We may be one week past “Small Business Saturday,” but there are plenty of gifts made and sold by local folks to be found around town. Whether you want to mail someone a reminder of home or support talented North Texans coming up with creative ideas, here are gifts to put on your list.
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Even St. Nick puts on the purple for TCU games. This majestic statue is handcrafted by The Toymaker, a husband-and-wife duo from McKinney who create stunning Santas from vintage fabrics and textiles. $995, Cityview Florist and Gifts.
Tied to Texas
The charming prints on these pure silk ties from Paris, Texas, capture the sense of adventure and humor that define those proud enough (and lucky enough) to live in the Lone Star State. Perfect with a suit or with a jacket and jeans, the icons and symbols of Texas are always in style. $75 each, M.L. Leddy’s.
TCU grads Stacey Caldwell and Ajiri Aki have created the delightful Where’s Karl? picture-book parody that sends readers on a haute hunt through 15 cities in search of one of fashion’s most iconic characters, Karl Lagerfeld. Fictional blogger Fleur searches high and low, from the Met Gala in New York City to luxe Mexican beaches, ritzy Japanese shopping districts and even the Chanel fashion show in Paris’ Grand Palais. $15.99, Barnes & Noble.
Display your Texas pride
Simply styled with a burlap and ribbon strap for hanging, this large Texas chalkboard is perfect for a door or wall to serve as a message board for busy families or a symbol of Texas pride. $46.95, Out on a Limb.
Play by play
Kids of all ages can re-create their favorite gameday play, piece by piece, thanks to OYO Sports mini-figures and plastic brick kits that capture the likenesses and logos of college and professional teams and even individual players. College sports fans can collect them all, from a University of Texas Longhorn “Endzone Bundle” kit with a buildable field, to a Baylor trainer cart, to the tiny A&M yell leaders and even a miniature version of TCU linebacker Paul Dawson. $12.99-$82.60, www.oyosports.com.
Angel of mine
If this angel looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it before. This celestial trumpeter welcomes visitors to Fort Worth’s Bass Hall. Available for the first time this holiday season, Kurt Adler’s resin piece called “The Angel” is available only during Bass Hall’s annual Deck the Hall holiday gift market, in the lobby before performances through Jan. 3. $65, Bass Hall.
Jolly old Fort Worth
Fort Worth stationery and gift boutique P.S. The Letter commissioned this limited-edition Cowtown Santa ornament directly from the renowned Polish ornament makers at Christopher Radko. It’s a colorful and unique way to show off hometown pride, at home or away. $65, P.S. The Letter.
Here’s a towel that’s definitely not meant to wipe up spills. Hang up your own cute “Having a Holly Jolly Christmas in Keller” tea towel, and give one or two away as hostess gifts. Non-Keller residents, don’t be jealous. Towels for neighbors in Southlake, Fort Worth and for all of Texas are also available. $12.99, Jabo’s Ace Hardware.
Get a handle
Cleatius Copeland, a Roanoke resident and the hobbyist owner of Cleat’s Crafts, says he just tinkers in his garage workshop “mostly making wooden things with practical value.” Popular on that list are his hand-crafted pens and razor handles. The pens are made with acrylic material and work with Gillette Fusion cartridges, $35. He makes the pens using a variety of exotic hardwoods, $35-$60, Lucky Luke’s.
Swing into style
Founded by TCU alumni and brothers Will and Robert Brunner, Los Angeles-based Devereux menswear brand is inspired by the spirit of sport’s old-school golf greats like Gary Player and Ben Hogan. The 2015 fall/winter collection, inspired by Paris at night, features six new polo shirt designs in such colors as black, gray, French blue, white and purple. $34.95-$145; shirts range from $84.95 to $95; www.dvrxgolf.com.
Pencil in pampering
Just in time for the holidays, Daireds Salon and Spa Pangéa has launched a new spa service membership program to allow everyone on the Nice List to enjoy regular pampering. Members receive a complimentary spa service every month, along with invitations to exclusive members-only events and discounts on boutique items. $59.95 per month plus a one-time $29 initiation fee, Daireds Salon and Spa Pangéa.
For the little ladies
For 45 years, Arlington resident Susan Huston has been grooming young girls — 41,000 of them, she estimates — to grow up to be poised, beautiful women. The fashion and etiquette expert is hosting her annual Girls&Style, Girls&Beauty workshop series for girls ages 8 to 16 in February, but classes fill up quickly. The culmination of the four-week course, which teaches grooming, etiquette and modeling skills, is the chance to model in a fashion show at North East Mall. Gift certificates are available for all or part of the cost; $175-$199, 817-265-5404, www.susanhuston.com.
Naughty is the new nice
There’s a woman in Tarrant County who bakes the stuff of crazy, sugar-addicted, Willy Wonka-style dreams. Her name is Miss Naughty Brownie, and her specialty is a signature, baked-to-order brownie square that layers a chocolate chip cookie dough base with an Oreo cookie and tops it with a decadent, fudgy brownie. And that’s just for starters. There are 12 varieties of naughty brownie goodness, including the pepperminty “Ho Ho Ho,” the “Yin and Yang,” which adds a layer of salted caramel, and a loaded-up square called the “Junk N’ The Trunk” filled with Heath chunks, Kit Kat, Reese’s and M&M candies. Each ribbon-wrapped gift box includes five of Miss Naughty Brownie’s bestsellers, or customize a box filled with a mix of your own. $25, www.missnaughtybrownie.com.
Bring the heat
As a child, Monique Mistler of Keller helped her father when he cooked up big batches of his homemade hot and sweet relish. Years later, she began bottling her own, calling it Hot-N-Sweet Pepper Relish for her and creating a little side business called the LoneStar Pepper Co. Her husband, David Mistler, created a spicy green sauce, which their son named Dave’s Hot Damn It’s Good Sauce. “You can marinate with it or put it on wings or in a bloody mary,” Monique explains. “It’s earned its name.” They make a lot of corporate baskets during the holiday season, Monique adds, and fulfill custom orders year-round. A 16-ounce jar of relish costs $7.50; a 5-ounce bottle of Dave’s sauce costs $6, 972-824-9581, www.lonestarpepperco.com.
Where to Shop
Barnes & Noble: Multiple area locations
Bass Hall: 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817-212-4280, www.basshall.com
Cityview Florist and Gifts: 6112 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, 817-294-1515, www.cityviewfloristandgifts.com
Daireds Salon and Spa Pangéa: 2400 I-20 Frontage Road, Arlington, 817-465-9797, www.daireds.com
Jabo’s Ace Hardware: 1580 Keller Parkway, Keller, 817-482-1000, www.jabosace.com
Lucky Luke’s All In: 308 N. Oak St., Roanoke, 817-491-2570, www.lucky-lukes.com
M.L. Leddy’s: 2455 N. Main St., Fort Worth, 817-624-3149
Out an a Limb: 201 Town Center Lane, Keller, 817-993-9127
P.S. The Letter: 5136 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-731-2032, www.pstheletter.com
Holiday gift guides!
Saturday: Presents from North Texas
Monday: DVD boxed sets
Tuesday: The best of ‘Fab or flub’
Wednesday: Homemade goodies from the kitchen
Thursday: Video games and gear
Dec. 12: Purr-fect presents for pets
Dec. 13: Cliburn pianists’ CDs; Dave Barry’s Gift Guide
Handmade gift market
North Texas M.A.D.E and Etsy Fort Worth present their annual Cowtown Indie Bazaar, Handmade Holidays gift market. DFW-area artisans and crafters sell home goods, baby/children’s items, clothing, accessories, jewelry, bath products, artwork and more.
- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 12
- Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth
- Free, family-friendly