Still checking names off your list? Spring Branch is home to several local businesses which can meet all your gift-giving needs without you having to step foot inside a mall or pay for rush shipping. Below are seven stores that cater to seven enthusiasts.
The Fitness-Minded Friend
Texas Rock Gym
Little climbers and long-time rope-handlers can climb at Texas Rock Gym. If your gift recipient isn’t a fan of climbing, no worries: TRG also hosts tai chi and yoga classes. A gift card to cover a day’s worth of climbing and equipment rental is a great starting point for someone who may have hinted that they want to push themselves to greater heights.
Big Power Yoga
Big Power Yoga is known for its variety of yoga classes – from children and family yoga to candlelit sessions late at night to early sunrise salutations. Inside the facility, you’ll not only find a juice bar offering every combination under the sun, but also yoga-centric gifts like journals, yoga mats, incense, books, t-shirts and designer yoga wear. Pick up a gift card, or one of these items, and you’re sure to please your yogi.
The Cowboy or Cowgirl
Parker Custom Boots
From completely custom cowboy kicks to wallets and belts designed by you, Parker Custom Boots can help you create an unforgettable gift for a very special someone. Parker will also fully repair and resole your boots, which can restore them to nearly new condition. If someone on your list is a boot-wearing Houstonian, consider giving them a certificate for the average cost of boot repair, and treat their feet to fresh new soles.
The Green Thumb
In The Garden
From one-of-a-kind antique Italian planters to funky metal art, this little gem hosts gifts for the outdoor gardener and indoor plant enthusiast. Find the perfectly aged vessel from their assortment of rare finds, and then fill it with your recipient’s favorite herbs or houseplant. Or, go one step further and have the staff at The Green Thumb help you select a pot or sculpture to make a tranquil outdoor fountain.
The Branch isn’t just a place to sample the latest offerings from craft breweries; Chef Madeline Herd has also created a food menu that can stand on its own. From steak tartar to peanut butter patty melts (and don’t forget dessert!), you can feed a foodie or beer nerd’s need to nosh with a visit to The Branch. Gift cards are also available.
The Fashionable Family Member
Paris Texas Apparel
You’ll find luxurious hostess (and host) gifts such as candles and personal care products amongst the small leather goods, silk ties, fine and casual men’s clothing, hats, and belt buckles. Their gift selection could easily compete with well-known home and gift stores found inside the loop.
Story by Taylor Byrne Dodge