Gifts on the Fly
Ultimate last-minute gift guide: Snag these local finds from the Austin airport
So you waited until the last minute to do your shopping, and you have to catch a plane. There's no time to head to the mall, but luckily, it is entirely possible to shop for your complete holiday list at the airport.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has gifts in abundance, many with a distinct Austin flavor. If you are stressed to the max and haven’t found time to shop, just relax — there is an alternative to that $20 tucked into a card. Once you have successfully completed your shopping spree, enjoy a relaxing massage at Knot Anymore (gates seven and 13) or grab a cocktail and soak up the live music. (The airport in the Live Music Capital of the World has 15 live shows a week at five different venues.)
For the book lovers: For best-selling books and more, visit Austin Article at gates five and nine, and BookPeople at gate 11. Also recommend: Music in the Kitchen and Austin City Limits: 35 Yearsin Photographs at the Austin City Limits/Waterloo Records store at gate 15.
For the music lovers: For an amazing selection of Austin and Texas music head to the ACL/Waterloo store, or the Austin Warehouse District at gate 11.
For Longhorn fans: Everything and anything Longhorns, including a burnt orange leash for Fido, can be found at the Longhorn Specialty Store at gate 18.
Keep Austin Weird: Stock up on T-shirts for all sizes and ages, mugs, key chains, magnets, and shot glasses at Stars of Austin at gate nine.
For foodies: ABIA has a plethora of local food gifts like Berdoll’s pecan pie for $19.95 at Austin Warehouse District and Amy’s Ice Creams' freezer-packed pints near gate 12 (not to be missed are the Mexican vanilla marshmallows). The Salt Lick's fully cooked brisket (available in the West Concourse) serves four to six people, and gift packs of Salt Lick products come gift-wrapped.
For coffee lovers: Gift one pound of Austin’s favorite coffee, Ruta Maya, found in the East Concourse between gates six and seven, or Austin Java at gates 10 and 15.