We all know buying that special gift can be a bit nerve-wracking. So go with something different this year.

This will be my first Christmas in Texas so I've decided to share with you my three favorite things from my hometown - Chicago - which you can have shipped right to your door for you and your family to enjoy.

Three things from Chicago that will make you a Christmas hero in Texas.

  • Popcorn
  • Pizza
  • Italian beef

This is a must have for your sweet tooth. Garrett Popcorn has been a staple in Chicago for years and their Chicago Mix which consist of Cheese and Caramel gets people standing in line that wraps around the street corner.  Steve Harvey loved the popcorn so much he opened up a shop in Atlanta's Lennox Mall.  To place an order click here.

You haven't had pizza until you experienced Giordano's Pizza.  There are many pizza restaurants that are 'Chicago Themed' in Texas, but nothing compares to authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza like Giordano's. They ship their pizzas in dry ice and it usually takes a few days to reach their destination.  I love this pizza so much, every time I return home to Chicago I bring one home with me.  To place your order click here.

And to finsh the trio of Chicago eats you can get shipped to your door, the Chicago-style Italian Beef sandwich - a culinary institution in the Windy City that originated back in the 1930's.  I have had similar sandwiches here in Tyler - specifically Lola's, but there is no comparison to the original.  To place your order click here.

Get something truly different for your Texas fam this year.