Texans love a good story, especially if it starts with a dream. Entrepreneurs across Texas start with a dream then add hard work—making their passion, their life’s work. So celebrate the Texas entrepreneurs with a gift made in Texas this season.
Hennessey Venom F5 Hypercar
If you’re going to build a hypercar in Texas, make sure it’s the fastest car on earth. And that’s exactly what John Hennessey and his team are doing in Sealy.
With a new design, a new chassis and a new carbon fiber body, the Venom F5 reaches speeds over 300 mph with a curb weigh of under 3,000 lbs. The twin-turbo V8 produces 1600 bhp with a 7-speed single clutch paddle shift transmission.
Named after the Fujita scale that rates tornadoes, only 12 are slated for the U.S. market, now in production. With a price tag of 1.8 million dollars, it’s sure to be the Wow present under the tree.
For inquiries, head to HennesseySpecialVehicles.com.
BBQ Pits by Klose
With 40 years of welding experience, David Klose has built a BBQ pit shaped like a Boeing 777 aircraft. Originally built for Continental Airlines, now United uses it at signature events like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Though don’t think his pits are all corporate gigs. His family reunion trailer is a 2×6 BBQ smoker on a single axle with an endless list of custom upgrades, like dual sinks with hot water supply.
Manufactured in Houston, find a couple of the popular models in stock, the rest are custom. For inquiries, head to BBQPits.com.
Austin Reserve Gin
Taste the Texas terroir in a small batch gin produced in Austin. With notes of juniper, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass, pink peppercorn and Texas grapefruit, it adds a new dimension to classic cocktails like the Gin and Tonic and French 75.
The single barrel reserve ages the limited release gin in former wine and whisky barrels like, Becker Vineyard’s Malbec or Milam and Greene’s Rye Whiskey. Visit the Hill Country tasting room for a craft mixed cocktail, like a Gin Paloma or Gin Henry with notes of cucumber, pepper and lime.
Located at 12345 Pauls Valley Rd. in Austin, near Jester King Brewery. Or purchase at your favorite liquor store.
Liber & Co
A Texas spirit needs a Made in Texas syrup to really make the ultimate cocktail this holiday season. Starting with the finest raw ingredients, Liber and Co. takes Texas red grapefruit or ginger from Peru and processes each into a rich and flavorful syrup at its Austin facility.
Find classics like the Liber & Co tonic syrup, just add seltzer for a G and T. Also find seasonal flavors, like the Blood Orange Cordial.
Order online at LiberandCompany.com or pick up at your local grocer, like H-E-B.
Boyd’s of Texas Fragrances
With all-natural, hand-blended unisex fragrances, find the scent of Texas, like High Desert or Yellow Rose. The understated packaging adds a timeless appeal as well. All fragrances are made in its San Antonio studio.
Order online at BoydsOfTexas.com
Jus Cuz Pottery
Consider a work of art for the art lover on your list. Jeni and Al Hoeksema throw unique and functional ceramics at their Spring Branch studio. Find practical vessels along with show stopper pottery vases, all high-fired stoneware in a range of colorful glazes.
Find their work in galleries across Texas or reach them at JusCuzPottery.com.
Mary’s Garden Patch
For the gardeners on your list, give them a flowering bulb that’s especially grown for Texas. Most garden centers source bulbs from Holland. Those bulbs might bloom the first year never to be seen again.
For a gift that keeps on giving, buy bulbs that will naturalize. Find hard-to-find varieties like Summer Snowflakes (Leucojum), Spider Lilies (Lycoris) and Rhodophiala (Oxblood Lily).
Order at MarysGardenPatch.com for spring and fall planted bulbs along with bulbs that can be forced in winter. It’s located in Lockhart.
Luc Jacobs Candles
With a line of herbal and floral scents and understated packaging, Luc Jacobs Candles are luxurious gifts created by an aunt and niece duo in Austin. Find scents like arugula bergamot, pomegranate currant along with seasonal scents like Frazier fir.
Order online at LucJacobs.com.
Texas Hill Country Olive Company
On 17 acres in Dripping Springs, the father-daughter duo of John Gambini and Cara Gambini planted olive trees in 2009. With their Italian heritage guiding the way, the trees flourished in the rocky limestone soil. Then came the pressing and awards soon followed.
The Texas Hill Country Olive Company offers three guided tours daily, each covering a different aspect of olive oil process. Sample the Sola Stella Extra Virgin Olive Oil made with 100% Arbequina olives. Or savor the season with an infused oil, like the Blood Orange Olive Oil, perfect for salad dressings or dipping sauces.
Located at 2530 Fitzhugh Road in Dripping Springs. Tasting room open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a bistro is located on-site. Or order online at TexasHillCountryOliveCo.com.
Pecans are not only the Texas state nut, for many, a pecan dessert is the centerpiece of the holiday table. Berdoll’s Pecan Farm has been in the business for over 40 years and harvests pecans from a 34- acre farm.
Find golden pecan halves available by the pound for your favorite recipe. The fudge, pecan rolls and divinity are made in-house along with the pecan pies.
Located at 2626 State Highway 71 West in Cedar Creek. Or order online at BerdollPecanFarm.com.
Engraved Skateboard Decks
Starting with a blank deck, artist Alex Herber laser engraves city street maps, like Austin and Dallas. Since it’s a custom job, any destination can be used. His studio is located in the DFW area.
For custom inquires, head to 80sixeddesign.com or visit uncommongoods.com for his city boards.
Climb On Lotion Bars
A stable for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts, consider its solid lotion bars for the young adventurer on your gift list. With an ingredient list of food-grade plant products and beeswax, it offers a line of solid lotions, moisturizers, lip balms and even natural bug repellent. And its new packaging is compostable.
Located at 691 Suite B La Buena Vista Dr. in Wimberley. Or shop online at GoClimbon.com.
Lincoln Brand Dog Collars
Named after a dearly departed family pet, Lincoln Brand dog collars are small batch, handcrafted on a family ranch in Menard. One-inch, 10-oz harness leather is hand stitched using the saddle stitch and finished with solid brass hardware.
The collars come in four sizes with the Big Buddy size using one-and-a-half inch leather for the largest breeds.
Order online at TXHeritage.net.
Celebrating its 90th year, more than half the Snickers Bars for the U.S. market are made in Waco. The Mars-Wrigley plant churns out the classic chocolate bar made with nougat, caramel and peanuts. In addition to chocolate, Skittles and Starburst are produced in Waco.
Unfortunately a factory tour isn’t available, though pick up a Snickers Bar at your favorite retailer for stocking stuffers this year.