Keep the holidays weird: 11 gift ideas that capture the Austin spirit
Everyone loves Austin, so why not consider sending a little slice of the Live Music Capital of the World this holiday season? We've gathered together great gift sets that are curated by locals and capture a little Austin flavor. All of these options can be ordered online and delivered to an out-of-town address.
Big Kids S'mores from Amy's Ice Creams
Harken back to childhood winters with this adult-worthy s'mores kit from Amy's Ice Creams. We're talking Belgian chocolate, Biscoff cookies and gourmet Mexican vanilla marshmallows in perfectly sized portions — just add heat! Upgrade to the Combo and get a s'mores companion in the form of a jar of Amy's Hot Cocoa Mix.
Check out these cute little gift sets for non-local readers from one of our best local book shops. Each set includes thoughtful trinkets according to different themes for writers, teachers — even Jane Austen enthusiasts. BookPeople will gift wrap the set for no additional cost.
Antonelli's Cheese Shop
Antonelli's cheesemongers have put together special gift baskets with some of their finest cheeses, including a "Taste of Texas" collection with entirely Texan selections. Different options incorporate preserves, chocolates, meats, nuts and (of course) cheese. You can also order add-ons if you think the gift needs some extra salami, honey or chocolate.
Hotel San Jose
Give the gift of an Austin vacation without the hassle of actually traveling. Hotel San Jose offers various gift box options featuring signature kimonos, blankets, bottle openers, glasses and bath items. Choose a box that suits your special someone, whether they prefers to lounge, party or create a spa day at home.
Have a coffee lover that you're shopping for? Get a Jo's Coffee gift box, which comes with their own Stumptown Coffee roast, emblazoned mug or thermos and an "I Love You So Much" T-shirt. If you need a gift for a caffeine-addicted couple, Jo's has also put together a set with two mugs.
For the chef in your life, you can build your own gift basket of Stellar Gourmet condiments and spices. Some of the Stellar goods include Hibiscus Vanilla Jelly, Chilechurri Spice Mix, Pecan Maple BBQ and more. You can customize everything — even down to the handwritten card — because the folks at Stellar insist on making each basket unique.
Starts at $10
If you want variety, AustiNuts has it. With everything from petite tins to stately baskets to military care packages, this local nut company has gone all out with its gift options. Some nutty packages even come with extra sweets, goodies or an authentic Texas theme.
The Salt Lick
The Salt Lick's collections of sauces and dry rub will impress any grill master. Add great flavor to your favorite carnivore's spice cabinet — or hell, you can just order them actual barbecue.
Austin City Gift Baskets
Can't decide between any of the ideas so far? Check out the options at Austin City Gift Baskets. Hand picked by an Austinite and locally sourced, these baskets offer collections of some of the most Austin-y items including Good Flow Honey, Lammes Candies, Kerbey Lane pancake mix and more. There are several different themed sets, such as "Keep Austin Weird," "Austin City Limits" and a special "Trail of Lights" basket for the holiday season.
The Austin Bat Box
If you want the gift to outlast the holidays, get a monthly subscription from Austin Bat Box. Each box comes with four or five locally made products, from home goods and treats to jewelry and beauty products. They're currently sold-out due to the Christmas rush, but new subscriptions will resume in January.
$25 per month
Similar to the BatBox, Batch Austin is a monthly gift subscription brimming with local goods and varying themes. Give your out-of-towner a collection of quality, Austin-made products. Delivery won't begin until January, however, so this would be great gift for the the post-holiday slump.
$29.99 per month