Photography by Jessica Turner.

Don’t let cardboard cartons pile up on your doorstep this holiday season. This list just scratches the surface of Preston Hollow’s robust retail scene. Before you click to buy, try cruising through an IRL shopping site for a gift that’s meaningful in more ways than one.

Allie + Bess, founded by Ursuline alumna Bess Callarman and Allie Wardlaw, is known for stackable bracelets. Sold either as mix-and-match, curated sets or college stacks, the jewelry runs from $12 to $549.

From wine boxes to a gift basket of truffle honey, garlic olive oil, sel du vigneron salt and wine, Trova Wine + Market can create gifts packaged and prepared for pick-up.

Musician and neighbor Clay Pendergrass’ Longear album is a collage of genres and collaboration. Released by Clay Sounds last year, “psychedelic, funk, pop, noise, ambient, electronic, Tex-Mex and flute rock” genres are all featured. It’s a combination of original songs, a New Bohemians cover, a church hymn and the national anthem. Created with New Orleans-based producer Danny Kadar, the album was made over the course of several years with tracks being sent back and forth virtually. 

Orphan Outreach Marketplace, a nonprofit that serves orphaned vulnerable children around the world, sells artisanal, hand-crafted Guatemalan products. The tassel and beaded coin pouches come in a variety of colors and run about $26.

Opened in 2020, Eataly’s massive selection of Italian goods ranges from cheese to vintage wines. Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga d’Alba is from Italy’s Piedmont region near the Swiss Alps. Produced from the Nebbiolo grape, which makes “King of Wines,” this Barolo features notes of cherry, star anise and smoke. Ca’Del Bosco Franciacorta, a blend of three vintages and grapes, has crisp apple and pear flavors. Sicilian Olio Geraci sells extra virgin olive oil made from hand-picked Nocellara olives. Each bottle comes in a unique, hand-painted ceramic jar. Filled with Sicilian pistachio cream and topped with cocoa and pistachio crumbs, iBorsari’s panettone, a traditional Italian holiday bread, works as a dessert or a gift. 


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