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Q: Gifts Items Unique to Texas ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   12 Comments )
Subject: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: all4him-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 11 Jun 2005 09:08 PDT
Expires: 11 Jul 2005 09:08 PDT
Question ID: 532205
Looking for gifts or items that are unique to Texas.  In otherwords,
items that you would almost have to travel to Texas to purchase or
that a store would have to import from Texas in order to sell.  Its ok
if the items can be purchased online as long as they originate from
Texas. The items would be small enough to fit in a suitcase and can
leagally be transported via US MAIL (in otherwords, I'm not looking
for a cow or some other living creature).  Also, I'm not looking for a
food item or any type of "crop" that only grows in texas.  Idealy this
item would be something you coud display in a display case, or on your

Clarification of Question by all4him-ga on 11 Jun 2005 09:14 PDT
While I mentioned "no food items" I suppose that if its something that
comes in a Jar like a certain type of jelly or hot sauce that would be
fine.  Again the "Can the item be legally and safely shipped via the
US Postal service" is the test to use.  I'd also stipulate that the
item can't be perishable.

Clarification of Question by all4him-ga on 12 Jun 2005 19:15 PDT
Music wouldn't work as you can buy a Lyle Lovett or any other album
anywhere the world.  I don't want an item that someone can walk into
best buy and pick up.  Like I said I'm looking for something that
someone would almost HAVE to travel to Texas to find. When I said "buy
online" I guess I meant that the "online store" would have to be in
texas because thats where the thing they sell is available.  - Anyone
in the world with wood and a saw can make a board into the shape of
texas and paint it and glue eyes to it.....(though I can't imagine why
anyone in the world...even a texan...would want to make such a thing)

Clarification of Question by all4him-ga on 12 Jun 2005 19:23 PDT
I thought of a couple of good examples from other states....

In Atlantic City New Jersey they make Salt Water Taffy....while I know
they make taffy and even salt water taffy elsewhere in the world, its
still fairly unique, and indeed unique enough for my purposes.."a box
of Atlantic City Salt Water Taffy bought on the boardwalk in Atlantic
City" would definately fit the bill if I were looking for something
from New Jersey

In Pennsylvania the Pennsylvania Dutch make a whole assortment of
unique items, from clothing to furnishings and the like so a "Genuine
'Whatchamacallit' made by the Pennsylvania Dutch" would be a valid
item if I was looking for something from Pennsylvania

Not being a native texan I know nothing about the state at all....Is
there an Indian Reservation there or a certain "group" of people who
settled in texas that have carried an ancient craft or skill forward
to the present day? (Tossing cow chips doesn't count)
Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
Answered By: byrd-ga on 13 Jun 2005 15:38 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi all4him-ga,

I saw your question earlier, but was unfortunately unable then to
devote the proper time to providing you with a proper Texan answer, so
left the question open in case another Researcher might want to help.
However, I see that's not been the case, so I'm happy to have the
opportunity to help you after all!

My credentials: I *am* a Texan, at this time living in the great
capitol city of Austin in the great State of Texas. Though to my
sorrow not quite native, I am what is known as a ?Native Texan Once
Removed.? That is, my late Daddy (RIP) was a native Texan, but
relocated up north after WWII, which is how I came to be born
elsewhere. But he saw to it that his children were well-educated in
the history and lore of his home state, teaching us all about the many
layers of ancestors entwined with our deep Texas roots, so that when I
finally found my way back here I knew I had come home. My family ties
in Texas go back many generations to the days of the Republic of
Texas, when Texas was its own country. My grandchildren have now
restored Native Texan status to our line, and we are proud members of
the ?First Families of Texas? as well as ?Sons and Daughters of the
Republic of Texas.? This is all by way of 1) demonstrating to you 1)
the modest nature of Texas Pride, and 2) letting you know that I am
capable of definitively providing you with some unique sources for
truly Texan gifts. Hopefully, among them will be that perfect Texan
"something" for which you're looking.

For starters, in case you?re interested, here?re a couple of good
links to some basic Texas information, in case you?d like to become
better acquainted with the truly fascinating history and culture of
the ?real? Texas:

   -?Texas at Your Fingertips? on the official State of Texas website: 
   -Texas Highways ? a magazine devoted to Texas places and people: 
   -Handbook of Texas Online: 
   -The Texas Almanac: 
   -Wikipedia has a good entry on Texas: 

Then, to address your question about whether there is a unique product
or group of people that represent Texas, the answer is no, there is no
ONE unique item or group particularly associated with Texas. However,
there are a great MANY. You see, ?bigness? in and of itself is
representative of Texas, and often the first thought to come to mind
when Texas is mentioned. Texas is the second largest state in the U.S.
both in terms of area and population, though for much of its history,
before Alaska joined the Union, it was the largest state in physical
size. With more than 267,000 square miles, Texas is as large as all of
New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois combined.  Much
of Texas lore is based on this concept of great size, and there are
many other ideas as well, which immediately call Texas to mind.

So first, I?m going to just briefly list for you some of these
uniquely Texan ideas, objects and associations, and then I?ll give you
a list of sources where you can purchase gifts related to them, as
well as other uniquely Texan items.

Texas history is replete with much cowboy and western lore. The
Chisolm trail ran right through Central Texas, and legends of cowboy
exploits throughout the state are legion. Think of boots and spurs,
ten-gallon hats, tumbleweeds, barbed wire, horses, bandanas and beans.

Texas foods are as varied as the world?s because the world?s cultures
are represented here.  Still, there are some foods uniquely associated
with Texas, and they include:

   -Barbecue. Texas barbecue is distinct from that of other places. It
means a slow pit-smoked over wood coals style of barbecue, but there
are variations, and each has it passionate adherents, likely to argue
?til they look barbecued about which is best.
   -Chili.  Ahhhhh.  Mention Texas Chili to a bunch of Texans, and
you?re likely to start as big an argument as the ?discussion? about
   -Grapefruit. Texas is justly famous for the ruby-red grapefruit
from the Rio Grande Valley.
   -Hot sauce or salsa is ubiquitous throughout Texas as much as
barbecue, and there are contests and taste-offs going on all the time
to find the best one.
   -Olives are a surprising newcomer to the list of Texas foods, but
Texas olives are making a name for themselves.
   -Peaches.  Fredericksburg Peaches are renowned for their sweetness,
to which I can  personally attest!  Slurp, I mean yum!
   -Tex-mex foods are a combination of traditional Mexican foods with
cowboy fare, and are what many people actually mean when the speak of
?Mexican? food.
   -Wine.  Many people are surprised to discover that there are many
vineyards and wineries in Texas that make excellent wines.

   -Spanish Missions
   -Six Flags: There have been six flags which have flown over Texas
throughout its long and colorful history. They are: Spain (1519-1685;
1690-1821); France (1685-1690); Mexico (1821-1836); Republic of Texas
(1836-1845); Confederate States of America (1861-1865); United States
of America (1845-1861; 1865- )
   -The Alamo
   -Sam Houston
   -Lyndon Baines Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson
   -Dr. Pepper was invented in Texas

   -Texas Caddo Indians
   -Comanche Indians

Texas was once part of Mexico, and its influence is very much a part
of Texas life even today, fueled even more by the large number of
Mexican immigrants who continue to flood over the border and settle in

Modern symbols of Texas include: 
   -NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in Houston
   -The Battleship Texas
   -The oil derrick and its cousin, the pump-jack 

Texas has had many well-known and well-loved music greats, and even
today Austin is billed as ?The Live Music Capital? of the world.  Some
of the artists uniquely Texan are Lyle Lovett (as already mentioned),
Bob Wills, Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, W.C. Clark (a
personal favorite!), Joe Ely, Shawn Colvin, Los Lonely Boys, and many,
many more.  You can find many listed here:

   -Oil, of course. The discovery of oil in Texas in 1901 began a
legendary saga that is not yet finished, and oil is now inextricably
linked with Texas in the minds of many.
   -Limestone. This is the foundation on which much of Texas sits.  
   -Mesquite. This often-thorny tree has many sub-species, and is
found throughout the state.
   -Pink granite, locally quarried, is plentiful, and is the material
of which the Texas capitol building is made
   -Prickly Pear cactus also grows throughout the state
   -Tumbleweed dot the highways out west.

As I said, the very idea of anything BIG is very Texan. Some specific
illustrations include:
   -Anything related to Pecos Bill, a legendary cowboy hero said to
have been born in Texas. You can read about him here:
   -Texas Tall Tales include books of stories, usually having to do
with anything Texan being bigger, better, or more outrageous than
anything or anywhere else.

Texas has many nationally known sports teams including:  
   -NFL: Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans
   -MLB: Houston Astros and Texas Rangers
   -NBA: San Antonio Spurs
   -WNBA: Houston Comets
   -NHL: Dallas Stars 
   -University of Texas Longhorns
   -Texas A&M Aggies
   -Baylor Bears

There are a number of symbols that stand out as meaning ?Texas? for
many people.  They include

   -State bird: the Mockingbird
   -State flower: the Bluebonnet
   -State gem: Texas blue topaz
   -State insect: Monarch Butterfly
   -State tree: Pecan
   -The Alamo
   -The Texas Capitol, which stands taller than the U.S. capitol 
   -The Lone Star flag, and the five-pointed star it features, which
is also on  the State Seal
   -The Texas Longhorn
   -The Yellow Rose (from the history of the Texas fight for
independence from Mexico)

Texas has some varmints and critters uniquely associated with this
state, even though some may also be found elsewhere.

   -Armadillo. This is probably the most unusual of Texas critters, a
prehistoric-looking armored sort of rodent. You wanna get a real one,
you?re gonna have to come here, but various stuffed and other replicas
can be found in lots of gift stores.
   -Mexican Free-Tailed Bat. Austin is home to the largest colony in
the world of this night-flying insect eater.
   -Rattlesnake. We have lots of ?em, but the Western Diamondback is
the biggest and baddest, and lots of gift stores sell the rattles or
the skins.
   -Mountain Lion. This critter has been making a comeback, especially
in the wild lands out west, where there have been sightings in Big
Bend Nat?l. Park and elsewhere.
   -The Texas Horned Lizard, otherwise known as the Horny Toad. 


All right then, here is a list of sources for Texas gifts and
products. They?re listed in alphabetical order, so be sure to browse
the whole list to see all it contains.

This museum gift shop is devoted to Texana, and has many unique items
not available elsewhere. 

Luckenbach, TX (pop. 3) is a Texas oddity and institution. Yes, it?s a
real place.  Matter of fact, I was just there this past Saturday,
listening to some wonderful local talent jamming out under the oak
trees. It?s a wonderful little place, made famous by Waylon Jennings?
song of the same name. And it has merchandise there in the General
Store that you?re not going to find anywhere else. Their website says,
?The Luckenbach General Store has been in operation since 1849, and
our merchandise has ranged from agricultural, mechanical and medicinal
to domestic apparel. Nowadays, we can offer a lot of the items found
in the store online.?
This gift shop has the exact same items that you would buy in the gift
shop located at the Texas State Capitol itself if you were to tour it
physically.  Items include a state seal trivet, a replica of the first
flag of the Republic of Texas, an art print of the state Capitol
building, and a bluebonnet and Texas pink granite brooch. 

Based in Austin, and already partially referenced by leskowitz-ga in
his comment, this is one of my personal favorite gift shops. It?s
where I go to find unique Texas gifts to take with me when I travel,
or to give to my out of state visitors. They have a very nice
selection of goods in all prices ranges, and they ARE Texan: 

Here are links to a number of homegrown gift and other shops located
in Texas that carry a wide variety of Texas merchandise:

   -BLUE FIELDS OF TEXAS in Austin specializes in Bluebonnet flowers and art prints 
   -CAPITOL ENGRAVING  of Austin sells upscale engravable gifts of
Texas mesquite, granite and stone, along with other gift items:
   -COPANO BAY BOOKS of Rockport features a selection of Texana and
books about Texas:
   -LONESTAR  LIMITED of Grapevine features wrought iron Texas gifts
and home decor:
   -PURE TEXAS OF FORT WORTH is a Texas retailer that shops for items
from around the state to offer in its retail store. Though not
strictly local, it does have Texas-made items.
   -TEXAS GREETINGS offers local artwork, photography, wearable art
and greeting cards reflecting the humorous side of life in Texas:
   -THE TEXAS FRONTIER STORE of Medina has a line of Texas furniture,
linens, home decor and Texas limestone gifts:
   -TEXAS GIFT MALL of Needville sells a variety of Texas made items,
   -TEXAS MESQUITE COMPANY in Bertram makes handcrafted furniture from
Texas mesquite wood:
   -TEXAS TRUE of Tyler has Texas and western furniture and home
   -TREASURES OF TEXAS in Kerrville offers a large inventory of
historical maps and books on Texas and the Old West.
   -TWELVE GAUGE DESIGNS of Houston has a selection of Texas and
Texas-themed gifts.
   -Y?ALLS in Spring is a fun shop offering a variety of Texas
This deserves its own heading , and these links are to genuine Texas
barbecue restaurants that also sell and ship their foods and sauces
elsewhere.  And nope, you can?t get these anywhere else. Now, I know
you said no perishable food items, and I suppose barbecue is
perishable. But some of these places have signature sauces that come
in bottles, so that might perhaps be of interest to you if you didn't
want to ship actual meats. But I include these just because they are
*so* Texas, any list of Texas gifts would be woefully incomplete
without them.

   -Black?s Barbecue, Lockhart, TX 
   -Kreuz Market, Lockhart, TX 
   -Southside Market, Elgin, TX
   -Cooper?s Barbecue, Llano, TX 
   -City Market, Luling, TX 

Located in the famous Fort Worth Stockyards district, this museum
currently has only an on-site gift shop, which carries general
Western-themed merchandise as well as purely Texan. However, they do
plan an online store to be opening soon, and have some unique gift
items.  Worth checking out and keeping in mind.

These links include local packaged foods, sauces, candies and snacks,
all made right here in Texas, shippable to just about anywhere, and
for the most part non-perishable:

   -BANDANA BANDITO of San Antonio makes and sells authentic Tex-Mex
sauces and salsas.
   -CROCKETT FARMS in Harlingen, what Texans call ?The Valley,?
specializes in the famous Texas ruby-red grapefruit as well as other
Texas-grown foods and specialty items:
   -D. L. JARDINE?S of Austin sells hot sauce, salsa, drink mixes and
various snack items.
   -FIRST TEXAS OLIVE OIL COMPANY: in connection with Bella
Vista Ranch:
   -THE GENERAL STORE of Electra has chili mixes, spice packets and
   -This San Antonio site sells a cookbook called ?Secrets to Cooking
Tex-Mex? along with a selection of necessary ingredients:
   -TEX-MEX TO GO of Houston specializes in an assortment of Tex-Mex
foods and other Texas specialties:
   -TEXAS PEACHES has a listing of many of the good
Fredericksburg-area orchards and growers, from which you can order
fresh peaches direct:
   -ROYALTY PECANS of Caldwell has a variety of items.
   -TEXAS PECANS of Hondo offers a large variety of Texas pecans
   -WHITTINGTON?S makes traditional mesquite-smoked beef and turkey
jerky. Texas owned and operated.  I?ve eaten this stuff.  It?s yummy!
   -Here is a directory of Texas WINERIES:

I won?t spend time giving you a lot of links here, since you said you
weren?t really interested in music, as it was mostly available
anywhere. But there are a couple of outlets where you can buy
recordings by locally known musicians, that just aren?t readily
available from other sources. In case you?d like to check them out,
here are a few good ones.

   -Lonestar Music 
   -Texas Music Roundup, Austin 
   -Waterloo Records, Austin 

The Texas Prison at Huntsville, TX is infamous for its Death Row on
the ?Wall Unit.? This unique gift shop features items made by inmates
in Texas prisons, including this one and is, of course, absolutely
unique to Texas. 

Myoarin-ga suggested an official Texas Ranger badge. Well, here?s
where you can get one, as well as buckles, lapel pins, histories and
knives, among other official ?Texas Ranger? items: 

I?ll just include the better known college team stores, since famous
pro sports teams memorabilia can be purchased just about anywhere.

   -Texas Longhorns gift shop: 
   -Texas Aggies gift shop: 
   -Baylor Bears gift shop: 

This link has a list of further links to Texas state parks and
historic sites? gift shops, some of which have a very nice selection
of products unique to the state and with a local flair:

Located just outside Fredericksburg, TX, this is the largest working
wildflower farm in the U.S. It grows and sells wildflower seeds for
over 90 varieties of flowers and native grasses, including native
Texas wildflowers such as the state flower, Bluebonnet, and Indian
Paintbrush, Mexican Hat and Purple Coneflower.  It also sells cut
flowers and planting instructions. 

 I hope this list gives you a good variety of uniquely Texas gifts and
goods from which to browse and choose. All are located in the great
Lone Star State and, without the convenience of the internet, many
would likely require a trip to Texas in order to be able to purchase
their goods. Of course, please understand, this is only the most
general selection.  There are many distinct areas and regions in
Texas, all of which feature their own local flavor and specialties.
Some of these are East Texas, which has strong ties to Louisiana Cajun
Country, or the Texas Gulf Coast with its seafaring fisher folk, or
the West Texas oil towns like Midland/Odessa or Amarillo, or perhaps
El Paso or the Big Bend desert country to the far Southwest. Remember,
Texas is very, very BIG.

In finding these links, I used a lot of my own bookmarks and local
knowledge supplemented by some searching. If you?d like to search more
on your own, I suggest trying some of the regions by name alone, or
using the following search terms:
[unique texas gifts]
[unique texas foods]
[texas musicians]
[texas museums]
[texas gifts]

If there is any particular item(s) you were hoping for that I didn?t
include, please let me know and I?ll try to find it for you, and if
anything isn?t clear, please ask in a Request for Clarification before
rating and closing your question, so I can be sure you?re happy with
the information provided. Also, despite our care, sometimes links
don't post correctly, so if any of them don't work, please let me know
and I'll repost them. I?ve added some of these links, new to me, to my
own Texana collection. I hope you have as much fun exploring them as I
had finding them!

Best Texas regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by all4him-ga on 13 Jun 2005 18:14 PDT
Your answer is great and I can see that you put a lot of effort into
it so I'll definately accept your answer as is.  I'm not really seeing
something that exactly fits the bill of what I'm talking about, though
its more likely that I'm not explaining my self properly.

Let me tell you exactly what I want to do and maybe you can point me
in the right direction.

I live in Texas also, I'm a displaced yankee however with no original
ties to the state myself except for my wife of course who is Texas
born'n'bred, just moved here a few months ago.   I'd like to find some
"thing" that is unique to Texas that I can go buy locally, cheaply,
and then resell for a profit online.  The thing would have to be
plentiful, and unique. Can't sell things like Cowboys.  Grapefruit and
Peaches aren't good for shipping, unless of course the Peaches are
already jarred and cheap enough that I could resell them for a profit,
and uniquely better than peaches that can be bought off of a super
market shelf anywhere else in the country that people would be willing
to pay extra for. Are "texas" peaches and pecans actually better than
any other peaches or pecans? I need an objecitve answer not the answer
I'd get from my father-in-law (a true texas redneck) "Ever'thing is
better'n Texas"
you mention Indian those indians "make" anything that is
unique that I could buy and resell?

Oil won't do unless you can find me a cheap oil well :)

Mesquite grows all throughout the Southwest.

Armidallos have expanded their range well beyond the borders of Texas
and can be found in the wild as far away as Florida. Besides that I
don't think they'd sell too well on the internet unless I stuffed them
first. A hunter and taxidermist I am not.

Anyway like I said, if you can't come up with a something like that
its not a problem I will be happy to accept the answer you've already


Clarification of Answer by byrd-ga on 13 Jun 2005 19:36 PDT
Oh dear. How I wish you had asked for what you wanted in the first
place. Had I known what your real question was, I could have spent the
time answering that rather than giving you what you did ask for, which
is really quite a different critter. I do appreciate that you
apparently recognize that. Thank you for that. My suggestion is that
you may want to consider posting another question, this time being
very detailed and specific about exactly what you're looking for, and
why, so that the Researcher does not chase down the wrong path.

Ok. Nevertheless, here are a few ideas for you:

1) Do look through the links provided. Some of these places offer an
affiliate relationship for reselling their products that may work for
you, and you may also come up with some ideas on your own for products
to sell. Also, if anything catches your eye, couldn't hurt to drop an
email or give 'em a call and see if you might pick something up
2) Look around your local area.  Are there any artists or
photographers whose work you might sell or represent? Any local
craftspeople? Local cottage industries? How about local recipes or
legends or stories you could write up and package. If your
father-in-law is the Texas redneck you say he is, I bet he'd be good
for quite a few himself, as might your wife, or other members of her
3) Whether or not Texas peaches or pecans are *better* than those from
elsewhere is a very subjective assessment. However, what they are is
TEXAS peaches and pecans. Marketing is everything when it comes to
products like this. Label something as "TEXAS" and you have already
reached a certain market segment. That goes for mesquite too. Just
fyi, I DO think Texas peaches'n'pecans are better. I won't buy
California peaches in the store, and will only reluctantly settle for
Georgia ones when I can't get local. They're just sweeter and better
far as I'm concerned, and local pecans have a better flavor and and
firmer meat too.  :-)
4) Armadillos may have roamed as far as Florida, but think of Florida
and you think of alligators, but armadillos are Texan in most people's
minds. And no, you don't have to shoot and stuff them, heaven forbid.
They're dwindling anyway. But use your imagination. I once sent my
soldier son who was stationed in Hawaii an armadillo coaster that
looked like a flattened 'dillo roadkill, made of fake fur and various
bits of trim. It was the hit of the barracks, he said.
5) Speaking of my son, I can verify that grapefruit and peaches are
eminently shippable. I know. I've shipped them. A bit of bubble wrap
and green tissue make all the difference in survivability and pretty
appearance at the receiving end. And in addition to fruit, I also
dried bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush, put them in acrylic boxes
bought at the craft shop, and shipped those too. Five years and six
thousand miles later, my son still has them on a shelf.
6) Here are a few links to Texas wholesale outlets. Perhaps one of
them carries something to your liking:


Clarification of Answer by byrd-ga on 13 Jun 2005 19:47 PDT
Oops. I'm sorry. Don't know what happened, but the clarification
posted before I was finished. Let me conclude with the other wholesale
links (note: on some you may need to scroll down to see the wholesale

     -My Texas Warehouse: 
     -Texas Soapcrafters:
     -Texas Shirt Company:

Finally, as you are such a new Texan, please allow me to suggest you
give it a little more than just a few months to really soak up some of
the Texas atmosphere. Texas can't be understood in a day, a month, or
even a year. There is a LOT to learn about your newly adopted state,
some of which you're just going to have to absorb as you go. There's
just no rushing some things. Texas is a little bit of heaven on earth,
you know, and if you kick back, take it easy, ask questions, look
around, get to know your new family, listen to some of your
father-in-law's Redneck stories, and keep your ears open and your eyes
peeled, you may find yourself beginning to get a feel for it all.

I wish you good luck. And if you should decide to post another
question, I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it.

Y'all take care now,

Clarification of Answer by byrd-ga on 13 Jun 2005 20:03 PDT
Threw me for a loop, that unintentioned posting did.  I also meant to
tell you that in answer to your question about Indian crafts, the
answer is generally no, there is no really recognized craft or product
attributed to indigenous Texas tribes, as there is for other tribes,
like the Hopi or Navajo or Sioux. But here is a listing of what
sources there are for Indian goods, including contact info for the
Alabama-Coushatta reservation, which is realy the only organized
Indian reservation left in Texas today. Two other small Indian
settlements are those of the Tigua Indians in East El Paso (Ysleta)
and Kickapoos in Eagle Pass. Use those names as search terms if you'd
like to learn more about them and the history of Indians in Texas.

all4him-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $8.88
Thanks very much for all of your hard work.  I really do appreciate
it.  By the way, I do like it here quite a bit or I wouldn't have
moved here. My only complaints are traffic, heat, and in-laws being so
close (just kidding about the in-laws, they're great).  I'm afraid
I'll always be a blue blood though...I still cringe when I tell people
I'm from New Jersey and they respond by saying "YER FROM JOIZEE?"
Pass this on to your red-neck friends- we don't talk that way in New
Jersey, you're thinking of New York, and even then, the way you say it
only makes you seem like that much more of a red neck.  Sorry....went
off on a tangent there....  Thanks again you're very helpful!

Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: myoarin-ga on 11 Jun 2005 19:52 PDT
An original Texas Ranger badge?  That would look good on your "mantle".
Maybe not so good on the mantel, but in a display case.
(Sorry about the play on your misspelling, but it gave me the idea for the badge.)
Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: crabcakes-ga on 11 Jun 2005 20:10 PDT
Something that is often on souvenirs from Texas and Oklahoma is the
saguaro cactus. This cactus is indigenous only to the Sonoran Desert -
covering middle to lower Arizona, a slight portion of eastern
California and a small stretch of northern Mexico. I see the saguaro
used as a symbol of the west, but it grows nowhere else but the
Sonoran Desert. So, anything depicting a saguaro would NOT be
representative of Texas!   :-)
Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: pinkfreud-ga on 11 Jun 2005 20:27 PDT
There are some wonderful hot sauces and barbecue sauces that are made only in Texas.
Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: leskowitz-ga on 11 Jun 2005 20:31 PDT
Being here what comes to mind is 

- limestone rock (with the star or Texas shape) for bookends/
paperweights /costers/clock see
( for
example.  This qualifies as a display case/mantel item

- Juniper cedar items are unique to Texas (pens, art etc.)

- Rustic metal badge of Texas see

This site is cool

Limestone items are the way to go.
Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: phinky-ga on 12 Jun 2005 00:26 PDT
I dunno if you're familiar with the work of English artist Damien
Hirst. He created somewhat of a stir in the art world several years
ago by slicing a cow in half and suspending it in formaldehyde
contained within a large display case...It seems to me that the most
unique thing about Texas is Texans. For a nominal fee, I'm sure Mr
Hirst could be commissioned to slice a Texan in half and mount him
over your fireplace  ;)

Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: myoarin-ga on 12 Jun 2005 06:34 PDT
Do you have a particular Texan in mind?  I wouldn't dare trying to
catch one south of the Panhandle, but if one ventured to leave the
safety of his compatriots ...?
Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: omnivorous-ga on 12 Jun 2005 06:45 PDT
Music.  My suggestions would be Lyle Lovett, who writes a number of
songs about being from Texas and who has a CD titled "Live in Texas"
-- and the song on this album titled "That's Right (You're Not from
Texas)" is a fine example:

Real Texans can probably suggest others.

Best regards,

Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: myoarin-ga on 12 Jun 2005 18:41 PDT
Someone down there must be selling a tacky something in the shape of
Texas with a bunch of eyes on it  - or maybe I's as letters.  Just the
thing for the mantelpiece:  "The eyes of Texas are upon you, ..."
I can almost see a rack of them in an airport souvenir shop.
Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: byrd-ga on 14 Jun 2005 06:08 PDT
Wow all4him-ga,

Jersey you say? What a coincidence. My husband is from the Garden
State too, Woodbury to be exact, so he doesn't talk Joizee either,
though the Philly does come out from time to time!  ;-)

Many thanks for the kind words, five stars and generous tip! I really
appreciate it, and am happy you were pleased in the end. Good luck
with your venture - and with the assimilation efforts, though I think
you've got a leg up on that!

Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: jsbellin-ga on 14 Jun 2005 21:49 PDT
I had never seen an armadillo until I moved to Texas, but they're
pretty ugly/cute animals.  I found a Christmas tree ornament at the
Alamo that I prize - it's an armadillo with a Santa hat.  Very cool.
Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: crabcakes-ga on 15 Jun 2005 02:58 PDT
Byrd, That was a Texas-sized answer! Holy Armadillo! You almost made
me want to move to Texas, but I'd miss my saguaros!
Subject: Re: Gifts Items Unique to Texas
From: myoarin-ga on 15 Jun 2005 07:46 PDT
Dear All4him-ga,
After that Texas-sized answer, please do us the faovor of telling what
you decide to get.  :-)

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