10 Local Gifts to Buy This Holiday Season

10 Local Gifts to Buy This Holiday Season
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It’s official. Starbucks unleashed its holiday cups at the start of this month. That means it’s time to start holiday shopping. With Small Business Saturday coming up after Thanksgiving, we’ve gathered a list of local companies and their best-selling products. Shopping local often makes that special someone’s special gift a little more memorable.

Created by the local company GLAMboxes, GLAMboard (pictured at top) is the go-to gift for the person who loves makeup and beauty supplies. It’s an expandable beauty board that solves the problem of little to no counter space for skincare and makeup routines. It's ideal for bathrooms with pedestal sinks. Neiman Marcus just picked up the product, and it's available online and in stores for the holiday season.

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GAIA Empowered Women
If you’re looking for a gift with an authentic purpose behind it, check out GAIA. The GAIA brand has bags, accessories and jewelry, all handcrafted by female refugee artisans who've resettled in Dallas. Materials used are sustainable and vintage, and the women are empowered through employment, encouragement and immersion in the local community. Through a living wage, training and development, the goal is to lead the women to financial independence. The hottest items for holiday are the earrings and text pouches. You can snag these items online or in stores at Cabana, Madre Wisteria or Madison in Highland Park Village.

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Kristin Miller Jewelry
Birthstone necklaces have been tried and true gifts throughout the years. Taking a refreshed spin on birthstones, local designer Kristin Miller creates custom-made pendants that can be hand-engraved. The necklaces are the most popular, but she creates earrings, bracelets and rings, too. There’s something extra personal about having something custom made. These locally made-to-order items are available online only.

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Parker & Hyde
In true Texas fashion, give the gift that’s made out of cowhide. Husband and wife Zack and Lauren McLarnon create handbags, clutches, jewelry, rugs and furniture with a Big D nod to their roots. One of the most popular gift items is the clutch made out of various options of colorful cowhide. Some even tote sparkly accents, perfect for the holiday season. Purchase online or visit the website for a list of retailers.

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