2608 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX 77006
Space Montrose is the ultimate site for getting handmade artwork for anyone on your Christmas list. This eclectic store sells everything from adult and baby clothing and plush toys to handmade jewelry, clothing accessories and artwork for your home. And since everything in the store is made by individual artists, you will know that you are supporting the art community with every purchase. You can be sure you’ll always find a unique present for your gift recipient at Space Montrose.
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833 Studewood St.
Houston, TX 77007
Oolala is a tiny gift boutique tucked away in the Heights, but inside this nearly 80-year-old building is a large selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, soaps and accessories by local artists as well as some nationally known artisans. Inspired by French boutiques, this store is best to shop at if you have a lot of women on your list, as most of the products are aimed at female shoppers and giftees. Watch the website for sales and a listing of new arrivals at the store, so you know when to shop for fresh gifts at lower prices.
1752 FM 1489 Road
Brookshire, TX 77423
The Brookwood Community’s shops at the main campus, the Old Town Spring location or the Westheimer site, all have the same merchandise that is handmade by artists as well as residents of the Brookwood Community. This community in Brookshire gives adults with special needs a place to live and work so they can contribute to society rather than feeling like a burden on it. At the stores, you will find a wide range of gifts from salad dressings that are served at the Brookwood Community’s highly popular cafe to handmade ornaments or decorative bowls. Not only do you get to shop for handmade gifts here, but you get to support this worthy cause. If you go to the main campus for shopping, make reservations for the cafe, which serves large portions of high-quality food for under $20 per person.
Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery
241 W. 19th St.
Houston, TX 77008
Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery sells folkart made by local and Mexican artists. The handmade gifts include some rare finds in a wide variety so you can get a Panama hat for your dad and a set of Mexican tiles to use as trivets for your mom. The supply is based on what the owners bring back on their buying trips, so go without an exact list. Take your time at this shop and speak to the owners for an educational experience about the artists who created the handmade gifts in the gallery.
The Tinderbox Craft Collective
3622 Main St., Suite B
Houston, TX 77002
The Tinderbox Craft Collective is one place where you can make your own handmade gifts. The workshops are highly interactive and are available for both adults and children. The cost of the workshop includes all of the materials you need for that project, and you get to take home what you made at the workshop. You don’t have to attend a craft workshop to get great handmade gifts. Browse through the existing merchandise in the shop for handmade items for everyone on your list, including your pets and baby.
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.