Holiday Gift Guide 4

Local Lifestyle Blogger Shares Her Favorite Items

Alley Leto started her blog, Life of Alley in 2016, writing about subjects that interested her: home decor, entertaining, recipes and highlighting local businesses in her adopted city of Houston. Since she and her family moved to the Cypress area from Connecticut by way of Tennessee, she’s been digging into the local social and shopping scene not only for her blog but also to get to know the community.

“Moving to a big city, it can be very intimidating,” she says. “So, I started learning more about the community as a way to cope and get connected.”

She was immediately struck by the friendliness and sense of pride the residents in Houston and its surrounding suburbs exuded.

The blog project that started as a hobby quickly caught on. She’s since appeared on Good Day Houston, Houston Life TV and featured in several magazines including Voyage Houston.

Now, Alley and husband, John, along with their children, Kendall, Joseph and Taylor, have decided that Texas—and specifically Cypress—is where they belong.

“Living here and writing about what I like with a local angle, it just started opening doors,” she says. “Now I’ve learned so much about Cypress and all it has to offer. The community, the people it brings here, there’s just an incredible amount that’s available to families. Restaurants, activities, you’re living a big city life in a beautiful [small-town feel] oasis.”

We asked Alley to share some of her favorite ideas for holiday gift giving. Check out her top picks for the beauty, cook and techie in your life.

Gifts for Her

From skin care to hair care, these gifts will make your beauty smile.

Gifts for the Cook

The cook in your life will love you for these gifts, which will make their life easier in the kitchen.

Gifts for the Techie

What techie wouldn’t love the latest gadgets? These are sure to please.