Photo: Austin Gros
If your guest list contains a few out-of-town friends and family members, consider whipping up a welcome gift that goes the extra mile: a goodie bag brimming with local favorites — everything from sweet treats to monogrammed trinkets — found right here in Houston.
We're sharing simple step-by-step instructions to curating a locally themed wedding-guest swag bag that is sure to score big with visitors.
Secure the Tote
For the perfect tote in which to stuff all your local treats, opt for a large colorful jute version ($27.95) from Houston's Monogram Shop near mega shopping mecca, The Galleria. It can be monogrammed, of course, and features leather straps with a zip closure. Monogramming is included and there are a variety of font styles from which to choose.
Fill it with Foodie Finds
Houston's Revival Market, a neighborhood specialty grocery store and butcher with a café and coffee bar, fills its shelves with a ton of locally-sourced goodies (most come from within 150 miles of the city). Look for seasonal small-batch preserves in flavors like pickled blueberry or Persian lime curd from Austin's Confituras, presented in cute, very giftable glass jars.
Collect Quirky Curios from Space Montrose
At this independently-owned boutique in Houston's Montrose neighborhood, you'll find affordable handmade creations from local artists such as Fluxe Jewelry, Lovecraft, and Rust and Pearls — plus even more goodies from artists around the country. Take your pick from quirky stationery and cards, delicate jewelry, kitschy Texas-themed coasters and mugs, art prints, and adorable hand-crafted children's clothes.
Add Some Sugar from Maple and Love
These mini desserts (think cakelets, mini cupcakes, and tartlets) from Maple and Love are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. The Montrose bakery creates its divine and decadent desserts from scratch — using organic eggs and dairy. While you can't go wrong including just about any tasty trifle from Maple and Love in your guest goodie bag, we're mad for the five-piece gift pack of chocolate jewels (custom-colored white chocolate with crushed Oreo pieces) wrapped up in a silver box with a clear lid.
Finish with a Luxe Flourish from Asher Gallery
Snag an extra-special gift for your out-of-town guests — jewelry, ceramics, glass, home décor, handbags and beyond — at the Asher Gallery within the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The shop highlights works from local and national craft artists.