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A six-pack or a bottle of your favorite spirits is never a bad idea when you don’t want to arrive empty-handed, but don’t want to step out of your gift comfort zone? Here are some unusual gift bag ideas, as well as some suggestions for your favorite foodies. You can find more Made in Texas gift ideas in our guides for the Stressed, the Texan in training, Trendsetter and Stocking (gifts under $ 50).


Made in Texas Gift Guide Cozy Cooking Recipe Book
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The cozy kitchen: a definite dish book, HarperCollins Publishers, $ 29.99

By developing accessible and healthy yet creative recipes, Dallas-based food writer Alex Snodgrass has built a solid fan base: she has over 622,000 Instagram followers and her first cookbook, The Dish Defined: Whole30 Approved Weekly Recipes, Healthy and Healthy, hit the New York Times bestseller list and drew praise from Brené Brown. The follow-up of this collection, The comfortable kitchen, releases Christmas week, though pre-orders are available now. Because the recipes are either entirely paleo or “at the very least paleo-ish”, this book, which covers cocktails (a margarita with egg white mousse), entrees (spicy shrimp pasta with tarragon and basil) and desserts (individual Texas sheet cakes!), can help foodies enjoy the full recovery of vacation gluttony.


Made in Texas Gift Guide Delysia Winter Wonderland Chocolate Truffles
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Winter Wonderland, Delysia Chocolatier, $ 55.95

Just a piece of a creation by artisan chocolatier Nicole Patel and you’ll know why her Austin boutique was named Best Chocolatier in the Americas by the International Chocolate Salon in 2020 (it’s our kind of salon now). Delysia’s ever-evolving collections are always beautifully packaged and themed for occasions and holidays. This season, you can’t go wrong with the Box of Sixteen Winter Wonderland Chocolate Truffles in four cozy flavors: Hot Grog, Mint Mocha, Spicy Campfire Muffin, and Swiss Alpine Fondue. The squares are decorated in sophisticated shades of blue and white, printed with festive designs like ice skates and snowflakes. They’re almost too good to eat, but that won’t stop you.


Made in Texas Gift Guide Towel Garza Marfa
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Mini Napkins Burgundy Stripes, Garza Marfa, $ 64 for four

Woven exclusively for Garza Marfa, a desert chic furniture and textiles retailer owned by Jamey Garza and his wife Constance Holt-Garza in trendy West Texas, these stylish square towels almost look like vintage linen thanks to the their thread spun by hand. A blend of linen and cotton, they are guaranteed to become softer with every wash. And the next time you’re in Marfa, be sure to stop by the beautifully appointed exhibition hall new location on the ground floor of the old Masonic building near the Paisano Hotel.


Made in Texas Gift Guide Esker Plantable Candle
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Earthenware planter candle, Esker, $ 85

Part of the Ausker’s Esker holiday line, known for its line of plant-based skin care products, this soy candle emits warm notes of lemon balm, honey and cilantro for up to 75 hours burning time. When the last flame goes out, you can remove the handmade paper from the ceramic container, which is encrusted with lemon balm seeds, and plant it with the accompanying compressed clay pod. Just add water and watch the disc become a full house for your new favorite plant. The resulting lemon balm can be infused for a cup of herbal tea, among other uses, a thoughtful gift that continues to be given to your favorite host.


Made in Texas Gift Guide Tito's Topping Basket
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Tiered Topping Caddy, Tito’s Craft Vodka, $ 145

Think of that “lazy boozin” as the right way to serve cocktail toppings to guests. From Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the state’s oldest legal distillery, this bamboo and metal rotating three-tier tray holds a bottle as well as all the olives, limes, jalapeños and celery sticks you need for the parfait. Personalized Bloody Mary. You will feel very proud of your hosting skills. And you’ll also feel good knowing that 100 percent of the net proceeds (at least 25 percent of the retail price) of this and all other Tito merchandise goes to a non-profit organization – the customer chooses from a list of charities, such as Emancipet and World Central Kitchen chef José Andrés, for purchase.


Made in Texas Gift Guide Tableau 22 Pain Abby Jane
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Abby Jane Bakeshop, Table22

Abby Jane Bakeshop, in Dripping Springs, opened its doors less than a year ago during a pandemic, but it’s already a destination stop for Abby Love’s delicious pastries as well as her baked-on pizzas. woods (“Hill Country’s best kept secret,” we proclaimed recently). Love uses neighbor Barton Spring Mill’s heirloom cereal as a not-so-secret ingredient, which is why bread lovers will be happy with either of two monthly subscriptions, each starting at $ 50. Lucky members can choose between the Sourdough Bread Box, featuring six loaves plus an optional baguette addition, or the Seasonal Bakery Box, an assortment of breads, cookies, cinnamon cakes, and more. Boxes are available for local pickup or delivery in the Austin area. The subscription program is one of many available through Table22, formed to help restaurants nationwide develop new business models during this time of change in the industry.

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