Texas is known for a lot of things: barbecue, its large size, and the Alamo are just a few of them. Wildflowers also play a significant role in Texas culture and nature. If you're on vacation in Texas and want to bring home a souvenir that friends and family members will really enjoy, a gift honoring the wildlflowers is sure to be a good choice. But what are your options, exactly? Take a look.
Look for some local art galleries, and step inside. There are many local artists who paint Texas' wildflowers, and a painting is such a nice gift for someone you love. You can even look for one that shows flowers in their favorite color. For example, if your friend loves purple, you can buy them a painting with a lot of purple wildflowers. Since it was painted in Texas, it's even more fitting.
Some Wildflower Seeds
Not all Texas wildflowers will grow well in other climates, but some do. After all, wildflowers tend to be pretty hardy and resilient — just like Texans. There are some gardening stores that sell wildflower seed packets. They often contain seeds from numerous different varieties of wildflowers, all mixed together. So if you give one of these packets as a gift to a friend, they can plant them, and at least some of them should survive and be a pretty reminder of Texas.
Another option is to pick some wildflowers you come across during your time in Texas and then press those wildflowers between the pages of a book. You can put some wax paper on either side of them first. This will keep them from sticking as they dry out, but maintain their color. You can give the pressed flowers to a friend who can frame them, make them into a bookmark, or use them in some other creative manner.
While t-shirts may seem like an overly simplistic souvenir gift, one that shows photos of wildflowers is a bit different from the average souvenir shirt with the big word "Texas" printed across the chest. This may be a good choice for someone who you know will want to display their love for Texas more subtly. A flowered t-shirt is beautiful and quiet but still honors Texas' wildflowers.
If you want to show your Texas love with the gift of wildflowers, you have options. Consider them, and pick the one that fits best. Look for Texas wildflower gifts from the Texas State Preservation Board or another source.