By: Kylie Cooper
If you’re anything like me during the holiday season, thebridea of being fully prepared and done with shopping before the week ofbrChristmas is a goal in mind. Yet, somehow it always becomes a distant fantasy juuuuust out of reach. Don’t get mebrwrong, I tried. I made my lists (checked them significantly more than twice)brand yet here we are, just 5 days from the holiday, and a few more presents mustbrbe bought.
So, if you seem to find yourself in the same predicament as myself, and would prefer to buy something local as opposed to express shippingbrsomething from the internet, we’ve complied a few fool-proof gift ideas for youbrand anyone left on your list.
For the to-do listbrmaker, poet, and/or doodler
brbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrWriting my thoughts down on paper – be it abrgrocery list, a to-do list, prose, or poetry – is a crucial aspect of my life.brIf there is someone on your list who also values the feeling of ink on paper,brthis Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook is the perfect gift. Available in a variety of colors, sizes, andbrpages, Eleanor’s Coffee Bar + Market has you covered.
For the Coastal Bendbrfanatic
Let’s face it, we all love where we live, so truly this giftbrwould be great for any of those you have remaining. Local brand, Made in CorpusbrChristi, has a variety of ornaments (and a ton of other products) all brandedbrwith various Coastal Bend illustrations and graphics. This would be the perfectbrgift for an ornament exchange or even a memorable stocking stuffer!
For the art lover
Buying art locally is always a good idea. Supporting ourbrlocal artists means showing how important their creativity and passion is tobrour community. Amanda Flores has become a favorite of mine ever since webrfeatured her work on the cover of our Artist Issue in 2018. She has a varietybrof large scale canvases as well as numerous prints featuring geometric shapes,brcolors, faces, florals, and more.
For the joy spreadingbroptimist
I’ve seen various renditions of this concept over the yearsbrand it always brings a huge smile to my face. Local designer, Ila Designs, curated a “compliment card” where you can rip one compliment off and share itbrwith another! This would be a wonderful gift for anyone who either loves tobrspread joy or could use a little more of it. Best part? This print isbrcompletely free to download and print! Ila Designs also has a wonderfulbrcollection of various prints, cards, and calendars that would make perfectbrgifts or stocking stuffers.
For the person whobralways smells good
Any and all perfume lovers can be shopped for over at JulianbrGold. Their vast selection of designer perfumes is filled with scents of allbrkinds. Whether you’re buying for someone who enjoys notes of florals, vanilla,brcitrus, or moss, the staff will surely help you to find the perfect scent forbranyone left on your list.
For the person who’sbralways cold
Who doesn’t love a cozy statement piece? Even though thebrtemperatures here in the Coastal Bend can’t ever make up their mind, it doesn’tbrhurt to have a stylish coat at the ready. This teddy bear like jacket from JewelsbrClothing & Accessories is the perfect gift for those who seem to alwaysbrneed a jacket and love both style and comfort all at the same time.
For the skin-carebrguru
The team over at Halcyon Med Spa are here to make giftbrgiving this season a whole lot easier (and better for your skin). You really can’t gobrwrong with any product they sell, but the line of Zo Skin Health they carry isbrone of my all-time favorites. I’ve used various products from this brand overbrthe past two years and truly cannot pick a favorite…but if I had to, the DailybrPower Defense has worked wonders for my skin.
For the nostalgia fiend
brbrNo matter the preferred taste in music of thebrremaining people on your list, you’re sure to find something up their alleybrover at Hybrid Records. I know my mother would thoroughly enjoy Harry Style’snew album (sorry mom, I didn’t buy it for you) and yours might too! If not, have no fear, there are thousands of other vinyl to dive through in order tobrfind that perfect gift.
For the caffeine addictbr(no shame here)
Local shop and roaster, Driftwood Coffee Company, has a variety of beans for any and all caffeine lovers on your list. Pair with a mugbr(from them, a local antique store, or a local potter) and you’ve got yourselfbrthe perfect gift set! This Ethiopian blend is one of my favorites of theirs and hasbrthe perfect combination of fruity and floral notes!
For the statementbrmaker
Who doesn’t love a good piece of statement jewelry? Thisbrlocal designer has the most beautiful collection of both dainty and bold pieces.brAll handmade here in the Coastal Bend, Daisy Holsenbeck’s designs will makebrthat jewelry lover on your list oh-so-happy!
For the lover of home cooked meals
brbrLocal chef, food blogger, and all around incredible woman, Vianney Rodriguez, has a variety of cook and cocktail books that are sure to surprise any food lover on your list. The Tex-Mex Slow Cooker book has over 100 recipes for the crockpot. From chili and casseroles to sweets and salsas, this handy little book makes for the perfect gift!