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Dallas-Fort Worth Holiday Gift Guide

20 gifts ideas from local stores and boutiques

During this holiday gifting season—as you’re shopping to fulfill your kids’ wish lists, say thank you to their teachers and plan for unforgettable family experiences—secure your own spot on Santa’s nice list by supporting your local stores based in Dallas-Fort Worth. See our curated list below for unique gift ideas sourced from a range of brick-and-mortar boutiques near you, plus a few apps that help you support local, too. 


Afloat app, Dallas

afloat app, holiday gift guide

No time to shop for a holiday gift? Skip Amazon and download the afloat app for on-demand gift delivery from local Dallas stores. The afloat app, founded by mom-of-three Sarah-Allen Preston, is currently operating in Dallas, with plans to expand to more cities in 2023.

Shop the virtual marketplace for gift options—from hostess gifts and edible goodies to fresh flowers—from dozens of Dallas stores. Your gift will be wrapped and delivered same-day to your recipient’s doorstep with a personalized hand-written note. Plus, shop the Christmas pop-up items and a portion of proceeds will go to local charities.


Baby & Toddler

Dovetail Dollhouse 

Jojo Mommy, Dallas 

Dovetail Dollhouse from Jojo Mommy, Dallas 

This 3-story dollhouse is ready to move your doll family and furniture into. The hinged front panels open to reveal two floors, each separated into two rooms with a staircase on each floor. Remove the front roof panel to expose two attic rooms. With beautifully printed plywood floors and a gender-neutral color palette, it’s a gift they’ll use for years to come. $279.99. 

Alligator Plush Book 

Little Orange Fish, GrapevineAlligator Plush Book from Little Orange Fish, Grapevine

This minky-soft puppet book features plush “food” to feed the hungry alligator. For more fun, the food items are removable for other ways to play. $26.50. 

Brown Plano Boots

Baby Bliss, DallasBrown Plano Boots from Baby Bliss, Dallas

A perfect keepsake for the memory box, these zip-up leather cowboy boots are soft and flexible for those first steps. And they’re just one of the adorable items in the store’s Texas Shop where you’ll find other gifts paying homage to the Lone Star State, including a pajama set and a “1, 2, 3 Texas” board book. Available in sizes 1–5. $64. 

Babiators

Lindsey Paige, Fort Worth

Babiators from Lindsey Paige boutique in Fort WorthThese too-cool baby accessories are more than just cute–they offer 100% UV protection for those little eyes. Made just for babies, they have flexible rubber frames and shatter-resistant lenses that won’t break when you bend, twist, or step on them. Bonus: Babiators are replaced for free if lost or damaged in the first year. Starting from $23. 

Silhouette Art 

Babies on the Boulevard, Fort Worth

Silhouette Art at Babies on the Boulevard, Fort Worth 

Silhouette artist Virginia Rose will visit the store for a one-day event on December 16. Call for an appointment. Can’t make it? Cut Arts offers 10-minute Zoom sessions with hand-cut silhouette portraits while you watch. Starting from $30.

Elementary Aged Kids

Toybox

CAMP, Dallas 

Toybox from CAMP Dallas

The only toy that prints more toys, this easy-to-use, one-touch 3D printer lets littles design and print their own fun. Use the app or upload your own ideas for unlimited possibilities. $299.

Pixio Blocks

The Toy Maven, Dallas and Southlake

Pixio Blocks, holiday gift guide

Budding builders can construct scenes, shapes and 3D sculptures with this set of 100 magnetic blocks. Keep in mind, these blocks are tiny, so best for ages 6+. $56.99.

Don’t Mess With Texas Tee

The Little Things, Dallas

don't mess with Texas shirt, holiday gift guide

Let them wear their Texas pride on their sleeve—or front—with this super soft gray short-sleeve tee. $20.

Polaroid Now

Fort Worth Camera

Polariod Now, holiday gift guide

There are quite a few instant cameras on the market, but nothing beats the grainy charm of a classic, instant Polaroid snap. Featuring Polaroid’s chunky square design, a large viewfinder and few buttons, it’s perfect for little hands. $119. 

Personalized Kids Stationary

Madre, Dallas

Kids stationery, holiday gift guide

Everything’s better when it’s personalized.  This 10-card set is sure to make letter writing a little easier and a lot more fun. Adorable fill-in thank you notes and “Hello From Camp” notecards are also available. $25.

Leather Bow Ties

Boy Oh Boy Clothing Companyleather bow ties from Boy oh Boy, holiday gift guide

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Our bow ties are made from premium leather to add that special touch for the Little Gentlemen or Dad in your life! All bow ties come with an adjustable strap to provide a great look and comfort with every wear. This perfect accessory will complete any outfit! $25.

Teachers

Macaron Limoge Box

Dallas Museum of Art Gift Shop 

twos company macaron limoge box, holiday gift guide

Never again lose a pair of earrings in your purse with this ceramic trinket box made for holding small items. The boxes from Two’s Company are available in five pastel colors: pistachio, rose, peach, lavender and light pink. $10 each. 

Ready-To-Give Relaxation Gift Set

The Container Store, Arlington, Dallas, Fairview, Fort Worth, Plano and Southlake

container store relaxation kit, holiday gift guide

These ready-made gift boxes consist of lavender-scented Therapy Putty, a pack of eight aromatherapy squares called Chill Out Shower Steamers, and a reusable Makeup Removing Towel with suction cup hanger. No wrapping paper required. Don’t want to gift the entire box? Those three gifts are also for sale individually. $47.99. 

Sugarfina Three-Piece Candy Box 

St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange, Dallas

Sugarfina Three-Piece Candy Box , holiday gift guideSatisfy that sugar craving with these Sugarfina’s Champagne Bears, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, and Cranberry Cocktail Bears. And sure, you can find Sugarfina’s candies at many other stores, but this volunteer-run gift shop in Highland Park Village serves the community by donating its proceeds to local charities. $34.50. 

Libro.fm Audiobook Gift Subscription

Interabang Books, Dallas

Libro.fm Audiobook Gift Subscription, holiday gift guide

No time to read anymore? Listen instead via Libro.fm, an audiobook partner app that shares its proceeds with local independent bookstores, such as Interabang Books. To gift an audiobook subscription, choose a bundle depending on your budget (one credit = one book), and the receiver picks the audiobooks. Plus, when you purchase a bundle, you’ll also get a free holiday audiobook for yourself. Starting from $30.

Bella il Fiore Silky Pillowcase 

Lila and Hayes at LOCAL Design Studios + Gallery, Fort Worth

Bella il Fiore Silky Pillowcase, holiday gift guide

This sleek and soft satin pillowcase help keep your hair from frizzing overnight and can even lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This pink pillowcase with a ruffle trim (and this one in white) comes in a standard 26-by-20-inch size with a zipper closure. $34.

Family

Fort Worth Botanic Garden Membership

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Fort Worth Botanic Garden gift membership, holiday gift guideSponsored content
Give the gift of the Garden with a Fort Worth Botanic Garden membership. Members enjoy year-round admission, members-only hours and events, reciprocal admission to 330+ gardens across the country, discounts on family programs and classes – plus the added benefit of knowing that their support helps to educate and inspire.  

‘Twas the Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil

Texas Trust CU Theater, Grand Prairie

'Twas the Night Before... by Cirque du Soleil

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‘Twas the Night Before…, Cirque du Soleil’s exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas tale, is about the wonders of sharing and friendship and is a flurry of Christmas cheer – rip-roaring fun with hugely lovable characters that will introduce audiences to the magic of Cirque du Soleil. 

Fort Worth Zoo Membership

Fort Worth Zoo

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A very merry year for everyone on your list starts with a membership to the Fort Worth Zoo! Members enjoy exclusive perks and savings like free parking, member-only events, discounted programs and more. Best of all, gift memberships are always in stock and delivered to your inbox instantly. $32–$64.  

Texas and Variety Nut Baskets

Vending Nut Company, Fort Worth

Texas and Variety Nut Baskets Vending Nut Company, Fort Worth

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’Tis the season to go nuts! Gifts for all occasions and great stocking stuffers. We carry assorted nuts, chocolates, dried fruits, and candies. $36.95–$63.95.


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