The most wonderful time of the year is here! That said, it’s also likely the busiest time. Between decking the halls of your home, planning holiday parties, and finalizing safe travel plans, it’s easy (and understandable!) to see why so many put shopping off till the last minute. Fortunately, the Dallas Design District is here to help make it as merry of an experience as possible. Whether you’re shopping for a parent, sibling, significant other, or the host of your upcoming holiday soiree, the shops and showrooms of the DDD are sure to have something to satisfy everyone on your list.
Mother and Father Dearest
What to give the people who have given you everything? If hosting family dinners or long weekends at their home is something your Mom, Dad, or Grandparents are all about, consider Dahlgren Duck for finds like custom, luxury china, crystal, flatware, or linens to help them start a new collection that you can all enjoy together when the occasions calls for it. Or, if antiques are more their speed, you cannot go wrong at Jan Showers & Associates. From the stunning vases and trays to the unique decanters to the one-of-a-kind frames, you’re sure to find something special. Should your elders lean more towards rustic antiques, pay a visit to Uncommon Market. Here you’ll find more European-style decor, such as decorative jewelry boxes, European Roe Horns (which would be fitting for any hunting enthusiast), and trinkets aplenty.
Siblings + Your Nearest and Dearest
For siblings and close friends, something that’s both pretty and practical is the way to go. Luckily, the DDD showrooms have no shortage of chic home decor finds that check both boxes. For the person that equally embodies traditional + modern styles, Acquisitions Dallas is the place. Here you’ll find an A+ assortment of chic pillows, throws, and desk or coffee table decor. Or, should you be shopping for someone with more of a mid-century modern aesthetic, try Twelve Twenty Dallas. Expect to encounter an eclectic mix of collectibles, lighting, and art. Last but certainly not least, if the phrase “I’m not for everyone” applies to the person you’re shopping for, then Scout Design Studio — one of the most fun, funky and fab showrooms in the DDD — is the place to go. Browse their exclusive artwork, their customizable vintage furnishings that come in all shapes and sizes, and their plethora of accessories ranging from customizable key tags to lantern accents to candle holders.
That Special Someone
Oftentimes it seems that your most significant someone can be the most significantly difficult one to shop for. The key is to not overthink it! You already know they like spending time with you, so why not give them the gift of a special experience that allows them to do just that? For your foodie spouse or partner, consider a class (or a handful of classes) at The Cookery, where cooking class meets dinner party. Given their exceptional variety of classes + cuisines, like Barcelona Nights, Pasta Perfecto, and Sushi Arigato to name a few, you’re sure to find a class or two that appeals to both you and your partner's palette. Peruse their upcoming events calendar to start planning. Should your second half be a live music lover, you can’t go wrong with the gift of concert tickets to an upcoming show at The Echo Lounge & Music Hall. This new state-of-the-art venue has truly set a new standard for the Texas music scene. Aside from the tunes, expect to also enjoy tasty food offerings, inventive cocktails, and craft beers throughout the music hall, the Echo Lounge, and their outside patio. Take a peek at their upcoming lineup to see who’s coming to town next. Finally, what better way to decompress after the holidays than with a full-on staycation? Treat your partner (and yourself!) to a night or two at Virgin Hotels Dallas. Be prepared to sit back, relax, and soak in some of the best views of downtown Dallas, all while simultaneously enjoying their first-rate amenities, fine dining, and all the room service you can handle.
Hostess Gifts Galore
If you ask us, showing up empty-handed to any holiday gathering is a no-no. Whether it be a more formal soiree or a white elephant gift exchange, bringing a little something to show your appreciation for the host is always a nice gesture. You can’t go wrong with an at-home brew from Ascension, or with one of their festively packaged holiday bundles. Alternatively, restaurant gift cards are also a great way to go. Considering the foodie haven that our District has become, you really can’t go wrong here. Some of the DDD eateries that offer gift cards are Ascension, The Charles, Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine, El Bolero, and Pie Tap Pizza. Don’t see your favorite spot listed here? Inquire directly with the establishment to see if they offer gift cards — chances are they do.
If there’s one thing you can count on this holiday season, it’s that all of us here in the DDD are ready and available to help make your prepping + planning as simple and seamless as possible. So, take a trip down to our neck of the woods and be on your way to crossing off all the gifts on your list in no time — and, zero judgment if you happen to find a special gift to treat yourself to while you’re at it. On behalf of our entire Dallas Design District family, happiest of holidays to you and yours!