The 2020 Downtown Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again! Time to start hitting the stores [or scrolling the sites] in search of the perfect item for everyone on your list. Whether you’re shopping for your parents, significant other or that one friend who seems to have everything, we’ve got you covered.

For the Theatre Geek
We sure are missing live theater performances, but the curtain will rise again! Prepare the theatre lover in your life for next season with tickets to an upcoming performance. Skip the trip to The Big Apple and snag a Season Subscription to Broadway at The Hobby Center or a Homecoming Season Pass for Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS). You can also opt for Alley Theatre’s Flex Subscription Packages, which allow you to pick and choose your shows. Musical maniac or not, we can all agree that The Theater District has been hit hard by this pandemic. Giving a gift in honor of someone is also a great way to support your fellow Houstonians and ensure that the show goes on.

For the Foodie
We may be speaking for ourselves here, but there’s no greater gift than the gift of food. Luckily for Houstonians, there are plenty of delicious presents to choose from. Know an authentic Mexican cuisine lover? Treat them to famed chef Hugo Ortega’s flavors of Oaxaca. Do they live for pasta? A gift card to Potente is always a good idea. Are they all about the meats? A fancy feast at Guard & Grace should do the trick. For yummy international snacks and treats, a trip to Phoenicia is a must. Whatever cuisine they’re craving, Downtown’s got it! And for the self-proclaimed sommeliers in your life, the holiday wine boxes from Theodore Rex should be a BIG hit.

For the Style Icon

When searching for unique fashion items, look no further than The Tipping Point. Locally owned and operated by native Houstonians, this lifestyle boutique is the ultimate destination for limited edition shoes from brands like Nike, Adidas and Vans. Inside the store, you’ll also find a special collection of vintage apparel [RoundHouse Vintage], accessories, music and books. For those that like a bit of luxury, head on over to Sloan/Hall. The multi-category lifestyle store has curated everything from locally created fine jewelry and accessories, to designer clothing and handbags. The stylish stop also has a fun selection of puzzles, face masks and paint-by-number kits — perfect for this ever-changing environment we’re living in.

For the Self-Care Enthusiast
Who doesn’t love a spa day?! With numerous luxury hotels situated Downtown, there are tons of spas to choose from when it comes to pampering your pal. From the Spa & Relaxation Package at Hotel Alessandra to the personalized spa and wellness services at The Four Seasons Houston, there’s no reason we shouldn’t all enjoy a self-care day this holiday season.

For the H-Town Sports Fanatic
The die-hard #ClutchCity fan in your life is likely feeling a lull as we go deeper into the off-season. Get them ready for the 2021 season by stocking up on all the gear they need. Check out the Official Dynamo Shop to grab the latest jersey for game day, have them ready to root, root, root for the ‘Stros at the Astros Team Store or pop over to the Rockets Team Shop for those that bleed red.

For the One in need of a Getaway
After the year we’ve had, we could all use a relaxing weekend. Treat someone [or yourself] to an unforgettable Downtown holiday staycation. Let them spend the weekend soaking in the Texas Winter Lights by the The Lone Star state-shaped pool at the Marriott Marquis, basking in elegance [and snacking on cookies] at The Lancaster Hotel or ‘tising the season at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Who says you can’t vacation in your own city?

Don't forget the Stockings!
Before you hang those stockings with care, load 'em up with goodies from Downtown! Check out The Heritage Society's first annual Candlelight Holiday Market to shop locally made jewelry, toys and other unique gifts. The outdoor, family-friendly event offers a festive environment to pick out a little something for everyone. Other fun stocking stuffer ideas include a BCycle membership for the adventurer on your list, tickets to The ICE for the whole fam or a Discovery Green membership to show your support to the beloved park! 

Happy Holidays from Downtown Houston!

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