Ring in the Holiday Spirit with a Dallas Shopping Trip

Dallas is the place to find that perfect gift

By Denise Brandenberg,
Start Your Holiday Shopping in Dallas
Shopping is a serious sport in Dallas, and there's no time it's more apparent than during the holiday season. Dallas visitors will be able to find anything and everything to stock the Christmas tree. One of the best places to start your holiday shopping is the Galleria Dallas. This Dallas shopping mecca features four levels of stores and specialty shops, along with the biggest Christmas tree in Dallas in the ice skating rink. Now, what to buy? Read on for ideas on the best Dallas-specific gifts to give this holiday season. Photo courtesy of Galleria Dallas
Texas Pecans
The official state tree of Texas is the pecan tree, and there's no better holiday gift than a bag or tin of roasted pecans, flavored pecans, pecan pies or one of 10Best's personal favorites: pecan fudge. Dallas shoppers can find these treats all over "Big D" at spots like the Texas Pecan Company Factory Store. If you're looking for flavored or dry pecans, check out the enormous selection at Central Market. Texas pecans start out around $5 for small bags of roasted nuts. Photo courtesy of Valley Pecans
NM Chocolate Chip Cookies
A shopping trip to Dallas just isn't complete without a trip to the flagship Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas. One of the most exclusive items there is the signature NM Chocolate Chip Cookies, which start out at $25 a box for these scrumptious treats. Peruse through all the other upscale items – such as shoes, accessories, clothing and perfume – to find that special someone the perfect over-the-top holiday gift. Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
Cowboy Boots
If you're looking for a true Texan gift for yourself or a loved one, check out some of Dallas' cowboy boots. Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear has quite the selection of one-of-a-kind boots that will show off your own unique style and personality. Other great places to find stylish cowboy boots include Wild Bill's Western Store in the West End. Classic roper-style cowboy boots start out at around $85, while custom handmade boots typically start out at around $400. Photo courtesy of Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear
Jalapeño Jelly
Texans love their jalapeños, and they especially like to put their own spin on it. Enter flavored jalapeño jelly. This Texan treat is a great stocking stuffer and makes for a fun small gift for neighbors back home. You can find a great selection of it at Whole Foods, Central Market or at Luscombe Farm Specialty Foods in the little town of Anna that is north of Dallas. Most jalapeño jellies will cost around $8 to $10. Photo courtesy of Luscombe Farm Speciality Foods
Classic Toys
Holiday shopping for little ones? Make your first stop at Froggie's 5 & 10 on Knox Street. This Dallas toy store has anything and everything kids at heart have ever dreamed of, from vintage toys and walls of board games to trucks and tractors, lunch boxes and more. Santa ain't got nothing on Froggie's 5 & 10, and your little ones will attest to that! Classic toys and games at Froggie's 5 & 10 start out around $15. Photo courtesy of Froggie's 5 & 10
Blown-Glass Art
If you're planning Secret Santa for an art lover, Dallas is a great place to find that special work of art. Choose from a wide variety of different types of art, including beautiful blown-glass pieces at the Dragon Street Glass Gallery, which start out around $200 for table platters and bowls. If that's not your type of art, check out other nearby galleries that feature classic Texan art, like bluebonnet paintings, at David Dike Fine Art. Photo courtesy of Dragon Street Glass Gallery
Elegant Jewelry
Dallas women will attest that there's no better Christmas gift than a piece of jewelry, and we have to concur with them! Fortunately, Dallas holiday shoppers have a ton of different types of jewelry stores from which to choose. Kendra Scott Jewelry allows shoppers to build their own custom pieces at the Color Bar, with pendant necklaces starting out around $40. Bachendorf's is another popular Dallas jewelry store that features traditional, elegant pieces. Photo courtesy of Kendra Scott Jewelry
A Pair of Jeans
Dallas visitors who want to find a unique present for the fashionistas in their lives can find great selections of jeans and western wear, from boho chic to traditional clothing. Choose from bedazzled jeans that start out around $100 for a pair. Add rhinestone belts and pink cowboy hats, or look for long, flowing skirts with turquoise accents to complete your present. Shoppers will love Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear and The Gypsy Wagon for these types of gifts. Photo courtesy of Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear
Dallas Cowboys Jersey
Dallas is known as one of the best sports towns in the U.S. With internationally famous professional teams – including the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers – there's plenty of team gear to be found. Get your Dallas Cowboys fan a team jersey for around $100. Some of the best places to find these types of items are at the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop, along with sports outlets like Academy Sports. Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys
Cowboy Hat
Get your favorite cowboy or cowgirl an authentic Texan cowboy hat from Dallas! This quintessential Dallas gift is what people think of when they envision Texas, and they are as practical as they are stylish. Choose from a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from straw hats for the summertime to felt hats for the winter. Cowboy hats at Wild Bill's Western Store in the West End start out around $30. Photo courtesy of Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear

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.