1. A wooden wonderland
Wander into the gift shop at CC Young Senior Living, and you’ll find the perfect rustic decor for your home. Handcrafted by residents known as the Woodies, the products are made with Texas flair. Check out a Texas tray, a state-shaped cutting board or a cheese board with a bark back.
4847 W. Lawther Drive
2. Jewel-tide greetings
Make your holidays sparkle with one-of-a-kind “Eye of Illumination” ornaments for your tree. Made with rhinestone crystals, the ornaments by neighborhood pop artist Annie Griffeth come in a variety of colors and styles. Give your gift with a note written on one of her specialty stationery cards.
3. Hoofing it into the holidays
Hari Mari isn’t just your local flip-flop shop. This fall, the East Dallas-based company released its first line of tennis shoes and boots, created with the same splash of color that made the sandals a hit. Be one of the first to try the desert boots, featuring a foam footbed for added cushion and support.
harimari.com, 208 S. Haskell Ave.
4. Toy joy
Looking for children’s toys without batteries, buttons or screens? Two Lakewood moms started Twig & Olive with the goal of prioritizing play that engages the senses and sparks the imagination. Their imagination boxes come with a book, homemade play dough, cookie cutters and holiday-inspired accessories.
5. Garden gift
Gift the most beautiful 66 acres in North Texas with a membership to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Members receive free parking, access to exclusive events and year-round admission from the first blooms of spring to the bright lights of the holidays.
dallasarboretum.org, 8525 Garland Road
6. Book scootin’ boogie
Books by neighborhood authors are the ultimate gift for those who love to read. For the sports lover, pick up a copy of “The Big Shootout” by Mike Looney. The book, which details the 1969 football game between Arkansas and Texas, includes a copy of the award-winning documentary.
Lakewood Country Club, 6430 Gaston Ave.
Another nonfiction option is Lou Alpert’s “Surrender: A Love Letter to my Daughter,” which chronicles her journey coping with her daughter’s heroin addiction.
Talulah & Hess, 5810 Live Oak St.
For those who prefer fiction, “White Rock” is a spooky choice that tells the story of Laura Milton as she grapples with the ability to see spirits. Author J. René Guerrero investigated the neighborhood’s paranormal history, and residents will recognize several local landmarks in the book.
7. Baking memories
The Casa Linda Bakery has been making sweet treats for more than 75 years. Delectable breads, pastries and petit fours are available throughout the year, but cookies shaped like snowmen, snowflakes, candy canes, Christmas trees and Santa Claus are only available during the holidays.
casalindasbakery.com, 10819 Garland Road
8. Home for the holidays
If your loved ones can’t make it home for the holidays, send them a gift that smells like home. White Rock Soap Gallery has soy wax candles named and scented after Dallas neighborhoods. Smell the sweet floral scents reminiscent of afternoon tea on a garden patio in Lakewood, or take a whiff of White Rock Lake’s woody notes. Also check out candles inspired by the Arboretum, Little Forest Hills and Casa Linda.
whiterocksoapgallery.com, 10233 E. Northwest Highway
9. Santa babies
Dress the child in your life like the cutest Santa baby in the ’hood with holiday clothing from The Little Things. The boutique, which opened in 2015 under the ownership of Lakewood neighbor Amanda Weed, has toys, decorations and stocking stuffers. The store is also packed with special outfits like this soft pink dress with ruffles and metallic flowers and this silver metallic skirt paired with a red and pink sweater.
shopthelittlethings.com, 6465 E. Mockingbird Lane
10. Tis the season to be freezin’
Keep warm this winter with bold and colorful scarves from White Rock artist Clara Johnson. Each scarf is made with silk and hand-painted to create an original piece of wearable art. The mixed-media artist also sells a variety of products from canvas paintings to hand-painted pillows and coasters.
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