Are you a homesick Texan or just looking for a classic Houston food gift for friends and family? Some of H-Town’s most-loved restaurants and artisan vendors offer their culinary favorites, ready-to-ship, making it easy to share the epicurean love with just about anyone in the U.S. From exotic baked goods and southern favorites to fajitas and gourmet chocolates, we’ve rounded up our favorite Houston gifts that are sure to impress.
Goode Company’s Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie might just be the most popular food gift in H-Town and for good reason—the decadent dessert is not only delicious, but it’s presented in a custom wooden box that makes a great keepsake. $40 via GoodeCompany.com.
Award-winning Chef Hugo Ortega—of Backstreet Café, Hugo’s and Caracol fame—draws loyal fans to his namesake Montrose restaurant, Hugo’s. Head there to snag a Holiday Gift Set set, complete with his cookbook, housemade chocolate tablets, mugs and a molinillo for making Mexican hot chocolate, at home. $60 via Hugo's online store.
While tamales are a classic holiday staple in the south, the corn-husk wrapped dish makes a delicious treat, year-round. Visit Texas Tamale Company’s online store and send a tamale survival kit to out-of-staters. Order varieties like beef, bean, pork and spinach by the dozen, which arrive neatly packaged in muslin bags. Prices start at $59 and are available in the online store.
Pastry master Rebecca Masson, the brain behind Midtown’s Fluff Bake Bar, has earned a pretty sweet reputation in H-Town for her premium confections and signature desserts. Send someone some sweet love with a Fluff care package filled with fluffernutters, unicorn bait and snickerdoodles. Order online and pick up in store.
Have a chocolate lover in your life? Find exotic handmade treats at Cacao & Cardamom. Located in the Centre at Post Oak, the gourmet chocolate shop unfolds like a fine jewelry store, with creations showcased beneath glass display cases. Flavors such as guava tamarind and cardamom rose can be mixed and matched to make a memorable gift box. Order online or pick up in-store.
Located above Chef Anita Jaisinghani’s popular Pondicheri sits the culinary talent’s Bake Lab + Shop. The hip counter space sets the scene for sweet and savory items that change on a daily basis, based on seasonal ingredients. Items like brioche with cardamom and chocolate pistachio cake make great gifts and can be purchased at the shop or ordered online.
Few gifts have the star power that 3 Brothers Bakery’s Pumpecapple Piecake enjoys. The towering $250 creation—dubbed the turducken of pie and cake—has appeared on the Food Network, Saturday Night Live, and Good Morning America. The three-layer cake combines a pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice cake, pecan pie and chocolate cake, all covered in cream cheese icing and caramel drizzle. Order online.
When it comes to finding the best artisan cheese in the state, local cheese fans head to Houston Dairymaids. Stop into The Heights-area store for a taste test or hop online, where the cheese shop makes it easy to ship gift packages filled with handmade cheeses, crackers and preserves. Cheese gifts start at $48. Available online.
If there’s one thing Texans know, it’s fajitas. Lupe Tortilla’s makes it easy to share the love with fajita grams—a complete mail-order fajita meal that arrives with ready-to-grill beef, lime pepper marinade, handmade flour tortillas, fresh guac, rice, beans and salsa. Order online at the Lupe Tortilla store.
If you can’t bring your loved ones to enjoy dinner at Memorial’s Taste of Texas, mail-order steaks are a great fall back. The certified angus beef steaks are aged more than a month and arrive well-trimmed and ready for the grill. Choose from a range of cuts, which are flash frozen for shipping, and arrive with special seasoning and grilling instructions. Available online, along with steak knives, sides, coffee and mugs.