When you live in or visit Austin, you can experience the city's magical spirit any day of the year. A Christmas gift that reflects life in Austin is sure to come in many out-of-the-box forms that are not limited to the usual gift-wrapped item that can be found under the Christmas tree. This year, you can find the perfect gift for that special someone in Austin when you check out your holiday gift options with our list of 10 unique holiday gift ideas just in time for Christmas in Austin.
The tagline at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is “give the gift of adventure,” and you can give that to any thrill-seeker in your like with a gift certificate valid for a three-hour zip tour with up to five different ziplines.
Ballet Tickets in Austin
Have you thought about giving ballet tickets as a gift that represents the pinnacle of Austin’s culture during the holidays? The Nutcracker, presented by the Ballet Austin and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, is your dream ticket to wow your family and friends with music and dancing that will carry them away into the magic of this timeless Christmas tale of wonder.
Print Products with Austin Icons
The South Austin Gallery is an online store based in Austin where you can have an iconic Austin landmark or slogan printed on almost anything, except the kitchen sink! Capture the real Austin vibe on coaster, calendars, cutting boards, mugs, wall art, and a lot more gift items!
Gift Baskets from Austin Businesses
Rudy's BBQ has a pork lover’s dream selection of sauces, rubs, meat packages, and gift cards to make everyone on your Christmas list drool with pleasure. Their holiday gift card slogan reads, "Give 'em Meat! Way Tastier Than Cash!" They are also taking orders now for holiday turkeys and hams.
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Antonelli’s Cheese Shop features special gift baskets with some of their finest cheeses, including a "Taste of Texas" cheese and savory foods collection. Different gift basket options include preserves, chocolates, nuts, meats, and the best cheese in Texas. You're sure to deliver holiday cheer in style when you give the gift of Antonelli's.
Go Local Austin Rewards Card
Buy a $15 card and give a lucky Austin recipient the chance to save up to 15% each time they support any one of the more than 500 participating Austin businesses. Cards are valid for one full year; visit the Go Local Austin site for more information and where to purchase Go Local Cards.
One of the Best BBQ Sauces in Austin
If there's one thing that Austin is known for other than live music, it's BBQ, so why not share that with the food lover in your life this Christmas? Considered one of the best BBQ restaurants in Austin, Salt Lick sells their signature sauces and dry rubs including their Dry Rub, Garlic Dry Rub, Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce, Lauren's Spicy Recipe BBQ Sauce, and Original Recipe BBQ.
Add a little more meat to this gift by having Salt Lick ship their frozen smoked brisket, ribs, turkey breast, country sausage, pork, or meat combos. You can find and order these gifts on Salt Lick's website.
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The "Spirit(s)" of Austin
When you think of Austin spirits, you think of Tito’s Vodka, America’s first craft Vodka, started in Austin using the state’s first legal distillery. It’s made with the same process used to create fine scotches and French cognacs. When you give a gift from Tito’s, you're also supporting nonprofits across the country through the Love, Tito’s program. You can purchase Tito's Vodka at local stores or online.
Made by Austin-based Tequila 512, Blanco Tequila is a 100% agave triple-distilled liquor and winner of the World Spirits Double Gold Best in Show. You could say it’s liquid gold in a bottle, making it a perfect yet unique gift reflecting Austin. You’ll be as smooth as the taste of this incredible volcanic spring- water spirit when you give this tequila to someone at the Christmas party this holiday season.
Unique Gift Destinations in Austin
Find a unique gift in Austin at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar in-store or online; their Gift Guide page lists items available with photos at the bazaar in each category. If you're not quite sure what to get someone, you can also give them a gift card to this store so they can pick out their own treasure.
Christopher Smith’s whimsical Old-World style art shows the quintessential spirit of Austin with works that feature neighborhood maps, historic timelines and events, and much more! He is the featured artist at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar this year. You can preview his work at the bazaar site and make plans to head to the Armadillo to check out even more strictly Austin gift ideas.
Christmas in Austin is different in a lot of ways, so why not give a gift that is just as unique to someone special?
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