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Teia Collier is a native Texan with a passion for politics, history, food, books and fashion, she is on a mission to explore and experience the best that life has to offer while sharing Southern hospitality with all she meets. Back in Mesquite, Texas after spending nearly a dozen years in Washington, DC, she loves wearing her snakeskin boots again and taking in the best of Texas food, culture, shopping, events and museums. Teia spends her days writing, playing with her young children and "saving the day" with her concierge consulting company. She is active in local children's and family charities.

Charitable And Stylish Holiday Gifts 2012: Dallas

The Holiday Season is upon us with all of its sparkle and shine, repetitive carols and festive celebrations. With all of the gift giving, we all love tips and treats that make the process fun and more fantastic. Here are a heaping handful of our favorites for gift giving that your recipient will be sure to love:

From Our Lists:

Nikki by Abi Ferrin

Nikki by Abi Ferrin (Photo Credit: AbiFerrin.com)

Abi Ferrin

We have it on good authority that Dallas loves a beauty. One of our secrets for looking great is Abi Ferrin. The line of the same name benefits the hope inducing Freedom Project which makes the figure flattering, multi-tasking fashions in an array of fabulous colors that make looking good while doing good a breeze. Not sure where to start? I’d go with the Nikki, a 5 way classic that can take you from day to night.

WHERE: Online at  AbiFerrin.com, in Nordstrom stores or give a call to Abi Ferrin’s Revolving Door Studio

PRICE: $295

Metal Beaded Necklace byShona

Metal Beaded Necklace byShona (Photo Credit: byShona.com)

“Brunch and Go” necklace by Shona C. Gilbert

This piece is by Dallasite Shona C. Gilbert. The hand-crafted pieces made in precious stones, unique metals and reclaimed vintage art make for one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. Recently featured as the official partner for Jean Paul Gaultier‘s famous Dallas debut, Gilbert’s line is available online and in Neiman Marcus stores.

Looking for a starting point, see the necklace to the left. The “Brunch and Go” necklace is hand fashioned with metal beads, hand-knotted black silk and a vintage brass rope chain.

WHERE: by Shona, available online at byshona.com or at Neiman Marcus Stores

PRICE: $295, this necklace available here

Madison Dallas

A Sampling of the Finds at Madison (Photo Credit: Madison Dallas)

Madison Dallas

Madison is one of those stores where you can always find something fabulous. A braided rope inspired bracelet caught our eye and had us sighing with delight and scribbling away hint notes for the holidays to come. If you stop by, be sure to check out the selection of home goods and treasures for the giving.

Madison Dallas
45A Highland Park Village
Dallas, Texas 75205

Delicious potpie from Jack's Southern Comfort Food

Delicious potpie from Jack’s Southern Comfort Food (Photo Credit: Jack’s Southern Comfort Food)

Jack’s Southern Comfort Food

When someone has everything, sometimes the best thing you can give them is the fabulousness of a home cooked meal. When we stopped by the new crave-worthy Greenville haunt, Jack’s Southern Comfort Food, we couldn’t help, but smile. Hot biscuits, family service, easy parking, delicious desserts and tasty entrees that kids and adults both love, you will be sure to have a winner on your hands. Make your bestie or that busy mom you know (or even yourself ) super happy by picking up a glam casserole to-go (approx. $20) and a side of those homemade biscuits. Add a card that says, “Happy Holidays” with the reheating instructions. Or even one of their handcrafted denim aprons that benefit the Bridge Network; if my own kids are any indicator, I know you’ll get lots of thank yous.

Jack’s Southern Comfort Food
1905 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75206
Ph. 214-824-0900

Facelogic Highland Park

Facelogic Highland Park (Photo Credit:Facelogic Dallas)

Merry and Bright Special at Facelogic

Skincare is a must and sometimes life gets nuts and the time to pack these pampering treatments in becomes a luxury experience.  Recently, we sampled the fabulous Merry and Bright Special at Facelogic which benefits the Empowered by Light program which provides solar-powered LED lights for children in Zambia. Dallas-based Biosanes co-founder Faryn Clark has partnered with Facelogic to gift the LED lights for every Merry and Bright facial offered as a gift.  Facelogic specializes in luxurious services designed to comfort, perfect, protect and recharge the wary. We opted for the 60 minute treatment, it included a fabulous massage, 5 percent peel based with organic, Stone Crops and a natural hydroquinone alternative which soothes and brightens the skin. Pampering, relaxing and a perfect respite from a hectic schedule. Be sure to ask about a gift membership and Biosanes Magic Cookies (we love the Granola Cranberry) adored by the cast of Dancing With the Stars.

Facelogic Dallas
4518 Lovers Lane
Dallas, Texas 75225
Ph. 214-696-3223

$49-$69 for facials
$21.99 for Biosanes Magic Cookies

Layerables from Snider Plaza's Piermarni Boutique

Layerables from Snider Plaza’s Piermarni Boutique (Photo Credit: bitesofstyle.com)

Piermarni Boutique

Creamy, dreamy cashmeres, unique buttery soft leathers, layerable knits for men and women and an affordable treasure trove of trinkets and sparkly finds to dress up and dress down an outfit to perfect are to be found at Snider Plaza’s new hipster spot, Piermarni.

The highly curated, limited edition outpost ran by John Piermarni has crafted an outpost of stash-worthy treats for the undercover fashion lover. One thing I loved is that John hand picks pieces and carries them in limited numbers so that the risk of running into your fellow stylite wearing the same outfit will be a rarefied experience.

Be sure to check out the soft layers at great prices for the men in your life and check out the fun collection of stackable rings for a neat stocking stuffer.

Our pick for him:  The Grab and Go Leather Wallets. For you:  Any one of the jersey blend tees — I’ve got my eye on the fabulous grey and black knit.

Piermarni Boutique
6827 Snider Plaza
Dallas, Texas 75205
Ph. 214-303-1261

PRICE:  $20 – $500

Times Ten Cellars Event Space

Times Ten Cellars Event Space (Photo Credit: Times Ten Cellars)

Times Ten Cellars

Local wineries can produce special treasures unique to a particular time and place. Times Ten Cellars nestled in the cozy Lakewood alcove is one of our favorites.  Carrying a variety of local wines and hosting casual pizza nights with the life-changing Il Cano Rosso, guests become family in minutes. Stop in to the lounge for a glass of a yummy red, a taste of Rob’s Pimento Cheese and a Dude, Sweet truffle or three while you grab a bottle or two of the Blend X for gifting.

Times Ten Cellars
6324 Prospect Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75214
Ph. 214-824-WINE

Blend X  $14/ bottle
Dude, Sweet Chocolate $3 and up

Bird on A Wire Postage Included Stationary

Bird on A Wire Postage Included Stationary (Photo Credit: bellinvito.com)

Bell’ Invito

Two of the most valued words in the English language are “Thank You.” They convey the meaning that you are special and that you are loved and appreciated. Local paperie, Bell’Invito has a lovely solution in their postage included thank you notes. I am partial to the fabulous Bird on a Wire set, but I find that “Much Appreciated” set brings a smile.

Bell’ Invito
147 Pittsburg
Dallas, Texas 75207
Ph. 214-741-1717


OMG S'Mores display at Swoozie's

OMG S’Mores display at Swoozie’s (Photo Credit: OMG S’Mores facebook)

OMG S’mores

Universal presents are the hardest to find.  Even more difficult are the ones that mom, dad and the kids will love.  One of my favorites is the S’more Tower from OMG S’mores benefiting the North Texas Food Bank.  The holidays are a time when families are the hardest hit with the force of lack and want — OMG S’mores by local Dallasite Stacy Fawcett has come up with a brillant way to help in a delicious way.  Each tower has delicious artisian marshmallows, graham crackers, yummy gourmet chocolate and roasting rods in a gift ready tubular tower.  If my kids and our Dallas team are any indicator, happy giggles will abound.

WHERE: OMG S’mores online or in local Whole Foods and Swoozie’s Stores

PRICE: $20-$30

Busta Clutch by Ashard Ritchley

Busta Clutch by Ashard Ritchley (Photo Credit: Ashard Ritchley)

Busta By Ashard Ritchley

“Fashion. Form. Function.” is the tagline for Dallas design house Ashard Ritchley.  We love that their clutches are perfectly designed to hold your latest technological present and can double as your night bag at the same time.  Beautiful colors, lovely textures and fashion forward design bring to light the fantasticness that makes us great fans of award-winning Ashley Burghardt and her team.  Not sure what to pick:  Our vote is the multi-tasking Busta or the snap happy Envelope.  In neutral leathers or trendy brights with pockets to hold your favorite device or your nightly essentials, you’ll find this is your go-to bag!

WHERE: online: Ashard Ritchley

Krimson and Klover
3111 Cole Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204

PRICE: Busta: $200
Envelope: $65

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