Dazzling presents right near your front door

Betty Walker shows off her festive and one of a kind Christmas decorations available at GingerSnaps.

Looking for something a little different for a Christmas present?

Look no more. You don’t have to drive into Houston, you can find some very enticing gifts right here in the Bay Area.

If you’re decorating for the holidays, swing by GingerSnaps in League City and take a look at their new line of Christmas ornaments and serving platters sold exclusively at GingerSnaps by Coton Colors and available for personalization free of charge. A great gift idea! The shop also features fashions, shoes and accessories.Other must stops if you’re looking for holiday décor would be Michael’s or Garden Ridge in Webster, where you’ll find Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments and just about anything you’ll need to turn your home or business into a holiday haven.

Meanwhile, the ladies can add some razzle dazzle to their wardrobe with a pretty new party dress

Baubles & Beads owner Vicki Karge

from The Clothes Horse in League City, which carries top brands and the latest designs for all our holiday occasions, including the season’s new shimmer and glow evening bags by Vera Bradley. You’ll find jewelry, watches, purses, shoes by Brighton and tasteful fashions from Joseph Ribkoff.

Also take a look at the designer clothing and accessories at That’s Haute Boutique in League City or Casanova’s Downfall in Seabrook.

‘Tis also the season to put your best face forward with skin products from the cosmetic counters of Macy’s, JCPenny’s and Dillard’s at Baybrook Mall.

Ann Hacker, owner of Park Avenue Showplace Antiques

If you’re planning a party, One Stop Tents and Events on Highway 3 across from Webster City Hall is loaded with a variety of furniture, party essentials and other décor to make your party an unforgettable evening.

Baubles and Beads in League City is a high-end resale boutique that caters to upscale, fashion minded customers and features an array of classic designer clothing, ladies business attire, cocktail dresses, formal gowns, shoes, hats, handbags and jewelry.

And, while we’re on the subject of the slightly used, consider one of the lovely antiques offered by Ann Hacker at Park Avenue Showplace Antiques in League City, which features vintage jewelry and clothing, along with antique furniture – sure to delight the collector in your life. This is a treasure hunter’s paradise, and you’ll also find beautiful glass wear to enhance any holiday dinner table or party.

Carol Bergman, of One Stop Tents and Events.

Or stop by Lewis Jeweler’s and Eve’s Custom Jewelry in Clear Lake near the Gulf Freeway, Billings Jewelry in Webster or any of several stores at Baybrook Mall, for an array of jewelry likely to excite most anyone.

Sandy Carney, owner of The Clothes Horse.

Then, there are books — books written by Bay Area authors. Among them are Invitation From Afar, a story by aerospace computer scientist Linda King of Clear Lake about a space journey filled with mystery and intrigue; the gripping sci-fi thriller Specific Impulse by long-time NASA pilot and engineer Charles Justiz of El Lago; Rebuilding the American Dream: Escape from Romania to 9/11 ghost written by former Taylor Lake Village resident and Clear Lake High grad Mary Radnofsky, who now lives in Hawaii; or the always popular cookbooks, Sunrise to Sunset and Setting on the Dock of the Bay, which the Assistance League has on special for the holidays at its Webster resale shop– $30 for the two.

There’s something for everyone and every taste. It’s just a manner of making up your mind.

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