Find the perfect gifts without leaving the city! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite Austin holiday gift stops to make your shopping a little less stressful and way more fun!
Local & Fine Art
1ART FOR THE PEOPLE GALLERY
$$ — New Austin gallery filled with contemporary art. They showcase local artists, artisans, musicians, community activists and also host workshops.
Perfect for: Community activists with style
Spotlight gift: Jewelry and accessories from Clementine & Co.
1711 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
2AUSTIN ART GARAGE
$$ — Unique spot to invest in art created within the Austin community. Austin Art Garage has something for everyone, no matter what your price range.
Perfect for: Local art supporters, fans of classy garage sales
Spotlight gift: Barton Springs, Joel Ganucheau
2200 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
3MODERN ROCKS GALLERY
$$$ — Awesome shop with a curated collection of fine art rock n’ roll photography, signed limited editions museum quality prints and unique geodes.
Perfect for: Music fanatics, your retired roadie uncle, rock collectors
Spotlight Gift: David Bowie: Geoff MacCormack Collection Box Set
916 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702
$$ — Great shop featuring prints and paintings from artists located across 20 US states and 11 countries. The gallery is curated with timeless pieces perfect for a sophisticated and considerate audience.
Perfect for: Eclectic friends with empty walls
Spotlight gift: Bike Mess (blue), Brent Couchman
900 E. 6th street #103, Austin, TX 78702
52017 SUBSCRIPTION TO ALMOST REAL THINGS
$ — Give the gift of local art, music, activities, news and all things Almost Real. Get every issue of Almost Real Things magazine for 2017 delivered straight to your door!
Perfect for: Austinites, wannabe Austinites
Spotlight gift: 2017 Subscription to Almost Real Things
Fashion & Small Gifts
$$$ — Jewelry and lifestyle shop featuring independent designers and artisans. Every piece is selected by the founders for their unique craftsmanship.
Perfect for: Trendy friends, fashion forward hippies
Spotlight gift: Lab by Laura Busony Virgin Ring
906 E 5th St #106, Austin, TX 78702
$ — Fashion icon Tessa Renee premiered her new line of shirts, Betch Tease, in our first issue. Her shirts will instantly make you a hit, or make your family disown you.
Perfect for: Fashionistas with a sense of humor, fans of irony
Spotlight gift: Dad Stop tee (perfect for holiday get-togethers)
8BYRON & BLUE
$$ — Boutique on the East side of Austin filled with home goods, clothing, jewelry and accessories. Supports independent designers and local talent.
Perfect for: Fans of the handmade, trendy homeowners
Spotlight gift: Naps Fix Everything Cross Stitch
908 E 5th St #106, Austin, TX 78702
9THE LION’S NEST
$$ — Hybrid gallery, retail shop and art studio space. You can find handmade gifts, jewelry, ceramics and hand-pulled prints.
Perfect for: Printmakers without a press
Spotlight gift: Custom Engraving and Printmaking
1008 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
$$ — Collective of over 20 Austin street artists and muralists who beautify the city. Buy original art or supplies to start creating something for yourself!
Perfect for: People needing to up their street cred, rebel teenage brother
Spotlight gift: Urban Scrawl Pocket Notebook
2400 E Cesar Chavez St #316b, Austin, TX 78702
$ — Unconventional succulent and cactus boutique. Find the perfect plant in a hand-crafted or vintage container that fits your style.
Perfect for: People who like saying the word “succulent,” plant lovers without a green thumb
Spotlight gift: Rosette in Small Oxidized Planter
906 E 5th St #105, Austin, TX 78702
Food & Drink
12BLUE OWL BREWING
$ — Tour around the brewery that has perfected the art of sour-mashing beer. Buy a pint glass to get the full experience.
Perfect for: People who like to purse their lips, beer lovers
Spotlight gift: Signature Pint Glass and Brewery Tour
2400 E Cesar Chavez St #300, Austin, TX 78702
13KELLIE’S BAKING CO.
$ — Custom printed cookies for any occasion. You can have anything printed on one of their delicious treats!
Perfect for: Cookie monsters, fans of The Great British Bake Off
Spotlight gift: iPhone InstaCookie
5245 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
14MÉTIER COOK’S SUPPLY
$$ — Shop catering to chefs and home cooks. Find the best books, knives, kitchen tools and chef apparel to fit your needs.
Perfect for: Current and aspiring chefs, Food Network fanatics
Spotlight gift: Monthly workshop or class
805 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
$$— Authentic Thai eatery offering table side service, bakery, coffee shop, groceries and even cooking classes!
Perfect for: Curry lovers, anyone looking to spice up their kitchen
Spotlight gift: Public cooking class
909 West Mary St # B, Austin, TX 78704
$$$ — Music shop with vintage and new electronic equipment. You can find synthesizers, drum machines, keyboards and play around with all of the instruments!
Perfect for: Makers of sick beats, robots
Spotlight gift: Novation Circuit Groovebox + Sample Import
2400 E Cesar Chavez St #200, Austin, TX 78702
17WILD ABOUT MUSIC
$$ — Funky art and gift shop with music themed clothes, jewelry, instruments and décor.
Perfect for: Music lovers, persuading friends who don’t think Austin is the live music capital of the world
Spotlight gift: Austinopoly, The Austin, TX Board Game
615 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
18MYLO OBSTACLE FITNESS
$$ — Austin’s only outdoor obstacle course gym. Get an action-packed workout, train or simply stroll the 75 acres of land located next to McKinney Falls State Park.
Perfect for: New Year’s Resolution challenge, adults who love jungle gyms
Spotlight gift: Obstacle Fitness Class
5415 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744
$ — BYOB studio offering painting classes taught step-by-step by local artists. Caters to all ages and experience levels.
Perfect for: Bob Ross lovers, Moms who need to let loose
Spotlight gift: Class for 2! Accompanied by your favorite bottle o’ wine
$$ — Salon with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Wet celebrates individual style and local Austin artists by curating their walls into a gallery.
Perfect for: Fashionistas, friends in need of a hip new do
Spotlight gift: Gift Certificate for Cut/Color. Recommended stylist: Ty James
1109 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704