Heading to the Lone Star State and not sure what to buy in Texas?
Or, are you shopping for a gift from Texas for someone special in your life?
Texans are incredibly proud of our local products, and for good reason: from artisan foods to hand-crafted decor, there’s so much to love about local Texas products.
And, if you’ve ever been in the home of a Texan, odds are you’ve noticed that the bigger-than-normal state pride we tend to have translates into decor: good luck finding a house in Texas that doesn’t have at least one Texas-themed piece of decor in it!
If you’re visiting the Lone Star State, this guide to the best Texas souvenirs and gifts will help you decide what to bring home with you.
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Food-Related Texas Souvenirs
Jarred salsa is one of the easiest–and tastiest–ways to bring a taste of Texas home after your trip.
While you can find some great Texas-specific salsas even by simply going to the grocery store (and by the grocery store, I mean H-E-B), farmers’ markets and boutique shops will have incredible options as well.
Much like salsa, Texas barbecue sauce is a specific art, and no two sauces are exactly the same!
If you find a barbecue restaurant whose sauce you’re particularly fond of, consider picking up a bottle there–many restaurants sell bottles of their sauce.
But also like salsa, farmers’ markets and boutiques are also fun places to poke around.
Parts of Texas are home to naturally-growing pecans, and as a result, you’ll find them all over Texas cuisine, including in Texas Sheet Cake, and–of course–in pecan pie, the official dessert of Texas.
Whether you bring home a bag of pecans or a tasty dessert made with them, pecans are definitely one of the best Texas souvenirs.
If you’re a hot sauce fan, you’ll be excited to learn Texas has some of the best hot sauce around1
And small hot sauce bottles are easy to pack and therefore make excellent Texas gifts and/or souvenirs!
If your trip turns you into a big fan of the food in Texas, consider bringing home the flavors of a Lone Star State in a way you can replicate at home, in the form of a Texas recipe-specific cookbook.
With over 50 wineries located on the official Texas Wine Trail alone, it’s becoming an open secret that Texas has a thriving wine industry!
Local wine definitely belongs on any wine-lovers list of things to buy in Texas–for extra fun, consider heading out to a winery for a tasting and picking up one of their bottles.
More of a beer drinker than a wine lover?
Texas beer also makes a great souvenir!
Kolaches + Klobasniky
These Texas souvenirs are really better-suited for those visiting on road trips, rather than those who need to board a plane to go home, but plenty of Texas’ legendary kolache shops offer frozen boxes of kolaches and klobasniky that you can enjoy at home.
Canned Peppers + Chiles
Want to give your meals at home a Texas kick?
Artisanally canned peppers and chiles can add spice and flavor to any dish.
Texas Waffle Iron
I’m half-kidding, but let’s be honest: Texas-shaped waffles are the best waffles.
If you’re shopping for a Texas gift for a Texan who is living away from home, you may just make their day with this!
Decor + Collectibles to Buy in Texas
Waffles are far from the only Texas-shaped items you’ll find in the Lone Star State.
One thing you’ll quickly notice when shopping in Texas is just how many Texas-shaped items there are, from cutting boards to cake pans to salsa bottles.
If you want a fun, kitschy item to bring home, consider picking out something Texas-shaped!
Texas Flag Items
Much like the shape of Texas, Texans love to put the flag on… everything.
And it looks good!
If you want a souvenir that screams Texas pride without literally being in the shape of Texas, a Texas flag souvenir is a fun choice.
Texas’ is home to a huge variety of interesting antique shops, and with a little digging, you can find some truly unique souvenirs from Texas buried in them.
While you’re never far from an antique shop when exploring the best small towns in Texas, if you are looking for something specific, you could even head to one of the many flea markets in Texas for an unforgettable shopping experience.
Whether you’re looking for a Texas-specific piece of art or just any kind of art that was produced in Texas, you’ll find a great art scene to choose from!
Cities like Austin and Dallas are known for their galleries, but Texas’ small towns also have their share of unique finds!
Texans love their state flower, and for good reason: Texas bluebonnets are insanely beautiful!
For a souvenir that obviously hails from Texas, you can’t go wrong with something bluebonnet-themed–and you can find everything from oil paintings to dishtowels featuring the flower when shopping in Texas.
For the gardener in your life, consider skipping the art and going right to the real thing by providing a classic Texas gift: bluebonnet seeds!
If you live in the right climate and follow the best practices for planting bluebonnets, it’s relatively simple to grow a patch of bluebonnets that will return each spring for years to come!
Christmas ornaments make excellent souvenirs in general, and whether you pick up one that is specifically Texas-themed or just a pretty one that reminds you of your trip, ornaments definitely make for a fun thing to buy in Texas.
Books About Texas
Whether it’s a locally-written guide to an aspect of Texas’ complex history or a fun novel set in the days of the Wild West, making a book about the Lone Star State one of your souvenirs from Texas is a fun way to remember your trip.
Texas Souvenirs You Can Wear
Cowboy boots are perhaps the most classic of all these things to buy in Texas!
If you’ve ever wanted a pair of cowboy boots, there’s no doubt that Texas is the place to buy them.
Just be sure to break them in a bit before you go out dancing!
With a cattle industry as large as Texas’, it’s no surprise that the state has a thriving leather industry.
If cowboy boots aren’t your style but you’d still like to pick up a piece of local leather, you can also consider a wallet, belt, pair of shoes, or handbag!
Sports–at the professional, collegiate, and even high school levels–are an enormous part of Texas culture.
If you’d like to bring a piece of that culture home with you, consider picking up a sports-team-themed hat, t-shirt, or hoodie.
But fair warning, as far as Texans are concerned, that means you’ll be declaring allegiance to whatever team you pick!
The prices for cowboy hats can vary dramatically depending on quality, so if you’re not likely to wear the hat in your daily life, you might want to consider more of a budget option.
Regardless of how much you spend, if you’re looking for an iconic souvenir from Texas, a cowboy hat is just about perfect.
Intricate belt buckles from Texas vary from small, tasteful options with a Texas flair to enormous monstrosities that basically belong only at a rodeo.
Whether you plan to wear your belt buckle or just display it, it’s a fun souvenir to pick up in Texas.
Other Western Wear
Unsurprisingly, Texas is a fantastic place to pick up other western-style clothing not mentioned here as well, including simple fashion pieces, workwear, and activity-specific things like riding clothes.
Inexpensive (But Fun!) Souvenirs from Texas
Not only are baseball caps a popular Texas gift and souvenir choice, but they’re also useful during your trip: you’ll need to protect your face from the sun when exploring the state, after all.
Magnets are one of the most popular souvenirs to collect around the world: they’re very affordable, easy to find, and fun to shop for!
Postcards are the perfect combination of inexpensive, easy to pack, and easy to personalize, making them one of the best budget souvenirs from Texas!
They tend to run under a dollar each, so you can even pick up several.
I’m personally partial to the idea of using the back of postcards as mini-journal entries that you can use to relive your trip after it’s over!
Of course, a T-shirt showing off where you went is one of the most classic souvenirs from any destination, and Texas has plenty to choose from!
Mugs are one of our personal favorite souvenirs, from Texas or otherwise.
What better time to recall your vacation with a smile than when reaching for a hot drink in the morning?