For the Texan in Training – Texas Monthly


It’s never too early or too late to be Texan. Here are some ideas for toddlers and newcomers. (And, uh, we’re guessing you’ve already considered Texas monthlyit is any new book on this subject: be texan: Lone Star Lifestyle Trials, Recipes and Tips). You can find more Made in Texas gift ideas in our guides to the artist, the stressed, the Trendsetter and the Stocking (gifts under $50).

Made in Texas Gift Guide Texas Stickers
Courtesy of Anastacia Quinones-Pittman

Texas Stickers, CieloDesignsCo, $3 each

As Executive Chef of José, in Dallas, Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman is known for her contemporary Mexican cuisine. Texas monthly Taco editor José R. Ralat praises her “refreshing versatility” in the kitchen, a trait she also brings to her creative side project. On her Etsy store, CieloDesignsCo, the chef offers a feast for the eyes: dozens of colorful stickers celebrating Latin culture and cuisine, from the “Keep Grinding” molcajete to luchadors. She also has several types of Texas-shaped stickers depicting vibrant flora and fauna (and they’re waterproof, so stick with them!).

Made in Texas Gift Guide Indelible Ann book
Courtesy of Meghan P. Browne

Ann Indelible: The Governor’s Larger Than Life Story Anne RichardsPenguin Random House, $17.99

This delightful illustrated biography traces the life of Dorothy Ann Willis from her childhood in Waco and San Diego to the halls of the Texas state capitol during her heady days as governor. Written by Austin native Meghan P. Browne and expertly illustrated by Carlynn Whitt, this book captures Richards’ indomitable spirit. It is sure to help inspire a new generation of female leaders.

Made in Texas Gift Guide Soul Onesie
Hannah Koehler

Onesie Hotel Sainte Cécile “Soul”Ramona press, $28

A block from the “I Love You So Much” wall at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress in Austin is another very Instagram-worthy symbol of the city: the neon “SOUL” sign by the pool at the ultra-chic Hotel Saint Cecilia, which, like Jo’s, was founded by Liz Lambert. (Interesting fact: The hotelier purchased the red porcelain letters from collaborator and neon artist Evan Voyles, who rescued them from a sign that read “Louisiana” at a former casino.) Printed locally by Ramona Press, this all-in-one bodysuit in cotton is available in three sizes (six, twelve and eighteen months). Perfect for cool little kids.

Made in Texas Gift Guide American Cowboys book
Annouk Krantz

American Cowboys, Image editing, $80

French photographer Anouk Masson Krantz has traveled alone across Texas and the rest of the country in her quest to capture the real, modern life behind the mystique of cowboys. The result is the stunning new American Cowboys, a book of portraits and other pictures that is sure to elevate any coffee table, and also serve as a good introduction to anyone new to the state. In the beautifully written front, Texan Taylor Sheridan, creator of the popular Yellowstone television series, writes: “Cowboys do not see their trade as a career: it is a way of life which coincidentally pays. It is autonomy elevated to the rank of art.

Made in Texas Gift Guide Fly for the Texas Tingly Package

Take off for TexasTingly, $359

Newcomers to Texas may be overwhelmed by the size of their new state. Yes, it is bigger than France. Our advice? Take it city by city. An experiential gift company by the (perhaps surprising) name Tinggly offers travel packages across the state, from “Horseback Through Houston” to a food and wine tour of Dallas. The Take Off for Texas package, provided via an e-voucher or smart, eco-friendly gift box (for a $10 fee), allows a couple to choose a two-night hotel stay at select hotels in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, or Austin.

Guide to Made in Texas Gifts
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Tundra Haul Hard CoolerYeti, $399

You haven’t known Texas until you’ve explored the outdoors, from camping in Big Bend National Park to lazing in front of your truck on the beach in Port Aransas. For almost any outdoor activity, especially in the summer, you will need a cooler. Many Texans swear by the Austin-based Yeti, which is why we rejoiced when the outdoor equipment company added wheels to its popular but hard-to-haul Tundra hard cooler (those thick insulated sides are a bit heavy). It’s more expensive than most coolers, but it takes a beating and keeps those Lone Stars, Real Ales, and Karbachs nice and cold.

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