Houston-Local Gifts for Any Occasion

If you’re looking for that special gift in the Houston area, you may be in luck. This city is packed with artisans, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and creators of all kinds! The next time you want to surprise someone with a Houston-local gift, consider supporting one of these small businesses.

Allyson Caire

Everyone knows someone who loves abstract art. Perhaps the abstract fan in your life has a room or two that could use some sprucing up? Allyson Caire’s incredible artwork promises to bring any room to life and prompt conversations about the work itself. “Oh, My Opal” in the Jewel Series is the perfect piece to add just a bit of color to a light room and is just one of the fun names given to Caire’s work. “There’s No Place Like Home” is one of our favorites!

Prices begin at $60.

Pomp and Circumstance

A little relaxation? Yes, please. Pomp and Circumstance sells everything from soothing soy candles and scented bath salts to the cutest assorted clothes and jewelry. And you can’t go wrong with the Sparkling Peach Lip Scrub! This boutique’s business has been booming, and they make it easy to find the perfect gift on their website.

Foxfire Candle Works

Show you care (or get some laughs) with a specialty candle from Foxfire Candle Works. This small business offers a variety of products including themed candles like the “Dumpster Fire” candle commemorating 2020, the “Love Texas” candle, and our favorite, the “Dog Mom” candle, which reminds us of a day in tropical paradise – sans rum. In fact, Foxfire Candle Works sells a few dog-themed candles, and a portion of sales of those items go to benefit Corridor Rescue. So, you can buy a great gift, support a local business, and help save a pup’s life!


Sometimes it’s just better to keep things simple, isn’t it? The perfect card can be difficult to find at a typical store, but Noted isn’t your typical store. Their truly unique greeting card designs are refreshing in a world of cards that all sound the same. You can also get writing utensils, bags and totes, stickers, books and guided journals, and organization tools here. If you’re like us, you may have given up on planners for a good year or so. It might be time to finally get a new one!

Cacao & Cardamom

Owner Annie Rupani was studying to attend law school while traveling the world when she discovered chocolatiering – and thank goodness she did! Rupani’s creations are fascinating, beautiful, and delicious. In addition to selling individual chocolates and bars, Cacao & Cardamom can provide chocolates for weddings and as corporate gifts. Honestly, we don’t know how Rupani crafted this classic 4-inch high heel out of chocolate, but we wouldn’t mind if all high heels were made out of dark chocolate like this!

The best kind of heel. Photo courtesy of Cacao & Cardamom.