Sweet and Nutty
For the foodie in your life, stop by Meyer & Sage’s new storefront (2621 Whitmore St., 817-386-5009), where you can snag a mason jar full of flavorful nuts. Chef and owner Callie Salls seasons her rosemary-honey nut blend with flaked sea salt and local honey. Her smoky nuts feature a fajita spice blend produced by local favorite Pendery’s Spices and make for a great gift for holiday hosts and hostesses. A 12-ounce jar costs $16.
Light as Leather
If materials send a message, then leather products are a handwritten thank-you note in a world of text messages. W Durable Goods is another local business committed to the craftsmanship of sleek goods. Folding card holders ($58) and business card cases ($24) are just a few of the handmade pieces designed to improve with age. Visit husband-and-wife team Daniel and Stephanie Wright in their shop in South Fort Worth (108 S. Fwy., 925-272-8465).
Kindling a Cause
The Worthy Co. is the latest local company fighting to put an end to human trafficking in Tarrant County. Founded in April by The Net, a homelessness nonprofit, Worthy now sells deliciously scented soy wax candles for $15 each and in a variety of fragrances, such as fig and olive, lavender and patchouli, red ginger and orange, and spiced brown sugar. All candles are phthalate-free and come with a crackly, smoldering wooden wick. Purchase one for every humanitarian heart in your life by visiting Worthy-Co.com.
Cords of Steel
Stuff someone’s stocking with an industrial-looking right-angle charger, and your loved one will never suffer from the frustration of a frayed charger ever again. Unlike the charging cable that comes with iPhone and iPad products, the Cords of Steel Right Angle Charger features a micro USB tip shaped like a corner to stave off extra wear and tear. Made from zinc alloy, the all-metal anatomy of this product was designed by local man Cliff Henthorn and comes in 3.5- and 6-foot lengths (both $24.99). Orders can be placed through Cordsofsteel.com.
Cards Stack Up
Giving the gift of a card never goes out of style. Whether you’re short on cash or you just want to send a friend an encouraging word, Katherine Morris + Co. cards make for a thoughtful gesture. Better known for her donor-relations work at Lena Pope, Morris has since launched her own gratitude-inspired stationery business. Available in limited quantities at Gifted, a destination lifestyle shop (212 Carroll St.) in The Foundry District, her “Hello from Fort Worth” watercolor card is embossed with gold lettering and comes in a cozy-cute Kraft envelope ($4.50).
Texas Forever Scarf
Allison Castillo is making a name for herself in the area as the Lonestar State’s favorite collegiate scarf designer. As the founder of AC Designs, a company with a flair for vibrant patterns and local inspiration, Castillo has been using her visual arts background to breathe fresh and fun feeling into tired accessory iconography. This season’s signature Texas Forever scarf features a folksy interplay of yellow roses and bluebonnets, 10-gallon hats and wild horses, and much more. The piece is made of a silky soft viscose material and comes in two sizes. The full-sized scarf ($65) measures 38” by 70” and would make a beautiful addition to a drab outfit or empty wall. The square scarf ($45) measuring 22” by 22” adds an energetic palette of pigments to any monochromatic or pattern-mixing ensemble. Pick one up at one of several Fort Worth boutiques or order online at Allisoncastillodesigns.com.