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10 Places to Find the Best Birthday Gifts in Houston

10-Places-to-Find-the-Best-Birthday-Gifts-in-HoustonBirthdays are the perfect time to show friends and family members just how much they mean to you. With the perfectly selected gift, you can express a range of emotions, and make a lasting impression on the recipient. With a greeting card full of cash or a gift card, you’re just not able to show the same level of affection. Before you snag a chain-restaurant gift card in the check-out line of your neighborhood big box retailer, consider visiting one of these Houston local businesses instead.

1. Ann’s Fine Gifts

There are some places that simply must be experienced in person, and Ann’s Fine Gifts is just such a place. Located at 14054 Memorial Drive, Ann’s is a treasure trove of unique and interesting gifts. From gold-dipped roses to clocks and jewelry, Ann’s is definitely the place to go when you’re looking for an upscale gift for the truly special someone in your life.

2. Events Gifts

Located in River Oaks, Events Gifts specializes in offering distinctive gifts of the upper echelon. The unexpected finds at Events range from the functional to the delightfully frivolous, but each is unique and thoughtful. Stop by Events at 6102 Westheimer Road and browse their many offerings, and you’re sure to come away with the perfect birthday gift.

3. Houston Museum of Fine Arts Gift Shop

There’s an art lover in every social circle, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Gift Shop has the perfect birthday present just waiting for the one in your network. Stop by to find highly original and interesting gifts with an artistic bent, from notebooks made of recycled computer parts to matted prints of famous works of art. You can always purchase online, but an in-person visit allows you to browse the store in a more personal and exciting way.

4. Initials

Nothing says “personal” like a monogrammed gift, something Initials has in spades. Stop by to visit with the store owners, who have more than fifteen years of experience in the field of monogramming and gift personalization. You’ll find everything from jewelery to decorative tchotchkes, each of which the staff will personalize for no additional charge.

5. Magpies

Named after the birds who are notoriously fond of shiny things, Magpies has been the recipient of several local awards, including “Best Gift Shop in Bellaire, West University and River Oaks.” There’s a Sugar Land location as well, and a store in Cypress, each of which has a selection of gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Last-minute shoppers beware, all Magpies locations are closed on Sundays.

6. The Chocolate Bar

If there’s one gift that’s always guaranteed to go over like gangbusters, it’s high-quality chocolate. Fortunately, Houston residents are lucky enough to have access to one of the best chocolate shops in the the country. Pick up a specialty cake or a chocolate greeting bar, or check out their selection of sugar-free treats for those with sugar sensitivity issues.

7. Jubilee

Located at 325 West 19th Street, Jubilee is Houston’s premier destination for offbeat and upscale gifts. Stop in to browse their extensive collection of interesting artwork, artisan bath and body products, home decor, furniture and clothing, and to find the perfect birthday gift for that special person in your life.

8. Y’alls

Texas is one place in the United States that’s absolutely brimming with pride. If the tried-and-true Texan in your life has a birthday approaching, this store is the place to find the perfect gift. From Truly Texas Gourmet food gifts to home decor and novelties with a Texas theme, Y’alls has everything a loud and proud Texan could ever hope to own.

9. Toys to Love

There was a time when kids weren’t reliant upon electronic toys to stimulate their imaginations. Go back to a simpler time, when toys were interactive objects that didn’t require a wireless Internet connection, and stop by Toys to Love on Post Oak Boulevard. The little one on your birthday shopping list is sure to love these innovative toys, even the ones that don’t need batteries.

10. Blue Willow Bookshop

Some gifts really do keep on giving, and one of those gifts is a great book. Stop by the Blue Willow Bookshop, one of Houston’s finest independent booksellers, to pick up the ideal birthday gift for your favorite bookworm. You’ll find something for every age group, from children’s books up to adult reads. There’s even a selection of puzzles, games and other bookish gifts, so you’re guaranteed not to leave empty-handed.


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