Last-Minute Gift Guide: LAFCO New York Bath Soap

Longtime readers are rolling their eyes. “Again with the LAFCO soap?” But, yes, again. Because, again, LAFCO’s simple, Italian, handcrafted, triple-milled (it matters) white bars of soap make my shopping list for all the ladies I love. Dudes too. And it could not be better for last-minute gift fill-ins. Just pop into the Highland Park Village shop, browse the 18-or-so fragrances (Duchess Peony, Rosemary & Eucalyptus, and Fleurs de Baies, trust me), make a selection, and wrap them up, knowing you’re giving a gift that is not only luxurious and practical but also makes your giftee’s skin softer.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide: Jonathan Adler Elephant Match Holder

You need a dozen hostess gifts. Pick up a dozen of these. Our local Jonathan Adler shop carries these cutesy match holders in a variety of shapes: a pipe, a boom box, a squirrel, etc. Strike a match anywhere against the base and you’ve got a flame.Don’t forget to pick up some matches to throw in. They’re not included.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide: Travel-Friendly Truffle Pouch

The Petite Clarity Truffle Pouch is one of my favorite things. I was gifted one of these TSA-approved, clear travel pouches by the gals behind the brand and it is, quite frankly, one of the most well-used things in my handbag. It’s sleek with its shiny patent leather, it’s beyond practical with its see-through layout–”Where’s my lipgloss?” you’re asking? Just look.–and it’s exciting for the gal with a healthy amount of obsessive compulsive behavior. (So many organizational opportunities here.) Make one of these the highlight of the stocking, or, hell, make one of these the stocking’s replacement. The Petite Clarity is just $32. Larger versions (for bigger bags, iPads, documents, and such) run up to $38. It’s a no brainer. Buy online.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide: ESPA Body Oil from the Joule’s New Spa

There’s a chance you can’t afford to send your loved one to a day of pampering at the Joule’s new ESPA. That’s okay. The brand’s in-house body oil puts a little luxury on the shelves of her own boudoir. A collection of six indulgent glass bottles are made with a combination of oils for smoothing over dry winter skin and, overall, making users feel like Cleopatra. Fragrance options include Nourishing with almond oil for dry skin, Restorative with orange, geranium, and lavender, Resistance with tea tree and Eucalyptus, Soothing with sandalwood and frankincense, Fitness with Indian bay and clove, and Energising with peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Tough decision, right? Or you can buy all them all in mini bath oil format for $51. If you’re completely stumped, go with Restorative. I don’t know a soul who couldn’t use a little mental/physical revival at the present.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide: Barrington Game Day Tote

You might be as unaware as I was a couple weeks ago before learning we had a leather accessories company based here in Dallas. It’s called Barrington. Creative Director Jenny Smiley designs bags, totes, money clips, wallets, etc. that are customizable. I’m particularly fond of the Gameday collection of personalized totes and weekender bags. They’re golden gift material. Especially for college students and passionate alumni. Pick your giftee’s team colors or just browse for a dynamic color combo. Select the bag, the pattern preference, and plug in the appropriate initials. In just five minutes, you’ve got a thoughtful, personalized prezzie. Order Gameday goods here here or peruse the rest of the wallets, passport holders, and money clips for him and her. Note: bags are made custom upon order in China, so expect 10-14 days before your gift arrives. Not ideal if you need a gift on Dec. 25, but if you have a little wiggle room…

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Last-Minute Gift Guide: Uomo Cologne at New Ermenegildo Zegna in Highland Park Village

In addition to opening doors to their new boutique in Highland Park Village, famed menswear line Ermenegildo Zegna has put a new fragrance on its shelves: Uomo. It’s a combination of two key ingredients: Zegna Bergamot and Violettyne Captive. Zegna Bergamot, coined for its being harvested at Zegna’s own fields in Italy, is a citrus note. Violettyne Captive is a floral note. ”Together they explode with confidence and power, crescendoing into a monument to masculinity.” (You’ve got to love florid perfume campaign descriptions.) Both are supported by masculine notes of vetiver, a cool and woodsy, and cedarwood, warm and spicy.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide: Yosi Samra Flats

You’ve basically got one more week to get your gift shopping done. If you’re watching the hourglass drain with sweaty palms, you can relax. Dallas’ boutiques have perfect little trinkets for delighting your giftees and filling stockings. How about a pair of Yosi Samra ballet slippers? The famous fold-up flats are available in more boutiques than ever now that their maker has moved to town. Go for a two-tone patent like the style above for $70, a trendy floral print for $6, or a new t-strap with chain detailing for $88. Easy. Find them at The Shak and Haven.

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Need a Quick Hostess Gift? Try a Thirdman, 3-in-1 Fragrance

New to Dallas Neiman Marcus locations, Thirdman fragrances have hit shelves. This “luxury splash” is being touted as a fragrance to live in. She can wear it. He can wear it. The furniture can wear it. That’s the idea. These home spray/cologne/perfume/linen spritzers come in three deliciously androgynous scents, from Eau Monumentale (bergamote calabria, mimosa […]

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Dallas Holiday Gift Guide: A Good Gift for Scattered Moms and Sloppy Teenagers

I think these massive key chains, dubbed The Big O by local creators Janie Cooke, Caroline Nix, and Jennifer Neuhoff, have life-saving potential. Like, for busy moms who don’t have spare time to spend digging in diaper bags for missing house keys or for Dallas ladies so on-the-go, they could put three personal assistants to […]

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Dallas Holiday Gift Guide: For the Always-Busy, On-the-Go Gal

We all know those types. Likely, we are those types. I don’t know how I was living before I was given a pair of these Yosi Samara fold-up ballet flats by Merge boutique. Countless numbers of celebs sport these year round, but until you own a pair, you can’t know the true bliss they provide. […]

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Shop Curated, Artisan Gifts Under One Roof at the Wigwam Holiday Pop-Up Shop

I’m not thrilled with the current sate of Christmas. It’s a commercialized affair, in which people crowd the malls, fueled by Starbucks, to check off their gift lists. Not me. I think the holidays are a brilliant opportunity to pick up truly special things for special people. I’ll be making a stop at Wigwam this weekend. […]

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Dallas Holiday Gift Gift: The Best Gift for Your High-Tech Grandma

ShopTalk intern Margaux Anbouba landed a fun find at The Gypsy Wagon, which is no surprise. It’s one of my all-time favorite gift shops. Everything is whimsical and “aw”-inducing. Enter: these Consuela Slip-In Covers for iPads, Nooks, Kindles, Tablets, and probably even the new Microsoft Surface with those creepy dancing schoolgirls. They’re easy to use […]

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