8833. www.stuffstore.biz. 45M
Meadows Museum Shop. You might just learn something while you browse the goods here. Not surprisingly, the shop is stocked with Spanish-influenced books about cooking, wine, architecture, and lifestyle. For that special jet-setting someone on your list, pick up passport holders, travel bags, change purses, and lightweight wallets. 5900 Bishop Blvd. @ SMU campus. 214-768-1695. www.meadowsmuseumdallas.org. 35H
The Muse. Holiday decorating shopping has never been easier. Tons of handcrafted Christmas cards and oil paintings with holiday motifs share space with countless ornaments and adorable stockings. Owner Julia Murray suggests taking home a delicate wooden music box from northern Italy to wrap up and put under the tree. 6725 Snider Plaza. 214-739-6011. 35H
Napa Home. We couldn’t help but notice the sleek storefront with juicy green accents when it opened down the street from our office. We peered in to see what we could find: Art of Zen candles, Agraria milled soaps, O olive oils and vinegars, and Waterl’eau soaps and lotions are just a few of our favorite things. Don’t even get us started on the gorgeous tabletop lines from Erquis, Rhubarb, and Marc Blackwell. 4012 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-520-4880. www.napahometx.com. 35T
Nasher Store. This museum store strives to be more of a shopping destination than just a place you browse after perusing the latest exhibit. And they’ve got the stuff to back it up: we spied Schleeh Design wood vases made of gorgeous birch and Birdseye maple. If anything, drop by for sterling silver pieces by Santa Fe jewelry maven Summers Randolph. 2001 Flora St. 214-242-5110. 45K
Needless Necessities. Don Hatfield and Sam Stidham—former New Yorkers with great taste—recently opened this new Henderson Avenue must-stop shop. Vera Bradley’s quilted luggage, bags, and accessories reign supreme among Cucina kitchen products, Roche jewelry, and baby Puzzle Rockers. 2926 N. Henderson Ave. 214-824-0700. 35V
The Nest. Explore this wonderland of gifts that houses treasures such as beaded crosses and Diane Markin picture frames. Turn the corner and you’ll stumble upon Jill Schwartz brooches and bracelets. Then check out David Marsh’s colorful wooden furniture. 6731 Snider Plaza. 214-373-4444. www.shopthenest.com. 35H
Nuvo. Just in time for the gift-giving season, Nuvo is going to be the first store in the States to carry Acme’s full line of pens, card cases, watches, and cuff links. The line is designed by architects, interior designers, and artists, which means every item is eye-catching. Agraria potpourri, Saundra Messinger’s sterling silver jewelry, and endless greeting cards and china items make this our favorite Cedar Springs stop (well, besides Hunky’s). 3900 Cedar Springs Rd. 214-522-6886. 35W
Oak Cliff Mercantile. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure at this joint full of fabulous remnants. Entry doors, claw-foot tubs, and pedestal sinks are squashed between oversize planters, lighting fixtures, and stained-glass windows. Owners Henry Branstetter and Tom McCoy get the call from demolition companies and scour the soon-to-be destroyed building for restorable delights. 330A W. Davis St. 214-948-8080. www.oakcliffmercantile.com. 54C
|NICE KNOB: Everything old is new again at Oak Cliff Mercantile.
The Ole Moon. Owner Rudi Riffkind’s primary focus is the American Arts and Crafts movement. That’s why tons of her artists are featured in the White House Collection. Check out the ceramic shadow boxes with poetry and designs scripted inside; Tom Edward’s hand-painted bowls, plates, and mugs; and Ayala Bar’s ethnic and earthy jewelry. 3016 Greenville Ave. 214-827-9921. 36P
Patina Bleu. We always ogle over Greg Barker’s Louisiana-style antique store. He comes up with the most creative ways to refurbish old wares: doors become coffee tables, and dusty old lighting fixtures are transformed into shiny chandeliers. We go for the mosaic tables and Southern charm. 835 W. Seventh St. 214-941-1131. www.patinableu.com. 54B
The SampleHouse & CandleShop. It’s hard to believe this cute and cluttered gift haven was once a teeny consignment store in Uptown (before it was the Uptown) in 1950. Now it’s a Dallas mainstay for Aromatique candles, Thymes lavender hand soap, and India Handicraft glass votive holders. 4252 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-599-0335. Multiple locations. www.samplehousecandleshop.com. 35T
|SIR CHIC: DL Lifestyle’s David Lee keeps his Knox Street neighbors decorated in style.
Speranza Design Gallery. Internationally known lines from Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Alessandro Mendini, and Marcel Wanders are just a few of the innovative, fun, and functional modern finds here. Hug salt and pepper shakers by Alberto Mantilla, a Ghost vase by Jon Rusell, or Frank Lloyd Wright’s Biltmore roller ball pen would make a great fit for your contemporary-minded friend. Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Ste. A217, Plano. 469-366-0101. www.speranzaonline.com. 655R
St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange. HP soccer moms love to peruse the classy gift items, such as decorative frames in earthy colors by Epoch Arts, embroidered linens, stationary, inspirational items like hand-painted crosses and prayer books, Michael Arom serving pieces, and bath and body products. The best part? Proceeds of the shop benefit more than 50 organizations. 5 Highland Park Village. 214-521-3862. 35K
Suzanne Roberts. MacKenzie-Childs fanatics, this is your heaven on earth: the shelves are full of the adorable ceramic tableware. If Mom already has every plate, bowl, and platter, pop in for a Jay Strongwater frame, Lady Primrose fragrances and lotions, or Waterford stemware.
6718 Snider Plaza. 214-369-8336. www.suzannerobertsgifts.com. 35H
Tango Zango. This is where the earth-friendly flock to purchase their environmentally safe gifts. Organic cotton linens, blankets, and towels; furniture sculpted of bamboo; tables made from teakwood (not trees); and natural soy candles, soaps, and lotions for you, baby, and pets are just some of the treasures. 125 Preston Royal NE. 214-890-0202. www.tangozango.com. 25F
Talulah Belle. Make this your go-to spot for fun and girly gifts for that special bride-to-be. Look for newlywed cookbooks, flower girl trinkets, and t-shirts stating BTB status. Those who like to spoil themselves delight in Lizzie Tish jewelry and Morenatom’s funky Brazilian shoe line. 2011 Abrams Rd. 214-821-1927. www.talulahbelle.com. 36Z
Tiecoon. So you think you’ve got a dad who has everything? This 1,274-square-foot playhouse will prove you wrong. Dapper gents appreciate the large collection of vintage cuff links (owner Danna Sesler scours the earth for one-of-a-kind finds), golf fanatics go gaga over the leather tee and ball marker holders, and fly boys can’t live without vintage airplane ashtrays from the ’30s. Oh, and there are ties here, too. Plaza at Preston Center, 4015 Villanova St. 214-369-8437. www.thetiecoon.com. 25X
Unmistakably Molly. If you usually drive by this Snider Plaza haunt, put the car in park. The store, run by mother and daughter Molly Barns and Dianna Rogers, is oh-so-cute. My Company skin care products are hydrating, creamy, and smell fresh. (Plus, they are made right here in Dallas.) Swaddle your newborn in plush Barefoot Dreams baby blankets, and spoil your college-bound kiddo with monogrammed Jon Hart Luggage. 6619 Snider Plaza. 214-696-8686. www.mollymolly.com. 35H
|BABY LOVE: Swaddle your babe in something super-soft from Unmistakably Molly.
Vintage Rose. We dig the easygoing vibe in this store stocked with Victorian items like shabby chic pieces, romantic cottage furnishings, hand-printed furniture by Nicole, Crabtree & Evelyn bath products, and Sophia Fragrance lamps. The romantic feel ensures our return. Shops at Legacy, 5800 Legacy Dr., Ste. C2A, Plano. 972-403-3334. www.vintageroseshoppe.com. 556T
Photos: Iota, Bishop Street and Baby: Elizabeth Lavin; China and Knob: Abel Sanchez; DL Lifestyle: Danny Piassick
Kitchen & Tabletop
Copper Lamp. Owner Helen Buchanan’s store is home to hundreds of high-dollar silver pieces, china, flatware, and crystal. That’s why posh brides come here to register for their big day. Even if you aren’t headed down the aisle, you’ll flip for ornate silver water pitchers, classic sterling silver tea sets, and gorgeous goblets. 208 Preston Royal Shopping Center. 214-369-5166. www.copperlamp.com. 25F
Culinary Connection. Calling all Food Network fanatics. You’ll adore Gloveables, Playtex gloves adorned with ribbon and fabric; custom-made rolling pins with colorful stripes, patterns, and polka dots; and ceramic pizza and sandwich plates shaped like pizza and sandwiches, respectively. Every grill master must have a personalized brander. Shops at Legacy, 5700 Legacy Dr., Ste. A3, Plano. 972-398-9009. 556T
Dave’s Place. People come from all over town for the magnificent selection of Fiestaware in eye-popping hues. Dave’s also offers potpourri, porcelain dolls, decorative paintings, vintage teapot sets, and Allan Design whimsical clocks. 408 N. Bishop Ave., Ste. 102. 214-948-0779. 54C
Dishes from the Past. This store is a great resource for replacing a piece of china, but it’s also the perfect place to create a unique mix-and-match set for those who don’t like matchy-matchy. Choose from tons of discontinued pieces from thousands of brands, as well as new china from Raynaud, Spode, Bernardaud, and Niderville. 3701 Lovell Ave., Fort Worth. 817-737-6390. www.dishesfromthepast.com. 75M
The Ivy House. You want to buy really expensive china from someone who has been around awhile. Laura May’s fine china, crystal, and silver store has been around since 1971 and offers well-known lines such as Royal Copenhagen, Mottahedeh, Anna Weatherley, Bernardaud, Herend, and Royal Crown Derby. Also find a vast array of American and French silver brands. 6925 Snider Plaza. 214-369-2411. www.theivyhouse.com. 35D
Another Time & Place. This is our go-to spot for something funky from Turkey, Thailand, and beyond. Kuchi tribe jewelry rounds out your favorite Boho outfit. Tons of Indian sari fabric wrap skirts hang on the racks next to woven textiles, silks, and cottons from Vietnam and Thailand. Silk lanterns and gnome piggy banks are cute as pie. 2815 N. Henderson Ave. 214-824-1875. Multiple locations. www.anothertimeandplace.com. 35V
Big Mango Trading Co. Jaime and Lori Smith travel to Thailand, Bali, and Java four times a year and bring back oodles of Eastern goodies. This winter, look for decorative Christmas trees cut from glass, hammered copper bowls and tabletop pieces, and funky gold and silver Buddhas. 1130 N. Industrial Blvd. 214-752-4755. www.bigmangotrading.com. 44M
Bombay Sari Palace. Bow down to the mecca of Indian fabrics. This place is chock full of textiles in rich colors and patterns, perfect for holiday place mats. We know one gal who uses these lovely silks for curtains. 113 S. Central Expwy. @ Belt Line Rd., Richardson. 972-437-2465. 17E
Casa Mexicana. If you’re looking to spice up your Christmas décor with something from south of the border, look no further than this shop specializing in folk art, fine art, and decorative pieces from Mexico. Choose from cute nativity scenes, Puebla Christmas trees, and gold and silver Three Wise Men figurines. Also find Capula pottery, mask arts, pottery, tinwork, and Oaxacan woodcarvings. 2710 Live Oak St. 214-747-7227. www.casamexicanafolkart.com. 45M
Flavors from Afar. Scan the aisles of gourmet foods (pestos, sauces, olive oils, wasabi, Asian sauces, and Italian balsamic vinaigrettes), ceramic tabletop and serving pieces, and cooking tools. Then pick your favorites and wrap them up in a gift basket. Want someone else to do the work for you? Choose from ready-made Italian-themed baskets. 6705 Snider Plaza. 214-696-2327. www.flavorsfromafar.com. 35H
Juarez Imports. Talavera pottery, imported from a small town in Mexico that specializes in the art, comes in yummy colors, numerous shapes and sizes, and stunning designs. They’re fabulous filled with flowers or greenery or used alone as decorative pieces. International Market Place @
Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl Expwy. 214-939-2517. www.dallasfarmersmarket.org. 45Q
La Mariposa Imports. Don’t even think about throwing a fiesta without stopping by Ray Grawunder’s Mexican haven. The Talavera dinner plates and Mexican glass set make serving up fajitas and margaritas stylish. Kids love the piñatas, straw squiggles, sombreros, and maracas. 2813 N. Henderson Ave. 214-826-0069. www.lamariposaimports.com. 35V
Obzeet. Look to this restaurant/tropical bar/shop for Indian imports that range from headboards and armoires to old doors and dining tables. Italian glazed pottery in funky colors and indoor or outdoor teakwood bistro sets round out the eclectic selection. 19020 Preston Rd. 972-867-6126. www.obzeet.com. 5C
Pan African Connection. Here you’ll find great deals on men’s and women’s clothing in fabulous fabrics and vibrant colors. The walls are lined with authentic ethnic masks, and the store is packed with African jewelry, paintings, fabrics, and books. Cool classes include African drum and dance and African martial arts. 612 E. Jefferson Blvd. 214-943-8262. www.panafricanconnection.com. 55A
Side Streets. A stroll through Side Streets is like a stroll down the cobblestone streets of Italy lined with shops stocked with breathtaking ceramics. So cancel that flight to Florence and put your money toward these Italian finds, including dishes, tiles, apothecary jars, and oils and vinegars. British gift cards and French cotton napkins add more international flair. 3109 Monticello Ave. 214-522-0025. www.sidestreets.net. 35R
Taste of Europe Russian Island. We don’t have the room to name all 7,000 types of Russian gifts found at this Arlington outpost, but here’s a sample: nesting dolls, jewelry, lacquer boxes, medal collectibles, infantry badges, hockey sweaters, flags, banners, and posters. If you can’t find it here, you’ll have to go to Russia. 1901 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington. 817-275-5530. www.tasteofeuropetx.com. 82X
Tajmahal Imports. We can spend hours walking down the aisles, browsing all the Indian spices. Once you’ve selected, say, curry, prepare your favorite dish in a piece from the extensive collection of cookware. British cookies and jams are perfect for dessert. Richardson Heights Village, 100 S. Central Expwy., Richardson. 972-644-1329. 17A
Wooden Spoon. Housed in the oldest home in Plano—it dates back to 1867—this shop has the largest selection of Scandinavian stuff around. The foods are endless: flatbreads, fruit and berry preserves, coffees, canned vegetables, cheeses, candy, and fish can always be found. Toys, table linens, candles, coffee mugs, and cookbooks make great gifts. 1617 Avenue K, Plano. 972-424-6867. www.woodenspoon.ws. 659S
World Service UK. Listen up, blokes. This all-things-English shop may sit on Lower Greenville, but it’s cool enough for Notting Hill. Hugh and Julia would feel at home surrounded by the London Times, jam, teas, chocolates, biscuits, Weetabix, and clotted cream. 1923 Greenville Ave. 214-827-8886. www.worldservice-uk.com. 36X
Garden & Outdoors
Into the Garden. Trendy gardeners go crazy over statues, fountains, bird feeders, chimes, outdoor furniture, citronella candles, and glass hurricanes. Decorate your tree from top to bottom with the wide array of nature-inspired ornaments, and add spirit to your yard with metal Santas and snowmen. 4527 McKinney Ave. 214-351-5125. 35V
Jacksons Home & Garden. It’s a winter wonderland of ornaments, garland, wreaths, decorative Santas, and rosemary topiaries. Need a planter for those holiday flowers? Choose from terra cotta, bronze, marble, concrete, Greek, poly resin, or glazed ceramic. No man can resist the grill room. 6950 Lemmon Ave. 214-350-9200. www.jacksonshomeandgarden.com. 34G
Nicholson-Hardie. This time of year is synonymous with poinsettias. Here they can cover our favorite holiday flowers in gold glitter or spray them with red and green polka dots. Take the kids to the nursery down the street to pick up a fresh Christmas tree. Garden center: 5725 W. Lovers Ln. 214-357-4348. Nursery: 5060 W. Lovers Ln. 214-357-4674. www.nicholson-hardie.com. 35A, 34D
North Haven Gardens. The experts at North Haven can put together a season-appropriate gift basket that includes plants, gardening tools, and decorative accessories in fun themes like Kitchen Herb, Hummingbird Garden, and Perennials. Herbs and plants survive the winter frost when you bring them indoors and put them in strawberry jars; miniature metal, tin, or terra cotta containers; or large decorative pots. 7700 Northaven Rd. 214-363-5316. www.nhg.com. 26A
Redenta’s Garden. This is a haven for the gardener looking for all things organic: supplies, education and tips, hundreds of plants, and landscaping materials. Check out the Redenta’s 50, a line of unique plants that Redenta’s grows and you can’t find anywhere else. Pick up a newsletter or handout on subjects ranging from lawn care and garlic to bulbs and rose gardens. 2001 Skillman St. 214-823-9421. Multiple locations. www.redentas.com. 36Y
Ruibal’s. This place is famous for the stunning topiaries that come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. Add flair to a patio or place one on the dining room table as an earthy centerpiece. Here you’ll also find bedding plants, tropicals, pansies, mums, and perennial hibiscus. Dallas Farmers Market, 601 S. Pearl Expwy. 214-744-9100. www.dallasfarmersmarket.org. 45Q; 5016 Miller Ave. 214-824-7277. 35V
Cat Connection. Your kitty can sip pretty with precious zebra-print Coco bowls by Cats Rule. This cat kingdom has more than just toys, treats, collars, beds, and litter items for Felix. Owners enjoy cool stuff like coffee table books, photo frames, and mugs. 14233 Inwood Rd. 972-386-6369. www.thecatconnection.com. 14G
Dog Specialties. Fido can wait for Santa’s arrival in a plush, super-soft bed available in an array of colors with contrasting piping (to ensure that it will complement your living room décor). The dog bowls shaped like crowns are fit for animal royalty, as are collars, carriers, and chic pup apparel. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 400. 214-219-5555. www.dogspecialties.com. 35Y
Foxy Paws. You’ve seen the Hollywood social set (ahem, Paris and Nicole) dressing their pets like queens. Foxy Paws is on top of the trend with tiaras made of colorful rhinestones in pink, black, and blue. The store will be the exclusive carrier of dog beds and shirts by Ed Hardy of Von Dutch fame. Store Princess’ stash in a darling mini doggy armoire. NorthPark Center, 8080 N. Central Expwy. 214-378-6739. Galleria Dallas, 13350 N. Dallas Pkwy. 972-490-1819. www.foxypaws.com. 26X, 14R
Perky Poodle. Sunday will never be the same with Mad Dog Design’s Sunday be the same with Mad Dog Design’s Sunday best hats for pooches. (The Sophia has tons of bling and comes with its own little black hat box.) This pet paradise also stocks the adorable and useful Gooby clothing line, including a backpack that doubles as a harness. Pick up tons of Industrial Dog Planet toys made out of recycled materials. 2706 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-526-3243. 35W
Tails of the City. If your pug gets the chills in cold weather, wrap her in a luxurious—and reversible—cashmere sweater. Or perhaps she would prefer a designer embroidered coat in bold colors. When you’re dining on pecan pie this holiday, toss your furry friend a gourmet dog biscuit (available in fun holiday shapes) so she won’t feel left out. 6819 Snider Plaza. 214-750-7602. 35D
Zack & Zoe’s. Your pooch can be one of the Pink Ladies this year with a precious pink mini motorcycle jacket. If your pups are a tad more debonair, then dress them up in a tux or cocktail dress for a cocktail party. Owners can enjoy decorative pillows with different breeds pictured or bone-shaped leather frames. 4402 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville. 817-849-1140. www.zackandzoes.com. 39Q
Where to go for super soaps and luscious lotions.
Apothecurious (2928 N. Henderson Ave. 214-515-9299; www.apothecurious.com) looks fresh with its avocado green exterior. And it is. Try the Multi-Vitamin Rose Day Cream or the Pink Grapefruit Cuticle Oil. Dougherty’s Pharmacy (515 Preston Royal Village. 214-363-4318) may seem an odd choice for this category, but a sample of a Claire Burke potion will change your mind. Regimens in the West Village (3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 102. 214-520-9740; www.regimens.com) is man’s best friend: Fire Insurance After Shave, Mission Control Hair Guck, and Morning After Rescue Gel. Body Logic (11613 N. Central Expwy., Ste. 117. 214-378-6100; www.ebodylogic.com) is all about stress relief. Interesting products include Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath and a “Massage does everyone a world of good” bumper sticker. In addition to its dermatological line, the Mood Spa (2723 McKinney Ave. 214-303-1223) carries the Yonka line from Paris, which includes Elastine Jour anti-aging formula. Another local spa, Renee Rouleau (4025 Preston Rd., Ste. 606, Plano. 972-378-6655; www.reneerouleau.com) carries its own line of products, including Calming Chamomile Cleanser and an amazing Tea Tree Blemish Lotion. You can’t walk into Susan’s Soaps (972-452-8965; www.susansoaps.com), but you can order by phone or online. Owner Susan Svec makes her products, including a yummy Rosemary Mint Body Butter and Orange Vanilla Salt Glow.
Find invitations, greeting cards, and gifts at these sweet shops.
Soothing music serenades you as you walk into The Muse in Snider Plaza (6725 Snider Plaza. 214-739-6011), a quaint bookstore full of seasonal fun, including delicate ceramic animals and the antithesis of mass-produced greeting cards, Mary Goad’s Puff Notes. Needle in a Haystack (6911 Preston Rd. 214-528-2850) can cover any party theme, from a fish fry to wine and cheese. The store has an extensive selection of Crane stationary and also carries Luscious Verde, Julie Holcomb, and unique-yet-classic Cid Pear. Mockingbird Station’s Paperie & Co. (5331 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 170. 214-821-8811; www.paperieandco.com) carries a multitude of themed invitations, as well as Amalfi paper, handmade from a 14th-century paper mill in Italy, and fun cards from the Lu-Lu Collection and Maggie Lindley Designs. If you want the best pen around, head to PenWright (5330 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 112. 214-350-7814; www.penwright.com). Bexley, Cross, Montblanc, Retro 51, Waterman—PenWright has it all, as well as great gifts like a Reed & Barton mahogany pen box. Paper Arts (118 N. Peak St. 214-828-9494) is more than just paper. The store, formerly Paper Routes on Exposition Avenue, also features paper art, such as that of Allen Shaffer, who creates hats and shoes out of paper. Write Selection (314 Preston Royal Village. 214-750-0531; www.writeselectiononline.com) features classics like Crane and William Arthur and is the exclusive local dealer of Pendragon Ink invitations.
No bed is complete without a set of sheets from one of these retailers.
Bliss Linens at the Shops at Legacy (5760 Legacy Dr., Ste. B2, Plano. 469-467-0953) is every scent, smell, and feel you want for your bedroom and bath. Tear yourself away from Legina silk towels to feel the Talia 600-thread-count sheets. Bliss also creates custom iron beds. Linen Gallery (7001 Preston Rd., Ste. 100. 214-522-6700; www.linengallery.com) carries a nice selection of Yves Delorme, Ann Gish, and Cocoon products. In addition to the mainstays, one can find unique pieces like animal pillows by Chelsea Textiles. Let’s start with the smallest consumer at Peacock Alley (4311 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 150. 214-520-6736; www.peacockalley.com). The store’s Enchantment Toile baby bedding is exquisite. Move to the Duet or Honeymoon sets if you have someone a bit older in mind. In addition to its own products, the store carries Vera Bradley designs. And don’t forget Peacock Alley outlet shop (2050 Postal Way. 214-689-3755). Wrap yourself in some luxurious organic and eco-safe linens from Anna Sova (126 Glass St. 214-742-7682). These sheets, towels, comforters, pillowcases, draperies, and paints make nice with Mother Earth. Rose Tree (3201 Knox St. 214-520-6400; www.rose-tree.com) asks the question: art or linens? What started out as Lydia Rose manufacturing tailored placements has, indeed, become local art. If you’re feeling a bit flashy-yet-tasteful, check out the Arden and Coronado bedding.
These Dallas companies are making some serious scents.
Er’go candles are fragrant, clean-burning, and 100 percent soy wax candles so pure they can be consumed (though we wouldn’t recommend it). Choose from Monkey Grass, Cranberry Spice, and Zen. ($20-$25/Cebolla or www.ergocandle.com) The founder of Er’go has branched out with a new line of candles bearing his name: Jimmy Belasco Lifestyle. We love Oriental Musk and Tuscan Sun, and you can customize the packaging. ($22-$24/Bishop Street Market, Nuvo, or www.jimmybelasco.com) Formerly known as Avocado Tree, Apothecurious in West Village peddles all-natural, garden-fresh blends homemade by Cory Clark. Seasonal Candy Cane makes a great stocking stuffer. ($8-$15/Apothecurious or www.apothecurious.com) From 7-Up to Aged Merlot to Ylang Ylang, Make Scents’ Gary Stone can turn just about anything (Tide detergent!) into a candle. ($7-$17/ www.makescents2us.com) Niven Morgan counts Britney Spears among his fans (she burned his candles at her wedding), and we think he’s aces, too. Winter Fig is our favorite holiday scent, but we can’t live without those tried-and-true Gold, Silver, and Blue lines. ($10-$120/Stanley Korshak or www.nivenmorgan.com) Reagan Nikelson, founder of Luminary Candles, has a nose for scents: his family has been in the fragrance business for 20 years. His soy-blended wax candles are conveniently packaged in bright contemporary boxes. ($19-$28/Nicholson-Hardie or www.luminary-candles.com)
something’s gotta give
Great gifts for every person at every price.
Kate Spade luggage tags ($45/Kate Spade, NorthPark)
Jack Spade travel wallet ($110/Nordstrom)
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Hermes wallet and ticket holder ($500/Hermes, Highland Park Village)
Pink Pinache whimsical necklaces ($30-$50/My Secret Closet)
Two Blonde Lizzards semiprecious necklaces ($130-$350/Elements)
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Ionescu precious stone necklaces ($3,000-$50,000/Stanley Korshak)
AIWF Farmers Market cooking class ($25 each/214-653-8088)
Viking Essential Cooking 12-class cooking series ($389/214-526-3942)
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Chef Johannes Pot lessons plus dinner for 10 ($1,000/214-505-6104)
Benu Spa Sugar & Spice Pedicure ($50/Benu Spa)
Westin “Breath of Spirit” five hours at the spa ($395/Westin Face & Body Spa)
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Greenhouse Spa Package for a week ($4,775*special price/The Greenhouse)
The Dapper Man
Billy Reid vintage cuff links ($35-$65/Billy Reid)
Q-Shirtmakers stylish selection of cuff links ($100-$350/Q-Shirtmakers)
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Pockets Menswear vintage cuff link collection ($800-$3,500/Pockets Menswear)
Z Gallerie plush Palomar and Paragon throws ($50/Z Gallerie)
Banana Republic cashmere ($298/Banana Republic)
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Leontine Linens 1920s-style blanket set handmade quilts ($600-$4,500/800-876-4799)