Wrap up your gift shopping at 12 local shops in Houston

Space Montrose offers pieces from local artisans and designers | Photo: Jenn Duncan; courtesy of Space Montrose

Shop local this holiday season at a dozen of Houston’s most beloved shops doling out unique, uncommon gifts.

The window for online shopping this holiday season is closing quick, but there’s no need to panic because Houston has plenty of brick-and-mortar shops that you can swing by to pick up unique, locally made gifts for friends, family—or a special treat for yourself.

We’ve gathered a dozen shops from across the city that offer everything from handmade ceramics to cheeky t-shirts and much more that makes for foolproof gift shopping.

12 Local Shops for Last-Minute Gift Shopping in Houston

  • All the Feels in Midtown – A relative newcomer that opened in early 2021, this shop features unique, handmade goods like vessels, vases and candles, an assortment of vintage items, smokeware, incense supplies, blankets, bags and more. You can check their store out online or swing by the beautiful art deco storefront along Milam Street. Wednesday to Saturday noon to 7pm; Sunday noon to 4pm.
  • Space Montrose – Visitors to the popular Common Bond Bakery will be familiar with the Houston-centric gift shop that sits next door on the bustling corner of Dunlavy and Westheimer. Doling out goods from local and regional artisans, Space makes a great stop for gifts that play on the Space City’s reputation, as well pop culture and cheeky references. 11am to 7pm daily.
  • Cactus Music in Upper Kirby – For more than 40 years, Houston’s longest running record shop has been doling out the latest releases from local and globally beloved musicians, “holy grail” records, and all kinds of musical memorabilia. What’s more, especially during the holiday season, you can swing by to check out their unique, kitschy gift section that features all things from rock star coloring books and collectible figures to Houston-centric books, posters and much more. 10am to 7pm daily; Sunday noon to 7pm.
  • British Isles in Rice Village – Bring the other side of the pond closer at this longtime Rice Village staple that offers all manners of goods from the United Kingdom, from gourmet foods, teas and sweets to apparel, linens and games. Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday noon to 5pm.
All the Feels offers up handmade goods and vintage finds in Midtown | Photo: Justin Jerkins/365 Houston
  • Favor the Kind in the Heights – In Heights Mercantile, this second location from the Dallas-based purveyors brings the goods for everyone, including clothing for men, women and children, as well as various home goods, textiles, pet toys, jewelry, office decor and more. Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday noon to 5pm.
  • My Flaming Heart in Midtown – Located in the Mid-Main block off Alabama Street, this eclectic shop offers goods for the spirit, with folk art, handmade jewelry, a wide variety of stones, sage and incense, crystals, vintage clothing and more. 10am to 6pm daily; Friday and Saturday 10am to 10pm.
  • Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in Museum District – Do you know someone who’d like a sweater with gold swangas on it? Of course you do, and you can pick it up at the CAMH shop that celebrates its latest exhibition, The Dirty South, which is on view through February 2022. While you’re there, you can browse other shirts, mugs, totes and more. Wednesday to Sunday noon to 6pm; Thursday noon to 9pm.
  • The MFA Shop in Museum District – Across the street, you can dig into the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s shop which features a huge selection of artful books, prints, jewelry, toys and other uncommon gifts for the art lover in your life. Hours vary; closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Shop music, pop culture and kitschy gifts at Cactus Music | Photo: Justin Jerkins/365 Houston
  • Anvil Cards in Boulevard Oaks – Just a few blocks north of Rice Village, you’ll find this greeting card store known for their sense of humor and eye-catching hand-drawn pictures that make a great companion to that naked gift card you picked up. In addition to their indie artist cards, you’ll also find an assortment of stationary supplies, prints and more. Noon to 6pm daily; closed Sundays.
  • Casa Ramirez in the Heights – This folk art outpost in the Heights has been a staple of 19th street for many years, doling out goods that promote and celebrate Latino culture through artwork, crafts, literature, and pieces from local and regional artists. 10am to 5pm daily; Sunday noon to 5pm; closed Mondays.
  • Confetti Riot in East End – Along Commerce Street, this vibrant shop features a wide collection of gifts-to-be, including handmade candles, accessories, ceramics, body lotions, apparel, home decor, jewelry and more. Tuesday to Friday noon to 7pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6pm.
  • Shop Local Marketplace in Second Ward Operating out of the Ironworks building (which also houses the delicious Segundo Coffee Lab), the Shop Local Marketplace is open daily, offering goods from local creatives, artisans and entrepreneurs. The roster is always changing, but you can generally find vintage clothing, body goods, artwork and more. Swing by on Saturday mornings at 9am to check out the expanded morning market. 11am to 8pm daily.
Anvil Cards on Bissonnet offers cards, stickers and more that celebrate Houston with a cheeky sense of humor | Courtesy of Anvil Cards

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.