It's the most wonderful time of the year! In addition to food and fellowship, the gift-giving spirit is alive and well. When you're looking for a particular present, there's really no need to go outside of Dallas. There are plenty of local shops and sites to patronize, especially when it comes to Black-owned businesses. Here's a look at seven shops that are sure to have the perfect gift for those special people on your list this year!
Gifting a plant is nice, but the gift of growth and knowledge is even better. Balcony Box, located at the Dallas Farmers Market, is a membership service teaching people how to grow their own food. Not only does the membership come with materials like a planter, potting mix, and plants, but the company also offers support in the form of planting/harvesting guides and access to gardening experts.
Brothers Jonathan and Jason Jackson are creating magic in a bottle with their Berkshire Farms Winery vino. Whether you're gifting your dinner host - or yourself - the options are endless. Go dark with a Pinot Noir or Tempranillo or opt for bubbles with the Almond Sparkling Wine! Local pickup and shipping are both available.
Offering all things chocolate is Uptown's Chocolate Secrets. A wide selection of truffles, bon-bons and confections make it easy to find something to satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds this holiday season. Not sure what to choose? A Chocolate Secrets gift card is just as thoughtful and sweet!
Clothing is always a great gift option, and Deep Ellum-based Dated Faded Worn has something for vintage lovers alike. Specializing in 80's, 90's and 2000's threads and accessories, be prepared to find everything from concert tees and jerseys, to jackets and kicks.
Nothing says it's holiday time like a sweet treat. If you're not in the mood to make your own, Kessler Baking Studio will do it for you. The Oak Cliff bakery - owned by James Beard semi-finalist Clyde Greenhouse - offers everything from cookies to brownies and blondies, to biscotti, breads and oatmeal cream pies. Kessler Baking Studio even ships nationwide through Goldbelly.
Holiday-themed candles are fun, but nothing beats a classic, luxurious, year-round scent. That's exactly what owner Brant Anderson is creating with Olphactory Candles. Everything about his coconut creme wax candles is personal - from pouring each candle by hand to the names of each jazz-inspired scent. Favorites include Intimacy Calling, Cole's Trane, and Notes From Azul.
Lisa Willis' colorful handmade jewelry company Small Talk is the perfect option for someone who wants to spice up their collection. The patterns created on these lightweight statement pieces are made from clay using a self-taught technique. Willis announces her Friday drops on her Instagram and website, and they almost always sell out so, act fast!