Another year’s worth of Texas Monthly stories has inspired another roundup of the best items, objects, doodads, trinkets, and splurges to give to your favorite Texans, whether they were born here or just arrived last week. (You’ll find last year’s suggestions right here.) Ranging in price from $3.48 (for a shaker of our resident foodie’s favorite steak seasoning) to many multiples of that (for, say, an Airstream in which to roam around the state), most all of the gifts included in this list are made in Texas by Texans specifically for Texans, so you can do your do-gooding with a clear conscience. Happy giving, y’all.

Gifts For Taco Lovers

As you make your way through the 120 tacos you must eat before you die (how’s it going? You holding up?), take a moment to think about your fellow taqueria enthusiasts, all of whom would likely appreciate a taco-minded token of your mutual masa interests. The best gifts in life may be wrapped in tortillas, but we think these come in at a close second.

Texas Humor taco time t-shirt gift guide

Texas Humor Taco Time t-shirt ($21.99)

Siete almond flour tortillas gift guide

Austin-based Siete almond-flour tortillas ($29.49 for 3 packs)

Marfa Brand Topo Chico glasses gift guide

Marfa Brand Topo Chico glassware ($60 for six) for the Topo Chico you can now order from HEB

tortilla warmer gift guide

IMUSA tortilla warmer ($4.88 from HEB)

God Bless Puffy Tacos bumper sticker gift guide

“God Bless Puffy Tacos” bumper sticker ($3.50)

tortilla press gift guide

IMUSA tortilla press ($25.95 from San Antonio’s Melissa Guerra)

No. 4 St. James Austin Breakfast Tacos book gift guide

Austin Breakfast Tacos ($14 from No. 4 St. James)

Mrs. Renfro's ghost pepper salsa gift guide

Fort Worth–based Mrs. Renfro’s Ghost Pepper Salsa ($3.95)

Gifts For Texas Drink Enthusiasts

To reiterate the opening line of our big, boozy “Drink Like a Texan” guide, we’re a thirsty bunch. And, if we’re being honest with ourselves, we tend to get even thirstier around the holidays, what with the abundance of festive feasts, office parties, and in-law sightings. Truth is, we deserve a little something—like the following gifts—to raise our spirits.

Big Bend Brewing Co growler gift guide

Big Bend Brewing Co. 64-oz. stainless steel growler ($75)

Halo home emoji napkins gift guide

Halo Home emoji napkins ($48 for set of 4)

McPherson Cellars wine gift guide

McPherson Cellars wines (left to right: 2014 Reserve Roussanne, $22; 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $18; 2013 Les Copains Red, $16; plus, check out the other five Texas wineries that made our wine expert Jessica Norman Dupuy’s list)

No. 4 St. James bourbon bombs gift guide

No. 4 St. James Chocolate Chip Bourbon Bombs, made with Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($10)

Barbecue Wife Bloody Mary mix gift guide

Barbecue Wife Bloody Mary Mix, infused with Stiles Switch BBQ sauce ($15)

Hops and Grain brew biscuits gift guide

Hops & Grain Brew Biscuits for man’s sober best friend (prices vary by retailer)

290 Wine shuttle gift guide

Gift certificate for the 290 Wine Shuttle, in Fredericksburg ($24.99 for an all-day pass)

Gifts For Texans, By Texans

Lauren Smith Ford has the enviable—but also unenviable—task of picking a talented Texan to feature each month in her popular “Made In Texas” column. There’s such a multitude of homegrown makers in this state that it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. Here, a few wondrous wares from some of the Texas companies she’s showcased this year.

Circle 21 Candles gift guide

Circle 21 Candles // Trophy Room candle ($25)

No 4 St. James Jarvis boards gift guide

Jarvis Boards // Rio Grande Lone Star edition ($2,300)

KKDW gift guide

KKDW handmade furniture and housewares // plant hanger ($200)

campfire quilt gift guide

Campfire Quilts // custom Tiny Star quilt (starts at $475)

Elefant Press gift guide

Elefant Press // “Thank You” letterpress card ($5)

Bexar Goods gift guide

Bexar Goods // Porter leather satchel ($680)

Cat Spring Tea gift guide

Cat Spring Tea // As American As Apple Pie loose leaf yaupon tea (from $9.95)

Hey Murphy cuff gift guide

Hey Murphy // kyanite arrow cuff ($70)

Gifts For Texas Foodies

Our resident Vittles enthusiast, Courtney Bond, knows that the most direct way to our hearts is often through our stomachs. The authentic Texas recipes she digs up each month make for excellent gifts on their own, but paired with the following kitchen gadgets and foodstuffs, they’ll become presents your nearest and dearest will undoubtedly eat up.

biscuits and honey gift guide

Biscuits recipe // Blissful Folly Homegrown Texas Honey (from $8)

Enchilada cookbook gift guide

Enchiladas recipe // Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex by Chris Waters Dunn and Cappy Lawton ($39.95, Trinity University Press)

Berdoll squirrel nutcracker gift guide

Pecan pie recipe // Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Company squirrel nutcracker ($19.99)

M Grill gift guide

Grilled Gulf oysters recipe // M Grills Texas-shaped grill (from $650)


Cornbread recipe // Lodge cast iron wedge pan ($26.50)

steak rub gift guide

Chicken-fried steak recipe // TexJoy’s Saltgrass 7 Steak Spice ($3.48)

yeti cooler gift guide

Viet-Cajun crawfish recipe // a YETI cooler (prices start at, well, a lot, but don’t those crawfish deserve to go out in style?)

Gifts For Texas Wanderers

One of the hazards of Wanderer-ing around the state for a living is that window shopping often turns into actual shopping. I can’t resist a good souvenir, like the following ones I’ve spotted on my recent travels, but it’s experiences that make the best gifts of all. To that end, we’ve rounded up all of our Texas Trip Guides (more coming soon!) so that you and yours can treat yourselves to a new adventure or two in the coming year. Happy travels!

pocketknife texas necklace gift guide

Abilene Trip Guide // a mini pocketknife necklace ($59) or Texas charm necklace ($45) from Betty & June

Hico Wiseman House Chocolates gift giude

Reasons to Stop in Hico // Wiseman House Chocolates almond toffee (from $6.50)

Read Between the Lines holiday cards gift guide

Dallas (a new Trip Guide coming soon!) // Read Between the Lines holiday card boxed set ($30)

Menil Collection African Art gift guide

Houston’s Museum District Trip Guide // African Art from the Menil Collection ($65)

Texas ocelots license plate gift guide

Los Fresnos Trip Guide // a Save Texas Ocelots license plate (from $30)

Airstream 2 Go gift guide

Everywhere // an Airstream 2 Go rental, picked up in El Paso (from $1,920…a wanderer can dream, can’t she?)

Gifts For Newly Minted Texans

Even if you’ve been here since birth, you likely know a newly minted Texan or two—or two dozen, if you live in, say, Austin. In many ways, these newcomers are the easiest to buy for, as they probably don’t yet have staples like cowboy boots or their own copy of Lonesome Dove. But don’t think the gift-giving stakes are low. This is your big chance to offer some guidance on just what it means to be a Texan, so pair our Ultimate Newcomer’s Guide from the April 2015 issue with any one of these fine welcome-to-Texas items.

No 4 St James Regions of Texas candles gift guide

Regions of Texas candles from No. 4 St. James ($22 and $42)…because each of these seven scents underscores the distinct character of the state’s diverse regions.

Texas Humor t-shirt gift guide

The Stars at Night T-shirt ($24.99) from Texas Humor…because that’s what J.J. Watt wore when he graced our September cover.

Crazy Water gift guide

Crazy Water (from $18 for a 12-pack)…because you’ll need plenty to survive those summer days when it’s “hot as fahr.”

Beyonce t-shirt gift guide

Beyoncé T-shirt ($40)…because you now share a home state with the world’s greatest performer.

ruby red grapefruit gift guide

Ruby Reds…because if you don’t already appreciate the glory of the grapefruit, you soon will.

TMBBQ club gift guide

TMBBQ Club membership ($50)…because it’s perfectly acceptable to have barbecue for breakfast.

Texas State Parks pass gift guide

Texas State Parks pass ($65 if purchased by 12/19/15)…because you could (and should) spend a lifetime finding pretty pockets to visit.

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