El Paso Local Holiday Gift Guide


‘Tis the season for food, family, and friends. Along with all the merriment, we are met with a long list of parties, performances, and of course, gifts.

But it doesn’t have or need to be overwhelming. I’ve gathered a number of my favorite local shops, restaurants, and experiences that would make anyone merry.

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Star Glampers Pop-up Sleepovers and Picnics

Laura strives to bring your children the best memories. Veteran-owned and operated, Laura and her family of seven have traveled all over the US thanks to the US Coast Guard. She herself is a USCG veteran as well as her husband. They created Star Glampers in 2020 to bring a stress-free and safe event experience to your home. Check out their Instagram for photos and information about their events!

El Paso Live!

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing multiple shows through the years (Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked to name a few). I’ve also had the pleasure of taking a tour on a Tuesday and gifting tickets to family members to enjoy a show or two at the Plaza Theatre.
Check out their Instagram here.

Dear Leslie Photography

Leslie is a sweet soul whose art and passion are evident behind the lens. She was born and raised in El Paso! What better way to capture an experience than by a professional? Here is a little about her:
“I’m also a follower of Christ, lover of Hot Cheetos and pickle-flavored anything. Mother to Olivia and Zoe, pastor’s wife, worship team singer, and guitar player. Master at waking up late, collector of hats, and queen of iced coconut lattes and boneless buffalo wings. As a photographer, I’m all about chasing the authentic, beautiful, real moments. The tickles, the laughter, the moments in between. I LIVE FOR IT.” Check out her Instagram to see some of her beautiful work.


Consider a gift card to one of these local spots or take your holiday guests out for a special meal!

Rivas Taco Shop

The flautas supreme with a side of fries is my favorite order (insert drool here). My husband loves to order the 12-count flautas. (Yes, 12 count–he can eat.) My parents enjoy the red enchiladas and tacos. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with your order at Rivas Taco Shop. Here is a little history of how they came to be from their website:

“After working for many years at Quazar, TV and Appliance company in Chicago, the company was closed down and forced my family to move to San Diego California, where both my parents, Eva and Ismael worked for a small taco shop owner in 1984.
Soon after that, my parents were given the opportunity to run the business for the owner at the time. Later becoming owners themselves. By 1995, my parents had opened three taco shops. Their next journey was to take this craze to Phoenix, Arizona by the summer of 1995. Where after many years my parents had the opportunity to open and sell a few more taco shops before finally retiring two decades later in 2015.
By 2010, My brother decided to follow suit to franchise with my parents and open up his taco shop in Surprise, Arizona, where he presently continues to do business. In 2015, we pitched the idea to my mom of bringing a little taste of SoCal to El Paso, where she suggested that we do it ourselves, meaning my husband Robert Armendariz and I.
We took the plunge and with her guidance, we brought Rivas Taco Shop to El Paso in January 2016. Fast forward four years later, and we have been awarded the “Best Burrito” award by “Best of the Best” in the city of El Paso.”

150 Sunset

Their French Toast is . . . chef’s kiss. I had the pleasure of holding my baby shower here for my third baby, and the service and food were impeccable. But what everyone remembers the most was the wonderful brunch spread.

From their website: “We focus on healthy and fun food options to complement our flora and fauna theme. Enjoy our delicious, fresh, creative fare with a healthy twist in the welcoming atmosphere of our restaurant and patio.”

Chilaquiles Buen Dia

One of my favorite places to take people with not one, but two locations

Buen Dia is becoming a new staple for most of my friends. With generous portions and scrumptious cuisine, I have no doubt this will become a new staple for us as well.

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Good Morning Kiss Skincare

Not only does Lily offer high-quality products, but she is kind, relatable, and currently going to school to further her education and business. Here is a little about what Good Morning Kiss offers:

“At GMK, we believe natural is best in protecting our largest protective organ: our skin. That’s why every one of our products is made with natural ingredients, free of any pesticides. There are no synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives, or additives. All natural means no hidden ingredients, so you can feel confident that our products are safe.”

Lemonade Crochet

Made with love and intention, all of Michelle’s creations are unique, beautiful, and one of a kind, just like her. Here’s a little more about her business from her website:

“I’m Michelle, owner, designer, and maker behind Lemonade Crochet.
I started Lemonade Crochet with the simple idea of bringing joy to others through my handmade items. Since 2020, I have put lots of love and careful thought into what I create.
The art of crochet has a very special place in my heart. I have been crocheting for 15 years and have made a ton of different items throughout the years. I can truly say that my passion for creating has led me here.”

Check out her Instagram here.

On Next Sunday Clothing Boutique

Thoughtfully handpicked and curated with you in mind. Trendy, yet fashionable. On Next Sunday will never steer you wrong in the fashion and accessory department. Owned and operated by two women, Erika and Ale. Ale will greet you with a genuine smile every time.

“Hello, future Sunday Lovers! On Next Sunday is a clothing boutique that was founded by Erika in El Paso, TX! We have since expanded into having two brick-and-mortar locations (El Paso and Scottsdale) and an online store. What started out as a place to shop in El Paso since there were not many boutiques has turned into a community of women and a family! When you enter our stores, we hope you feel welcome and have fun! You can keep up with our owner on Instagram and of course visit one of our locations.”

However you celebrate joy this season, I hope it’s nothing but merry and bright!

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