Ten Top Spots To Shop For The Holidays In The Dallas Area

Still making your list and checking it twice? Relax, Dallas is one of the greatest cities on the planet for shopping and there's no shortage of places to scoop up last-minute gifts for the holidays.

Looking for some inspiration? You can't go wrong with NorthPark Center, one of the top shopping malls in the country– boasting everything from high-end boutiques to unique specialty shops and legendary department stores. While you're at NorthPark, be sure and hit up Kate Weiser's chocolate shop, where you're sure to find the perfect gift for anyone with a discerning sweet tooth.

Do you have a friend that has everything? If so, you're in luck. For random trinkets, candles and gag gifts, check-out Fete-ish. Or for awesome blown glass art and jewelry, try Carlyn Galerie. There's also Lula B's West, a venerable emporium of all things vintage– and Life Of Riley, a life-style store showcasing mid-century furniture, home decor and quirky gifts.

And when it comes to shopping for the kiddos, there's no place like Froggie's 5 & 10. The store is a magnet for all ages, featuring games, books and toys galore, plus it's a stellar spot to load up on stocking stuffers.   

Still need to check off a few hard-to-shop-for loved ones? Then be sure to check out our complete 10best guide to holiday shopping in Big D.


Daiso Japan
Photo courtesy of Daiso Japan

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffers? How about unique items for a gift basket? Look no further than the Japanese budget shopper's paradise, Daiso, which has locations in Carrollton, Fort Worth, Irving, Arlington, Frisco and Plano. It's basically a dollar store on steroids, boasting thousands upon thousands of quality goods, ranging from beauty supplies, kitchenware, gift wrap and stationary items to tech gadgets, toys, snacks and holiday decor. Hello Kitty chopsticks? Solar powered lucky cat figurines? Sushi shaped erasers? It's all here and then some. The best part? Most everything in the store is priced at $1.50. Just be warned, it's virtually impossible to walk out of there empty-handed.

La Mariposa Imports
Photo courtesy of Ilene Jacobs

This cheery Henderson Avenue stalwart is your first port-of-call when it comes to all things Mexican, and for that matter--just about anything you can think of that hails from Central and South America. You'll find a terrific selection of apparel-- such as embroidered dresses and blouses, gauze skirts, and colorful ponchos, as well as a nice stash of belts, scarves, headbands and jewelry too. But there's much more than wearable items on offer. La Mariposa stocks everything from hand woven Guatemalan textiles to fiesta decorations, Christmas decor, Talavera pottery and a full range of Day of the Dead products. Bonus: They offer complementary gift wrapping too.

Photo courtesy of Fete-ish

This emporium of all things weird and wonderful is jam packed with most anything you could think of for gifting and decorating. From candles, ceramics and paintings to kids toys, gadgets and barware, it's all here. And so are plenty of random trinkets you desperately want but probably don't need. How about a nifty barbecue grill inside of a briefcase? Or maybe a flask tie for those who want to indulge on the go? When it comes to holidays, Fete-ish goes all out, stocking the shop with everything imaginable to create a celebratory vibe. Speaking of celebrating, time your visit for a Friday night and you'll be treated to a tantalizing adult concoction.

Lula B's West
Photo courtesy of Lula B's West

If the idea of scouring aisles of bric-a-brac, rummaging through bargain bins and haggling over prices excites you, then you'll enjoy the thrill of the hunt inside this veritable department store of vintage wonders. Here, you'll find over eighty vendors peddling everything from mid-century modern and retro furniture to vintage clothing, western souvenirs, kitschy collectibles and baubles galore. There's plenty to buy if you have an unlimited budget (like a mid-century stereo console priced at $1695), but luckily, there are plenty of bargains too, plus the dealers here are constantly marking down their stuff. Dreaming of a vintage Christmas? Then you're in luck, check out the cornucopia of retro holiday decor at dealer 1258. And even if you only end up spending $10, you'll still be able to walk away thinking you've hit the jackpot. Just make sure to set aside plenty of time if you want to get the most out of this scavenger hunt.

Froggie's 5 and 10
Photo courtesy of Froggie's 5 and 10

Whether you're a kid or an adult, it's hard to walk into this whimsical little toy shop and not be dazzled by its seemingly limitless array of playthings. From robots, dinosaurs and puppets to kites, games, trucks and even toy drones, every inch of its 3,700 sq. ft. space is packed with eye-catching goodies at every turn. As well, Froggie's is a veritable treasure trove of playthings from the past. There are tin toys, action figures, old-fashioned lunchboxes, Slinkys, yo-yos and even retro candy. You'll also find a stockpile of gag gifts: farting calendars anyone? And it's the best stocking stuffer destination in the city.

Life of Riley
Photo courtesy of Life of Riley

Interior designer Billy Milner and graphic designer Jerod Dame have decked out this lifestyle boutique with all their favorite things. The result is a 2,500-square-foot space filled with an aesthetically pleasing mix of antiques nestled in among innovative design and one-off vintage pieces. The stock runs the gamut from retro-mod furnishings (crafted locally) and industrial-polished accessories to art, candles, greeting cards and jewelry. If you're gift shopping for a discerning recipient, check out the vintage European maps or beauty and bath goodies from the Dallas-based fragrance designer Niven Morgan. Just be sure to bring your credit card--it's unlikely that you'll leave here without something in hand.

Galleria Dallas
Photo courtesy of Galleria Dallas

Boasting four levels of more than 200 stores which includes includes a mix of trusty department stores (Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom), all the major brands you can think of (from Abercrombie & Fitch to J. Crew) and specialty stores like Gucci and American Girl, it's suffice it to say that whatever you're looking for will most likely be found here. Add in a swanky Westin hotel, a plethora of eating options, a rain forest-themed kid's play space, an ice-skating rink and an impressive glass vaulted ceiling modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, and you can see why this place is consistently a major draw for locals and tourists alike. And where else can you ice-skate around the tallest Christmas tree in the nation?

Carlyn Galerie
Photo courtesy of Carlyn Galerie

For those who appreciate beautiful things, say hello to Carlyn Galerie, an artisan treasure trove stocked with everything from Chihuly-esque blown glass pieces and one-of-a-kind jewelry to objects made of ceramic, fiber, metal, glass and wood. Around 100 designers are represented at any one time, so the range of styles and budgets is massive. Stocking fillers? Check. Gifts for her? Check. There's even something here for the guys. Think blown glass ink pens for $17; malachite & mother-of-pearl waiters knives for $66 and hammered sterling silver drop earrings for $67. And those Chihuly-esque blown glass pieces? Expect to find vases, bowls and platters to run from $45 to $950. There's holiday décor too. Look out for glass Christmas trees, holiday plates, menorahs and ornaments galore. Oh, did we mention that they gift wrap everything for free?

Kate Weiser Chocolate NorthPark Center
Photo courtesy of Kate Weiser Chocolate

Looking for a perfectly delicious gift? Then hit up one of famed, Dallas chocolatier Kate Weiser's boutiques where you'll find an eye-popping range of confections that look (almost) too good to eat. Weiser's signature hand-painted bonbons (in flavors like truffle honey and key lime pie) can be purchased individually or in build-your-own-box sets starting at $18 for 6 pieces. Other decadent treats include various chunky bars, truffles, chocolate covered nuts, bacon toffee and drinking chocolate. Speaking of drinking chocolate, we love Carl the Snowman, one of Weiser's seasonal creations featuring a marshmallow-filled chocolate snowman that transforms into hot cocoa. But don't take our word for it, take Oprah's, it's one of her favorite things for 2018.

NorthPark Center
Photo courtesy of NorthPark Center

Pick up all your holiday gifts in one fell swoop at this ultimate shopper's paradise. Ranked among the top five shopping destinations in the country, NorthPark Center brings together more than 235 retailers, ranging from legendary department stores (from Neiman Marcus to Nordstrom) and familiar name brands like H&M, Gap and Apple) to all the high-end boutiques you could ever wish for. And as far as shopping centers go, NorthPark has got to be one of the most festive ones during the holidays. Expect to find opulent decorations along with a sleigh-full of events— such as marionette shows, live musical performances and Santa meet and greets. Don't miss seeing the elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit and keep an eye out for the center's permanent 20th and 21st century art collection, featuring works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and the like.


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene