Category Archives: Texas and Western Gifts

Texas Father’s Day Gifts

Whether he’s a Texan or has a soft spot for anything Texas, these key chains make easy and practical Father’s Day gifts.  Texas medallions on tooled leather keyfob with standard key ring, $19.95 each.

Texas Eats. Well.

With Memorial Day approaching, you’ll need to brush up your barbeque skills.  Texas Eats by Robb Walsh is just the book.  Take one to your hostess for Memorial Day.  Or need a gift for someone who lives out of state?  Send ‘em a piece of Texas!

Texas Eats by Robb Walsh, $25

Texas Eats by Robb Walsh, $25

Texas Eats, The New Lonestar Heritage Cookbook is the latest book by local Houston author, Robb Walsh.  Mr. Walsh has authored 5 previous Texas cookbooks and is a three time winner of the George Beard Award.  He traveled Texas extensively looking for the best local food and recipes, current and almost forgotten.  Texas Eats is full of vintage photos, stories about food, beautiful photography and history in addition to delicious recipes.  Even if you never cook any of the food, the book is a great read and source of Texas lore.

Who would love this book?  The person you know who has everything, is hard to buy a gift for, or doesn’t really want much “stuff.”  It would also make a wonderful corporate gift for visiting executives or clients, a thoughtful piece of Texas they can take home with them.

It’s in stock now at Ann’s, and gift wrap is free!  Come pick up a copy won’t you?

Texas Sun Hat

A good sun hat with a deep brim is a necessity in the hot days of Texas summer, so you might as well wear a hat with some style, right?  This one has 7″ deep brim and an “Alamo” style crown.   Great for men or women:

Keep the sun off your head, face and neck when you wear this wide-brimmed Texas hat, $40.50

Keep the sun off your head, face and neck when you wear this wide-brimmed Texas hat, $40.50

Texas Framed Art

Everything is bigger and more colorful in Texas, and nothing says it better than these framed pictures.  Maps and collages tell the story with legends of guns, brands, locomotives, oil and cattlemen.  Each one is filled with fascinating detail….and look carefully at the one of the Presidents playing cards!

Click on the images to enlarge them.

Texas Bluebonnets

Give Bluebonnets

Texans love this time of year…the bluebonnets are blooming!  We love to visit them, paint them, take the kids’ pictures in them, and enjoy the beautiful weather.

But you can’t pick ‘em!  So when you need to give a Texas gift, why not give one of Ann’s Texas crystal wineglasses with bluebonnets etched on them?

Crystal wine glass with Texas Bluebonnets etched on it, $49.50

Crystal wine glass with Texas Bluebonnets etched on it, $49.50

 

Crystal Wine Glass Texas Bluebonnets

Available individually, $49.50 each.

 

Texas Artwork

Classic images of Texas country life are the hallmark of photographer Laura Scarlato’s work.  Vivid colors and large canvases capture the feeling of a time gone by.  Equally adept in rendering vintage Chevy images as still life and Longhorns in a natural setting, Ms. Scarlato is local and we have three gallery wrap murals of her work:

Note:  These are large canvases.  Click on the image in your browser to see each in greater detail.

Iconic Texas Gifts

Everyone knows we Texans ride horses to work, have oil wells in our backyards, and all our cows have horns, really long horns.  Right?  Perpetuate the myth when you give iconic Texas gifts from Ann’s, such as these hand engraved crystal glasses and bowls.   Images are subtle enough not to holler, but they’re there, a reminder that Texas is a great state as well as a state of mind.  And look out…here comes the longhorn stampede!

More Texas gifts at Ann’s, here.

Leather Accent Pillows

Accent pillows are an easy way to add texture and color to your decor.  Ann’s leather accent pillows add a western flavor and come in cowhide (one side with hair, the other smooth leather), red or turquoise leather (both sides smooth leather).  Which one will you pick?

Update 1/14/14:  All the cowhide brown/white pillows are sold out.

Accent pillow has cowhide on one side, smooth leather on the other.  $195

Accent pillow has cowhide on one side, smooth leather on the other. $195

Each cowhide pillow is unique,  $195

Each cowhide pillow is unique, $195

Western accent pillows include unique cowhide ($195) , red leather ($225.50) and turquoise leather ($225.50)

Western accent pillows include unique cowhide ($195) , red leather ($225.50) and turquoise leather ($225.50)

More decorative Texas pillows at Ann’s, click here.

Texas Longhorn serving platter

Hammered steel serving pieces are a great way to enjoy Texans’ favorite bovine:

Serving platter in hammered steel with longhorn handles, $639

Serving platter in hammered steel with longhorn handles, $639

 

Easy Dip

A cup of mayo, cup of sour cream and a package of Ann’s new Roasted Garlic dip mix is an instant party!  Just add veggies, chips and friends.    Serve in Ann’s new party sized 16 oz. Dip Chillers.  Make it a gift!

Want to get fancy?  Try this warm dip:

Hot Roasted Garlic Spinach Dip

8 oz cream cheese
8 oz grated cheddar cheese
10 oz frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid
1 ripe tomato, chopped and seeded
1 package Roasted Garlic Dip Mix

Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat in 1 minute increments on medium setting until cheese is melted, stirring frequently.  Do not overheat.  Stir when all ingredients are melted.  Serve warm with pita, crackers, or veggies.