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12 Days of Tex-mas: A Holiday Gift Giving Guide


‘Tis the season to be Texan. Let us help you help yourself with your holiday gift list. Whether you were born in Texas, just moved to Texas, or just love Texas it’s that time of year to spread some Lonestar Christmas cheer. Tried and true items that are timeless and popular throughout the Houston community, we give you the 12 Days of Texas-mas.

(Read to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas)

On the first day of Tex-mas my true love gave to me….

1 Texas Capitol Flag

Give the ultimate symbol of Texas pride this year, by bestowing your loved one with a Texas flag flown over the state Capitol. You can choose the date you want your flag to be flown (think birthdays, anniversaries, taco Tuesdays, etc.) and get a personalized certificate authenticating the date it was flown over the capitol building in Austin. Recommended for: your siblings, college students (the best dorm decoration evaaa), residents of Texas, anyone with a sliver of patriotism.

2 -Stepping Gear

Assuming you already have some rocking boots, Texas two-step your way throughout the Christmas season with some pieces brought to you straight from the heart of Texas. Classic Texas charm for the ladies and the unofficially official mandatory accessory for the men.  Recommended for: your sister, your bestie, your brother, your boyfriend.

3 Things for the Kitchen

Because everything tastes better when you’re wearing Texas, prepared on Texas, and in the shape of Texas.  Recommended for: your mom, your grandma, college students, anyone who eats breakfast.



4 Dozen Texas Tamales

Since the 1980s, the Texas Tamale Company has been delivering fresh, healthy tamales to the Houston community. Texas Tamale Company’s signature burlap bags are a staple gift during Christmas season. You can choose from beef, black bean, chicken, pork and spinach fillings and a variety of sauces and get them delivered to anywhere in the US. (They are so freakin delish. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.) Perfect item to contribute to a holiday party potluck, to serve as Christmas party appetizer, or to nibble on as a midnight snack. Recommended for: your mom, your grandparents, your boss, your “gluten-free” friend, foodies.

5 James Avery riiiiiinngggggs

James Avery is a family owned jewelry company based in Texas with an extensive line of items, many designs originating from artisans in the Texas Hill Country. Just about every girl in Texas owns a piece of jewelry from this place. A piece from their collection would be a guaranteed, timeless gift. Recommended for:  your girlfriend, mom, sister, bffl, special female in life.

6-Pack of TX beer

Bring the party by bringing beer.  It goes down smoother when its made in Texas. Find them at your local grocery store. Recommended: Shiner Cheer and St. Arnold’s Christmas Ale. Recommended for: your brother, your dad, anyone who watches football/loves hates their in-laws.

7 (hundred) pages of Texas Cooking

Literally a survival skill, cooking can be artistic, therapeutic, and if done well–tasty. This new year, resolve to discover the world’s best salsa, perfect your brisket marinade, and maybe even win a chili cook-off. Expand your cooking repertoire of southern cooking by expanding your library–or that of a loved one–with a highly praised Texan home-cooking cookbook. Recommend for: your aunt, grandma,  people who don’t live in Texas (they think barbecue means a burger), your quirky coworker with a food blog.

8 Slices of Goode & Co Pecan Pie

Another holiday staple for the Christmas season: Goode & Co. Pecan Pie. Also,  known as crack. In the wise words of Oprah “If you’re gonna splurge, make it worth it. Perfect, crunchy, gooeymmm, delicious.” In addition to making all your dreams come true, the pie comes in a wooden box that reminds us all how lucky we are to be in Texas. Recommended for: anyone with a pulse.

9 Pairs of TX Flag Shorts

Moral of the story of when you live in Texas, is that there really is no such thing as too much pride for your country state. Give the gift of the Lone Star state with a pair of Texas flag shorts.Recommended for: your teen sister, your bestie, anyone who is remotely athletic or patriotic.


10 Pieces of Htown Sports Swag

Boasting a four professional teams, Houston has every major professional sport except hockey (RIP Aeros). Between the Texans, Rockets, and Astros, #sports are always in season in Houston. What Watt are you waiting for? Recommended for: your dad, your brother, your boyfriend, anyone who supports #sportsball.


11 Packets of Bluebonnet Seeds

Designated as the state flower in 1901, bluebonnets are the bomb dot com. People go crazy in the Texas springtime to take pictures in the bluebonnet fields in central Texas. Grow your own field by ordering some blue bonnet seeds. Recommended for: stocking stuffers, your kid cousin, your grandma, anyone with a yard.

12 Tyler’s Texas Tees

Nothing says I-rushed-a-sorority-in-Texas like an over-sized Tyler’s tee. A solid Texas souvenir for just about anyone, these shirts come in a gazillion colors and multiple styles. Recommended for: your sister and your bestie.

What’s on your Christmas list this year? Find something we missed? Let us know!

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