MY GIFT PICKS FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Alrighty, I’ll admit it: I’m not always the most organized person (mainly because I’m so busy!) so I apologize that this year’s gift suggestions are coming at you late in the season. But I’m a big believer in giving presents year-round, so perhaps you are too – and this list will help you anytime. I want to first recommend that you SHOP LOCAL. Please choose the small retailers over big box competitors anytime. Their merchandise is more interesting and your purchases are not only helping the Houston economy directly but you’re also ensuring that we have unique places to shop. Some of my fave places include Brazos Bookstore, British Isles, Cactus Music (note: they’re having a “Customer Appreciation Party” this Friday!), the Cathedral Bookstore, Fundamentally Toys, My Flaming Heart, and Retropolis.
The Asher Gallery, located inside the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, has some great artist-made gift items – I especially like their jewelry. The gift shops at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Contemporary Arts Museum are also excellent. If you have coffee lovers on your list, order up some bags o’ Katz Coffee, a Houston-based brewer which has a unique “Coffee Cause” program benefiting local nonprofits and a fun “Coffee of the Month” program. Patrick Summers of the Houston Grand Opera just released a beautiful book, The Spirit of This Place, in which he argues that art nurtures freedom of thought, and is more necessary now than ever before. How about some supporting the Houston Symphony? You can still purchase some of their past CDs here. I just found one of my favorite boardgames, Houston-Opoly, in Walgreen’s the other day. It’s super fun and highlights all the great Houston spots I like to write about – the Alley Theatre, Hermann Park, the Orange Show, Buffalo Bayou, and much more. The game is one of MANY about cities, colleges, and more designed by a super cool company, Late for the Sky.
And finally, I have a couple of my gifts to hawk: I make bracelets for my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project with sober teens at Teen and Family Services as well as “Houston Strong” bracelets for Harvey Arts Recovery – those sell at the Unity of Houston Bookstore and a portion of sales goes back to the nonprofits. And here’s a unique gift idea: give your loved one a one-hour or thirty-minute guidance session with me at Body Mind & Soul; I’m there on Mondays. I help people figure out their life’s purpose and also to untangle problems in their work or personal life. It’s a private “IGNITE!” consultation and I promise I can help anyone! Stop by the store at 7951 Katy Freeway to purchase a session as a gift and while you’re there, stay and shop awhile. It’s so peaceful.