Sunday, December 6, 2009
I know I won't get any points for originality here, but I think any and all Tulsa t-shirts - you know, the ones that have been in every local gift guide since 2006 - have more than earned some real estate in this year's TDT Holiday Gift Guide, too.
What this suggestion lacks in novelty it packs in practicality and all that has become classic. What I mean is, the Tulsa t-shirt is my go-to gift these days, Christmastime or not. Any time I find myself racking my brain to come up with the perfect gift, I head to Dwelling Spaces downtown or Ida Red on Brookside and bag an I Heart Tulsa t-shirt, something from the Okie Grown line or a shirt emblazoned with the Cain's Ballroom logo.
At $20, it's hard to go wrong with these babies.
These t-shirts make great gifts even for out-of-town relatives and friends. I've worn mine in several distant not-Tulsa cities, and each time the shirts served as conversation starters. One of those, "Tulsa, huh?" responses was better than nothing - at least that person read and spoke the word "Tulsa" that day - but I really loved when someone said something like, "Tell me about Tulsa." That's when I would proceed to proselytize for T-Town converts, rattling off the names of our attractions and cost-of-living ratios and all the reasons I love this city in an effort to get the person to sell all he owns and get on a plane that lands at TIA.
I'm so glad I have this blog now. These inappropriately enthusiastic outbursts of Tulsa love abroad happen much less frequently now. It's better for the city (and its reputation for not being the home of crazy-eyed, red-headed civic cheerleaders) this way.
Ah, the hip and edgy Tulsa t-shirt. Before you know it, the giftee will be asking you how to collect them all.
Tulsa T-Shirts: Louis and Cluck, Okie Grown, Cain's Ballroom
119 S. Detroit
Idea Red Boutique
3346 S. Peoria Ave.
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Sunday, 12- 4