Support All Things Local This Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast approaching and you may have already started to think about the perfect gifts for your loved ones. As the shopping malls become busier and busier, the pressure is on to begin the hunt for everything festive. Why not ditch the big-box stores this year and avoid the holiday rush? Here are a few local alternatives you should consider when trying to find that perfect present:

1. Allied Kenco

26 Lyerly Street

For the master chef or barbecue enthusiast in your life, Allied Kenco has everything one could dream of when it comes to grilling. Earning the title of the ultimate grilling supply store, Allied Kenco specializes in tools, equipment and everything you would ever need when preparing and cooking meat. Why not put together a barbecue bundle for that special person in your life? 

2. Tejas Custom Boots

415 Westheimer Road

The quintessential cowboy boot is something that’ll never go out of style, especially not in a place like Texas. If you already have someone in mind that rocks this western style with pride, consider gifting them a pair of custom cowboy boots from Tejas. Their handcrafted boots can be made with a variety of different materials, allowing you to perfectly tailor your pair.

3. The Hobbit Café

2243 Richmond Avenue

Switch things up this year by gifting an experience instead. Whether your loved one is a Tolkien fan, a book lover or a fantasy enthusiast, they will absolutely adore this Hobbit-themed café. A quaint little nook in the suburbs of Houston, The Hobbit Café has a plethora of magical bites that’ll awaken anyone’s inner child. Stop by to try their Frodo Sandwich, or their Dragon Wings for some tasty eats close to home.  

4. British Isles

2366 Rice Boulevard, Suite B

For the Anglophiles far and wide, British Isles has all of your favorite imported British treats, knick-knacks and collectibles. Check out their extensive range of teas and teaware, or their eclectic selection of ceramic figurines to fill out those stocking stuffers.  

5. The Chocolate Bar

1835 W. Alabama Street

Who said your furry friends can’t enjoy this holiday season right along with you? Founded in Houston almost two decades ago, The Chocolate Bar prides itself on being the go-to shop for unique artisanal treats you can’t find anywhere else. In addition to their wide selection of handmade sweets, The Chocolate Bar also has dog-friendly options so you can spoil your furry companions silly all throughout the holidays. 

Looking for something to do after the big holiday bash? Check out these festive events happening near you:

1. Coastal Point Holiday Market

December 18, 2021


It’s time to get in the holiday spirit and there’s no better way to do so than at Coastal Point’s Holiday Market. Here you’ll be able to shop various gifts and trinkets from local sellers, fill up on all your favorite treats from the on-site food trucks, and cozy up next to Santa Claus for a picture or two. What better way to ring in this holiday season?

2. Moody Gardens Festival Of Lights

November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Spend an evening taking a stroll down a mile-long trail featuring some of Galveston’s most festive light displays. Warm yourself up with some hot chocolate as you take in the sea of lights, set to the tune of your favorite holiday jingles. 

3. CityPlace Gingerbread Village

November 28, 2021 – January 7, 2022

It’s not everyday you get to experience a life-sized gingerbread house (although that would probably be every kid’s dream) so make sure to swing by CityPlace to get that perfect photo-op. While you’re there, you’ll also have a chance to meet Santa Claus and his elves as they greet all the guests. 

4. The Christmas Train

November 26 – 27; December 3 – 4, 9 – 11, 16 – 23

Take a relaxing train ride in Alvin and witness the extravagant light displays, as well as the hundreds of Christmas decorations that make up this experience. From colorful gingerbread villages to penguin snow lands, this interactive ride will certainly bring out the holiday spirit in everyone. 

Still hungry after the holiday feast? It’s almost crawfish season in Coastal Point, and you don’t want to miss out on where to score the best crustaceans.