Best Gift Shop

TIE: The Cadeau, Emerald's

One of the longest surviving independent businesses on the Drag, with a location in the tastefully packed Central Park shopping center near Central Market, the Cadeau kicks up elegant gift-giving a notch, with pretty, decorative picture frames, candles, and upscale fashion – not your everyday teddy bears or knickknacks. Emeralds (not unlike the Cadeau, with an amped-up sense of humor and sultry array of clothing and shoes) is another great place to wander the aisles with loved ones in mind. Feminine and feminist, it's the urbane outfitter for any self-respectiing modern woman.

Emeralds, 624 N. Lamar, 476-4496; The Cadeau, 2316 Guadalupe, 477-7276; 4001 N. Lamar, 453-6988

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