Gift Ideas

2017 Christmas Season

It tis the season...not only for joy and happiness, but for fighting the crowds at the mall and box stores or surfing the Internet for just the right gift for those special people on your gift list. And as most us know, that is rarely an easy task. Hopefully, our efforts to do the surfing online for you will make things a little bit easier this year. We thought it might be a good idea to pick some Texas-Lone Star themed gifts -- just in case you want to let your state pride show a little state pride.

Yipee Ki ya! Texas BBQ Ornament

Texans will love this BBQ grill Christmas tree ornament shaped like a Longhorn and colored like the state flag. If they are not a Texan, so what! Give it to them anyway (maybe you'll get it back!) Show some Texas barbecue pride for the holidays. Festive and collectible, Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments come ready to give in a seasonal holiday gift box. The box can also be used for ornament storage. This Hallmark Keepsake Ornament measures 2.7 x 3.6 x 1.9 inches and comes in a 2.9 x 4 x 1.7 gift box. The ornament is made of plastic. Designed by Tom Best. Each piece includes one 2016 Texas BBQ Grill Christmas Ornament in a gift-ready box. PRICE: $15.95 at Amazon


Texas Pecan Butter

Who doesn't like apple butter? Maybe some folks, but once you have tasted Texas Pecan Butter, you'll never go back! Texas is famous for its pecans, a state that grows a natural variety of nut in the wild. You can find Texas pecans along river banks, in meadows and valleys - in just about every corner of the state. A gift of tasty Texas pecan butter may be just the perfect holiday gift fpr that special family member or friend. Pecans are heart healthy, and this jar contains no sugar - just the real thing.  PRICE: $9.95 at Texas by Texans

Black Forest Baked Ham

With the holidays lasting until the arrival of the new year, there is always a special time to serve up a very special meal, and this sweet smoked ham offers a great choice for lovers of good food. You might even consider giving this special ham to your own family on Christmas or New Years Day! Cured in brown sugar and spices, then slow-smoked over hickory for hours and hours in the smokehouse. A lean rosy-colored ham that’s not too sweet, not too spicy, and just right! Black Forest Smoked Ham is approximately four pounds. Order for yourself or for friends.   PRICE: $45.95 at Texas by Texans

Fredericksburg Fudge!

Who wouldn't budge for some really great fudge? I would, and you should! Fredericksburg Fudge Company is famous for great fudge, made fresh in their downtown shop in one of Texas most famous German towns.  Some might argue that the first German settlers to the area picked the site for the community because it was the perfect place to make fudge, German beer, bratwurst, and saurbraten! Try a one pound gift box (or more) or great fudge and order early to fudge out for the holidays.   Get it now before it's all gone because this fudge is a Texas favorite.

PRICE: $29.95 from Frdericksburg Fudge Company

Quintessential Chocolates

If it seems we are hung up on food items in this gift guide it is because we are. Gramps used to say there's nothing more like Texas than the great tastes that come from there, and when it comes to extraordinary chocolates, he hit the nail right on the head. Quintessential Chocolates makes their product with utmost care and ships around the world. One of our favorrite are their spirits-filled chocolate. From Amaretto, to whiskey to tequila filled chocolates, there is no finer taste of the spirit world than a nibble of thes remarkable chocolates. Or choose other gift boxes.

PRICE: $10.90 and up by Quintessential Chocolates

Texas T-Shirts for Christmas

If you really want to share your pride, wearing a Texas-themed T-shirt is probably one of the easiest ways to do it. There are kinds, sizes and symbols to choose from, including the "Texas Strong" version that shows your support for the communities that were ravaged by Hurricane Harvey earlier this year.  But take your time and shop around for just the right T for everyone on your gift list, and take advantage of 2-day shipping on most items. Start shopping for Texas T's right now and get the jump on your holiday shopping while the selections are still good.

PRICE: $10.07 and up   from AMAZON

World Champion Astros Ball Cap

It doesn't happen every year (though we wished it could), but a professional Texas Major League Baseball team winner the gold in the World Series is certainly a good reason to celebrate - and to support for the upcoming 2018 season! We thought about a pair of tickets for their April 7 opening game in 2018, but we shied away because  premium seats for two can cost hundreds. So we settled in listing a commemorative cap that captures the spirit of a true World Champion team. Give that special someone this special cap! PRICE: $28.99 from SportingUp