Local businesses offer last-minute holiday gift ideas

December 24, 2018

As the end to the Christmas countdown nears, local retailers say there’s still time for down-to-the-wire shoppers to get gifts that won’t feel last-minute.

Country Casuals, located at 2200 Boca Chica Blvd. Suite 110, will be open Christmas Eve with gift options that range from clothing and jewelry to luggage and serveware. The most important thing shoppers will need is someone to assist with narrowing down the selection to the perfect present, owner Mike Pierce said.

" If you’re a last-minute shopper, go somewhere with people who can help you,” he said. “We certainly can help people with gifts, last-minute or otherwise.”

Country Casuals now carries items from the faith-based Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, which hand-makes all of its pieces in the United States. A portion of proceeds from each item is donated to a corresponding charity, Pierce said.

The boutique also carries totes, backpacks and cooler from the Scout Bags label in pale pastels and bright colors. Shoppers can peruse a selection of children’s toys and clothing or pick up organic grapefruits and gourmet candied pecans, depending on the intended recipient.

Country Casuals offers gift wrapping at the store. Get more information at (956) 546-3771.


Nelly Rumfield said one item that keeps the phone ringing at Be a Work of Art Spa and Professional Studio, which opened its doors in August, has been its December special of $60 microdermabrasion with peeling. What sets the salon apart from others is that it strives to match its customers with the right services, she said.

“Part of our service is educating people telling them the complete truth of, ‘This is what we’re able to do,’” she said. “It’s important for our clients to take care of themselves.”

In addition her duties as spa administrator, Rumfield offers photography services in the studio adjoining the salon where customers can get a special rate of five digital photos for $100. She is also an artists who takes commissions for acrylic, oil and lace paintings.

She began offering boudoir photo shoots two months ago and said clients have responded well to the service.

“Everybody is always commenting on our bodies, and we see our flaws augmented. I show women and help them realizes their beauty,” Rumfield said. “You can see them transform, and they walk out of here with so much confidence.”

There’s another perk to patronizing small businesses this holiday season, she added.

“We’re a local business. We’re invested in benefiting our community and educating our community,” she said.

Be a Work of Art Spa and Professional Studio is located at 123 Old Port Isabel, Suite C10. Get more information at (956) 312-6278.


There are plenty of last-minute shoppers who value experiences over objects, and Parrot Eyes SPI owner Ron Guillot sees it when requests for gift cards spikes around Christmas. He often gets calls from grandparents up north in places like Minnesota who know their family members are heading to the island.

“Their kids or grandkids are coming here for a little vacation and, rather than giving them money or whatever, they call ahead and pay for a parasail ride or fishing trip,” he said, “so that once the kids get here they surprise them and say, ‘There’s a fishing trip waiting for you.’”

The benefit of Parrot Eyes SPI gift cards is that recipients can spend them on the activity of their choice or in the business’ restaurant, Guillot said, which is located at 5801 Padre Blvd. on South Padre Island.

“It’s a treat and probably something the gift recipient wouldn’t do on their own,” he said.

Get more information at (956) 761-9457.


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