1. Deck the hall with succulents

Preston Hollow mom Courtney Goldberg started Urban Spikes out of her home, and Neiman’s took notice. Her business is growing as fast as her family (three boys). Decorating with a succulent arrangement means it will last long after the holidays. This artful arrangement costs $265.


2. Artful scarves and puzzles

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Mom Mione Plant left an engineering career to paint and turn her art into scarves and puzzles. Her winter scarf, “Into the Dark and Wonderful Unknown,” features creatures of the night. Her puzzle, “The Best is Yet to Come,” highlights a squirrel’s high jinks. 

Shop at Tootsies or mioneplant.com

3. Presents that make a difference

CCheryl Hilgenbrink, mom of two sons, has assembled gifts from artisans around the world. Shop paper bead ornaments from Uganda, unicorn and llama ornaments from India, Vietnamese jewelry made from water buffalo horn, wallets that are vegetable treated instead of chemical treated and more. Host a Noonday Collection soirée or shop online.

CherylHilgenbrink.NoondayCollection.com or hilgenbrinkc@gmail.com.

4. Carded with joy

Entrepreneurial Preston Hollow mom Stephanie Weibring started Joy Creative Shop to produce colorful stationery that promotes joy and spreads gratitude. Shop for thank you notes, custom stationery, note pads, greeting cards, gift wrap and more. Insider find: thank you notes for kids. All they need to do is fill in the blank.


5. Invest in the trail

Support Northaven Trail by donating and honoring your loved one with a brick. Choices include 4-by-8 inches for $100, 8-by-8 inches for $250, 12-by-12 inches for $500, 12-by-24 inches for $1,000, or 24-by-24 inches for $2,500.


6. It cuts like LeeAnne Locken

Can’t get enough of the “Real Housewives of Dallas?” Or maybe had too much of it? Take a knife to this RHOD Texas-shaped cutting board. Even if you don’t like the housewives, the cutting board is cute. $34.95.


7. Hostess with the most-est

Preston Hollow mom and floral designer Claire Rathbun created this holiday hostess gift. Prices start at $50. Rathbun is known for asymmetrical designs that highlight the beauty of individual flowers. She seeks out foraged beautyberry and dried, painted cattails.


8. Bejewel yourself

This $825 necklace is by Navajo artist Marilyn Platero. The $375 cross is by Navajo artist Darryl Becenti. Castle Gap is celebrating its 46th anniversary in our neighborhood.

The Plaza at Preston Center, 8300 Preston Road,

9. De-lovely dreidel

It nearly 21 inches tall, the Gary Rosenthal Presidential Dreidel combines copper, brass and steel with fused glass. Rosenthal has been sculpting in welded metals since the early 1970s. His work has been presented to Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and celebrities, including Bette Midler and Ben Stein. The price is $475. Judaic Treasures, the gift shop of Temple Emanu-El, was established in 1954 to provide Judaic items for the community and support Temple events and scholarships.

Judaic Treasures, 8500 Hillcrest Road, judaictreasures.org

10. What does Preston Hollow smell like?

White Rock Soap Gallery boasts a wax candle with a touch of beeswax and coconut oil called Preston Hollow ($25), but Preston Hollow mom Jennifer White created the Love Struck Company. White creates the candles in her home. Check out Unicorn Fart ($18), which smells like lemons, limes, cherries, grapefruit, berries and vanilla. She also features Boyfriend ($18), which she says “smells like a boyfriend — the good kind, the kind with a job.”

Whiterocksoapgallery.com, Thelovestruckco.com

11. Buy experiences instead of stuff

Preston Hollow mom Lilly Neubauer brings art supplies to your home so you can delight in crafts. These events are meant for kids and adults. Her motto is “connect through creativity.” Choose from “tie-dye bandera,” “spell-my name-bracelet,” floral arrangements, embroidery and rock painting.


12. For the literati

Our neighbors are among the best on the best-sellers list:

  • Melinda French Gates, 1982 Ursuline valedictorian: “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World”
  • Laura Wilson: “That Day: Pictures in the American West”
  • Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, former Hockaday students: “Sisters First”
  • Eric Nadel: “Lim-Eric!: Whimsical Rhymes from the Voice of the Texas Rangers and his Friends”


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