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 AND FINE ART
$ – Unconventional succulent and cactus boutique. Find the perfect plant in a hand-crafted or vintage container that fits your style.
Perfect for: Plant parents who want to lower their water bill
Spotlight Gift: Hanging Jute Terrarium
906 E 5th St #105
2A.R.T. 2017 Memory Gift Box
$$ – Commemorate two years of Almost Real Things with the 2017 Memory Box! Includes our four 2017 Issues, a special edition 2018 Calendar & print set, four gold-foil certificates, two postcards, and our famous Art Critic Starter Pack Stickers. And love.
Perfect for: Creative Austinites
3Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
$$ – An 11-day fine art, shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, with live music and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere.
Perfect for: The entire family
Spotlight Gift: Bring a friend and cover their entry fee ($8) OR get in free on Saturday, Dec. 16 from open until 3pm by RSVPing on our guest list!
4428 Gillis Street
$$ – Open studio space that encourages creativity and provides easy access to an extensive library of DIY tools and supplies.
Perfect for: The excitable crafter in your life
Spotlight Gift: Unlimited Crafting Membership
4704 E Cesar Chavez St
5End of an Ear
$$ – A record store that specializes in both popular and unpopular genres. A great place to look for used or new books, magazines, DVDs, VHS, and stereo equipment.
Perfect for: Anyone, even if you still don’t have that record player
Spotlight Gift: Stranger Things OST
4304 Clawson Rd
$$ – Opened their flagship store this year in Austin. Outdoor equipment for indoor people.
Perfect for: Your Dad
Spotlight Gift: Yeti Rambler
220 South Congress Avenue
$ – Fashion icon Tessa Renee premiered her new line of shirts, Betch Tease, in our first issue. Her shirts will instantly make you a hit, or make your family disown you.
Perfect for: Fashionistas with a sense of humor, fans of irony
Spotlight Gift: Sass & Ass & Grass & Cash Shirt
8Austin Creative Reuse
$ – Community focused nonprofit with a mission to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education, and community building.
Perfect for: The thrifty crafter who repeatedly denies being a hoarder
Spotlight Gift: 25 cent puzzles and gift cards
6406 I-35 #1801
$$$ – 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: People that are turned off
Spotlight Gift: Teenage Engineering OP-1
2400 E Cesar Chavez St #200
$$ – Authentic Thai eatery offering table side service, bakery, coffee shop, groceries and even cooking classes!
Perfect for: Anyone looking to spice up their kitchen!
Spotlight Gift: Everything Thai Cookbook by Jam Sanitchat
909 West Mary St #B
11WET Studio & Salon
$$ – Salon with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Wet celebrates individual style and local Austin artists by curating their walls into a gallery.
Perfect for: Anyone looking for a new do!
Spotlight Gift: Gift Certificate for Cut/Color
2004 S Congress Ave
$$ – Austin’s largest commercial contemporary gallery with an eclectic collection of artists and a new museum-like setting.
Perfect for: That strange friend that just moved and has nothing on the wall
Spotlight Gift: Weird Polish Posters
3005 S Lamar Blvd
$ – Collective of over 20 Austin street artists and muralists who beautify the city. Buy original art and merch or supplies to start creating something for yourself!
Perfect for: People wanting to support local street artists, unruly teens
Spotlight Gift: 6 Pack Artist Prints
2400 E Cesar Chavez St #316B
14Austin Art Garage
$$ – 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: A friend dabbling in starting their art collection
Spotlight Gift: Stacked Elephants (Print), Judy Paul
2200 S Lamar Blvd