Do you know that after this weekend there are only seven more shopping days until Christmas!?! Oh boy, not enough time to order something online and get that free shipping discount. Let me see, where can you shop for last minute gifts? You're in luck! I've scoured the city for some great ideas on unique holiday gifting. Check these out . . .
OLD RELIABLE, THE GIFT CARD
Instead of just giving a card in an envelope (anyone can do that), try pairing it with another related item for a truly unique gift. La Madeleine Tomato and Basil Soup ($8.99) paired with a $25 gift card equals a gift for under $40. (plus for every $25 La Madeleine gift card you buy in December, you get an extra $5 to spend in January)
Or stop by Big State Fountain Grill, pick up any one of their really cool gifts and a gift certificate for an afternoon of awesome malt shop fun.
SHOP LOCAL, SHOP SMALL
There's a last minute gift fair going on Saturday in Downtown Irving with tons of vendors. Drop by and see for yourself what unique treasures await. While you're there, check out all the quaint shops and restaurants within walking distance. You should just plan to spend the day and explore. Learn More
WHAT: Pop-up Christmas Fair
WHERE: On the Boulevard Gifts, Antiques & Collectibles, 142 W. Irving Blvd. 75060
WHEN: Sat, Dec 16 from 10 am - 4 pm
COST: Admission and parking are free
Did you know about Irving Scavenger Hunt? Find hidden gems in our city while solving puzzles, completing challenges, and exploring historic landmarks, like those shown above; over 20 challenges in all. You can schedule your hunt for 1 person or for a large group. This is the perfect gift for a family outing, scout troop, a book club, or just for a besties' weekend. Right now it's discounted to $11.25 per person, and gift cards are valid for up to 2 years.
When you think back on your childhood, what do you remember most? For me, I remember the laughs and warm hugs, even the cheek pinches from Aunt Ida. Why not give the gift of memories this year? Irving is full of special events for every pocketbook, every age, and in all four corners of the city.
Friday, Dec. 15
- Teens can enjoy an after-school holiday treat with music and fun at Lively Pointe Youth Center. Free. 4 - 6 p.m.
- Come visit with Santa, play outdoor kids' games, delight in a holiday train ride, watch an Elf balloon artist, and more at the Four Seasons' free Fireside Holiday Happening. 6 - 8 p.m.
- Join your neighbors for a Dickens Christmas at the South Irving Library for treats, ornament making and complimentary gift wrapping. Free. 7 - 9 p.m.
- Enjoy the Irving Symphonic Band's Holiday in Sound at the Irving Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. Cost is $6 - $12.
Saturday, Dec. 16
- Have breakfast with Santa at the Four Seasons from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cost is $35 for adults and $18 for children ages 12 & under.
- Books make great gifts. Pick up a few (or a lot) at the Valley Ranch Library's awesome Book Sale. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Drop by the Avocado Restaurant and Visit Santa in a Gondola with the Mandalay Canals as a backdrop. Enter your photo in a contest to win free prizes. Free admission. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra presents Richard Trey, tenor at the Irving Arts Center. 8 p.m. Cost is $15.60 - $46.50 per person.
- Wreaths Across America honors veterans and First Responders who are buried at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens by placing wreaths throughout the cemetery. You can sponsor a wreath for a loved one or veteran. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free, but donations and volunteers are accepted.