Howdy, I’m Jennifer Satterfield, I’ve lived in the Brazos Valley for over twenty years, and I am the founder and editor of Growing Up Texas southern lifestyle blog.
Last year I presented a special edition of my Gifted Magazine, featuring a collection of local creators, designers, small shops, and women and family owned businesses in Historic Downtown Bryan. The Growing Up Texas Gifted Magazine reminds readers to “shop local, and shop often.” This year, I am guest writing on the Destination Bryan blog to spread more holiday cheer and highlight the wonderful local gift selections that Historic Downtown Bryan has to offer this holiday season.
Shopping for gifts can be challenging in the current climate of supply chain issues across the country, but do not let that get you down this season. Rest easy and find inspiration from last year’s Growing Up Texas Gifted Magazine and discover new gift ideas in this blog post, where I will recap and highlight some of my favorite hot spots in Historic Downtown Bryan. I invite you to join me in planning your holiday season in our community and help support our local retailers.
Gifts ideas for the Artist, Crafter, and Culinary Wizards of the Family
Shop hand blown Christmas ornaments for your tree, kaleidoscopes, flower vases, and glass figurines at the Brazos Glassworks. And for the crafter in your life browse their large selection of mosaic glass and crafting beads.
Family-owned businesses, Cocoa's Pantry and The Chocolate Gallery of B/CS, combine their talents in one shop to provide a culinary retreat. From high-end kitchen appliances, such as Le Creuset Dutch Ovens and Ankarsrum® stand mixers to made to order, one of a kind, custom chocolates, cookies and cakes, shop at Cocoa's Pantry.
The Frame Gallery brings the community original works of art by more than 50 local and regional artists ranging in talents from pottery, framed artwork, original paintings, sculptures, metal works and unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
Gifts for the Fashionista
Surprise your family member this holiday season with a custom felt hat for the winter from Catalena Hatters. Stop by Catalena Hatters for a custom felt hat consultation or pick up gift cards for your holiday stockings.
If you are looking for everyday gift ideas for her, select from a large collection of Wild Rags silk scarves and western inspired fashion at the Texas Rose Boutique. Surprise her with beautiful turquoise jewelry, her favorite scented candle, or a Texas A&M University embroidered throw pillow for your home.
Home Décor and Unique Gifts for Everyone
Browse a selection of Texas based gifts, farmhouse Christmas and home décor, or the many antiques for a personalized gift online or in-store at Bird's Nest Gifts and Antiques.
There is a never-ending array and variety of wonderful gifts for every family member at the Old Bryan Marketplace, filled to the top with a whimsical selections of home accessories, personalized stationery, linens, and furniture.
Shop home décor, desk accessories and the perfect collection of stocking stuffers at Savage Diva or Sparrow Lane's collection of European antiques, home décor, women’s clothing, and custom gifts.
Want more ideas and suggestions for local retailers in Historic Downtown Bryan? A full list of retailers can be found here.
Food for Thought… Last Minute Gift Ideas
Do you need last minute stocking stuffer ideas or maybe gift cards for friends and coworkers? Downtown Bryan has an excellent selection of local cuisine, wine bars and breweries, and coffee shops to choose from when it comes to last minute gifts ideas such as gift cards and stocking stuffers. Here are just a few suggestions to get the ideas flowing:
For the coffee lover in the family, select from freshly ground coffee from local roaster, Polite Coffee (located inside the Kyle House). Check out their holiday special of pie and a coffee!
Grab a bottle of wine from newly opened Vino Boheme, recently opened wine bar in Downtown Bryan and presented by the locally beloved Village Café.
Another patron in Downtown Bryan, Zeitman’s Grocery Store has officially opened, and features fresh pastries, bread, and deli right in the heart of downtown.
Find more holiday inspiration from holiday decorating and entertaining tips to things to do in Bryan, Texas on the Growing Up Texas Blog.