Kristy Owen - 3/393 - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX

Kristy Owen

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I am a realtor here in Austin, and clients are always asking for suggestions on what to do around town. So, I thought I would blog about my experiences, recommendations and what you have to do before you can call yourself a true Austinite.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is gloriously lazy. For the most part, the entire world has gone on holiday. And after watching everything Netflix has recommended for you back-to-back, in your brand new pajamas and socks, you might actually want to exit your house for a while.

Luckily a company called Gift Pass has given this a lot of thought. And now you can save more than 30 percent while seeing the best Austin has to offer. The 30-day Gift Pass gives you access to 10 tours and activities and allows you to choose any three you want.

We’re talking about bus tours, bike tours, food and beer tours, museum visits, and more. You could even go for a little cruise on Lady Bird Lake. Make the most of your time in this magical city and pay one low price to do it all. So just to recap, this is 10 activities in 30 days for only $35. Y’all, that’s just crazy!

And they don’t call it Gift Pass for nothing—it actually makes the perfect gift. Click right here for all the details and to purchase. Give the gift of getting out!

Wait, seriously, how did this happen? Christmas is days away! Don’t panic, you still have time to conjure up a great gift for the people you care about. We actually have the best, last-minute gift idea in the world. In fact, even if you had all the time in the world this would be what they really want: a Favor Delivery gift card! That’s right y’all, give the gift of having anything delivered.

Favor Delivery gift cards are great for new parents, busy college students, or anyone who wants to save time and get items from local restaurants and stores delivered to their door. It’s so much better than any other gift card because using those often involves braving the elements and wearing something dressier than your coziest pajama pants. Why would they want that?

If you’re on the fence about becoming a true holiday hero and giving the gift of delivery, let’s imagine what your loved one could use it for. Austin will be their oyster! Here are a few thoughts off the top of our head …

JuiceLand Because Austin is full of healthy people, and also sometimes hungover people who really need super fresh coconut water brought to them.

Fresa’s Because your person wants something hot and local and savory and amazing—like tamales or roast chicken. And they want it now!

Hopdoddy Because cheeseburgers and also because truffle fries. And because there is always a line to get into this place and that sounds like a lot to manage.

Amy’s Ice Cream Because the only thing better than eating delicious, Mexican Vanilla ice cream is having a nice person knock on your door and hand it you.

H-E-B Because literally everyone in this city is in need of something from our fav Texas-grown supermarket at all times. Paper towels! That awesome guacamole they make! More ice cream! The possibilities are endless.

Chuy’s Because their queso is our founder Kristy’s No. 1 Favor order, and because that sounds really good right now.

The Grove Because your parents would love an excuse to relax and indulge. And because you really want them to feel loved this year. And because you want to teach them about Favor.

CVS Because the convenience of having someone run that late-night pharmacy run for you is priceless.

Home Slice Pizza Do we need to explain this one?

And BLOOMS flower shop, because flowers make everything better. They can dress up their house for any occasion—even if it’s just a Tuesday.

To purchase a Favor gift card, go to favordelivery.com/gift-cards. Choose a design, your desired amount, and the gift card will be sent your way via email. Also it easily fits in a stocking, so minimal wrapping is required. We have all the holiday tips!

If you win this prize—and we are crossing our fingers for you—then the pressure is off for New Year’s Eve. You’ll have the best plans out of everyone you know! The Fairmont Austin is giving away a package that includes a one-night stay in a Parkview Jr suite, complimentary valet parking, and two tickets to the Fire & Ice party at Rules & Regs!

Heat up your New Year’s Eve, then cool down your New Year’s Day. The fire themed party on Dec. 31 will feature specialty drinks, a champagne toast, live cigar rollers, and more. And the Ice themed party on Jan. 1 will feature a polar plunge, ice bars, ice luges, and more. This is the way you want to start 2019!

Click here for more details and to buy tickets. To enter visit our instagram

We’re all looking high and low for the ultimate holiday gift—something they would never expect in a million years. Well, here’s a really hot tip: Garrison Brothers’ Single Barrel Program.

People who really love whiskey know all about Garrison Bros.—because it’s the only brand making a legit, real-deal, puritanical bourbon in Texas. At a distillery in the little town of Hye, a man named Dan Garrison has accomplished what many have tried and failed to do. For people who have long conversations in the corners of dark bars about the art of bourbon appreciation, Dan Garrison is a hero.

If you know one of these people, give them an experience they will truly never forget. The distillery offers a program where individuals or groups can come out to Hye and hang out with Master Distiller, Dennis Todd. On this dreamy day, they will drill holes in barrels that have been aging for years and get a taste of the good stuff! Participants can pick a barrel with a meaningful date or just one they are particularly vibing with.

Once they’ve chosen the barrel they like best, they can choose the proof/alcohol content they desire, help cut the whiskey, and bottle it up themselves. It’s a fully immersive, one-of-a-kind, bucket-list sort of thing—and bottles will be custom labeled with whatever they want it to read

There is seriously nothing quite like this present. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Your house will be stocked … like forever. For more info, and to order a single barrel, click right here.

 

Welcome to this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas

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Win Christmas for the Whole Year! Atlas Coffee Club, a travel-themed coffee subscription, is giving away a 12-Month World Tour Coffee!  If you win, you’ll get to Gift or Receive coffee and culture from around the world, each month a new country.  “Jet Set” from Papua New Guinea to Peru, Burundi to Brazil…

Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out steps one and two on our Heyo Contest Page.

2. Visit today’s post on Instagram to double your chances of winning.

If your Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

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We’re teaming up with the folks at Service Menswear to give away a $200 gift card. Service has been a local menswear staple since 1993. 

Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out steps one and two on our Heyo Contest Page.

2. Visit today’s post on Instagram to double your chances of winning.

If your Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

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We’re teaming up with Austin women owned, natural olive oil based skincare line @oliveandm to give away their amazing Shimmer + Glow Body Oil! Olive + M’s products are all cruelty free and vegan, featuring oils, serums and scrubs that leave you nourished and glowing from head to toe. Shop their products at oliveandm.com 

Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out steps one and two on our Heyo Contest Page.

2. Visit today’s post on Instagram to double your chances of winning.

If your Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

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.

Welcome to this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas

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We’ve partnered with Austin-based sustainable fragrance company PHLUR to give away their family of Hanami-scented fragrances, candles and body care, the ultimate gift for the fragrance-lover in your life. Each product arrives in their signature (and #shelfie-worthy) minimalist packaging, with a scent to match. The original fragrance is creamy and floral, subtle and chic. They’ve translated that scent into an equally delectable candle, called Annica, made with hand-poured vegetable wax in a custom ceramic vessel. (The ceramic vessel is easy to reuse, so you’re also giving someone special an ice cream bowl, decorative planter, or whatever else the person decides!) Naturally, such a creamy scent is equally satisfying as a body wash or body lotion—or both! Which is why PHLUR launched their new line of plant-based body care products with Hanami, which happens to be their best-selling scent.

Better yet, this is a gift that feels as good to give as it does to receive. Everything is hypoallergenic, vegan and cruelty-free (as certified by Leaping Bunny), and they make everything without parabens, sulfates, phthalates or unnecessary stabilizers. PHLUR is a certified B Corporation thanks to their commitments to sustainability and transparency. And we use recycled and recyclable packaging at every turn. All in the name of good, clean fun.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out steps one and two on our Heyo Contest Page.

2. Visit today’s post on Instagram to double your chances of winning.

If your Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

Welcome to this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas

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Since 2006, Noah Marion has focused on untreated, undyed 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.

 

We’re teaming up with this awesome local business to give away a few of Noah’s signature staples, including the Cord TabMobile StandCoasters, and Bottle Opener. Enter to win this combo of thoughtful stocking stuffers! 

Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out steps one and two on our Heyo Contest Page.

2. Visit today’s post on Instagram to double your chances of winning.

If your Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com