Of all the fifty United States, perhaps the most recognizable shape is that of the Lone Star State, Texas. One reason, perhaps, is that the shape of the state is vaguely reminiscent of the five-pointed star that is its symbol. It’s more likely, though, that products in the shape of the state are darned near ubiquitous – especially within its boundaries, where Texophile natives and transplants eagerly collect all kinds of Texas memorabilia. No matter what you may desire – a coaster, a cookie, a can opener – chances are excellent that someone’s selling it on Etsy.
For the devoted Texophile, of course, the be-all and end-all of “Texabilia” is anything than manages to combine two or more of the four Texas-theme icons: the state outline, the star that’s the state symbol, the tricolor Lone Star flag, and the bluebonnet blossom. A trifecta sells better, and if a designer could somehow manage to combine all four, he’d be rolling in dough. Perhaps that’s a dream, but you can be sure that somewhere in Dallas, Houston, Alice or Dime Box a graphic designer is dreaming of a perfect “quadfecta.”
If you have a proud Texan (or a wannabe Texan) on your gift list, here are a few can’t-miss gifts whose shape will warm the cockles of his (or her) heart:
Stocking Stuffer-Sized Texabilia
No tailgate party at Cowboy Stadium or Reliant (not to mention Kyle Field or Royal Stadium) would be complete without this handy-dandy bottle opener. Not only is it just the right shape (well, the Big Bend country is a little changed), but it’s also decorated with the state flag. It’s a twofer that can open those bottles of Shiner with just a flip of the wrist!
Aggie fans may want to turn this four-piece cookie cutter set into three by losing the longhorn, but everyone can agree on the state-shaped cutter. That’s not to mention the iconic star and another symbol of the Lone Star State, an outline of a cowboy boot. Manufacturer assures us that the last one doesn’t taste like feet!
Your favorite Texan will proudly display her (or his) “statriotism” with this pair of sterling silver stud-type earrings. The teensy state outline, 5/8 of an inch tall, encloses a single (of course) star. Rumor has it that as whenever you wear them, you can hear a chorus of angels drawling, “God bless Texas!” in your ears.
For your holiday parties or that summer cookout (don’t ever call it a “barbecue” in Texas!), this handsome bamboo cutting board doubles as a serving tray. If you think it’s sacrilegious to smear grease or cheese crumbs – or worse, vegetable scraps – over the face of Texas, you can always hang it on the kitchen wall as a conversation piece.
There’s a jigsaw puzzle for everyone, including your favorite Texophile. Whether it’s for family puzzle night or Gram and Gramp’s favorite entertainment, this state-shaped puzzle will be a hit. All the Texas icons are pictured, from Big Tex to Big Bend to the Paluxy dinosaur locals say frolicked with cavemen. And a football, too…
For that native Texan who left the state for college, nothing says “home” like this eighteen-inch pillow in the shape of his or her home state. Of course, the plush covering is decorated with the state flag? Homesick? Just cuddle up with this fuzzy pillow, close your eyes and wait for visions of bluebonnets and Bluebell Ice Cream.
If you’ve ever stayed in a mid-level hotel in Texas, you probably woke up to a free breakfast featuring make-‘em-yourself waffles in the shape of Texas. Now your favorite Texophile can serve his or her family tasty waffles shaped like home every morning with the Texas Waffle Maker, available everywhere (not just in Texas).
Share your love for the Lone Star State with everyone with this giant fabric wall decal in the shape of the state, featuring the state flag on a simulated brick background. The 39-inch decal can be removed and reinstalled on any wall without special preparation or professional installation. Made in the USA.
Give grilled meat the flavor of Texas with this State of Texas BBQ branding iron. The 14-inch handle protects dainty fingers from the flames, while the 1-inch head brands a perfect state outline into steaks, chicken, or burgers. The stainless steel branding head can even stand up to a Houston summer!
No other state has such devoted fans of its shape – not even the square ones like Colorado and Wyoming! If you know someone who loves Texas, help him share his adoration of the Lone Star State this holiday season!