Shopping is considered a sport in Dallas, and there's no better time to witness that than during the holiday season. The shopping malls with picture-perfect Santas and trimmed trees with colorful lights set the background for this joyous time of year in "Big D."
If you're looking for a true Dallas gift, cowboy boots and cowboy hats should be at the top of your list. Many Dallas stores feature handmade boots with intricate details and colors. Choose from traditional styles, like snakeskin boots, or boho styles in different shades of turquoise or with trendy designs.
Other Dallas-specific holiday gifts include flavored pecans, jalapeño jelly and salsas for the food lovers in your life. If you're shopping for an art lover, Dallas offers a ton of art galleries and boutiques that specialize in modern art or classic Texan landscapes with fields of bluebonnets.
Cowboy hats — Photo courtesy of Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear
Dallas sports fans will love authentic fan gear from the official Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop or team jerseys for the Dallas Mavericks or Texas Rangers.
If you're looking to find a piece of jewelry for that special someone, Dallas has the internationally known jewelers, like Tiffany's, but also a huge selection of homegrown jewelers that make one-of-a-kind pieces.
Some of the best places to experience Dallas holiday shopping are the local shopping malls. Keep in mind that just like everything else in Texas, these malls are huge and feature a wide variety of other holiday activities and attractions.
At the Galleria Dallas, for example, shoppers will be dazzled by the four-stories-tall Christmas tree in the middle of the ice skating rink, which also just happens to be the tallest indoor tree in the U.S.
Visitors who are looking for unique finds will enjoy perusing through East Dallas boutiques that feature antiques, locally made jewelry and clothing, like the Debutantes and Cowboys Boutique in Lakewood.
Shoppers who want to find Western wear and gear can go to eclectic shops in the West End or find traditional items at one of many Western stores throughout town.