It’s officially socially acceptable to begin celebrating the Christmas season. Lights are being hung from roofs, inflatable gingerbread men decorate lawns and it is merry and bright in Nacogdoches. I love shopping in historic downtown Nacogdoches, especially for Christmas gifts. If you’re not familiar with all that Nacogdoches has to offer, here are some of my favorite shops to hit in downtown for Christmas shopping:

Texas Size Bling

For your SFA-obsessed friend, try shopping at Texas Size Bling. Texas Size Bling is filled to the brim with SFA spirit apparel, and you can never go wrong with a t-shirt as a gift. They also have an assortment of accessories and on-trend boutique clothing.

Heart of Texas Gift Gallery

For your Texas-obsessed family member, take a look at Heart of Texas Gift Gallery. This unique gift shop has all things Texas—from mugs and shot glasses to barbecue rubs and stained glass. I love shopping here for my brother, who lives in New Hampshire. It’s nice to give gifts that remind him of home and how proud Texans are to live in Texas.

Gifts and Greeks

Looking for a gift for your Greek brother or sister? Gifts and Greeks has dad hats, raincoats and other personalized items for that special little, big or grand-big in your life.

House of Photography

House of Photography is a new gift shop downtown with unique photography and Nacogdoches-inspired gifts. You can find camera- shaped purses, camera bags, camera straps and gels for unique lighting.

The shop also has the cutest greeting cards with puns galore. This gift shop is one of my favorites and is worth looking around. Greg Patterson features his work from his time as SFA campus photographer, and it’s a blast from the past as you shop for your loved ones.

House of Traditions

From Mariana jewelry to planners and home décor, House of Traditions has a little bit of everything. Their bath bombs and soaps fill the entire store with a wonderful smell that is so welcoming.

House of Traditions also sells kitchenware for the chef in your family. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, they also have cute clothing and shoes just in case you need a last-minute holiday outfit.

Macy May

What do Kate Spade, Barrington Gifts, Draper James and Kendra Scott have in common? Macy May. Macy May is a fabulous boutique that offers the finer things—and the quirky things—in life. Bath scrubs, soaks, face masks and moisturizers are perfect stocking stuffers that can be found here. They carry zany socks, cute key fobs and adorable accessories for the fashion-forward friend in your life.

The Bosslight

Do you have a book-loving friend? The Bosslight is the perfect store to find a book or two for your friends and family. The Bosslight also has art from local artists inspired by favorite fandoms like Star Wars and Marvel.

Shopping local is an integral part of the holidays for me. It feels good to look the owner of a store in the eyes and know that my money is helping to support their family instead of some faceless corporation. Take a stroll

downtown with your friends this holiday season and shop with your neighbors and community in mind.

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