Consider local small businesses whenever possible as you shop for gifts both large and small.
For the Griller:
MINI Keller’s own Smokin’ Texas Gourmet features a Dry Rub Spice and Pepper Sauce Combo pack that treats barbeque enthusiasts to one-of-a-kind spicy sweet taste sensations and comes with recipe cards. $18.95, 5970 Park Vista Circle, Suite 130 (off Hwy 377 and Kroger Road), Keller, 817-562-1801, www.redkitchenfoods.com
MAXI Jabo’s Ace Hardware carries the perfect accompaniment to your Large Big Green Egg, a custom cooking island. Featuring high-quality aluminum and steel construction with solid stainless door pulls, a heavy-duty sliding shelf and ample storage, the unique rounded design is attractive with a durable, weather resistant powder-coated finish. The 60-inch island is priced $2,299.95; EGG not included. www.jabosacehardware.com
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For the Foodie:
MINI Colleyville’s Next Bistro is baking delicious rum cakes, made fresh with the finest ingredients and topped with pecans. Sure to please any holiday reveler and the perfect accompaniment to Egg Nog, the 6-inch cake is priced $17, and the full-size, 9-inch bundt is $49; prices are discounted for orders of 12 or more. Allow three business days for order completion before picking them up at the restaurant, as the cakes are baked to order. Call 682-325-4046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 5003 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, www.nextbistrotx.com
MAXI Savor Culinary Services will deliver nutritious meals customized to the dietary needs of the client each week. Meals are packaged as for either two or four servings and costs between $175- $325 per week plus cost of groceries. This is a great way to ensure folks living with restrictive diets eat healthy. 800 W. 5th Street, Fort Worth. The business serves Keller, and surrounding areas. 817-277-3031, www.savorculinaryservices.com
For the Home Chef:
MINI Grapevine Olive Oil has an assortment of unique flavor blends in both olive oils and balsamic vinegars, as well as fun seasonings and coffee blends. Take the opportunity to taste before you buy, as no refunds or returns are allowed. Grapevine Olive Oil at Alliance Town Center, 2924 Texas Sage Trail, Fort Worth, 817-741-6122 or in Grapevine at 340 S. Main, 817-329-3081. www.grapevineoliveoilcompany.com
MAXI No more pinched fingers, bruised toes and cluttered cabinets from sliding pots and pans. Calphalon has developed stackable hard-anodized non-stick cookware to keep your cupboards neat and tidy. The Premier Space-Saving stackable 10-piece set includes two frying pans, in addition to two saucepans, a sauté pan and stock pot, each with matching lid that nests within the set. Priced $359.96 at Williams Sonoma, 172 State Street, Southlake, 817-416-5932, www.williams-sonoma.com
For the snacker:
MINI The Poppin’ Shop sells buttered and seasoned popcorn, caramel and kettle corn, as well as several delicious varieties of fudge. With many sizes to choose and even decorative and sports-themed tins, snackers will be in sweet and salty heaven. Prices range due to size and style. 900 S. Main Street (Hwy 377), Suite 335, 682-593-0032, thepoppinshop.com
MAXI Make your own snacks, anytime you want. The Nesco Digital Dehydrator with temperature control allows you to make your own dried fruit or veggie snacks or beef jerky in hours instead of days. Six square trays allow for maximum drying space and there’ is an air filtration system for odor control. $170 at Wal-Mart. www.walmart.com
For furry family members:
MINI Whether your pet likes crunchy snacks or soft, creamy treats, Three Dog Bakery sells food, treats, rawhides and gift sets for dogs and cats. Some are even baked fresh in the store. Your pets will think the treats are drool-iscious. Three Dog Bakery at Alliance Town Center, 9530 Feather Grass Lane, Fort Worth 817-741-3364, www.threedogdfw.com
MAXI Do your pets want to play ALL THE TIME? Now, they can with the iFetch Too Interactive Ball Launcher and Laser Cat Scratching Post. Train your pup to fetch the ball and drop it back into the machine, only to fetch it again, over and over and over. The cat battery-operated scratching post has moving laser lights to keep cats occupied for hours. iFetch is $199.99 at Petsmart; the Laser Chasing Scratch Post sells for $79.95 on Hammacher Schlemmer, www.hammacher.com.
For the tool lover:
MINI This multi-plier has 12 tools in one, including fully locking needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, a few blades, screwdriver heads, bottle and can openers and more. The tool can be folded into a shealth for easy carrying. Other styles are available. Made by Gerber, the tool sells for $35.99 at McDonnell Building Materials, 600 N. Main Street (Hwy 377), 817-431-3551, www.mbmkeller.com
MAXI The TimeCutter zero-turn riding mower is powered by a 452cc Toro engine. It features a 42-inch high capacity steel mowing deck with wash-out port to clean under the deck, which is great for mowing in tight spots with a lot of trees and landscape. Priced around $2,500, Toro mowers are sold at Keller Outdoor Power, 483 N. Main Street (Hwy 377), 817-431-3341, www.kopwr.com.
For the ladies:
MINI Nikko Blu is a new boutique on Main Street that designs and produces much of its own custom-made jewelry. Specializing in fashion bracelets and necklaces created right there at the store, bracelets can be stacked for a unique look. Prices on these five range from $18 to $66. Other beautiful jewelry, clothing, shoes and home accessories are also in store. 163 S. Main, 817-627-8415, www.facebook.com/NikkoBluDesigns
MAXI Skirts, blouses, dresses, wraps, jewelry and purses are waiting to combine for the perfect outfit. Need help figuring out “what goes with what?” The helpful staff at Out on a Limb boutique in Keller Town Center will help put together an outfit fit for a queen, or at least the queen of your home. 201 Town Center Lane, Suite 1115, 817-993-9127, www.out-on-a-limb-boutique.com
For the athlete:
MINI Like a mini version of tennis, pickle ball is the new rage in Keller. New courts opened at Bear Creek Park recently. So take the courts “for a spin.” Pickle ball paddles, starting at $9.99 and a three-pack of balls are available at Academy Sports. 5836 North Tarrant Parkway, Fort Worth (Corner of North Tarrant and Hwy 377), 817-605-4000, www.academy.com
MAXI If your athlete loves to time his or her run, the new Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro Fitness Tracker can track and record the runner’s route while monitoring vitals. It is water resistant and has a large easy-to-read screen. Best of all, it stores up to 500 Spotify songs, working in conjunction with wireless headphones to bring convenient musical motivation to your favorite runner. Priced $199.99 at www.samsung.com.
For the Artist:
MINI Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. These Vera Bradley-inspired books allow your artist’s inner designer to come to life. A variety of patterns are available in books featuring classic Vera Bradley designs and priced between $10-$15 each at Barnes and Noble in Southlake or Hurst, or on amazon.com.
MAXI Take art to the next level at one of Keller’s art studios: Painting with a Twist at 101 Town Center Lane in the Keller Town Center, and Pickled Picasso on 900 S. Main Street (Hwy 377) offer easy-to-follow painting classes. Artful Mayhew Studio, geared to children and teens, offers classes, workshops and parties at its location at 128 Keller Parkway, and Elm Street Studio at 139 S. Elm in Old Town Keller offers classes in different mediums for all ages. Prices vary by class at all four locations. See their websites for details. Artful Mayhem Studio- info@ArtfulMayhewStudio.com; Elm Street Studio- 817-562-2323, www.elmstreetstudio.com; Painting with a Twist- 817-382-8868, www.PaintingWithATwist.com; and Pickled Picasso- 817-741-6889, www.PickledPicasso.com