Texas Living

Texas Gifts

By Jessica Jones 12.16.13

If you’re looking to give your loved one a piece of the Lone Star State for the holidays, forget the Texas-shaped tin of peanut brittle or the apron with the state flag emblazoned on it. With so many artists, artisans, and institutions that call Texas home, finding Texas gifts that say “Deep in the Heart” (as well as from the heart) for anyone on your list is easy.

Here are five of our favorites:

Marfa Brand Soap

Nice soap is one of those little luxuries everyone can appreciate. Treat your loved one to a selection of Marfa Brand soaps, handmade in the West Texas artist enclave of Marfa. With scents ranging from campfire to rosemary peppermint, you can find a smell to satisfy anyone. The soap box gift set also makes the perfect hostess gift. (Prices vary)

Stubb’s BBQ Sauce

Austin loves to tout its “weird” reputation, but when it comes to our state capitol, we mostly think: Yum. One reason is the legendary Stubb’s BBQ, which has been serving mouthwatering brisket, pork, sausage, and more since 1968. The secret is the sauces, marinades, and rubs, which they kindly make available to the meat-loving masses. The carnivore on your list will thank you. (Prices vary)

American Art and Philanthropy: Twenty Years of Collecting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston by Peter C. Marzio

If your loved one can’t make it to Houston to check out the city’s thriving art scene, bring the art scene to them with this impressive coffee table book that celebrates the recent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Great for any age, gender, or taste. ($55)

Kendra Scott jewelry

Gentlemen, here’s a tip: When in doubt, buy her jewelry. Austin’s own Kendra Scott has made a name for herself with her classic, colorful designs, including the popular Danielle earrings, which come in more than two-dozen colors. (Prices vary)

Texas Stadium seats

How can you make sure your favorite Dallas Cowboys fan has the best seats in the house for every game? By giving them a set of original seats from Texas Stadium, which was demolished in 2008. Available in singles or pairs, they are the ultimate gift for any die-hard. ($199 and up)

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