Last Minute Holiday Stocking Stuffers

I love shopping for any reason, but this time of year allows me to really let my retail prowess shine.

The art of gift giving is multifaceted and includes many steps. To name a few:

  1. Purchase gift perfectly suited to recipient’s tastes and personality. This part is arguably the most enjoyable…feel free to snag a few items for yourself too, especially if you went to the mall because you deserve a reward.
  2. Wrap said gift in your choice of fabulous seasonal paper, ribbon, etc.  (I’m coming for you Container Store Gift Wrap Wonderland.) If your place of residence doesn’t begin to look like Santa’s Workshop during the weeks leading up to Christmas, you’re doing it wrong.
  3. Generate excitement from recipient by bringing up gift as much as possible (obviously you want the recipient to be as excited as you are that you’ve found the perfect gift for their lifestyle.) Hopefully they got you something amazing too but that really isn’t what this is all about.
  4. Pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and watch your friends and family delight at the thought, care and excellent wrapping craftsmanship you’ve put into gift giving this year.

However, when we find ourselves at this point in the holiday season, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to spend at the mall or elsewhere making dreams come true. That’s why I’ve compiled this handy guide of last minute holiday stocking stuffers – or should I say stocking stars…

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CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop Favorites

Even with allergies in full effect, there’s one holiday shopping tradition in Dallas that I simply refused to miss out on.

While some enjoy the crowds at NorthPark and the Galleria (and I too will undoubtedly join the masses in crossing off the finishing touches on my Christmas list in the upcoming weeks) the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop provides an ideal one stop shop for local gift giving, complete with prosecco, valet, sweet treats and a wrapping station to round out the experience.

Neighborhood, Jack Mason, Bullzerk, Celebrity Cafe & BakeryJoy Macarons and Dallas Museum of Art are just a few of the vendors that showcased their curated holiday gift selections to eager shoppers on December 6. Pictures with Santa were also available on-site, although I couldn’t convince Hunter to participate in that particular tradition (maybe next year…)

Here are just a few of my favorites:

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