It’s hard to shop for the person who has everything. Luckily, there are a number of unique gifts created right here in Houston that are sure to be a match for someone on your list, and many of them have a foodie focus. Welcome to your H-Town holiday shopping guide!
The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is equal parts exhibition and studio space, where artisans come together to develop pieces such as jewelry, pottery, sculpture and more. Artist Rena Wood created Shibori scarves using the classic Japanese style during her studio during her residency at HCCC. They feature one-of-a-kind patterns that the artist created through a series of knots, folds, and twists in the silk. These scarves offer a unique twist on the traditional statement piece.
$70 - Details
The guys at Bravado Spice Co. have a mission of creating hot sauces that bring both heat and unique natural flavors, from ghost pepper and habanero to green apple and blueberry. The pineapple & habanero sauce is a crowd favorite, combining the sweetness of the fruit with the kick of the pepper. That particular sauce has been lauded in Bon Appetite for its novel flavor, ideal on a pulled pork sandwich, according to one editor.
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Cheese lovers will swoon at the 'Domestic Bliss' gift package from Houston Dairymaids. This holiday gift comes packed in a handmade wooden cheese box. Domestic Bliss includes three cheeses, a triple cream goat/cow brie (Kunik), an award-winning aged gouda (Marieke Gouda), and a unique blue-veined cheddar (Dunbarton Blue). To complement these the Dairy Maids added Loukanika, a Greek-style dry-cured Salami from Olympic Provisions, Potter’s Organic Crackers, Roasted Oregon Hazelnuts and American Spoon Bartlett Pear Preserves.
$125 - Details
Visitors to the Houston Museum District can see artist Mark Rothko's work year-round at the Rothko Chapel on the Menil campus. But a temporary exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through January 24 chronicles the abstract expressionist's decades of work. A companion book available in the MFAH store offers critical texts from a number of fellow artists, collectors and contemporaries of Rothko.
$49.95 - Details
Nothing says Southern flavor like the classic pecan pie and Goode Company has mastered the recipe. The restaurant's signature 9-inch pie comes packaged in a beautiful pine box and can be shipped anywhere. Pies will keep for three weeks—so there's plenty of time to enjoy every last bite.
$40 - Details
Chef Chris Shepherd has been looking for the perfect apron for a long time—for himself and for his staff, both cooks and servers. He prefers butcher-style aprons with cross straps in the back (rather than aprons that rely on a neck strap), but they tend to be bulky and not attractive enough for servers to wear. Enter local designer Chloe Dao who Shepherd tapped to design a new stylish-yet-functional apron. Made of denim, the new durable apron is adjustable for both men and women and has a number of functional pockets. The team is making them available to the public for the holidays.
$80 - Details
Houston-based designer Elaine Turner has been outfitting women with bespoke accessories, handbags, shoes and more for years. In her current collection, she turns to the animal kingdom for inspiration. The classic envelope silhouette receives a modern twist with the Bella in python leather. This clutch provides fashionable security for all your essentials and an easy access with the flap closure. Made of python embossed leather.
$198 - Details
Hugo Ortega offers a holiday gift box perfect for the foodie. Each box includes a signed copy of Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico (named by Saveur magazine as one of just six essential Mexican cookbooks), a housemade chocolate tablet ideal for making Hugo’s Mexican hot chocolate, and a molinillo turned wood wisk to froth hot chocolate. The box also includes two mugs to enjoy that hot chocolate.
$60 - Details
With new dedicated bike lanes throughout the city and a planned expansion of the B-Cycle bike share program, Houston is becoming more of a cycling town. And what better way to show your love of both bikes and H-Town than with the official city of Houston bike jersey. The jersey is made by Primal Cycling Apparel and was created in partnership with the City Of Houston’s BP MS 150 Cycling Team of 2015. The jerseys are available in Women’s size S-XL and Men’s size S-XXL. Available only at the Houston Visitors Center located on the first floor of the Hilton Americas Downtown. One-hour free parking is available in the Hilton garage with parking validation.
$95 - Details
Remember that ant farm you had when you were a kid? Well it’s gotten just a bit cooler for the next generation. The Ant Universe container is filled with a translucent gel that serves as a tunneling medium and also a food and water source for your ants. Includes 2x viewer, tunnel starter stick and 16 page instruction booklet. Available at the Houston Museum of Natural Science store.
$19.95 - Details
Whether you're looking for a hometown adventure or a stocking stuffer for out-of-town friends and family, CityPASS delivers the best Houston attractions at a 46 percent discount. Inside each pocket-sized booklet are tickets to Houston's biggest attractions--Space Center Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston Zoo, Downtown Aquarium, Children's Museum of Houston and The Kemah Boardwalk.
$51 - Details
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