Austin Holiday Gift Ideas 2018

The holiday shopping frenzy has officially begun, so we wanted to give our readers a little help this year. We’ve scoured the city for the best local gifts light up the lives of the people you love!

All of these products are Austin related— either made here or made by a company that was founded by an Austinite. Give the gift of Austin!


For the Californian in your life… How To Be A Texan Manual

Handy for both the native-born and the wannabe—this manual charts a blueprint for how to live like a true Texan. Learn the lingo and how to take a proper bluebonnet photo, how to get big hair, and the best way to make a Frito Pie. You’ll also have a bucket list of all the places Texans should visit in their lifetimes. 


For the fashionista who has everything… Kendra Scott Statement Earrings

An artful addition to any jewelry box. These stunning statement earrings by Kendra Scott are architectural, on-trend, and fun. Sure to bring a smile to your fashionista’s face.


For the ageless person in your life… Olive + M Essential Set

Get glowing with Olive + M! The local skincare line is women-owned, all-natural, cruelty-free, and vegan. Featuring oils, serums, and scrubs that leave your skin nourished and glowing from head to toe. 


For the coffee obsessed… Atlas Coffee Club 

Give a solid pick-me-up to your favorite espresso expert. The coffee of the month club curates the world’s best single-origin beans from micro-lots around the world. Each 12-oz bag is roasted fresh and delivered to your door monthly, along with flavor notes, brewing tips, and info about the global coffees received.  


For the person who needs a ‘me’ day… Lake Austin Spa Gift Certificate

A mega chill-pill for the stressed out friend. Lake Austin Spa offers luxury spa experiences and a peaceful sanctuary for ultimate rest and renewal in a picturesque Hill Country setting. Their heavenly treatments offer a wide range of massages, facials, body wraps, and more. 


For your flame… James Thomas Mandle (Man Candle)

For your boo or forever-bachelor friend. Up your dude’s home swagger with a ‘mandle’ from James Thomas Candle Co. Scents like Firewood, Cowboy, Gentlemen, and Hombre are made with 100% premium soy wax for an all natural, eco-friendly, clean burn. 


For the person who doesn’t get their recipes off Pinterest… Elizabeth Street Café Cookbook

Gift the top chef in your life this instant favorite. Huge plus… the recipient can make you beautiful, delicious Vietnamese fare and French baked goods for every meal. 


For the chef who loves local products… Texas Olive Ranch Olive Oil

Any home chef will adore the oils from Texas Olive Ranch. The olive oils are pressed with 100% Texas grown olives, along with Texas-sized flavor. The local company offers the freshest olive oils in the state, and fun flavors like Spicy Chipotle Rattlesnake Oil and Hill Country Herb Oil


For the ‘Eleven’ in your life… Zero Gravity Institute Sensory Deprivation Experience

In a world full of over stimulation, why not give the gift of nothing! Float effortlessly in 1,200 pounds of dissolved epsom salt while light, sound, and temperature fade away, giving your nervous system a much needed reboot. Take care of your loved one this holiday season by giving them a gift that replenishes the body, mind, and soul.


For your partner in crime… The Escape Game Austin

From art heists to gold rush adventures, this gift is perfect for the person/people you’d just love to spend quality time with. The Escape Game Austin has several puzzle rooms to choose from, and you’re sure to make memories with friends and loved ones with whichever experience you choose.  Right now, get 20% off single-game gift cards to The Escape Game with code Austin365 on their online store.


For the person you’re closest toPHLUR Fragrance Set

The ultimate gift for the fragrance-lover in your life, PHLUR’s sustainable scents and #shelfie-worthy minimalist packaging look as amazing as they smell. The original Hanami fragrance is creamy and floral, subtle and chic. They’ve translated that scent into an equally delectable candle, made with hand-poured vegetable wax in a custom ceramic vessel. Naturally, such a creamy scent is equally satisfying as a body wash or body lotion—or both!


For something unique… Eliana Bernard Ceramics 

Give a piece that really makes a statement with Eliana Bernard handmade ceramics. The marbled platters, bowls, plates, mugs, and vases will be the talk of any tabletop all year long.


For the ‘yoga and happy hour’ person in your life… Outdoor Voices 

If you didn’t give or get an OV piece this year, are you really even an Austinite? Their locally-loved activewear will get you out of bed and looking good for those post New Year’s resolution early morning workouts (or while drinking mimosas during Sunday brunch) #DoingThings


For the jewel in your life… Fail Jewelry 

The perfect gift for designer and artsy friends, Fail crafts delicate pieces with a modern feel. Jewelry that can easily transition from a t-shirt and jeans to a little black dress. 


For the person that can never find their keys… Noah Marion Catch All

Noah Marion focuses on untreated, un-dyed, natural vegetable-tanned leather in order to allow the user to personally bring the design to life. Noah Marion makes quality handmade goods in the heart of Austin, TX, out of their shop located at 2053 South Lamar Blvd. 


For your sweet-tee… Fine Southern Gentleman Apparel 

For the finest gentle man or woman in your life, FSG designs some of the raddest original screen-printed shirts with a whole lot of southern pride.


For the person who warms your soul… El Cosmico’s Bolivian Blanket

These hand-dyed, hand-loomed, vintage South American wool blankets will have your loved ones feeling El Cosmico vibes for years to come.


For the friend that’s too ‘gouda’ to be true… Antonelli’s Cheese Gift Basket 

The best way to say “I care,” through cheese! Antonelli’s offers the city’s best selection of curated cheeses, gourmet spreads, and all the fixings for the ultimate holiday charcuterie board.


For the TOTE-ALLY trendy… Raven + Lilly Tote

Raven + Lily offers trendy, fair-trade fashion, accessories, and home goods with its core underlying mission to empower women on a global scale. Gift a unique piece and support employing artisan women around the world.


For the person that wants to forget the holidays… Local Liquor 

For the booze hound who loves to raise a glass (or four), Treaty Oak Distilling’s liquors are bar cart staples. Pick up a bottle of their Waterloo Gin or Red Handed Whiskey and let the party begin.


For the pup-parent in your life… Boots & Arrow Dog Collar

For your friend who has an insta-famous fur baby. Keep the four legged love of their life looking fashionable and fresh in Boots & Arrows’ collars, handmade in Austin. 


For the person who is always hostingRosso & Flynn

We know your loved ones deserve a steak dinner pretty much every night. Keep them well-fed and feeling loved with quality meat delivery from Rosso & Flynn. The local company sources meat from local ranches committed to transparency and sustainability. Add a fine bottle of red wine and you’re on their permanent nice list. 


For the person who has everything… El Arroyo Sign Book

That’s right, the El Arroyo sign has its own book! The Tex-Mex restaurant’s famous marquee sign, whose black letters tell a new joke to passing motorists each day, is featured in El Arroyo’s Big Book of Signs. Share the love and give your friends something to laugh about.