Experiences over stuff: This is how to support our Houston-area restaurants and give a great, memorable holiday gift

A holiday dinner table. (Pixabay.com, Pixabay.com)

HOUSTON – Christmas is almost here and if you still have loved ones you want to give something to but aren’t quite sure what to purchase, you might want to give an experience rather than merchandise. Better yet, if it supports a local business during the pandemic.

The Texas Restaurant Association is sharing a list of restaurants that are selling gift cards. The gift cards support local businesses that may still be struggling in the pandemic.

Here’s its list of Houston and Galveston-area restaurants you can support by buying gift cards for your loved ones.

Brennan’s of Houston - Buy Gift Card Creole

Café Piquet Cuban Cuisine (Bellaire) - Buy Gift Card Cuban

Classic Rock Coffee Co. & Kitchen (Navasota) - Buy Gift Card American Casual

Common Bond Bistro & Bakery - Buy Gift Card Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Pastries and Desserts

Dairy Queen (Pasadena, Beaumont) - Buy Gift Card Burgers, Baskets, Blizzards

Frank’s Americana Revival - Buy Gift Card American

Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen - Buy Gift Card Tex-Mex

Hightower Café - Buy Gift Card American Deli, Rice Bowls & Salads

King’s Blu Jam Cafe (Spring) - Buy Gift Card Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch

Masfajitas - Buy Gift Card Tex Mex

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Buy Gift Card Irish American

Mod Coffeehouse (Galveston) - Buy Gift Card Coffee House

Mosquito Cafe (Galveston) - Buy Gift Card | Watch Gift Card Ad American

Napa Flats (College Station) - Buy Gift Card in store Californian fare with Italian fare

The Original Mexican Cafe (Galveston) - Buy Gift Card Tex-Mex

Orleans Seafood Kitchen (Katy) - Buy Gift Card Cajun Seafood

Pier 36 Seafood (Richmond) - Buy Gift Card Fresh Gulf Coast Seafood & Steak

Rim Tanon Modern Thai - Buy Gift Card Thai

Salsa’s (Galveston) - Buy Gift Card Mexican

Thai Cottage (Houston, Woodlands) - Buy Gift Card Thai

Truluck’s - Buy Gift Card Fine Seafood

Woodshed - Buy Gift Card BBQ & American food

If you are still looking for gifts that are actual goods, check out our list of Houston-area gift destinations.

TRA adds this for restaurant owners -- if your restaurant offers gift cards and you would like to be added to this list, submit your restaurant information here.

About the Author:

Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.