Gift Ideas for Him

     Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift to show Dad how much you appreciate him, look no further than Brenham and Washington County! From fine cigars to rugged leather goods, Brenham offers a variety of unique shops where you can find the ideal gift for every type of dad. Here are some top picks to help you find that special something: 

For the Classic Connoisseur

Brown Water Cigar Bar

Man making smoked old fashioned with smoke coming out at Brown Water Cigar Bar. - Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange
Brown Water Cigar Bar, Brenham

For the dad who enjoys a good smoke, Brown Water Cigar Bar offers a curated selection of premium cigars and accessories. Treat him to a relaxing evening in their cozy lounge or pick out a sampler pack of his favorite cigars.

Brazos Valley Brewery

people sitting at a bar being served a flight. Brazos Valley Brewery Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange
Brazos Valley Brewing Company, Brenham

Why not treat Dad to a refreshing pint of locally brewed beer from Brazos Valley Brewery? Swing by their taproom to sample a variety of handcrafted brews or pick up a growler to enjoy at home. 

Does your dad prefer wine? Checkout our local wineries!  

For the Vintage Lover

Leftovers Antiques

The inside of an antique store. In the center there is a large dog statue on top of a table. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange
Leftovers Antiques, Brenham

For the dad with a love for history and nostalgia, Leftovers Antiques is the place to go. Browse their eclectic collection of vintage finds, including antique tools, signage, and memorabilia that will add character to any man cave. Leftovers also carries men’s personal care products and boasts an impressive kitchen department for foodies.

Hermann Furniture & Hermann Emporium

The inside of Hermann Emporium features John's Corner, men's gifts, clothing, and food.
Hermann Emporium, Downtown Brenham

If Dad appreciates quality craftsmanship, head to Hermann Furniture and Hermann Emporium, which are right next door to each other in Downtown Brenham. Hermann Furniture is the oldest furniture store in Texas, and has been in the family for 5 generations now, and includes an Antique Mall.

Inside the charming shop of Hermann Emporium, look for John’s Corner, featuring men’s clothing, bourbon-inspired decor, gourmet foods, and other one-of-a-kind treasures that are sure to make him smile.

For the Dog (or Cat!) Dad

Puppy Dawgs and Cat Tails

Woman holding dog and shopping bag inside of Puppy Dawgs & Cat Tails - Photo by Brandi Burkett
Puppy Dawgs and Cat Tails, Downtown Brenham

Is Dad a proud pet parent? Stop by Puppy Dawgs and Cat Tails for a unique selection of gifts for both him and his furry friends. From stylish collars and leashes to gourmet treats, there’s something here for every pet-loving dad. 

For the FashionForward Dad

Chupacabra Leather Co.

The inside of Chupacabra Leather Co. There is a table filled with handmade leather goods.
Chupacabra Leather Co., Downtown Chappell Hill

Treat Dad to a handcrafted leather accessory from Chupacabra Leather Co. Their collection of wallets, belts, and accessories are made with care and attention to detail, ensuring a gift that will last a lifetime. 

Ballad of the Bird Dog

The inside of Ballad of the Bird Dog. There are racks of t-shirs, hats, sunglasses, and dog leashes. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange
Ballad of the Bird Dog, Downtown Brenham

Does Dad have a passion for the great outdoors? Explore the rugged yet stylish apparel and gear at Ballad of the Bird Dog. From durable outerwear to versatile accessories, you’ll find everything he needs for his next adventure. 

Nine Seven Nine

Nine Seven Nine offers a curated selection of clothing and accessories from independent designers. Whether he’s into streetwear or classic menswear, you’re sure to find something that suits his style. 

For the Cowboy

South Texas Tack

A large hat bar with many western hats. Behind the bar a man is steaming a cowboy hat. A group of people are watching him. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange
South Texas Tack, Brenham

If Dad is a cowboy at heart, look no further than South Texas Tack. Browse their extensive selection of riding gear, stable supplies, and Western-themed gifts that Dad is sure to appreciate.

Brenham Saddle Shop

Another must-visit for horse lovers, Brenham Saddle Shop is a hub for all things equine. This Western outfitter offers a wide range of cowboy boots, hats, and apparel, as well as custom-made saddles and tack for the equestrian enthusiast.

For the Foodie

Is Dad more about experiences than physical gifts? Brenham and Washington County have you covered!

LJ's BBQ, plate of sausage, ribs, brisket, potato salad, collard green and mac and cheese. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange
LJ’s BBQ, Brenham

If he’s a barbecue aficionado, you’re in luck with two local joints making Texas Monthly’s Top 50 BBQ Joints list. Explore our Brenham BBQ TRail for insider tips and recommendations!

Not a BBQ fan? No problem! We’ve got mouthwatering burgers waiting for you too. Check out our curated list of the best burger spots in town!

And if Dad’s just looking to spend some quality time with his buddies watching the game this Father’s Day, we’ve got just the place! Explore some of the best local spots to catch all the action.

With so many unique shops and experiences to choose from, finding the perfect Father’s Day gift in Brenham and Washington County is a breeze. From thoughtful tokens of appreciation to practical essentials, these local businesses have something for every dad.

Happy Father’s Day! 

Burgers in Brenham

When Brenham comes to mind, you may think of Blue Bell and rich Texas history. While that is all true, one thing you might not expect when you are here, is that you are in the middle of a foodie’s paradise. From authentic Italian food to award winning BBQ, Brenham/Washington County has it all! One staple that can be interpreted a million different ways is a big juicy hamburger with all the toppings and your favorite sides.

We’re celebrating National Cheeseburger Day by providing a bucket list of places to get an amazing burger in Washington County! Our inspiration came from local resident Michael Mullins on his quest to try all the hamburgers in the county. He has been documenting his journey on Facebook. Visitors and locals alike can appreciate this quest, as you might get the chance to have your favorite burger raved about, or even find a new hidden gem! Watch for Michael’s comments in quotes.

1.  Bevers Kitchen

Bevers is famous for their homemade pies, but don’t miss out on their burger. “Bevers Kitchen sells pies and is not known for their burger, but they should be,” said Michael. “This is a solid old-fashioned hamburger just like you would have in your mom’s kitchen on a Sunday afternoon.”

2.  Brossa’s Cibo e Vino

Burgers aren’t typically what you would expect at this authentic Italian restaurant, but like the rest of the food on the menu, this burger is made from only the best ingredients… Wagyu. Served during lunch, covered in caramelized onions, their parmesan Reggiano cheese sauce, and sandwiched between a brioche bun, you will be licking your fingers non-stop!

3. Burton Short Stop

Convenience store, restaurant, and gas station all in one in Burton! You won’t want to miss their daily specials, especially their hamburgers. Make sure to grab either a piece of pie or one of their homemade cookies on your way out.

4. Country Sunshine

These burgers are unlike anything you have ever tried before. “This burger doesn’t come with the lettuce, tomatoes, and onion salad that some great burgers have–and it doesn’t need to. It stands alone in taste and looks.” Filled with homemade pickles, cheese and sauce, the burger is perfect alone or paired with one of their incredible sides. Trust us. You will not be disappointed with this burger or anything on the menu.

Mouth watering Country Sunshine Burger. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

5. Dairy Bar

If you want an iconic establishment in Brenham, then try Dairy Bar. Established in 1985, it still makes one of the best burgers in the county. You will most likely always find a long drive through line and the inside packed with locals. “This is as local as it gets.” Be sure to add curly fries and a chocolate shake to your order!

6. Independence Store

When you arrive, you might be confused by the look of a gas station, but not to worry – you are in the right spot. “The burger came wrapped in silver foil and it was hot, the fries looked like they were made for a TV commercial.” This is the best hole in the wall you can find. “Remember when you come here to eat, don’t be in a hurry, slow down and relax. Take in the history and the wonderful folks who run it.”

7. LJs BBQ

LJ’s is known for its award-winning BBQ, but have you ever tried their burgers? “Let me start by saying this is no normal hamburger. It’s cooked to perfection. The secret for this bad boy? Smoked then grilled.” This is the type of burger you skip breakfast for and then are still too full for dinner later. They serve until they sell out, so make sure you get there early!

8. Nathan’s BBQ

Recently written up in Texas Monthly magazine for its traditional style of BBQ-ing, this family-friendly restaurant is where you will find locals on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. “I enjoyed the atmosphere and decor and, rest assured, that delicious, juicy hamburger.” Nathan’s is another staple in Brenham and a place you do not want to miss.

9. Pioneer Smokehouse

Didn’t we say Brenham has great BBQ? Well, great BBQ means great burgers. Pioneer will give you an amazing atmosphere with an even better burger. You choose your toppings to your liking and then be prepared to have to use two hands to tackle this thing. Right in the heart of downtown, Pioneer has the atmosphere, the drinks, and the burger!

10. Smitty’s Cafe & Bakery

For a place known for their chicken fried steak, they sure can do a burger right in an old gas station turned into an amazing restaurant. “Their list of burgers is long, but they do not disappoint. They make their own buns and that is what made this burger stand out.” Make sure to have a slice of pie before you leave!

11. Wild Bill’s

When you are heading out to Lake Sommerville, you will not want to miss Wild Bill’s, adjacent to the entrance to Rocky Creek Park. You’ll walk into a nice wooden bar where you will be welcomed and order a burger where they don’t skimp on the meat. With three choices of fries for your side, you will not be disappointed with the atmosphere and the burger.

So tell us! Where is your favorite burger in Brenham/ Washington County?