With more than 250 local, family-owned businesses, the Dallas Farmers Market makes it easy to shop local this holiday season. If your "nice list" runs the gamut from family to friends to business colleagues and beyond, you can find exactly the right gift for everyone, all in one place (and stop for a meal, snacks, or drinks while you're shopping).
Because the Dallas Farmers Market is known first and foremost for its delectable food items, expect to discover tasty gifts for every palate — and hope that your recipients share.
Give the gift of relaxation through natural handmade soaps, candles, scents, fragrances, shea butter, salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, bath fizzies, beard products, and, of course, gift vouchers.
Baskets and Quilts by Bless
Preserve your memories with love through 100-percent handmade quilts, unique T-shirt quilts, and more. The must-see baby quilts that are one of a kind, and monogramming is available upon request.
Carter Mill Soap Company
These handcrafted body treats are made with skin-loving fruit and nut oils — such as sweet almond oil, rice bran oil, and avocado and hemp seed oils — as well as nourishing butters like shea, kokum, and mango. All the products are made 100 percent by hand from raw, wholesome ingredients, using carefully crafted formulas. They never use pre-made bases or harmful or harsh chemicals.
Charming at The Market
You can't go wrong with flowers, especially festive floral arrangements and fresh wreaths and garland. Find field-to-vase bouquets, cool gifts, creative workshops, and event planning and florals at the Dallas storefront, which is bursting with everyday floral, easy-to-grab gifts, and charming boutique items — all locally sourced.
Dallas Antique Company
Show your Lone Star pride with Texas souvenirs and jewelry, along with European antiques, vintage and rustic decor, unique accessories, and more.
Des Patisseries Bakery
This family-owned and -operated business uses the finest, freshest ingredients to create delicious French-inspired pastries from scratch.
Eko Deko's roots began with a desire to build woodworking projects in the most sustainable way possible. The majority of the lumber used to make the shelving, furniture, accent pieces, or wood art is hand-milled from trees knocked down after storms, or salvaged from old barns and buildings. The other items and vintage scores in the shop have been personally hunted and selected to complement each other, or to be that perfect finishing touch.
Folklore & Tradition
A family-owned company that is devoted to handmade artisan jewelry and clothing, they use organic fabrics and embroider jewelry by hand.
Lone Chimney Mercantile
This little shop features over 300 bold and colorful images from Dallas, Austin, Waco, Houston, Oklahoma, and many other hot spots, with the option to frame them in 100-year-old window frames. Scope out wares from local makers along with cute succulent displays, handmade jewelry, graphic prints, and more.
Mama Ida shopping bags
Available on the weekends at the DFM information booth for $35, this durable, waterproof bag is great for picnics, farmers market expeditions, and more — and it's just the right size for a kid to carry, too. This bag is resilient and reusable, so you can help keep single-use bags out of landfills; plus, it's made of natural jute fiber, which generates more oxygen.
Mudhen Meat & Greens
Swing by for a holiday gift box that includes Mudhen preserves, hot sauce, candles, holiday gifts for hosts (who could resist a "turnip the beet" apron?), and more, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order in advance or design your own custom creation.
At least one component from each of this brand's designs is made from recycled material that is collected or donated, such as wine corks, tree branches, paper, and metal. The other components (chains, clasps, etc.) are purchased from jewelry wholesalers or handmade within the company.
Scardello Artisan Cheese
Be a cheese rock star this season with a gift box that comes in several different styles, sizes, and filling options, meaning you're sure to find the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for (or easy-to-buy-for) friend or loved one. Shipping and delivery are also available.
Urban Farmhouse Designs
The popular Oklahoma City purveyor of reclaimed wood home furnishings and decor recently opened its first location in Texas at the Dallas Farmers Market. Shopping there is an event for the whole family, as it's dog-friendly and boasts a two-story play area for the kids.
These are only a few of the fabulous finds from the Dallas Farmers Market. Head here to glean more inspiration from the complete gift guide, and don't forget about ordering a fruit basket from the Market itself.