Just think of the possibilities to help us enjoy the great outdoors: a stand-up paddle board, a sturdy little grill for campouts under the stars, a high-style shooting shirt. For the José Altuve wannabe, consider a wooden baseball bat courtesy of a rock star (seriously). Or bring the outdoors inside with a colorful print inspired by farm life.
Our Made in Texas Gift Guide appeared in the December 2017 issue of Texas Monthly.
McKenzie Knife Co. • $1,000 for the set of three
For the serious hunter, this knife set is made up of a gut hook, caping, and skinning knife and can be used on everything from a dove or trout to an elk. Crafted by Jonathan McKenzie in Houston, the knives are made of 154CM stainless and linen Micarta handles, which come in different colors.
Five Star Boot Jack
Metals Unlimited • $120
For the cowboy in your life, Dallas-based Metals Unlimited makes handsome boot jacks out of laser-cut 3/8” steel with soft leather wraps around the horns. Design options on the steel include the star, the shape of Texas, and a cactus, or it can be customized with a person’s initials or ranch brand. Buy Now.
Castroville Pottery • $45
Rustic yet elegant, these stoneware chili bowls with a handle are a fitting addition to any Texan’s dish collection. Tim and Gloria Kelley have been operating their Castroville shop since 2008, making everything from bread bakers to beer steins. Bowls come in four glaze options. Buy Now.
C4 Portable Grill
M Grills • $119
Elevate a tailgate with this compact charcoal grill that’s made of twelve-gauge steel—welded, not screwed. It’s stronger than your average rig and retains heat. Mesquite-based M Grills also makes one that’ll fit a whole hog. Buy Now.
Brown and Blue Aromatic Smoking Fuel
No. 4 St. James • $12
Bring the rich flavor of Texas pecan wood to your next BBQ with this mixture of pecan shells and dried juniper berries, packaged in a high-quality drawstring bag. Made for the pit or the grill, the shells help to bring that smoky flavor to the grill or the pit. Buy Now.
Trapper Pocket Knife
Moore Maker • From $38
Brothers Wayland and Glynard Moore started making spurs and buckles in the Panhandle in 1985 and graduated to making knives for George Strait and Bush 43. The trapper has a bone handle and master and spey blades. Buy Now.
Texas Saddle Shop Keychain
No. 4 St. James • $12
No. 4 St. James, an Austin-based designer and developer of Texas-centric products, has partnered with Clint Wilkinson of the late, great North Texas saddlery Weldon’s Saddle Shop, to make a good-looking vegetable tanned bridle leather keychain with a solid brass or nickel key ring. Buy Now.
Tomii Cycles • $2,000 for the frame
Nao Tomii’s background as a sculptor shows in the elegance of the handmade bicycles he creates in Austin. While his specialty is fully custom rides (pictured) for serious bike geeks, his newest line, Canvas, uses a stock frame that comes in five sizes and can be had without the long wait. Buy Now.
The Firecracker Bat
Warstic • $143
Dallas-based Warstic upped its cool quotient last spring when Jack White (yes, that one) and Detroit Tiger Ian Kinsler became co-owners. Ben Jenkins, a former minor league player, makes his ash, maple, and birch baseball bats with a meditative focus that, he hopes, carries through to players at bat. Buy Now.
Torque-Balanced Golf Putter
Edel Golf • $330
From his workbench in a former airplane hangar in Liberty Hill, north of Austin, Edel Golf founder David Edel engineers putters, wedges, and irons using torque-balanced technology to create a more balanced club. A custom fitting with Edel or one of his experts throughout Texas takes an hour while they go through a highly intricate system of 25 million permutations to find out what specific club works best for you. Buy Now.
Teal Salinity Casting Rod
Waterloo Rod Company • $160
Each of the 28 styles of rods that Waterloo owner Jimmy Burns hand-builds in Victoria is specifically designed for particular types of fishing. Among the most versatile is the lightweight Salinity series. Buy Now.
Texas Rover • $1,599
Upgrade your campfire or tailgate with Texas Rover’s Humphrey Chair, their modern take on a classic design used by South African explorers in the nineteenth century. Made with a variety of leather and wood finishes, the chair can be folded up or have a permanent resting place inside your home. Buy Now.
Horse Of Course Print
Humble Donkey Studio • From $25
A former illustrator for NASA turned painter, John Lowery has set up a shop and studio in Round Top to showcase his Texas farm scenes—cows in a vibrant pasture, horses against a blue sky, and of course, a donkey, the mascot of the gallery. Prints of the original paintings are available online. Buy Now.
Want more? Let your outdoor lover truly enjoy the wonders of nature with a star party, hunting trip, or campfire cooking experience. See For the Person Who Has Everything. Is your nature lover making a pit stop on the way to Big Bend? See For the Marfa Type. Or take another look at our other categories.