Holiday Shopping Guide

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Holiday shopping can be a little overwhelming. Where do you start? Where do you shop? Are you ready to wait in long lines, or do you just want to shop online? Why not shop local and find unique items that will light up your loved one’s face on Christmas morning. And as a reminder, when you choose to support local vendors, a higher percentage of the sales tax goes directly into the community.

To help you navigate your holiday shopping and keep it local, here is a RGV shopping guide. Whether you are shopping for a special someone, best friend, mom, dad, or that hard-to-shop-for person in your life, the list has something for just about everyone. The guide even features ideas for holiday gatherings, because you never want to show up empty-handed.

The purpose of this Christmas shopping guide is to give you some ideas and make this year’s holiday shopping easy!

CC’s Sweets 

5401 N 10th St Ste 117, McAllen, TX 78504

The holidays are a time for families and friends to come together. That means you more than likely have your weekend booked until Jan. 2, 2023. You don’t want to show up without a gift for the host or a favorite dish or dessert.

CC’s Sweets in McAllen, has something to satisfy any sweet tooth. The shop also offers seasonal boxes that come with a variety of sweet treats and will make you the hero of any holiday gathering you are invited to!

Shop owner Roberta Castillo shared some holiday specials to select from this season.

Fall Baker’s Choice Box

Want to treat a loved one this fall but you’re not sure what to get? We got you covered! Let our bakers build a box for you. All you have to do is give us a budget, and we will take care of the rest! Some treats include pumpkin rolls, macarons, cupcakes, and mini hand pies!

Santa’s Dream Cookie Charcuterie

A 55-plus piece cookie platter, perfect for any holiday gathering that includes bites like snoballs, divinity, seasonally-flavored French macarons, and gingerbread!

Gingerbread House Kit

Our pre-built Gingerbread house is the perfect gift for anyone ready to unleash their inner child. Each kit comes with all the fixings to bring your dream gingerbread wonderland to life! It includes royal icing, gumdrops, and hand made sugar snowflakes!

Hot Chocolate Bombs

This set of hot chocolate bombs is the perfect gift for that coffee lover in your life! Take your Christmas morning brew to the next level by dropping in one of our handcrafted chocolate bombs. Flavors include: peppermint white chocolate, salted caramel, classic chocolate, and red velvet!

Call for pricing or visit their website at https://www.ccssweets.net/

Procured Life + Home

413 W. Van Buren, Harlingen, TX 78550

There is always that one person on your list  — or maybe it’s more than one — who is tough to shop for.  You spend so much time searching for the perfect gift, and to no avail! Maybe that hard-to-shop-for person is you.

Whatever the case, at Procured Life + Home in Harlingen, you can find beautiful handmade items, jewelry, home decor, and locally-dyed textiles.

“Small businesses work tirelessly year-round to not only offer a unique shopping experience, but also to offer intentionally curated goods,” said Jared Castaneda, shop owner. “Surely, it’s easy and oftentimes more convenient to purchase from big box stores, but they absolutely cannot compete. Be intentional, gift meaningfully, and SHOP SMALL!”

Procured Life + Home is an experience. The space feels like an art gallery with a soothing vibe. Ask staff and owners for assistance, and they will be able to easily craft up gift ideas for the person on your list.

Browse the store online at https://www.procuredlifeandhome.com/

Shop 112

5401 N 10th St Suite 109A, McAllen, TX 78504

Finding unique gift items can be a challenge, and something you definitely won’t find at big-box stores. Shopping at locally-owned shops gives you the opportunity to find articles of clothing, home decor, shoes, or any other items that you may not find at your typical store inside at a mall. You also get the ease of shorter lines and no overcrowding.

At Shop 112 you can find a perfect outfit for holiday parties, or a gift for your favorite girlfriend, your daughter, or niece. The store has been in operation for 11 years, and as styles are constantly evolving, the shop has kept up with the latest trends to keep you fashionable.

“Find one-of-a-kind items at Shop 112 for yourself or that special someone,” said owner Monique Chapa. “Whether it be your daughter or your grandma, you’ll find the perfect outfit, shoes, jewelry, or gift item for the person you love.”

See their online store for ideas https://www.shop112.com/

Lionel’s Boutique & Gifts

520 N Conway Ave, Mission, TX 78572

The Lionel’s Boutique & Gifts is hard to miss. The boutique sits on the corner of Conway and Kika de La Garza in Mission and features a beautiful, bright mural. Black and white awnings hang above the windows, and as you step inside, the store is just as colorful. Here, you can find anything from the Austin-based Consula fashion bags, to shoes, hats, clothes, and accessories. Other sought-after brands include My Saint My Hero faith-based jewelry and Dr. Squatch Natural Soaps.

The store has a wide selection of fashionable tops, dresses, jewelry, and shoes. If you need any assistance or would like to make your purchase a little more personalized, the shop offers free gift wrapping to make your holiday shopping even easier.

“I think the best part is the personalized customer service,” said Sandy O. Peña, store owner. “We help customers put together outfits, we help them choose gifts, and offer free gift wrapping. Our employees are experienced and truly take pride in offering top-notch customer service.”

Visit their website for ideas shoplionels.com/. There are two locations — one in Mission and one in Weslaco.

Selene Guerrero