Whether you are buying for yourself or for loved ones, these gifts can transform a home either for the holidays or for all time. Tiny art to big art can add a pop of color anywhere while realistic greenery can bring the outside in — sorta.
Wall art (above)
BIG Wall Décor is a two-part wall art system that makes owning — or gifting — large wall art easy and affordable. Artist-designed work is printed on durable fabric and then inserted tautly into the portable metal frame for a smooth, frameless finish. BWD works with new generation artists to create a variety of oversized art pieces from 24”x 24” up to 72”x108”. Hyuuuuge! From $125. BigWallDecor.com.
Queen on a tree
House of Diamonds’ What a Drag Ornaments Collection offers eight sparkling drag queen ornaments for the holiday tree — or hell, just leave them up all year! Handcrafted, glittered and painted for a bright and festive look, these queens will bring a festive atmosphere to the place. $45. Available at TapeLenders,
3926 Cedar Springs Road. 214-528-6444. TapeLenders.com.
What Would Dolly Do?
She might just give these cute tea towels as presents. This small, southern family-owned business creates magnets, patches and other giftable embroidered items but these tea towels are too adorable. Forget the tea because these are great to pack for traveling to dab the beads of sweat when other flyers stress you out or to clean glasses or wipe down smartphones. So versatile! Your friends and family will always love you with these gifts. $15. The-Little-Nest.com.
Gay-owned and local, Dulce is serving up opulence for days. Add some glamour to the tree with holiday heirlooms from The Waterford Ornament Collection, but act fast. These are in limited supply. From $25. Go abstract with Dulce’s selection of stainless steel sculptures created locally that come in a variety of colors and sizes. $220-$1,200.Giving off reflective rainbow vibes the shop’s holographic Monstera leaf sculpture shines. These and others like it stand tall in a variety of styles. From $35. Dulce Interior Consignment Showplace, 1208 N. Riverfront Blvd. MyDulce.com.
Original art can say so much as a gift, and from a local is even better. Dallas-based gay pop artist Robb Conover has created two pieces for this holiday season, “Evergreen” and “Love” which are available through him directly. The oil paintings are on 6X6-inch canvases, making them easy to display in a variety of places. $60 each. FB:@Robb.Conover.
Go vintage with a pair of 1960s lamps with Danish ceramic and wood but with modern-period style three-tier fiberglass shades.
Can we say “Gorgeous?” $1,050. Lula B’s at 1010 N Riverfront Blvd. or 1982 Fort Worth Ave. LulaBsDallas.com.
To get you in the gift-giving spirit, maybe some green by National Tree Company will inspire your holiday mood. Transform the home with a Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Garland. At nine feet long and decorated with pine cones and berry clusters the garland is made to look and feel lifelike yet is made with hypo-allergenic, fire-resistant materials. $70.99. For the door, NTC’s Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Wreath comes with 100 clear lights or with multicolor lights; warm white or multicolor LED lights; battery-operated LEDs in warm white, multicolor or Dual Color on its 36-inch diameter. $113.99. Need a tree but not the lumberjack-type to go chop one down? NTC’s Downswept Douglas Fir stands at almost eight feet pre-lit with 750 Dual Color LED lights, and the Feel Real branches won’t give away your secrets. $764.99. Shop.NationalTree.com.