Best Gift Store
If your first reaction entering this gift store is, "It smells amazing in here," you're not alone. If you then wander over wide-eyed to a luxurious woven towel from Japan before spying a well-mannered chocolate lab napping sweetly on her dog bed nearby, it's official: You've found the Foundry. This worldly gift shop in the North Loop gathers all things well made, from local beeswax candles (the source of that amazing scent) to Portuguese pottery. A selection of charming wooden children's toys offers gifts to last generations; a set of modern notebooks will send any college-bound kid off with a sense of purpose. And though some of this simple, beautiful craftsmanship can cost you a pretty penny, there are plenty of little trinkets and odds-and-ends to suit any occasion and budget. Scope out the little sale section, scoop up a deal, and pat Ruby (that gentle chocolate lab) on your way out the door. Or buy online from their website and get free shipping on purchases over $100.