The holiday season is upon us and sometimes we tear our hair out trying to find the perfect gift. Sure eggnog, holiday films and, of course, Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” can turn any Grinch into Saint Nick in minute, some can’t shake the fear of not locating the perfect gift. Whether it is for a white elephant party, that special someone or your fur baby, never fear the gay elves are always here to assist. Let these local LGBT+-owned businesses be your holiday guide and remember, sometimes the best gifts to give are ones you can enjoy as well.

For the Material Girl

AF Custom Shirts and OG 713

OG 713

AF Custom will bring out your inner artist with the ability to customize the perfect gift. Not Picasso? Don’t worry, they help you select and perfect the best design strategy. There are also Houston-themed prints and patches for your favorite Houstonian.

Black Phlox

Black Phlox’s candles and room sprays are designed to bring a calming and sensual atmosphere to any room. Unlike department store candles, these scents are custom made in Houston. If you are nervous your friend will be gagging (and not in the good way) at the scent you picked, buy one of the make-your-own kits and make them do all the work.

Out of the Closet

Out of the Closet

This vintage store has everything you could ever want: clothes, home goods, books, etc. You will never know what you will discover and with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, shopping here will definitely make you not feel like a Scrooge.

For Your Artsy Pal

Jumper Maybach Gallery

Houston’s own “21st Century Jackson Pollock,” Jumper Maybach’s gallery has eye-popping paintings for sale. Shirts, blankets and other accessories can be snatched up if your friend’s walls cannot handle any more gorgeousness.

HTX Frames

Life is full of precious moments and we do not mean those weird figurines your grandmother displays on her mantle. A framed photo of one of their most-cherished moments is truly a thoughtful gift of love. The staff is friendly, helpful and will make sure to highlight the best colors with their custom frame.

For Those Food Junkies

Michael’s Cookie Jar

Michael’s Cookie Jar

The best way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. Michael’s Cookie Jar’s scrumptious cookies are the perfect treat for your friend with a sweet tooth. A wide variety of holiday treats and boxed sets can be picked up or shipped. But if you are feeling adventurous, test your skills with their DIY Christmas cookie package.


Treat your elf friend to a holiday dinner at this Southern eatery. Not only will the down-home flavors leave your belly looking like Santa’s, but it is a nice gesture to show your appreciation to the one you love. Or, just indulge at their happy hour; you deserve it.

Baked Bones

Baked Bones

Gifts shouldn’t only be left to those who can write lists. Your four-legged buddy will howl for these CBD-infused bones, but only if they have been on the nice list. These bones increase mobility, balance and relaxation for when you are tearing through your own gifts.

Recharge and Relax


Yogis will be at peace at this full yoga studio. A gift card to any of the classes will provide restfulness, peacefulness and rejuvenation for them to wind down from the stressful holiday season.

Remember to “sleigh” honey and have a Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays