It’s hard to go wrong with a Texan-made item designed with the outdoors in mind, whether it’s a practical hunting shirt or shoes that make hiking fun. For more gift ideas, see For the Trendsetter, For the Little Ones and Furry Friends, For Foodies and Fabulous Hosts, and For the Hard-to-Please.
Purifying Detox Facial Bar
The Seaweed Bath Co.
Austinites Adam and Allison Grossman started the Seaweed Bath Co. in 2010 when they discovered the healing powers of the nutrient-rich bladderwack seaweed that’s harvested off the coast of Maine. The all-natural face, body, hair, and bath products are sold in stores like Whole Foods across Texas, and the detox body soap version of this bar won “Best Bodywash Bar” at this year’s coveted Allure magazine’s Best of Beauty Awards.
Midweight Wingshooter Shirt
TM General Store
Three Austin outdoorsmen have joined forces to create the perfect modern hunting shirt with their new company, Duck Camp. The lightweight, tailored button-down comes in a classic camo with a high-tech feel that’s just made for the open field.
Harvard grad Paul Hedrick left a big consulting job in New York City in 2014 to return to his native Texas and start his direct-to-consumer brand of cowboy boots, Tecovas, based in Austin. The minimal style resonated right away, and those first two options have turned into almost twenty. Next up for the buzzy brand? A line of denim.
100X Natural Beaver Custom Hat
Starting at $800
The Catalena family’s shop, in downtown Bryan, is filled with rows of hats in dozens of straw and felt options. Each style of hat, like the Charley Waite and the Grizzly, can be customized, with options for varying crown heights, brim lengths, and hatbands.
Western Apple Watch Strap
For the cowboy (or cowgirl) in your life who loves their gadgets, leather worker Clint Wilkinson has put a clever western spin on the Apple watch strap. He carries on his grandfather’s leatherworking tradition that began sixty years ago in a saddle shop in Denton, where Wilkinson is based.
Husband-wife duo Constance and Jamey Garza design these bold, striped blankets that are inspired by vintage Bolivian frazadas and made with hand-woven cloth from India. Best known for their modern steel-and-leather furniture, the couple are branching out into textiles, ceramics, and tabletop goods on their well-designed e-commerce site, but scheduling a by-appointment-only visit to their Marfa studio is still the best way to experience the magic of Garza Marfa.
Panga Backpack 28
Durable, waterproof, and stylish, YETI’s fresh take on the adventurer’s not only keeps all your essentials dry on fishing trips or hikes but looks good along the way.
Beef Butcher Cufflinks
Shop all things Texas ephemera online or in Paris Texas Apparel’s Houston brick-and-mortar. In addition to T-shirts, you’ll find cool accessories, like these black-and-white silver-plated cuff links, perfect for the carnivore who wants to jazz up a monkey suit.
The Animal Kingdom: A Collection of Portraits
By Randal Ford
Photographer (and Texas Monthly contributor) Randal Ford turned his longtime love of photographing animals into a beautiful coffee table book. The stunner features more than 150 masterful portraits of everything from rare birds to Longhorns and exotics like a handsome black rooster, all captured up close in a studio.
Dallas flip-flop brand Hari Mari is branching out this season with sleek desert boots, retro running shoes, and these chukka-style hiking boots. The suede-and-hemp exterior is complemented by a custom super-soft Native American print on the inside for extra comfort and style points.
Big Bend National Park Poster
Artist Robert Decker immortalizes the Santa Elena Canyon and the Rio Grande with this 13” x 19” poster print that is numbered, dated, and signed by the artist.
Read more: Introducing Our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide
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.