Shop local for a gift for everyone on your list!Dec 07, 2015 01:28PM ● By SCENE MAGAZINE STAFF
Here are some “out of the box” ideas for Christmas (and some anytime) gifts for hosts, family members and dear friends to show your affection and appreciation. So no matter what your Christmas gift giving challenge, you will feel the season’s joy by shopping locally.
Railean Distillery (San Leon): The gift store at Railean Distillery is like coming across a buried treasure! Shop for one or shop for all on your gift-giving list and choose from bottles of handmade vodka, rum, whiskey, and Blue Agave tequila, Railean BBQ Sauce and Rub, (Lieutenant blender) mixers with bottle, pirate merchandise, baskets, memorabilia, scarves, hats, caps, t-shirts, jewelry, flip flops, aprons, kids gifts, puzzles, games, and even handmade dog treats. Don’t forget to purchase tour gift certificates for multiple people at $5 per person. Shop online at www.railean.com or visit the store at 341 5th Street in sunny San Leon. You may want to call first 713-545-2742 because the elves are quite busy this season!
Mediterraneo Market and Café (Nassau Bay): Sure, the food is outstanding at Mediterraneo, but make sure to peruse the market for some tasty treats! Stock up on international ingredients and snacks to satisfy any cravings! Be the star at your next holiday party with fresh olives, cheeses, spices, dried fruits & nuts, olive oil, imported chocolates, baklava and many other goodies that will make the recipient giggle with glee!
Mainly Drinks (La Porte) specializes in creating custom gift baskets for those with discriminating tastes. Choose from an assortment of wine, beer, coffee or variations of those and add accoutrements such as corkscrews, wine tags, bottle stoppers, etc. Gift baskets begin at just $10 so any price range can be accommodated! For more information, call 281-867-1700.
The Oak Barrel Beer Club (Nassau Bay) has the gift that will keep on giving all year long for your beer enthusiast. They offer Craft Beer Memberships in a variety of ways for your “giftee” to get all their beer – even those that are hard to find, seasonal and in limited release. Membership options range from $44 to $88 per month and include a free Oak Barrel Growler and T-shirt. Each membership level offers a variety of choices for bombers, 6-packs, or 4 packs of beer, a number of free growler fills at their limited release growler station, entered in weekly giveaways for rare beers, custom growlers, and many other great beer related gifts. Sign up online at www.oakbarrelbeerexchange.com or call 281-702-7545.
Sign Quick (Seabrook) - A great way to cheer on your favorite athlete is with a “Big Head Cutout Sign!” These fun custom cut-outs are on a large scale. The recipient will surely have a smile just as large when they open their gift! Or print a photo of family members or friends, and cut it out to decorate their home. Visit www.signquick.com to place an order.
ZENergy Gift Certificate (South Shore Harbour) – Give the gift of positive energy and balance for your family. They use an integrative approach to wellness using hypnotherapy and energy work. For more information, contact Kathleen or Courtney at 281-796-7476 or 281-904-8410 for group or individual sessions.
Hugh & Jeff’s Carwash & Grill (League City) can help keep that sweet car in tip-top shape. Purchase a gift certificate at the “coolest car wash, bar and grill on the planet!” Buy one wash (add some $$ for food and drink while they wait) or set someone up for total success with a carwash membership and VIP options. The car wash is located at 1232 FM-646 W in League City. For more info, call 281-614-1812.
XTC Boutique (La Marque and Bacliff) – It’s time to get on the “Naughty List” because, Mister, Mrs. Clause never looked so hot! Swing by XTC Boutique and load up your sack to surprise your significant other with sexy lingerie. Forget the mistletoe! XTC has plenty of adult games and toys to make new traditions with! Shop at 3505 Hwy. 146 in Bacliff or 5309 I-45 in La Marque.
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Getting down to the wire and still stuck? Give them the one-size-fits-all, sure-to-please restaurant gift certificate! Restaurant Gift Certificates are a great gift to those who don’t like cooking or cleaning their kitchen… or who just enjoy eating out. Choose from any of our advertisers in The SCENE. Some of particular note with purchase incentives:
Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack (Kemah), Tookie’s (Seabrook) and T-bone Tom’s (Kemah): Buy $50 in gift certificates and get $10 free.
Masa Sushi: Buy $50 in gift certificates, and get $15 free. Now in three locations: Webster, Dickinson and Friendswood.
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Here’s a cool Christmas event to keep on your radar:
Noah’s Ark will be open on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. offering a turkey buffet for $12.99 a person from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The full kitchen will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Show up thirsty for $2.50 wells, $1.50 drafts and $2.25 domestic bottles. Sing along with Karaoke from 7 p.m. to 10 p.