From an at-home art camp for kids of all ages to an all-natural, tasty peanut butter for pups, these fun ideas will bring holiday cheer to children and pets. For more gift ideas, see our guides for entertainers, adventurers, stocking stuffers, Texpats, trendsetters, and gifts that give back.


Courtesy of The Tot
Personalized Bib, The Tot, $35

Made in collaboration with Dallasites Laura Petty and Michelle Johnson of L&M Monograms, this bespoke bib can be customized with embroidered initials in your choice of colors.  

Courtesy of Young Wild & Friedman
Space Play Kit, Young, Wild, and Friedman, $39

After one of her children was diagnosed with a speech disorder and severe anxiety, Julie Friedman learned that sensory play can help kids stay calm and cope with frustration. After seeing progress, the Houstonian started Young, Wild & Friedman as a blog in 2017 to help other parents do the same for their little ones. She now creates kits, bins, and subscription boxes that encourage play and growth for all kids.

Courtesy of Case De Frida
Artisan Leash, La Casa Frida, $28

In San Antonio, La Casa Frida deals in one-of-a-kind handicrafts from all over Mexico. This vibrant leash was made by one of the boutique’s partner artists.

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Custom Watercolor Pet Portrait, Kathy Phantastic, $299

Austin artist Kathy Phan hand-illustrates and paints greeting cards, magnets, stickers adorned with animals, and charming food-themed items. Commission a custom watercolor pet portrait for any animal-lover in your life. (Note: Because these are hand-painted, portraits are ready to ship in six to eight weeks from the time they’re ordered.)

Courtesy of Major Darling
Canvas Dog Bed, Major Darling, $91–$186

With a focus on ethically made pet products, Austin’s Major Darling sells a stylish selection of leashes, collars, soaps, and bandannas. This dark olive duvet bed, which can be purchased with or without an insert, is made using a thick cotton canvas for maximum durability and coziness. 

Courtesy of BuddyzBonz
Buddyz Butter, BuddysBonz, $10.

BuddysBonz makes an assortment of treats and rawhides, using Texas mesquite to smoke its products, at owners Don and Sally Pryor’s ranch in Boerne. Their BuddyzButter, made with all-natural ingredients including organic peanuts and coconut oil, is a tasty treat or addition to meals for any pup. 

Courtesy of Wildflower Art Studio.
Art Kit, Wildflower Art Studio, $35

Give the gift of experiencing art camp from the comfort of home. Wildflower Art Studio, in Denton, offers an assortment of kits that come with supplies for drawing and painting, hand lettering, and sculpting—plus online support from seasoned teachers.

More from our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide:

Gifts for the Adventurer

Gifts for the Trendsetter

Gifts for the Entertainer

Stocking Stuffers Your Loved Ones May Enjoy

Gifts for the Texpat

Gifts That Give Back