9 Best Things To Buy In Houston, Texas

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Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas and arguably the style capital of the South in the States. This near-coastal city has a mild, tropical climate, and is replete with exciting things to see and do year-round. It is also a fantastic place to be with your kids. There are a host of family-friendly activities to do, including amusement parks, museums, space center, playgrounds, events and attractions in and around the Houston area. And if you are seeking to bring something home from Houston, the city offers a pleasurable shopping galore. Still confused about what to buy in Houston? Here’s a list of nine things you must consider buying for yourself or your loved ones to ensure a memorable trip.

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1. Texas boots

Texas boots
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Affordable on any budget and stylishly designed for all purposes, the Texas cowboy boots seem to be the hot-selling item among Houston tourists. Finding a pair of contemporary Texas-made cowboy boots with a distinctive retro-looking style is a rite of passage. They will surely make an offbeat insertion to any wardrobe. While most tourists buy boots for the archetypal Texas look, it is no surprise that these footwear feature exquisite detailing and great comfort. Many of the footwear shops in Houston are flocked with both practical and ornately decorated boots, so you can choose from an array of different styles to suit your need. You might also spot cowboy hats, leather jackets and belts, and miscellaneous vintage clothing in some of the shops. During rodeo season, plan to visit the rodeo’s shopping market to buy these wares.

Cavender's Boot City

Address: 2505 S Loop W #610, Houston, TX 77054, USA

Opening hours: 9 am to 9 pm

Website: Cavender’s Boot City

2. Artisan chocolates

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One can never explain or get over the craving for chocolates. While any chocolate is admirable, the true artisans go a step beyond and make chocolate that transcends pure goodness- taking us into the realm of speechless. Houston’s Artisan chocolates are some of the best you’ll get to eat around, with concoctions that will leave your minds amazed and your tongues gasping for more. The chocolates have an unusual assortment of additives like fruits, spices, pistachio and almond, currant and sea salt, hazelnut, pumpkin seed, salted peanut caramel, roasted coffee bean, and lemongrass, to name a few. These decadent treats are perfect souvenirs to take away home for family and friends.

Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier Galleria

Address: 5000 Westheimer Rd Suite 602, Houston, TX 77056, USA

Opening hours: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm

Website: Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier Galleria

3. Texan cufflinks

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You can never go wrong with Texas accessories for men…regardless of the occasion. The signature Texas State seal cufflinks and tuxedo studs representing the battle flags that have flown over the great state of Texas. They not only make for great gifts for your groomsmen or loved ones but also are popular for personal wear. They add a touch of classic cowboy style in any formal setting. Most shops also provide for custom designs, initials, and logos for a special occasion, wedding or corporate gifts.

The Tux Shoppe and Boutique

Address: 12102 Montwood Dr e, El Paso, TX 79936, USA

Opening hours: 11 am to 7 pm

Website: The Tux Shoppe and Boutique

4. Texas sludge coffee

Texas Sludge Coffee
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This classic coffee from the family-run company, based in the heart of San Antonio, Texas provides one of the finest coffee experience by sourcing the best beans from across the globe, roasting them in small batches and grounding them just before packaging to bring out its natural freshness. It offers a rich, delicious coffee experience with many flavors and blends that are to anyone’s liking and is just what you need after a tiring day.

Texas Sludge Coffee Company

Address: San Antonio, TX, USA

Opening hours: 24 hours

5. Souvenir tumbler

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If you or your friends are football/basketball addicts, you might want to buy one of these trendy custom-designed tumblers. These vacuum insulated stainless steel all-purpose tumblers keep your beverages hot for up to 12 hours or cold for up to 24 hours. They have the look and feel of glass but are made of the finest food grade material for drinking pleasure. Designed for everyday use around home or work, these tumblers also make for great gifts for fans of all ages! You can choose to add any color, monogram or picture of yourself or a loved one.

RTIC Coolers

Address: 20510 Hempstead Rd, Houston, TX 77065, USA

Opening hours: 9 am to 6 pm

Website: RTIC Coolers

6. Homestead Gristmill mixes

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These prepackaged pancake, waffle, gingerbread or cookie mixes from Homestead Gristmill in Waco, are easy to use and make for a great meal. You can also buy assorted gift boxes that combine these wholesome products. The products are made using fresh, stone-ground flour from locally harvested wheat as the main ingredient in the various baking mixes.

Homestead Gristmill

Address: 800 Dry Creek Road Waco, TX 76705

Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm

Website: Homestead Gristmill

7. Houston jams and marmalades

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In Houston, you’ll find multiple shops selling a fine assortment of jams and marmalade. These sweet-savory-spicy spread made from sugar and fruits combine the richness of sweetness and acidity with a pleasant consistency and a distinct flavor and texture. Spread them on a piece of toast or crackers in the morning and you are good to go! If you are planning to carry some back home, make sure you get them vacuum-sealed to avoid any leakage in transit.

Rachel's Texas Kitchen

Address: 170 CR 494S Chilton,TX 76632

Opening hours: 8.30 am to 5 pm

Website: Rachel’s Texas Kitchen

8. Kombucha tea

Kombucha Tea
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After a tiring day checking out the city’s many, many museums and other attractions, you might like to try your hands on the cool and all-natural Kickin’ Kombucha tea brewed and bottled in Houston. The array of different refreshing flavors including green and black teas, fruit, ginger, mango and mint and the health benefits conferred by it are good enough reasons to purchase a couple of bottles of this locally-produced tea-related souvenir. This naturally fermented, non-caffeinated drink, loaded with helpful gut bacteria and marinated in tea leaves makes for a great alternative to traditional tea and coffee and also aids digestion and strengthen the immune system.

Kickin' Kombucha Tea

Address: 5420 Lawndale St Suite 100, Houston, TX 77023, USA

Website: Kickin’ Kombucha Tea

9. Miniature pies

Miniature blueberry pies
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After having explored the history of space travel and watching one of the many ongoing Broadway shows at the city’s great theaters, you might want to have a bite of one of the finest delicacies of the city. Miniature pies can be found in most mom-n-pop specialty and grocery stores across the city and are sure to remind you of the farm-fresh goodness of your grandma’s hands. You can select from a variety of classic flavors, such as Cherry, Chocolate, Green Apple and Blueberry or even ones with date and creamy cashew filling. Don’t forget to buy a box of Tiny Pies to bake at home and enjoy it with a dollop of ice cream for the perfect brunch.

House of Pies

Address: 3112 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098, USA

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

Website: House of Pies

Keepsakes for great Houston memories

Out of the many sprawling metropolises in the States, Houston stands out in its uniqueness. These souvenirs are an indication of that, and you will probably not find them anywhere else around. Don’t forget to indulge in all the quirky and wonderful things and splurge on all the nice keepsakes this land has to offer so that you have some amazing stories to tell your friends back home.

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