Want to surprise that special someone with a gift that stands out? Houstonians don’t have to go far. Local designers, authors and retailers are offering up a slew of chic gift items this holiday season that will have everyone asking—where did you get that?!

Books

 

World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel Green Beans and Guacamole, $49.95

In Green Beans and Guacamole, Houston’s celebrity chefs and James Beard award winners come together, highlighting nearly 100 recipes that keep diners and critics returning to the city’s top restaurants. 100 percent of proceeds from book sales benefit The Arc—an organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel Chicks with Guns, $45

Photographer Lindsay McCrum paints a cultural portrait of the 15-20 million women gun owners in America in her recently-released Chicks with Guns. The book defies stereotypes, spotlighting sportswomen, hunters and competition shoots from all levels of society including Houston’s own Alexandra Knight and Lynn Wyatt.
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World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield, $24.99

Houston socialite Joanne Herring is an extraordinary, trail-blazing woman whose life of adventure has fascinated many. From over-the-top parties and persuasive political affiliations to her spy missions in Pakistan and spotlight in Charlie Wilson’s War, Herring lives a life that most could only dream of. Learn more about the living legend in Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield.
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World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel The Ultimate Food Lover's Guide to Houston, $19.95

A little more than three years after The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to Houston hit shelves, Lazywood Press is releasing the second edition highlighting the city’s constantly-changing and vibrant culinary scene. Inside, readers find more than 700 entries and recommendations of Houston’s best places to eat, drink and shop, written by the editorial team at My Table – Houston’s Dining Magazine. Available at the
Houston Visitors Center or online.


Jewelry and Accessories

 

 

World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel Elaine Turner Passport Holder, $125

It’s been nearly a decade since H-Town-based accessory designer Elaine Turner launched her namesake line of clutches, totes and, more recently, shoes. Today, the former apparel designer and merchandiser is well-known nationally for her timeless, travel-inspired collections, which makes Turner’s shimmery Passport holder a sensibly-chic addition to any globetrotter’s gear.
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World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel Alexandra Knight Monogrammed iPad Case, $1,995

Chic handbags and clutches from designer Alexandra Knight have been carried by the likes of Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank and Michelle Williams for years. Now, handheld tablets everywhere can feel the love with one of Knight’s monogrammed iPad cases. The covers come in alligator and ostrich skins and buyers can choose from a selection of exterior and interior colors.
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World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel ila&i Black Diamond 'Giovanni Earrings, $1,440

Tis the season to shine in a diamond-clad design by H-Town jewelry company ila&i. The contemporary biz, created by brother-sister team Vikas and Ila Sodhani, is known for edgy-yet-feminine pendant necklaces, cocktail rings and earrings like its black-diamond ‘Giovanni’ earrings.
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World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel Via Vandi 'Regal' Ring, $362

Texas-native Vandi Hodges has traveled the world, but after working in Asia, Europe and South America, the designer put down roots in Houston. Here, she operates her fine jewelry business, Via Vandi, which is known for its array of globally-inspired rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. We love the ‘Regal’ ring in gold with aqua chalcedony.
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World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel Bullet Girl Cuff Bracelet

Houston’s own Jessica Meyer—the brainchild behind the wildly-successful Bullet Girl jewelry line—recently added a dozen new and exciting designs to her ammo-clad offerings. We love Meyer’s sleek handcuff bracelet with .17 MM bullet on chain that’s fashionable and fierce, all at once.
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For Him

 

 

World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel Hamilton Tuxedo Shirt with Cuffed Monogram, $425

Houston's Hamilton Shirts has been making bespoke custom-fitted shirts the traditional way—with paper patterns and hand-cutting—for more than a century. Hamilton also offers made-to-measure shirts and a less-expensive ready-to-wear line, which are both available online. For a true classic, go for the Mad Men-esque tuxedo shirt with cuffed monogram.
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World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel Jake Joseph Briefs, $35-$38

Sugar Land-native-turned-Los Angeles designer Jake Joseph is keeping his mens’ underwear line simple—offering up four, well-made fits in a handful of different colors. In limiting his offerings, Joseph is able to deliver a top-quality, durable and most of all comfortable collection of briefs and boxers.
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For Her

 

 

 

 

World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel David Peck 'Blaire' Dress, $585

Parsons Paris School of Art + Design alum David Peck has made a stylish splash since returning to his native Houston in early 2010, where he recently launched his CrOp by David Peck clothing line. The collection of feminine frocks reflects a love for creative collaboration with a portion of each season’s sales benefiting a different charity. Surprise a lucky lady with Peck’s one-shoulder, silk ‘Blaire’ dress.
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World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel Claridge & King Lightweight Wrap Robe, $150

Sisters Laurann Claridge and Lizbeth King launched their preppy Claridge & King brand in 2008. In the time since, the cozy, menswear-inspired clothing collection has expanded from sleep shirts and boxer shorts to dresses and robes. This season, gift someone you love with C&K’s lightweight wrap robe. The tailored item is made with fine poplin shirting and features a wide shawl collar with coordinating cuffs.
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Local Love

 

 

 

 

World_BBQ transparent_1x1_pixel 'It's Okay to Heart Houston' Tee, $22-28

Make no apologies for your local love this season with the help of Dean Haddock’s ‘It’s Okay to Heart Houston’ tee. The shirt is available in men’s and women’s sizes and proceeds from sales help benefit the area non-profit Spacetaker. Purchase the tee at the Heights’ Hello Lucky.
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