Celebrate Y’all, with Gifts Made in Texas

by The Texas Lifestyle Magazine team on November 30, 2020 in Gift Guide, Lifestyle, Living Texas,
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Show your Lone Star State pride by spreading the Texas love this holiday season to friends and family far and wide. And remember, be fixin’ to shop early, shop often, and keep their faces smiling one great Texas-made gift at a time.

LET’S EAT!

Beef Gift Boxes from Wellborn 2R Ranch

Share the taste of Texas with USDA Prime Grade steak gift boxes from Wellborn 2R Ranch, a historic ranch in Henrietta, Texas. Each steak in their gift box is hand-cut and shipped directly from the ranch to the recipient with a hand-written note from the sender. Seared in 150 years of Texas ranching history, it’s an authentic, intentional gift that’s the best kind, consumable! From $89

County Line BBQ Air Ribs Online Delivery Service

With multiple locations in Austin and San Antonio, plus one in El Paso, TX, The County Line has served up award winning barbeque for 45+ years. Get delicious barbeque, ribs or gift boxes delivered straight to that special meat-lover’s door. County Line meats are slow-smoked with aromatic hardwood flavors, and then each Air Ribs portion is frozen and vacuum-packed to seal in the natural juices and flavors. From $50

Coupland Dancehall’s Brothel Hot Sauce

The Brothel Sauce Company was born in the bona fide, legendary Texas dancehall and BBQ joint, Coupland Dancehall. (Where they also sell jerky and coffee beans — yeehaw!) The cheeky sauces are tomato and vinegar-based and come in three flavors, Bordello (original), Harlot (blueberry) and Lawless (spicy). Brothel BBQ sauces are tomato & vinegar based and come in three flavors, Bordello (original), Harlot (blueberry) and Lawless (spicy). $14.95

Holiday Tamales from Houston’s Arnaldo Richards’ Picos

Known for their delicious authentic Mexican fare, Arnaldo Richards’ Picos celebrates the holidays in their annual Holiday Tamale stand, which is now available for shipping across Texas and beyond. Highlights of the 17 dishes, sides and sauces available include Chile Con Queso Traditional, Oaxacan Tamales, consisting of three banana-leaf-wrapped tamales of pork, chicken, and portobello, with huitlacoche options, Pollo en Mole Negro, an Oaxacan black mole, and Chilorio, a Sinola-style slow-roasted pulled pork taco. Sweet additions include homemade Dulce de Leche sauce and dessert tamales, including Pineapple and Raisin. From $59

Chef-Curated Holiday Gift Sets From Texas Food & Wine Alliance

These chef-created and curated holiday gift sets are the perfect surprise and sure to delight Texas expats looking for a taste of home. The boxes are brimming with gourmet snacks from some of the Lone Star State’s most acclaimed chefs and artisans, including multiple James Beard Award winners and nominees and Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs. The price of each gift set includes a $5 donation to TFWA to help the nonprofit continue its mission of supporting Texas food communities. $59/$99

The Everything Cookie from Wunderkeks Cookie

The Everything cookie means business. Austin-based Wunderkeks threw in everything that seemed delicious, and the result is a cookie packed with textures and flavors in every bite: the sweet, cinnamon sugar crispy outside, then the salty nuts, then the chocolate and finally the aroma and chew of the coconut. It is EVERYTHING! #BeFullOfWunder. Free shipping when you order 2 dozen or more. $24.95/dozen

Lick Honest Ice Creams

Made in Austin since 2011, Lick Honest Ice Creams has crafted delicious artisanal sweet treats. For the holidays, Lick offers mouthwatering flavors including Candied Pecan & Bourbon, Butterscotch Pecan Blondie, Peppermint Bark, Iced Sugar Cookie, and other lip-smacking seasonal offerings from Texas. All the milk and cream used comes from a family-owned dairy in Central Texas: and everything from the sauces to the syrups, cookies, cakes and marshmallows are made by hand in the kitchen. These made-from-scratch unique flavors are absolutely heavenly! You’ll understand why Lick Honest Ice Creams has been named one of the “Best Ice Cream Shops in America” by Thrillist. $99/six-pint pack

Yummy Chef US

Yummy Chef US was born–from a husband/wife team–to change the world through cooking great food, made from scratch, using the freshest ingredients possible, and prepared with love. From Georgetown, Texans can now order Yummy Chef’s products and have it shipped to their doorstep. Some of their specialties include Coxinha–a popular street food in Brazil, Esfiha fechada (beef pastry) or Kibbeh–a family of dishes based on spiced ground meat and ground wheat grain, popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. Order up a full meal and pair with a nice bottle of wine and a lit candle for the perfect cultural dinner. $5-$200

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Bring Home a Bison for the Holidays

Perfect for anyone interested in Texas wildlife, San Antonio’s Briscoe Western Art Museum and their Adopt-a-Bison program supports bison herd conservation in Caprock Canyons State Park. The adoption package includes an adorable bison plush (full disclosure, the plush is not made in Texas), fact sheets about the bison herd in West Texas, and a certificate showing your giftee’s contribution to the herd’s success. All wrapped in a cute Briscoe bag, this is a gift that fits any age. $50

ROAM Homegrown’s Relaxation Gift Box

Luxurious products, simple ingredients, 100% pure essential oils, and positive vibes–who doesn’t need that this holiday season? At ROAM Homegrown they make their artisan self-care products and curated gift boxes with the highest-quality ingredients in small batches in Austin, Texas. This spunky woman-led business creates products and gifts that support self-care with an emphasis on non-toxic beauty, naturally derived ingredients and elegant packaging. $44, includes free priority shipping

Creative Box Studios Artist Designed Kits

Locally owned and curated in Austin, Creative Box Studios Artist Designed Kits are a great way to de-stress and dive into that creative state-of-mind. The creation of Monica Ceniceros (owner of The Cathedral and ATX Gals) and Kelly Cervenka, Creative Box Studios workshops are taught live and online by emerging women artists. All materials are included in an artist-designed kit available for shipping nationwide. Kits include all the materials needed for the class. All classes are recorded so if your budding artist can’t make the live date, they can always go back and watch at their leisure, making for the perfect holiday gift! Classes are now available for purchase through the website. $55-$95 + shipping

White Elm Bags

Made in Round Rock, this Carina Microsuede bag will be the purse that gets the compliments. The design, though a bit large for an everyday purse, offers timeless style, functional design and quality that lasts. White Elm vegan leather and canvas bags are created with the active, stylish Texas woman in mind. Whether toting a laptop for a business meeting, taking the toddler on a playdate, or jet setting, White Elm has the perfect go-to bag. $89

Puracy Sanitizing Products

Made in Austin, Puracy offers effective gel hand sanitizer, soap, surface cleaner, stain remover and travel-sized products, killing 99.9% of germs. From a gallon jug to small TSA-approved bottles, there’s something for every space. Best of all, this formula keeps hands soft–even with regular use. From $15.96/4-pack travel size

Evergreen Reusable Wrapping Paper

Created by Waco-based entrepreneur Lauren Daugherty, and sewn in Texas, Evergreen Wrapping is striving to transform the wrapping industry to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Their mission is to provide a beautiful, easy-to-use, durable alternative, that lasts dozens of years with basic care. Holiday celebrations can be fun, festive and also environmentally conscious. $9.99-$12.99

CHEERS!

Wines from Lost Draw Cellars

Fredericksburg-based winery Lost Draw Cellars offers some of the area’s best wines, ranging from tempranillos to rose and more. Wines from Texas are always a delicious and appreciated gift for anyone on your list–and not just at the holidays. As well as their seasonal packs and specials, we also recommend gifting a bottle of Lost Draw wine with a homemade gift certificate to visit after the holidays. From $16

Sourced Craft Cocktails—Don Julio Tommy’s Margarita

Started in Austin, Sourced Craft Cocktails is a gourmet cocktail delivery service that works with a team of expert local bartenders to deliver custom cocktail kits and draft cocktails for all occasions, straight to the door of your choice. Trust us when we say they won’t be disappointed with the signature Don Julio Tommy’s Margarita. The bright citrusy flavors are irresistibly classic and clean. Their delivery will include a 750ml bottle of Don Julio Blanco Tequila, a bottle of all fresh ingredients batched together, a jigger to help measure out each cocktail and 4 high-quality Sourced branded plastic cups. Available in Austin and Dallas, Sourced is perfect to gift to a loved one this holiday season. $93.40

RancH2O Canned Cocktails

Made in Dallas, RancH2O is a ready-to-drink canned cocktail that delivers a bold kick of real spirits and a refreshingly smooth taste with just the pop of a tab. RancH2O is real liquor, perfectly mixed. Their low in calorie flavors include Ranch Water, Classic Marg, Vodka Soda with a hint of cranberry, and Gin Fizz with a hint of lime. Fellow Texans (and others!) will love that they’re ideal to enjoy at a patio party, throw in the cooler for a trip or anywhere y’all want a portable cocktail. $13.99

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