It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Texans love Texas. Though we may tease each other’s sports teams and debate who's got the best barbecue, we generally band together to support our fellow statesmen, an attitude that translates our shopping habits. Texas-brewed beers fly off the shelves at Spec's every day, and Whataburger’s condiments are so beloved they can now be found at HEB.
In the age of subscription boxes, shoppers have an even more convenient way to support local business all across Texas: from the comfort of their own homes.
Founded by Lindsey Rose King, this Houston-based subscription box offers seasonally curated home décor and hosting must-haves. Boxes can be purchased individually for $135, or, if you’re a serial hostess, you can buy a membership with Mostess for $480, which includes four boxes of classy goodies. Each box is packaged and shipped from our beloved H-Town and includes five to seven home décor items plus a booklet of recipes and hosting tips.
With offices in both Houston and Austin, Farmhouse Delivery literally offers a taste of Texas. The company delivers local, organic produce and sustainably raised meats, dairy, and artisan groceries. They cultivate bundles to order on your own schedule, like the “Great on the Grill Meat Bundle” and the “Quiche Basics Bundle,” making it easier than ever to make your next meal truly farm-to-table.
For furrier locals, Get Wagging offers a box full of fun and fashion. For the $20/month subscription fee, your dog will receive a seasonally designed collar to show off at all the Discovery Green and Mille Bush play dates. For a $10 more, Get Wagging will include a matching leash. The Austin-based service contributes to their own local community by hosting Give Back opportunities. Once your pet is bored with their particular style of collar and leash, you can return the items to be donated to Texas animal hospitals and shelters.
We all find ourselves in a gift-giving rut from time to time after exhausting our old standbys: the Chick-Fil-A gift card and Yankee candle. To help with that very conundrum, a set of sisters from Dallas concocted VelvetCrate, where customers can curate a custom gift package online full of items like citrus mimosa hand cream and “cheers to beer” coasters. With a click, send it straight to your loved one without even thinking about braving Galleria traffic.
While Farmhouse Delivery may speak to the chefs in your household, Spring-based My Texas Market is tailor-made for any lover of small-batch, artisan goods. Each themed box includes four to six items from Texas businesses. Beyond supporting those local vendors, customers also help the Houston Food Bank, where My Texas Market donates a portion of proceeds. Sign up by March 4 to get in on the next box—the rightly themed “All Things Texas.”