For the advocate
For the socially conscious friend or family member, Mercy House Global Market offers a variety of fair-trade items, handmade by artisans from around the world. Customers can find gift items for children, men and women. Each item has a story behind it. Stackabilities, a set of bracelets, are made by a group of mothers from a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Each bracelet purchase helps support these artisans. The bracelet sets come in two colors. Similarly, 50 percent of each purchase made at Mercy House Global Market go to support women across the globe.
Mercy House Global Market
5814 FM 1488, Magnolia 832-652-3762
For the bookworm
Mystery novel (prices vary)
For the adventure-seeker, curious mind or bookworm, The Book Attic features a large selection of new and preowned books, including a plethora of mystery novels. Customers can find titles for readers of all ages at a discounted rate, including young adult novels, westerns, biographies and children’s books. The price of each book is half the cover price, owner Barbara Bracksieck said. Popular authors, such as James Patterson, Anita Shreve and John Green, are among the numerous finds in the store.
The Book Attic
28569 Hwy. 249, tomball
For the party host
Cowhide coasters (starting at $3)
RND Rustics offers assorted coasters in various colors made from cowhide. The coasters, measuring 5-7 inches, are embroidered with different designs, including a longhorn, the state of Texas and playing card symbols. The item can be paired with a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer as a gift to the party host this holiday season. Customers can also find furniture and additional rustic decor pieces, including kitchen and living room options.
11721 FM 1488, Magnolia
For the meat connoisseur
Exotic Beef Jerky Sampler Pack ($29.99)
The sampler pack includes 16 types of exotic beef jerky, including pheasant, wild boar, alligator, kangaroo and ostrich jerky, for meat connoisseurs to enjoy. Beef Jerky Outlet also offers bug suckers and packages of dehydrated bugs, smaller items that can be gifted in a holiday stocking. For the less adventurous, Beef Jerky Outlet offers traditional smoked jerky flavors, snacks and seasonings.
Beef Jerky Outlet
14125 FM 2920, Ste. 101, Tomball
For the pet lover
Dog and cat holiday ornaments ($9-$13)
Mia’s Corner offers a selection of holiday ornaments perfect for anyone who loves dogs or cats, owner Christine Griffin said. Whether for a pet parent or simply a pet lover, ornaments are available in various breeds and sizes. Shatter-proof and customizable pet ornaments are also available, including ornaments featuring cats as well as dogs. In addition, the pet boutique offers pet items, such as leashes, collars and beds, as well as pet-themed decor and home goods. Grooming services are also available.
100 Houston St., Tomball
For the person who has everything
Arbor Music offers four sizes of ukuleles for the hard-to-buy-for individual, owner Eric Williams said. The store sells Kala brand ukuleles ranging from exotic wood instruments to water-resistant and glow-in-the-dark novelty items. Ukuleles are available in bright colors, varying woods and different shapes. The ukulele is easy to learn, Williams said, and it is portable and affordable for individuals of all ages. The smaller instrument is not just for young musicians, he said.
33311 Bear Branch Lane, Magnolia