Just because you’re an eleventh-hour shopper doesn’t mean you can’t still find a few bargains or achieve stress-free gift giving awesomeness—as long as you’re shopping in Arlington, that is! And since we’ve made a fabulous last-minute gift idea list for you, there’s no need to check it twice—just empty out the back of your sleigh (or warm up those online shopping fingers) and get ready to finish your holiday shopping chores in no time at all:
One: Decorator’s Warehouse
3708 Pioneer Parkway
Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Call for holiday hours.)
If you’re in need of a stylish stocking stuffer or a sure-to-impress hostess gift, head to Decorator’s Warehouse, where you can choose from more than an acre’s worth of ornaments, wreaths, gingerbread houses, candles, figurines, candy canes and so much more. (Don’t forget to stop by DW’s Rose Garden Tea Room for a much-deserved and charming break from the holiday hustle.)
Two: River Legacy Living Science Center Acorns Gift Shop
703 NW Green Oaks Blvd
Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Call for holiday hours)
One of the most unique museum destinations the area, the Living Science Center, is also home to one groovy little gift shop where you can find plenty of nature-themed gifts for babies, kids, and adults— including Folkmanis puppets, books, puzzles, nature kits, Wee Forest Folks, jewelry, lotions, Christmas ornaments and tons more.
Three: Arlington Entertainment
You’ll have to hunt pretty hard to find anything that will put a bigger smile on the faces of friends and family who find season tickets, season passes, and other passports to big fun in Arlington underneath their Christmas tree this year. Best of all, you can purchase the gift of Arlington entertainment in a matter of minutes when you shop online—and many entertainment destinations are offering deep discount early bird or holiday ticket packages right now:
Four: Arlington Golf Gift Certificates
Treat that someone special to a stocking full of complimentary golf at any one of Arlington’s beautiful premiere golf courses with a gift certificate that’s equally redeemable at Meadowbrook Park Golf Course, Lake Arlington Golf Course, Ditto Golf Course (which will re-open in newly renovated glory next fall) or the award-winning, nationally recognized Tierra Verde Golf Club. Bonus: Tierra Verde is also having a “12 Days of Deals” holiday sale on selected pro shop items while supplies last, so you can pair your Arlington golf gift card with some discounted gear or accessories that make it even more fun to unwrap.
Five: Give the Gift of Downtown Arlington
Visit Downtown Arlington this week and pick up a few out-of-the-ordinary trinkets and treasures at shops like Cosmic Crow Collective, Potager’s, or The Storeroom —or snag a few sure- to-please gift certificates from any number of shops, spas, restaurants and pubs, such as The Sanford House, The Man’s Shop, Babe’s Chicken Dinner House or The Salon At Vaught House.
Six: The Texas Christkindl Market
Road To Six Flags and Ballpark Way
Open daily from noon to 8 p.m.
This open-air, German-themed holiday market not only offers an enchanting shopping environment, it also provides the chance to pick up gift items you can't find just anywhere - like beer steins, cuckoo clocks, handcrafted ornaments, and nutcrackers. But hurry - the final day for this year's Texas Christkindl is Dec. 23.
Still got a few more items on your list? No worries, because we’ve got even more Arlington shopping destinations:
Lincoln Square: Shopping, dining and holiday fun in the heart of the Arlington Entertainment District
The Parks at Arlington: More than 100 retailers, a premium movie theatre, an ice rink and more
Arlington Highlands: Big box and boutique shopping, dining, and tons of family entertainment