Though Black Friday may look different this year thanks to the pandemic, it will still be a great opportunity to get out and find some great deals for the holiday season. With the average Houstonian expected to spend nearly $1,200 on holiday gifts in 2020, there are plenty of local businesses in Houston that will be offering bargains galore this year. If you’re still in the planning stages of your Black Friday shopping strategy, we at Proguard have some excellent suggestions as to where you can spend your money while still supporting many of Houston’s local businesses. If this sounds good to you, pay a visit to the places mentioned below.
Wolf’s Department Store and Pawn Shop
If you never realized a department store and pawn shop could be rolled into one, you’ve never made it to Dowling St. and ventured inside Wolf’s Department Store and Pawn Shop. In business since 1955, Wolf’s has anything and everything, making it a great spot to find items for practically everyone on your shopping list. On the pawn shop side, you can find unique jewelry, artwork, musical instruments, and much more at very affordable prices. If you venture over to the department store side, expect to find a wide array of clothing and other traditional gifts. Since the pawn shop’s inventory is always changing, you never know what you might find.
Ann’s Fine Gifts
When you are in the market for something that has high-class appeal but comes with a price tag that won’t bust your budget, visit Ann’s Fine Gifts on Memorial Drive. Known for its endless supply of unique clocks, Ann’s also offer such things as 24-karat gold-dipped roses for that special someone on your list. For those of you who are looking for some new Christmas ornaments to decorate this year’s tree, Ann’s offers arguably the biggest selection in Houston at prices that are at least 40 percent off list price, guaranteeing you’ll pick up some excellent bargains. As an added bonus, the store also sells coffee, chocolate, and truffles, all of which make fantastic gifts over the holidays.
Murder By the Book
For those of you who have an avid reader on your list who loves nothing better than a great murder mystery, the independent bookstore Murder By the Book will be a must-stop on your Black Friday travels. Loved by murder mystery readers throughout Houston for the many copies of books that are signed by local authors, there is little doubt you will walk out with book after book for family and friends. In addition to books, the store also sells t-shirts and murder mystery games, giving you the option to add something else under the Christmas tree.
The Village Firefly
If you love buying handmade craft items for yourself and to give as gifts, there’s no better place in Houston than The Village Firefly. Featuring items made exclusively by American artists, the store also has a large selection of Texas-themed crafts, making it an ideal place to find gifts you can send to friends and families who live outside the Lone Star State. Another place where the inventory constantly changes, The Village Firefly has many Christmas decorations that are sold year-round. However, due to the constant stream of customers coming and going from the store, we recommend that if you see something you like on Black Friday, it’s best to buy it then and there to make sure you leave with a smile on your face.
Finally, no Black Friday list of ours would be complete without mentioning the unique boutique Surroundings. Located on Houston’s Sunset Boulevard, Surroundings is found near Rice University and has been around since 1975. Often called a store you can go to when shopping for the person who supposedly has everything, Surroundings is also a place where all items are handmade. Whether it’s artwork from local artists or ones just south of the border, furniture, candles, jewelry, or almost anything else you can imagine, you may be able to find it at Surroundings.
Once you’ve finished your Black Friday shopping, you may discover you’ve bought so much stuff that you’ll need some extra storage space for the holiday season. If you do, rent a storage unit from us here at Proguard. Whether you need a small storage unit or a large one, we’ll have one for you that is climate-controlled, secure, and affordable. To learn more, stop by one of our seven Houston locations today. And by the way, happy shopping!