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A Dallas Holiday Gift Guide 2020

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While the holiday season looks different this year, the spirit of gifting remains the same. Whether you’re shopping for a spouse, sibling, or sister-in-law, we have you covered with thoughtful finds. The best part: each product hails from a local small business or a Texas-based brand. These are gifts you can feel good about.

Hiatus Saturday Pastime Body Butter

Hiatus, a beloved Dallas day spa, recently launched its own product line of scrubs, oils, lotions, and more. This body butter has a light, calming scent of lavender, bergamot, and chamomile. It’s perfect for an at-home spa day.

$29 AT HIATUS

Living the Signs: Astrology for Radiant Embodiment by Britten LaRue

Need a gift for a free-spirited bohemian in your life? Britten LaRue, a Dallas native and former contributor to D Magazine‘s horoscope series, recently published a series of workbooks that guide each astrological sign through self-reflection and journaling exercises. 

PRICES VARY AT BRITTENLARUE.COM

Fly Barbershop Pomade

This Texas-made pomade has a light aroma of sandalwood and vanilla and provides a stay-all-day hold.

$18 AT DLM SUPPLY

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads

This is a holy grail product for skincare lovers. Brittany Ricketts and Rylie Bland, founders of House of Preservation med spa, both swear by these gentle yet effective peel pads that offer an instant glow.

$88 AT HOUSE OF PRESERVATION

The Mini League

This gift set from Fitish is an ideal way to try out the Dallas beauty brand’s CBD-infused products.

$39 AT FITISH

Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase

Silk pillowcases are a cult favorite for beauty bloggers, estheticians, and more. They’re said to protect your hair and skin to prevent frizz, breakouts, and fine lines.

$85 AT THE COS BAR

Essential Shock Intense Set

The U.S. headquarters for celeb-approved skincare brand Natura Bissé are in Dallas. This set celebrates the brand’s first-ever collection, Essential Shock, which is formulated to revitalize and lift the skin.

$128 AT BLUEMERCURY

Hand Salve

Revive dry winter skin with this all-natural hand salve from The Bohemian Shepherdess. It’s powered by pure Texas beeswax and botanicals grown on the company’s farm in Venus, Texas.

$24 AT THE BOHEMIAN SHEPHERDESS

Brass Peace Colander

While “colander” doesn’t exactly say ooh, luxury, this one from Magic Hour is the prettiest dang one we’ve ever seen. Ideal for the home chef who swoons over brass accents and well-strained cavatelli.

$145 AT MAGIC HOUR

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Mozart Chocolate Cream

Made with Belgian chocolate & fresh cream – this fine blend makes Mozart Chocolate Cream Liqueur a unique Austrian specialty. Enjoyed neat, in coffee, or in a variety of cocktails.

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American Tacos: A History and Guide

If you want to sound like the second-smartest authority on tacos, get this book from the first-smartest: José Ralat. He’s a Dallasite, a taco-phile, and Texas Monthly‘s resident taco editor.

$27 AT UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS

Live Edge Cutting Board

When you want kitchenware that does double duty—functional yet beautiful—this cedar cutting board fits the bill. The live edge gives it a rustic feel, while the dark and lighter striations make you want to lean it against tiled backsplash rather than hide it in the cupboards.

$95 AT MAGIC HOUR

Hand Made Cookbook

Cooking at home just got a lot more fun. Hand Made is split into seasons, so they can nail that perfect dish, all year long.

ORDER NOW FOR $19.95

Smithey 12-Inch Farmhouse Skillet

Charleston blacksmith Robert Thomas originally partnered with Smithey Ironware Company to produce a limited run of hand-forged carbon-steel pans modeled after 18th-century designs. The pan proved so popular that it became a permanent line.

$215 AT ETTIENE MARKET

Rage Baking

When Katherine Alford and Kathy Gunst published their cookbook-slash-political manifesto in February, they were in need of a dough-punching outlet. They had no idea how much kneading this nation would ultimately require. Contributors include Ruth Reichl, Dorie Greenspan, and Carla Hall. Photos are by Dallas’ own Jerrelle Guy.

$23 AT THE WILD DETECTIVES

Ooni Pizza Oven

This portable oven gives you restaurant-quality pizzas at home. It heats up to over 900 degrees and cooks pizzas in a minute flat. You can choose wood-, gas-, or charcoal-fired, depending on your preference.

$330 AT ACE HARDWARE OF RICHARDSON

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Osadía Tequila

Salud to the season! Celebrate the holidays with Osadía Tequila. Carefully crafted by master distillers using time-tested techniques, Osadía is a small-batch, 100% blue agave tequila from Jalisco, Mexico. Finally – a tequila you deserve.

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Gem Crystal Martini Glasses

For a personalized touch, add a bottle of rye whiskey from Fort Worth’s Blackland Distillery to accompany these eye-catching glasses.

$32/SET AT HARKENSBACK

TASCHEN’s Food & Drink Infographics: A Visual Guide to Culinary Pleasures

Full of intriguing graphics and cool charts, this coffee table book is perfect for the foodie-slash-aesthete in your life.

$80 AT NEIGHBORHOOD GOODS

Boho Soul Set

This set of three nontoxic terra cotta wall hangings will add an earthy texture to any space. Each piece is made-to-order by local artist Diandra Rosales.

$60+ AT COTTACASA

Farah Spa Towels

These textured Egyptian cotton towels are practical luxuries that can be enjoyed on the daily.

$60+ AT THE CITIZENRY

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Noelle Luxe Double Orchid Permanent Botanical

IBB Design Fine Furnishings’ first orchid design and best seller named after the French botanist Noel Barnard, who discovered the orchid in 1889. The Luxe version is adorned with Moroccan quartz and stands almost 2 feet tall! Available in a silver or gold pot with white or fuchsia orchids. Each arrangement is handmade; natural elements may vary. 10″x 6″x 23″.

BUY IT NOW

Subscription to D Magazine

With a year’s subscription to D Magazine, they’ll stay up-to-date on the unforgettable people, places, and stories shaping our city month by month

12 ISSUES FOR $19.95

D Magazine Puzzle

Relive the biggest moments in Dallas history with this limited-edition, 1,000-piece puzzle.

ORDER NOW FOR $49.95

USB Candle Lighter

A fun accompaniment to a holiday-scented candle.

$30 IN-STORE AT BLUE PRINT

Dallas Toile Folded Notecard Set

Katie Kime’s toiles pay homage to Dallas landmarks. The chic patterns are available on notecards, fabrics, and everything in between.

$28 AT KATIE KIME

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Magnolia 11 oz Christmas Candle Bundle

Get both Magnolia Christmas Candle scents for less when you bundle them! Featuring Joanna’s favorite long-lasting, soy-wax blend, the 11-ounce candles make the perfect gift or are ideal for any shelf, side table, or office.

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Flower Delivery Subscription

Mars Hill Farm offers sustainable employment opportunities to refugees in the Dallas area. This subscription offers the best of their blooms in the form of a hand-cut bouquet, delivered monthly, weekly, or as often as you choose. Preorder for 2021 delivery; the season runs from March to October.

$55 AT MARS HILL FARM

Botanical Coasters

These pretty coasters are made by hand using real pressed flowers, resin, and gold leaf.

$12+ AT PITA’S PLANTERS

Bright Side Bear

Brad Oldham, the local artist behind the Traveling Man robot sculptures in Deep Ellum, created these bronze-cast tabletop pieces as a way to give back this holiday season. $150 from each purchase will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

$395 AT BRAD OLDHAM SCULPTURE

Rhupa Throw

This wool throw blanket will instantly elevate your lounge space with its undone, organic feel. Plus, it’s thick enough to withstand chilly winter nights.

$350 AT ORA ET LABORA

Twist Candle

This eclectic curved candle will brighten up any bookshelf.

$50 AT BEATNIK FINE GOODS

Chocolate For The People Gift Box

You know what’s better than a bar of chocolate? A whole box full of it. The Bishop Arts chocolatier includes all of its staples–truffles, spreads, potions, and bars–so you can be the hero this holiday.

$65 AT DUDE, SWEET CHOCOLATE

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Mozart White Chocolate

Made with aromatic vanilla, delicious caramel, fresh cream, and white chocolate. The perfect ingredient for a White Chocolate Martini.

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Wagyu Tomahawk 2-Pack

Earlier this year, John Sayklay and his son, Jake, launched their web-based Bone-In Butcher Shop. Meat is cut to order and delivered fresh in North Texas or shipped frozen nationwide.

$218 AT BONE-IN BUTCHER SHOP

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Oak & Eden Bourbon & Vine

Crafted in collaboration with Marker Cellars Winery in the Texas hills, the six-time gold medalist, Bourbon & Vine is back for its third seasonal release. Beginning with Oak & Eden’s four-time gold-medal-winning Bourbon whiskey and finished with a Cabernet Sauvignon-steeped French Oak spire, Bourbon & Vine is an experience like none other.

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Larder Goods

Give the gift of peak summer when you buy a jar of pickled-smoked-spicy summer peppers or peach hot sauce from this Old East Dallas gem.

PRICE VARIES AT PETRA AND THE BEAST

Holiday Dozen

This Frisco-based boutique bakeshop’s gourmet cookies come in flavors like salted caramel, banana pudding, and birthday cake (which, in our humble opinion, is a year-round cookie). Step away from the oven and get someone this sweet gift.

$38/ DOZEN AT COOKIE SOCIETY

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Desert Door Texas Sotol

Step up your gifting with something that’s a bit more out there. Desert Door Sotol.

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Fresh, Locally-Roasted Coffee

Give the gift of caffeine this year with some whole beans from this West Dallas coffee roaster. The Los Rosales Reserve is particularly lovely for home-brewing.

$20 AT TWEED

Cocktail Herb Garden

This garden-in-a-bag works equally well on a patio, porch, balcony, or sunny windowsill. The seasonal selection of fresh herbs comes with all of the supplies your recipient needs to help them muddle their way through 2021.

$72 AT GARDENUITY

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Flecha Azul’s Extra Añejo Tequila

Flecha Azul’s Extra Añejo tequila delivers a full and balanced blend of oak and butterscotch with an incredibly smooth finish. It’s a special purchase and limited to small batches. Find Online!

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Blooming Cacti Lunch Box

With a bright print and an insulated lining, this lunch box is as fun as it is functional.

$38 AT FAVOR THE KIND

Gummy Bear Night Light

Banish their fear of the dark with these charming night lights.

$34 AT MADRE

Pajama Set

Created in collaboration with KIP Sleepwear, Caitlin Wilson’s pajama collection incorporates her bestselling prints like sailboats and florals. Thanks to the wide range of sizes (18 months to women’s XL), the whole family can match.

$89+ AT CAITLIN WILSON

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Cinemark Private Watch Party

Rent an entire auditorium and escape into the immersive cinematic experience with friends and family this holiday starting at $99.

BOOK NOW

Primo Ride-On Toy in Classic Mint

This ride-on toy is worthy of a cruise down the streets of Positano. (Your hallway works, too.)

$199 AT MAISONETTE

Baby Cowboy Boots

Because even the littlest Texans need a pair.

$33.95 AT ST. MICHAEL’S WOMAN’S EXCHANGE

Welcome Home Baby Album

For the new parents in your life–this album will record all the “firsts” in baby’s first year.

$48 AT MAISONETTE

Play Watch (Recycled Plastic)

Dallas’s resident watch company, Breda, recently released a line of bright, playful bands in recycled plastic. The unisex pieces come in a rainbow of hues, from a bold tangerine to a subdued light blue.

$100 AT BREDA

Soft Mint Crossbody Bag

Nicole Kwon’s eponymous line of handbags is crafted from Japanese vegan leather, which has a suede-like finish and feels uncannily like the real thing.

$535 AT NICOLE KWON

Caddo Bolero Hat

Made in Dallas and woven from natural palm leaves, this Bolero hat is a vacation staple.

$118 AT FERRAH

Miraya Blouse

Dallas-based ZINDAGI works with international artisans to craft silk blouses, printed pajamas, and other feminine pieces. This blouse is handmade in India with gauzy patterned silk and mother-of-pearl buttons.

$118 AT ZINDAGI

The Ripple Scarf

We love this eye-catching, artisan-made scarf from This Same Sky, a recently launched line of ethical and eco-friendly apparel.

$225 FROM THIS SAME SKY

Raven + Lily Kamali Studs

This Austin-based company is known for its fair trade accessories, home goods, and more. These studs are handcrafted from sustainably sourced Ethiopian stones.

$85 AT NEIGHBORHOOD GOODS

Caftan

Party like it’s 1969 in this retro caftan from La Vie Style House, a Dallas-based line of one-size-fits-all kimonos.

$850 AT LA VIE STYLE HOUSE

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Rose Gold Wine

Rose Gold is a dry Côtes De Provence rosé that is pale pink with aromas of fresh bright red fruit.

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Medium Duffle

Tecovas’ signature buttery-soft leather isn’t just for boots. This bourbon-hued duffle can fit all the essentials for a quick getaway.

$295 AT TECOVAS

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Garrison Brothers Small Batch Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Garrison Brothers Distillery makes the finest, handcrafted bourbon whiskey money can buy. It’s always been a great holiday gift for friends and family, or yourself.

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Original Briefcase in Otter Green

Crafted from rugged twill, durable bridle leather, and rustproof brass, this briefcase is built to last.

$325 AT STAG PROVISIONS

Wanderlust: Hiking on Legendary Trails

Until it’s safe to travel again, this coffee table book will tide him over. Each page transports readers to the most picturesque trails on the planet.

$60 AT STAG PROVISIONS

MegaFleece Snap Sweatshirt

This sweatshirt is 63 percent reclaimed wool and 100 percent cozy.

$138 AT OUTDOOR VOICES

Texas Ranger Solid Cologne

A customer favorite at Dallas Soap Company, this solid cologne has hints of mahogany, cedarwood, sandalwood, and patchouli.

$7 AT DALLAS SOAP COMPANY

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