In a city as big as Houston, one could spend hours fighting traffic, searching for parking spaces and navigating aisles to cross gifts off holiday wish lists. Sure, online shopping is an option. But with the possibility of shipping delays, returns or a defective item, some would argue that gift-buying is best done in person.
If only there were one spot that covered multi-generation family members, friends and the always too-picky kid.
To that, we write: consider Houston Airports.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Houston’s busiest and biggest airport, is full of some of the most popular stores.
We recommend gifting a young adult a piece of luggage from Tumi. It’s an awesome gift AND the suitcase can be used to transport all the other awesome holiday gifts purchased inside the terminals of Bush Airport.
Headphones, earbuds and other snazzy accessories for cell phones are a hit with everyone. Stores like Allen’s Landing, Brookstone, In Motion Entertainment and Sound Balance offer plenty of options at a variety of price points.
Sports fans will love the caps, sweatshirts, tees and lanyards available at Americana, Sports Corner and Houston! Yep. There’s a store in IAH called: Houston! It’s full of UH gear, Texans swag and Rockets apparel.
Of course, Astros 2022 World Series Champions gear works too! Hard-to-find 2022 WS Champions gear, including t-shirts and caps is available throughout Houston Airports.
NASA is uniting the nation as it continues to make strides in its Artemis mission to the Moon and beyond. All things NASA are available now at Space Corner.
Beauty lovers will gladly welcome the latest lipstick, skincare or mascara from cult faves like Benefit Cosmetics, Kiehl’s, Kylie Cosmetics, L’Occitane, MAC and The Body Shop. From lip kits to perfume, skincare and even Chanel, you can carry on these full-size beauty products because they’re available for purchase after TSA security.
From sparkly lipstick to silver and gold, jewelry from Corsa Collections, Swarovski and M. Fredric is ready to be purchased and placed under a tree. Sentimental charms and pendants from James Avery and Pandora can be gifted to those building a collection.
Children will go wild with presents from Mindworks and LEGO! A new vending machine even offers pacifiers, diapers, onesies and toys for babies.
Binge-worthy books from Simply Books, Texas Monthly News and The Wall Street Journal store will satisfy book lovers and those wanting to do more reading in 2023.
NYS Collection, Sunglass Hut and Sunglass Icon offer timeless frames for both men and women.
At William P. Hobby Airport, 47 and HMart offer unique and hard-to-find sports items like a leopard Houston Astros cap.
Pick up the latest edition of Apple or Beats headphones. Bose, Brookstone and the iStore offer all the charging options, phone cases and cords a techie’s heart may desire.
Houston Airports is encouraging holiday travelers to arrive to the airport early to: park, check luggage, clear TSA security and… Build-A-Bear!
Be the cool aunt or uncle who adds to a crazy sock collection with a purchase from Happy Socks or find unique apparel for mom or dad at Desigual and the PGA Tour Shop!
Hobby Airport offers many similar gift options as Bush Airport. MAC Beauty, bookstores and sunglasses are also available at stores and kiosks.
Both Houston airports also offer Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory counters. Trust us! The candy apples covered nuts and sweet treats will be the hit of the holiday gathering and will keep guests from showing up empty-handed. Nothing says “indulge in the holidays” quite like gourmet desserts… and sweatpants, which you can also find on sale at both airports in Houston.
Happy holidays and safe travels!