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The Ultimate Dallas Holiday Gift Guide

2017

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It should not surprise you that our city is home to some of the state’s most beautiful shops, talented creators, and innovative brands. You’ll find game-changing active wear, sought-after sweets, and non-toxic toys for tots. If you know where to look, you can get everyone on your Christmas list something that has roots right here in Dallas. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered 66 gift-worthy options that embody the best of the city where you live. Give with some local pride this year.

Modern+Soul’s Nude Lizard Slide

The side hustle of two Park Cities moms, Modern+Soul sold 200 pairs of their affordable, Moroccan-made flats in just two months. The best part: they’re totally kid-proof. $150

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Miron Crosby Margretta Boots

Two Texas sisters combined their fashionable backgrounds with a deep love of cowboy boots. The result is as stunning as the Highland Park Village shop that houses their classic wares. $2,750

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Dorothy Shain for CITY Boots Silk Scarf

This collaboration between two SMU grads offers a subtle nod to the Texas landscape, and a chic accessory for every day. $150

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Orvis Women’s Misty-Morning Western Flannel Shirt

Brave chilly mornings on the river or for any outdoor adventure in our soft and cozy Western brushed-flannel shirt for women, shaped with flattering princess seams. Easy-care, eco-friendly fabric has a warm, wooly feel, is anti-static, and dries quickly. Sizes XS – XL. $89

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Madison McKinley Ryan Bracelet

Inspired by ranch life in Wyoming, Madison McKinley’s eponymous brand mixes vintage elements with modern designs to create handcrafted pieces that stand out on a shelf. $65

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Draper James Dallas Enamel Pin

Dallas may not be the original site of Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle boutique (of course it was going to be Nashville), but we’re please as punch that she chose Highland Park Village for Draper James’ sister store, creating plenty of Texas-centric gear along the way. $15

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Mi Golondrina La Romantica Top

Inspired by her Mexican heritage, Cristina Lynch’s colorful, classic, and comfortable designs solve the perpetual problem of what to wear. $295

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Milk + Sass Macaron Brush in Rose Petal

The French pastry-inspired hair tool made waves among innovators at the CosmoProf beauty event this summer, offering a mirror and detangling brush (which totally works, by the way) in one pretty little package. $12.99

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Ora et Labora Labø Walking Lab Tote Squared

Crafted by emerging and independent designers in Italy, Argentina, and the U.S., Dallas-based Ora et Labora is a minimalist’s dream. $285

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Thirteen.02 Women’s Watches

Sisters-in-law Asma Heerji and Rozmin Ladha consulted with vendors around the world to create the unicorn of women’s watches. Each is named after a Dallas destination (West Village, Lovers Lane, etc.) and offers a high-quality design at an affordable price. $71.96

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High Point Supply Co.’s Abera Crossbody Tote in Black + Cognac

From clean water to anti-trafficking, every product from this Dallas company benefits a cause. This leather tote provides training and job opportunities to the women in Ethiopia and Mexico who handcraft it. $178

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Akola Project Moonstone Necklace for Neiman Marcus

For a decade now, SMU grad Brittany Merrill’s nonprofit jewelry company has changed lives for the Ugandan and Dallas women it employs. $350

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GAIA Empowered Women LaLa Roundie

Paula Minnis’ collection translates “goddess of earth” and features vintage materials or textiles handwoven by refugees rebuilding their lives in Dallas. $158

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Camel and Black Sabah from Sabah House

Mickey Ashmore sells his modern take on Aladdin slippers out of a charming shop on a quiet Uptown street, offering old-world Turkish craftsmanship in a variety of colors for men and women. $195

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Garrett Leight’s Limited Edition Don’t Mess the Texas Sun Frames

When SoCal designer Garrett Leight decided to expand to Texas, Dallas was the top destination. To celebrate his new light show of a store on Knox Street, he created these limited edition frames. $395

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Lilco Letterpress ‘Never Touch a Man’s Hat’ Print

Lily Smith-Kirkley’s West Dallas design print studio’s charming and totally unpretentious products would be irrefutably cool even without their limited edition nature. $25

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Mason Jar Label

Get that special someone this special tee! Our shirts are super soft, with a vintage look and feel. They’re like that favorite shirt you’ve had for years, it just feels so good. Get 10% off this or any design with coupon code: DMAG1 Price Variable
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Jack Black Grab & Go Traveler Set

From the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room to practically every men’s department you’ve ever seen, this locally-based company has distinguished itself with luxe products that really work. $45

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Mizzen+Main Bennett in Navy Glen Plaid

Founded by SMU grad Kevin Lavelle, Mizzen+Main’s moisture-wicking button downs have found fans in athletes such as J.J. Watt and Drew Brees. $125

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Boulevard East Barrel Bag in Hunter Green

Almost all of Boulevard East’s leather goods are made in a small garage in the Knox-Henderson area, and proudly stamped with the phrase “Made in Dallas.” $650

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Texas Standard Casual Friday Kit

Husband and wife duo Drew and Christine Bagot capture the essence of Texas with their collection of stylish, good ol’ boy staples. So of course you need a koozie from them. $114.50

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BREDA Watch in Zapf

Since 2009, brother-sister founders Amir and Shabeena Meghani have been creating striking, minimalist watch designs out of Deep Ellum. The super affordable price tags just sweeten the deal. $80

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Orvis Big Sky Leather Vest

Supple goat leather softens the rugged Western demeanor of this men’s vintage-style vest. Antiqued brass front buttons and adjustable back buckle. Vintage washed for a soft patina. Sizes M – XXL. $275

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ROKA Men’s Ultralight Run Pack Jacket

With a tech-savvy headquarters in the Design District — complete with 3D printers and a slew of machines that test how the clothing will fit — rapidly growing ROKA continues to disrupt the sports gear world for casual triathletes and Olympians alike. $175

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Marciante and Company’s The Bowe in Black Suede

The Dallas leather company got their Kickstarter funded within hours this summer, offering designer-quality boots at an affordable price. $185

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The War Buffalo by Warstick

Before Warstic, owned by the eclectic crew of founders Ben Jenkins, Detroit Tiger Ian Kinsler, and idiosyncratic rocker Jack White, opens its Deep Ellum headquarters in early 2018, score a hand-crafted custom bat that you’ll be able to use in building’s batting cage. $143

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Lauren Williams Art Print “Modern Haze”

Lauren Williams couldn’t bring herself to hang another gallery wall, so she made modern, dip-dyed fiber art instead. After a massive social media response, she turned her Instagram success into her business. from $90

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Rob Wilson’s ‘Karl’ Print

Remember when Chanel held that fashion show in Fair Park? Local artist Rob Wilson remembers, and commemorated the event with a cowboy Karl Lagerfeld in his signature bold, graphic design. $200

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Orvis It’s Not Drinking Alone Glasses

Happy hour is doggone fun with these comical stemless novelty glasses. Set of four stemless wine glasses, pint beer glasses or double old-fashioned glasses. Dishwasher safe. Add a touch of humor to your cocktail hour! $59

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Texas Wildflowers Throw Pillow

This fall, Rifle Paper Co. teamed up with Dallas-based Loloi to create this limited edition throw pillow, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to hurricane relief efforts. $59

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Bell’Invito Desk Calendar

Leave it to Heather Wiese-Alexander’s luxe stationery company to produce the swankiest desk calendar. $145

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Kufri Life Natural Runner in Cusco Stripe

Every fabric found in Mili Suleman’s Dallas-based company is handloom-woven in India (her native home) by men and women working in village co-ops. $180

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Gray Malin ‘Howdy’ Print

This whimsical piece by Dallas-born Malin received Reese Witherspoon’s stamp of approval when she chose it for her Highland Park Village boutique, Draper James. $199-$2,499

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John Derian’s Texas Star Ferris Wheel Tray

New York-based designer John Derian collaborated with Todd Oldham’s Kid Made Modern on this Texas-inspired tray, found exclusively at Forty Five Ten. $50

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Fountain pen from The Nasher Gift Shop

Newly reimagined bye retail veteran Donald Fowler, The Nasher’s museum shop is a wealth of gift ideas, but you can never go wrong with a good fountain pen. $65

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Baccarat Butterfly from Neiman Marcus

Sure, nobody needs a Baccarat butterfly, but the tiny table topper (a perfect representation for Neiman Marcus) can add a little levity to any interior design. $140

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Set & Co. Carving Set

Carried at Oak Cliff’s picture-perfect Set & Co., this British-made carving set is a cut above the rest. (Sorry.) $215

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Pulp Design Studio’s Kismet Collection Gemini Coaster Set

This fall, the Dallas design studio’s Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry launched their first home goods collection, Kismet Lounge, including tea towels, coasters, and throws. $48

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Akola Project Cuerno Horn Vase

Non-profit Akola Project partnered with Dallas-based Wisteria to launch their first collection of home goods last year, donating all proceeds to Akola Project’s mission to empower women. $49

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Salt Shop Handmade’s Linen Holdall Pouch

The Etsy shop owned by mother/daughter duo Sally Eaves and Cary Ray is stocked with lovely linens and ceramic bowls that prove there’s beauty in simplicity. $24

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Cheese Grotto from Set & Co.

For the friend that selflessly hosts all your wine and cheese nights, this handsome, handmade Grotto will seriously up their game, and extend the life of your beloved brie.  $375

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The Citizenry’s Adia Planter

Handcrafted by artisans around the world, every piece from Dallas-based The Citizenry makes a thoughtful gift (and in this case, an excellent succulent holder). $185

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Starling Project x Madison McKinley Collab

Dallas entrepreneurs Madison McKinley and Sterling McDavid joined forces on this collab, which helps provide solar energy to under-resourced communities.

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Pulp Design Studio’s Kismet Collection’s Eye of Ra Reversible Throw Blanket

Another pick from Pulp’s new Kismet Lounge collection, this cotton throw is  adorned with the Egyptian Eye of Ra, a symbol of feminine power. $225

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Loved and Found’s Unwind Box

Founder Liz Vidrine, a former textile designer for Nasty Gal and Martha Stewart, perfects the art of the gift box with a presentation is as gratifying as the goods inside. $138

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Pink Pedi’s Bath Bombs

The sweet-smelling handmade bath bombs and sugar scrubs may be our favorite thing about the toxin-free Oak Cliff nail salon. Thankfully, Pink Pedi launched an all-natural product line called Purpose, so we can bring the goodness home.

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BAM Beauty Bar

Named by D Magazine as the “prettiest place in Dallas to get pretty” BAM beauty bar is the ultimate in luxury blowouts ($45) and makeup ($35) services. This holiday they have some fantastic packages including their BAM mug with blowout ($55) and the best selling luxury lip lacquers in a mini 3 set WITH a blowout gift card for just $85. These are limited edition sets so get your Gift of Gorgeous today!

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Barry’s Boot Camp “Dallas Originals” Package

The HIIT class that started it all is finally coming to Texas. Get the most out of the new West Village studio (opening this December) with the “Dallas Originals” package, which includes twelve VIP guest passes a year, grandfather rates on membership, and a VIP invite to all launch parties. $1,360

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Stranded Dry Shampoo

This year, Dallas’ Lauren Scruggs Kennedy created excellent dry shampoo was created with all shades in mind, offering unique formulas for blondes, brunettes, and redheads that are free of dyes, sulfates, and parabens. $26

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Gift Card to Joanna Czech

Give the gift of a glowy complexion courtesy of celebrity facialist Joanna Czech, whose stunning Victory Park spa is worth a visit even without a treatment.

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Peacock Alley Waffle Bath Robe

Peacock Alley has some of the softest sheets in the game, so it stands to reason that a robe from the Dallas-based company would be the ultimate, 100 percent cotton indulgence. $135

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A Set & Co. Gift Box

The coolest kitchen store in Oak Cliff (or anywhere) can pull together a gift box filled with pantry goods, bath essentials, and more items suited for a post-holiday pampering sesh.

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Hard Night Good Morning’s L22 Elixir

Real Housewives of Dallas viewers know the journey it took to for D’Andra Simmons to bring this luxe product to market. Plus, it has snow algae, and who doesn’t want to try snow algae? $90

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Scardello Cheese Club

Imagine a world where artisan cheeses just show up at your door on a monthly basis. That’s the kind of world we want to live in. 3-12 months, $135 – $540
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Inbox of Herbs by Gardenuity

Even the blackest of thumbs can grow their own herbs thanks to Donna Letier’s fresh idea. Think of her company as the Blue Apron of the gardening world. $32
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Pasta from Julian Barsotti’s Carbone’s

If you’re going to give someone the gift of pasta this year, do it with squid ink tagliolini or organic farro from one of Dallas’ best Italian restaurants.

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Eighteen Ninety’s House Blend

Twenty years ago, Buddy Emerson whipped together a seasoning so addicting, the demand for it led to three Texas markets. Stop by the Deep Ellum outpost to snag some goodness to go. $10.99

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Bird Jam from Bird Bakery

Everything tastes amazing in Highland Park Village’s Bird Bakery, owned by Elizabeth Chambers Hammer (wife to Call Me By Your Name actor Armie), but the perfectly packaged jam is particularly giftable. $10

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Kessler Pie Co. 4-Pack

Fact: pies are hard to travel with. Thankfully, the Oak Cliff shop created jarred versions of their beloved baked good to make it easy on us. $18

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44 Farms Texas Gift Box

For years, your best chance of finding the steaks of Central Texas’ 44 Farms was by visiting some of Dallas’ finest restaurants. Now, you can order their immaculately marbled ribeyes and strips and cook them on your own grill. You can even buy their jerky, coffee, pecans, and seasonings. Be sure to add a Texas Pack to your order of bone-in USDA Choice steaks. $60
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Kate Weiser’s Carl the Snowman

It’s weirdly satisfying to watch a snowman sacrifice himself in the name of a perfect hot chocolate. $25

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We the Birds Holiday Gift Box

Give the gift of gluten- and guilt-free desserts, courtesy of the stylish sisters behind We the Birds. The handcrafted, holiday-themed confections come in flavors like Chocolate Pecan Pie and Cranberry Port. $20 – $36

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Chef Tasting Menu at Bistro 31 for 4

Highland Park Village is offering a holiday feast for four at the popular restaurant, complete with a chef tasting menu and wine pairing. $750

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GoBone

The “smartbone” (which landed a spot on this year’s “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list) allows owners to schedule automated playtime with their dog, or interact remotely using the GoBone app. $199

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Little Goodall Rainbow Coat

Getting your little one to sport outerwear will be a breeze with this whimsical rainbow coat, found at Nasiba Andilova’s The Tot in Highland Park Village. $200 

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iFly Dallas

Blow other gift cards away – literally! Give the gift of flight this holiday season with an iFLY Indoor Skydiving gift card. Amazing fun for ages 3-103 – just lean in to float on a smooth cushion of air in our indoor vertical wind tunnel. The thrill of a lifetime, every time! Price Variable
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The Tot’s Avocado Knit Rattle by Estella

Another pick from The Tot, the 100 percent cotton exterior of this Peruvian-made rattle is the safest way to introduce your young one to the concept of avocado toast. $18

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Texas Dress by Kid Made Modern for Forty Five Ten

Nineties-style star Todd Oldham created the limited-edition “Texas Dress” exclusively for Forty Five Ten. $280

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The Little Mermaid at the Nasher Sculpture Center

After you visit Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkin-filled infinity room at the Dallas Museum of Art, drop by the well-edited kids’ section next door at The Nasher’s gift shop for a Kusama-illustrated version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic. $45

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Small Buttermilk Babies Bundle

Admittedly, this gift is more for the mother, but an infant will still sartorially benefit from Buttermilk Babies’ genuinely hip swaddles. $75

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Pixie Lily Sailor Short Set from Jojo Mommy

Your little one may not remember the time they wore an adorable sailor suit from Kari Kloewer’s Jojo Mommy for pictures at White Rock Lake, but you’ll never forget. $82

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GAIA’s Dina

GAIA’s made-in-Dallas, repurposed textile accessory is suited for the littlest cat lovers. $48

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Bee Things Limited Edition Pineapple Print

Bee Things’ colorful, funky screened art prints come courtesy of husband-and-wife duo Shay Ometz and Jeff Barfoot, and just so happen to look amazing in a nursery. $40

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Kid Made Modern Ukulele Craft Kit

In Martin Scoresese’s 2011 documentary on George Harrison, Tom Petty revealed that the former Beatle instructed him to always keep a ukulele on hand. It’s never too early to learn this lesson. $29.99

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  • Mrs. Lansdowne

    For pity’s sake!