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.