Texas is such a unique state, that many of us are constantly repeating that Texas “might as well be its own country” because “it’s not like anywhere else” in the US. It’s true. We’re proud to boast cowboy culture, bluebonnets and cattle drives. Here is our definitive list of must-check-out shops around DFW that offer up the perfect Texas-themed gifts to remind yourself of precious times spent in the Lone Star State to bring your friends back home.
Gene Allen’s Gifts has been in business for over 50 years and has been the largest supplier of Texas-themed gifts in North Texas ever since. Family owned and operated, this is the perfect place to find a Texas-sized selection of Lone Star State gifts. Sourced from all around the state, find anything from beautiful Texas-shaped pewter bowls to “Texas”-engraved pewter serving trays and display plates by Arthur Court to Texas-shaped fudge – made fresh, in-house and nuts are optional. Here you’ll find Texas cookbooks, board games, blankets, pillows, water bottles, cutting boards, picture frames, signs and wall hangs, candies, candles, bells and more! Plus, Gene Allen’s just opened a brand new location in Grapevine. Exciting!
Let everyone back home know you just visited Dallas! Visit Bullzerk, a Lower Greenville shop that specializes in all things Big D. Here you’ll encounter one-of-a-kind affordable Dallas apparel, accessories, hats, art, décor and custom and premade shirts. Most of the shirts have funny sayings on them (some boast local neighborhood pride) and sports shirts sure to amuse any fan of any North Texas sports team. There are even portraits of Dallas hot spots and favorites like the skyline and Katy Trail Ice House you can purchase by artist Ben Schuh. If you want to bring a little Dallas home to claim some bragging rights, this is your go-to.
3. M.L. LEDDY’S
The legendary belt and boot company is just about as Texas as you can get. From an out-of-state perspective, this place is the epitome of Texas, where you can score handmade saddles, boots, belts, buckles, clothing, hats and jewelry. Yeehaw! Located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, this is THE place to err on the pricier side for Texas-y goods. Once you’re done here, make an afternoon of it by visiting the rest of the restaurants and specialty shops in the Stockyards for one-of-a-kind and handmade goods sure to please the folks back home.
With its storefront in the eclectic Linwood area of town, W Durable goods are all handmade and “inspired by nostalgia and made to be broken in.” Specializing also in leather, find everything from duffle bags and dopp kits to vintage repurposed bags of multiple functionalities. This is the perfect place for the leather lover, handmade in Cowtown, Texas.
Last but not least, where can you get gifts for your four-legged beast? Wag is where! Located on the famous Camp Bowie, here you can find adorable Texas-sports-themed collars and leashes as well as specialty dog food hard to find anywhere else. Follow them on Facebook to find out if they’re having one of their adoption events while you’re in town – you might end up taking home a live animal! You’re even allowed to bring Fido into the store, as long as he or she is polite and on a leash!
Located off the Historic Downtown Denton Square, the DIME (Denton Independent Makers Market) store is where you’ll want to go for your “Dentoning” souveniers. Everything in the DIME store is made by locals, from the jewelry to cards to t-shirts! They have a section of Denton-specific goods, as well as Texas trinkets and cool locally-made tchotchkes. The DIME store also sells a portion of their merchandise at the Discover Denton Welcome Center, so you can pick something up while getting the deets on where to go in Denton.
Featured image: Gene Allen’s Gifts; Courtesy: Nikki Stephens