Can the holidays be even more magical? With these items—most of them made in Texas—the answer is a resounding yes. For more gift ideas, see For Those Who Like to Take It Outside, For the Hard-to-Please, For the Trendsetters, and For the Foodies and Fabulous Hosts.

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Courtesy of Kindred Fiber Farm

Alpaca Baby Beanie

Kindred Fiber Farm
TM General Store
$30

Anna Marie Schroller makes incredibly soft accessories, like headbands and baby beanies, as well as hand-spun yarns, out of wools sourced from her tiny herd of alpacas, who roam around her farm, outside Fredericksburg.

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Rocking Horse

Palo Pinto Rocking Horse Co.
Starting at $1,800

In January, Palo Pinto homebuilders Casey and Liz McGlaun returned to making and selling heirloom-quality rocking horses (and bulls), something they used to do a few decades ago. The smooth-finish creations, which are all made to order, are crafted from native Texas woods. 

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MQuan Dog Bowl

El Cosmico Provision Co.
$200

Can’t think of something for the person who has everything? How about a luxe “Groovyyurt” or a vaquero-style palm-leaf hat? Marfa’s El Cosmico Provision Co. has many options for every discerning family member or friend, including your most beloved pet. This stoneware dog bowl is designed by Brooklyn-based Michele Quan.

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Levi’s Personal Denim Jacket

The Tot
$99

Personalize a classic piece via the Tot’s exclusive collaboration with Levi’s, which lets you add a chenille and felt letter-patch monogram in bright hues or subdued earth tones on pint-size denim jackets for your mini-fashionista or fashionisto. The Tot’s Nasiba Adilova, a former Russian street-style star who is now a Dallas mover and shaker, has two locations of her high-end children’s clothing shop in Dallas and is hosting a pop-up in New York City through December 28.

Pulse Light-Up Skates

Chicago Skates
$79.99

Designed to bring sparkle to the rink (or the sidewalk), the Pulse Light-Up skates come in six flashing modes and seven light colors.


Texas Monthly serves its readers with occasional product roundups reported by senior editor Lauren Smith Ford. After she makes her picks, the Texas Monthly General Store acquires some of the items for its inventory. For your convenience, we’ve provided links to the store where applicable. For the other stuff, the links go directly to the retailer. We sometimes make a commission from sales that occur from those links.

A shorter version of this article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “The Art of Texas Gift-Giving.” Subscribe today.