Somebody Help This Girl STAT!: Texas Food Gift Basket

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 I need to put together some foodie items for a businessman visiting from Central America.  I bought a Texas-shaped cutting board and want to package it with local stuff that will pass TSA carry-on requirements (so no liquids like beer or BBQ sauce) and also customs (so no plants, seeds, etc).  Flat items would be good (chocolate?  spices?  that’s all I’ve come up with so far).  Would love input from your readers.


  • Becca Linn

    burger seasoning? my favorite is from Burger House in Snider Plaza or on Marsh Ln. At Central Market they have crackers shaped like Texas. I also bought a very flat and light weight Texas cookbook from Weirs Country Store that was maybe $5 to send to a friend in Italy. The Weirs Country Store always has some really cute and unique things related to Texas that are easy to transport! There is also a great salsa shop in the McKinney Square that sells some really great Texas souvenirs, seasonings, baking mixes….etc. Hope that helps!

  • Becca Linn

    Oh! And I know at Logos Bookstore in Snider Plaza they have dish towels with the “12 Days of Texas Christmas”! Great gifts, kitchen and texas related and light weight for travel!

  • shelby

    Central Market puts shelf tags on all local and Texas products. I go through there every year and find plenty of things for Texas gift baskets!

  • Anonymous

    I would say candied pecans, some Dude, Sweet chocolate, and plenty of Don’t Mess with Texas gear.

    — Phelps

  • Jane

    Former gift basket assembler here…Central Market has several bulk items that might work, but with the TSA, you are going to be hard pressed to find food items for this purpose. Perhaps a coffee, tea, chocolate gift basket might work best with semi non perishables; ‘A Taste of San Antonio’ coffee, Texas Lavender tea, spicy chocolate bars, toffee and brittle made with Texas pecans. Even some Texas flavor inspired hard candies; margarita, peach, cinnamon…I think there are also some Texas shaped gingerbread cookies at Market Street- all would look cute in cellophane bags tied with twine. There are also several salts and spices in bulk, and you could always add your own twist by putting them in small non glass cute containers from the container store and tying them with burlap, red white and blue ribbon or yellow ribbon and a cute yellow rose from Hobby Lobby or Micheal’s. Good luck!

  • TheGuy

    Company called Texas Treats should be able to get this done for you. I knew the lady that started it about 10 years ago, and she built it into a really solid company. They should be able to tailor your package to meet your specs. Website of the same name.

  • Anonymous

    Fruitcake from Collin Street Bakery.

  • Borborygmus

    You want to impress? Neiman Marcus. What else?

  • Matt

    Go look around at Bolsa Mercado – they have a lot of local stuff.

  • Sander Wolf

    Bean-to-bar chocolate bars from Houston’s Tejas Chocolate or from Allen’s Sublime Chocolates.

  • Than Nguyen

    The best gift ideas are personal. You don’t have to spend a lot of money; just show you actually took the time to think about each person would value. You can get Texas themed ideas from a company called Texas Treats: