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Band vs. DJ

This is totally a preference. Bands will be more expensive but can create a much livelier dance floor. They also typically have DJ capabilities and can still play specific songs you request if it doesn’t fall into their book of songs they know, otherwise there  can be a fee for a new song to be learned. DJs are typically cheaper (unless you go with a big name), and you will have more control as to what they play.

Another nice touch during the ceremony is a string quartet, violinist and/or soloist! There are a ton of great bands and DJs in the Austin area. Most you can see live around town to really make sure it’s the perfect fit for the big night. 

Favorite Bands:

The Nightowls! Born and bred right here in ATX, The Nightowls have long been a staple of the local music scene. In fact, you’ve probably seen them before either at their famous annual NYE Bash or their legendary (over six years running!) Sunday Funday show at Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street. From soul to funk, pop to rock, disco to ’80s, they play just about everything and seamlessly weave everyone’s favorite songs into a non-stop, all-out, dance-packed party!  

With more than eight years industry expertise and plenty of custom band options to offer (dynamic light show, continuous play, specialty bands), you’re able to handcraft the band’s performance to fit your unique event. The Nightowls are our obvious choice for any wedding or event and are simply your one-stop-shop for the greatest party ever.  And don’t worry, if you’re planning a destination event, The Nightowls travel regularly all over the U.S.  

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They are also the featured music on our Wedding Guide Podcast!

Love & Happiness – $6K for 4 hours, 8pc band.

PDA – $6.5K for 4 hours, 9pc band. You can see PDA live every Wednesday at the Highball on South Lamar at 9 p.m.

Matchmaker – $8K range 4 hours, 10pc band. You can see Matchmaker live every Monday at the Highball on South Lamar at 9 p.m.

Hot Sauce ATX – $9K for 4 hours, 10pc band.

Blind Date – $9K – $10K range.

DJs in Town:


DJ King Ding – For all the emo kids out there, this is the DJ that performs at Jimmy Eat Wednesdays at Barbarella!

DJ Gatsby – Frequently spins at The W and Container bar, and has opened for artists such as Questlove, Earth Wind & Fire, Gary Clark Jr., and T-Pain.

DJ Cassandra – Current residencies at Wanderlust Yoga Austin, Fairmont Austin Hotel, #BossBabes ATX, Fabletics, and South Congress Hotel.

Greenbelt DJ Productions – Also provides photobooth, uplighting and videography services.

String Quartets:

Terra Vista Strings – Depending how on how big you want to go, this can range from a solo violinist at $230/60 minutes, all the way to a duo, trio, or quartet with the highest being $675/60 minutes. 

Grace Plays Violin – Solo violinist, she knows a lot of modern songs and is also adorable! $250/60 minutes.

Pro Tip: Check out the band’s song list before booking. If you’re specific about the types of songs you want this is a good idea. You don’t want to book them and realize later they don’t know any songs you prefer. It also costs a lot of money to add on songs they don’t know ($250+ per song).

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Beauty, Fitness, & Wellness in Austin



Coated (S Lamar) – This family run business is in the middle of trendy Lamar Union amidst new bars, restaurants, and the famous Alamo Drafthouse. The owner, Rebecca Risha, identified issues within the nail salon industry such as lost reservations, longer than normal wait times with no communication from staff, customers moving around from chair to chair following the tech, dirty tools and pedicure bowls, etc. and decided to fix it. 

Coated, which has clean air, in-salon and online reservations, two-way-text capabilities to add-on or change services, no wait time when you show up for your reservation, certified staff, no drills, and a one-chair mindset is where all services focus around the guest. This upscale nail salon is also still incredibly affordable and sells passes to save on the manicures and pedicures you love. It also has a space large enough for big parties! Plus, every guest is offered complimentary beer, wine, or mimosas. 

Check out our full featured article on Coated, here.

Coated – Color Selection

Diamond Nails (S Lamar – Middle Range Pricing)

Queen Spa (S Lamar – Middle Range Pricing)

Great Nails & Spa (S 1st – This place is a party!)

Lacquer (S Lamar – Pricier)


Personal Trainer at your gym (we love Lifetime – $80/month membership, Equinox – $170/month membership, and Golds – $40/month membership)

SpinRide (take Allie’s class) $25/class and SoulCycle (take Gustavo’s class) $30/class

PilatesSolidCore (nothing will make you as sore as SolidCore, Pilates is great for really toning the body) $30/class.

BarreMOD Fitness is a great local option and they have locations on N Burnet and S Lamar, $23/class.

Hot Yoga With WeightsCorePower Sculpt, $20/class  (take Taylor), and Wanderlust YoStrong (take Gustavo!) $28/class.

Perspire Sauna Studio – Sweat it out! This place has multiple infrared sauna rooms with TVs and you can go with friends, $40/session.

Pro Tip: Sign up for Class Pass. you can do $50 or $100/month membership packages that allow you to go to a ton of different studios in the Austin area (and other large metropolitan cities), so you can keep switching up your workouts to achieve the best results. They also recently added wellness activities to their package as well allowing you to get massages, facials, and others within your monthly membership!

Beauty Treatments:

Check Groupon for these!

Laser Hair Removal, Dermatology, Botox

Teeth Whitening 

  • Your dentist can do this for you, a lot of them actually run specials when you get engaged and will do it for a discount. Also, this is a good time to think about Invisalign if needed, and then get whitened after.

Spray Tans

  • 360 Tans – Two locations, north and south.
  • Laurel Corinne – Get the Sunless Body Blend for the best spray tan of your life.
  • Hush Hush – A cult favorite, on W 6th. Great color selection.

Pro Tip: Try showering twice before the big day, it will help make sure the spray tan doesn’t transfer onto your white dress!


Lake Austin Spa – Steam room, sauna, and hot tub

The W Away Spa – Ask for Wendy, and go to the rooftop pool after!

Milk & Honey Spa – Try a Lymphatic Drainage massage, relieves bloating and really defines muscles and bone structure in face.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa – Go for a couples massage! Definitely make a day out of this resort (or a weekend).

Pro Tip: Try using a Beauty Checklist at least six months before the wedding. It will really tell you when to try out your spray tan, whiten your teeth, get massages, facials, etc. That way when the month of the wedding comes, you know exactly what you need!

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Local Austin Gifts for Wedding Party

Sorry to break it to you ladies, but no one wants another champagne flute that says “bridesmaid” on it. Get creative here, and utilize all the unique gifts and vendors Austin has to offer!

These are also just great gift ideas in general from local Austin brands.


Antonelli’s Cheese Class or Gift – If you haven’t been to one of these before, it is SO cool. The classes take place in the Cheese House where they have different class themes whether it is a general Cheese 101 of 7 cheeses, Cheese & Chocolate pairings, Cheese of France – the options are really endless! About 2 hours long, this event is BYOB and you can grab the wine or beer they would suggest pairing with the menu from the Cheese Shop across the street. This is great for a date night, girls night, team building events, really anything. A bit more about their Cheese Classes here. This makes for the perfect local Austin gift that will surely be an unforgettable experience. Antonelli’s is perfect for picking up the most beautiful cheese (and/or charcuterie) boards for any of your wedding events as well. 

Also – they make Cheese Wheel Wedding cakes!! An amazing idea for a non-traditional wedding cake. 

Antonelli’s Cheese Class

Watercolor ATX Art – local artist who does amazing work on local places, customized maps, pets, etc. – Custom Art $40-60/piece.

Mana Culture Jewelry – so cute and unique, $20-80/piece.

Amanda Deer Jewelry – very dainty gold plated pieces, $20-80/piece.

Pro Tip: Check out Le Garage sale, it happens twice a year and a lot of local vendors have their products at a very steep discount. Easy to buy in bulk for groups!


Guys Pro Tip: Guys care less about nostalgic gifts so try to think about something your groomsmen would actually use. These are all pretty safe bets that a guy would get an actually enjoy.

Sock Club – A local Austin group that makes customized socks or just super fun patterns $15-25/pair.

Salt and Time – Classes, charcuterie, or house made sausage – $10-20 for a few links, $100-150/class.

Yellowbird Hot Sauce Sampler ~$20.

Austin Shaker – Custom shot glasses and small whiskey bottles – $10-20.

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Room Blocks

This is a totally personal preference, but our favorites are below. In general, rates are between $200-350/night depending on the hotel (including the room block discount). This is also a great time to think about small gifts to put in your guests hotel rooms—think something local, like Yellowbird Hot Sauce, a small Tito’s vodka from Twin Liquors, or things that are useful like Lyft gift cards or discount codes (Get $5 off your first ride). 


The Line Hotel – The newly renovated Line hotel has a sleek lobby and cute pool, with Arlo Grey being the vibey restaurant on the bottom floor. Rooms are very hip and they have the P6 rooftop (so dreamy) which would make for an excellent welcome party or rehearsal dinner space. This hotel truly is a one-stop shop between their room block discounts, pool, event spaces for rehearsal dinner, welcome party, bridal shower, or even the wedding. It’s all topped off with multiple restaurants, including the new Dean’s One Trick Pony and Alfred Coffee (get the Matcha Latte).

P6 at the Line

The Presidential Suite is also great for the wedding party getting ready for the big day.

Presidential Suite – The Line Hotel

Fairmont Downtown Austin – This Luxury hotel is perfectly located in all of the action, walking distance to Rainey Street, the East Side, 6th Street and more. The Fairmont is still fairly new, and has everything you need for a one-stop-shop during your Wedding Weekend. Between luxury sleeping accommodations of over 1,000 guestrooms, 5 restaurants and bars, a seasonally heated swimming pool, and enough event space to utilize this hotel as a wedding venue – it makes it the perfect location.

Hotel Van Zandt – The Loretta Suite is amazing for brides getting married, and Shannon is the best to work with! They also have free HH for guests, and can do a pool cabana the Sunday after. Geraldine’s is a great spot for a welcome party or rehearsal dinner. This is a huge hotel that can accommodate large parties. It’s named after Ronnie Van Zandt (lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd) so it also has a ton of musical elements that make it feel very Austin. It is also pet friendly!

Hotel ZaZa – For the boujeeiest of the bouje, very Dallas/Houston vibes, each suite has a different theme (Palm Springs Bungalow suggested for Brides). There’s a great pool, two restaurants including Perfect Strangers when you walk in, and Group Therapy on the 7th floor overlooking the city. Jessica, their sales rep, is adorable and brings you champagne and T-Shirts when you do a walk through!

South Congress Hotel – This is a smaller hotel which tends to book up fast, so be sure to reach out ASAP if you are interested. It’s the perfect spot in the middle of the action on Congress! It also has several restaurants, including Café No Sé, Central Standard, Mañana coffee/bakeshop, and Otoko,the 12 seat Japanese Omakase restaurant. 

Hotel San Jose (40 rooms = 80 guests total) or Hotel Saint Cecilia (20 rooms = 40 guests total) – Both are boutique hotels so they are full hotel buyouts and you’re on the hook for all rooms to be rented. Owned by Bunkhouse Group (the group that owns El Cosmico in Marfa, Austin Motel, new Hotel Magdalena, and even Jo’s Coffee), so you can already imagine how pretty these spots are. If you have a larger party, this might make sense and you can have the rehearsal dinner there as well. Saint Cecilia is the one that has the notorious “SOUL” neon sign above the pool. Both are absolutely beautiful and in the heart of SoCo!

Hotel Saint Cecilia – Venue
Menary Weddings – Photography

New Openings:

  • Austin Proper (January 2020) – New McGuire Moorman collaboration spot near Seaholm!
  • Hotel Magdalena (Spring 2020) – On SoCo near Equinox and the new SoHo house! This is another Bunkhouse project (Hotel Saint Cecilia, Hotel San Jose, Austin Motel, etc.)

Pro Tip: Start small when you’re committing to rooms. A good rule of thumb is to start with 10 and scale up later if more guests book. Most hotels have a 90% attrition rate, meaning you have to pay for the remaining rooms you held in the block if the guests don’t fill it up. Better be safe than sorry!

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Event Booze

If your venue is BYOB there are a ton of great options in the Austin area. Also a great time to start thinking about whether you want a full bar, beer and wine only or a mixture of beer, wine, small bar with basic liquors like vodka, whiskey, tequila, and then having a signature cocktail. Doing a partial bar can still ensure your guests have ability for fun cocktails and a small liquor selection without breaking the bank. When formulating your signature cocktails, try to tie it back to something personal like naming after a hometown, sporting team, or college – adds a little something extra!

Twin Liquors has case discounts on wine and sparkling year round, and great wine selections. Some of their newer stores are massive and the staff is always very attentive and helpful when making selections. Tons of locations and they have free delivery through the holidays when you order online!

Spec’s has an amazing BYOB policy where if you don’t use it, you can return it!

Central Market (Wine) – Very reasonably priced wine and a large selection. 

Total Wine – Very attentive and knowledgeable staff, large selection and bulk discounts.

Pro Tip: Think about adding something fun here like a drink trailer – they have several champagne trailers or craft cocktail trailers (i.e. Spicy Margs). Our favorite is Drink Slingers

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So you got engaged—now what?

First, set a budget and understand the size of your wedding (general number of attendees). Start talking to family members who might be contributing and how much money you are working with. A realistic budget will set the tone for the rest of the planning. 

Follow the steps below to walk you through your full guide to planning a wedding in the beautiful city of Austin, Texas.

Pro Tip: Get a credit card that you can put all of the wedding costs on (and pay off of course), so that you can get points to use toward a honeymoon. We love the Southwest Credit Card since that airline tends to have more nonstop flights out of the Austin Airport. Use this link to get an extra 40,000 points when you sign up!

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Whether you’re looking to rock and rage or to slowly sip and celebrate, we’ve come up the the complete list of all the best NYE festivities happening around Austin. Wanting to welcome in the new decade on a rooftop overlooking the city? We’ve got that! Looking to dance the decade away to some live music? We’ve got that too and even more! From vintage Roaring 20’s themes to new age silent discos to traditional fireworks and ball drops, we’ve got a little something to suit everyone’s NYE desires.

Here are our top picks for the best New Year’s Eve parties in Austin: 

Slay Soiree with 365 Things Austin and atxGALS

We’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary next to atxGALS for our joint end of year party, Slay Soiree. Welcome the New Year in style at The Cathedral, a beautiful 1930’s refurbished church full of beautiful art, and join us in celebrating with an open bar, all you can eat tamale bar, music, champagne toast, and an art exhibit by atxGALS! A percentage of party proceeds will benefit Girls Empowerment Network.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
The Cathedral
2403 E. 16th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Silent Disco NYE Party at The Brass Tap Domain

Dance your way into the New Year at The Brass Tap Domain’s NYE Silent Disco celebration! Quite Events will be showcasing three of its top DJs spinning three different genres of music streaming through LED, wireless headsets for the ultimate NYE Silent Disco experience. Looking to indulge? Reserved tables with bottle service are available on a first come, first served basis. Admission includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight!

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:45 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 1:45 a.m.
The Brass Tap Domain
10910 Domain Drive Ste 120
Austin, TX 78758

Untitled – A New Years Experience

Foster’s doing something they’ve never done before and want to take you along for the ride. Join them on December 31st for an unreplicable experience. Here, an elegant evening mixes with wild moments of chance — where everything and nothing makes sense all at once. Tuesday night and the lights are low. Eyes wide and music floating through the room. Untitled keeps you later into the night. Overflowing with champagne, film and libations. Here, they welcome the sleepless hours after the clock strikes midnight. An awakening. A revelation. Because in the end, breakfast can wait. This is the night you’ve been longing for.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:30 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 1:00 a.m.
800 Congress
Austin, TX 78701

The Belmont Presents: The Capital Countdown NYE Extravaganza

Ring in the New Year in luxury at The Belmont’s lavish NYE Extravaganza. Complete with a Live House DJ, three world-class DJ’s spinning in Silent Disco Style, three full-service bars along with 3 illustrious areas to party, this party is sure to be one to remember! Capture memories all night long in their Photo Booth, and raise a complimentary glass of champagne under a picturesque 2 balloon drops at midnight.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 8:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
The Belmont
305 W. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Keep It Quite’s NYE Party 2020 at Fair Market

Keep It Quiet’s NYE Party is sure to bring in 2020 with a roar. The New Year’s celebration will hold an evening of delight and decadence for party-goers. These local party experts will transform east side venue Fair Market into a spectacular ‘The Great Gatsby’-themed setting for a New Year’s Eve party that will start the year off right! Enjoy an open bar featuring beer, wine, local liquors, and craft cocktails, unlimited pizza, tunes from renowned DJ Buck Rodgers and DJ Ferno, and Instagrammable activations and photo ops throughout the space. Count down and welcome in 2020 with a balloon drop at midnight!

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
Fair Market
1100 East 5th Street
Austin, TX 78702

San Josè Presents: Light It Up! New Year

Light It Up! And welcome in the New Year on December 31 in the Hotel San José courtyard from 8 pm – Midnight. Enjoy tunes by DJ Mija, a champagne tower and good times. This event is free to attend.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 8:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
Hotel San Josè
1316 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

Ghostland Observatory with Golden Dawn Arestra at ACL Live 

Ring in 2020 the right way – with the party of the year! Join us for incredible sets from Ghostland Observatory and Golden Dawn Arkestra, a countdown to the new year, and fun surprises along the way.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
ACL Live
310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

Austin’s New Year

Grab your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues and clients to send off 2019 with a night of music and one of Austin’s largest fireworks display. Find a spot center stage for your blanket or chair while you take in the bands and have a bite to eat from one of the local food trucks.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Vic Mathias Shores
900 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704

Fire and Ice: New Year’s Eve with Fairmont Austin

Ring in the new decade with at Fairmont Austin in their 7th floor rooftop terrace, Rules & Regs this New Year’s Eve! The Fairmont is excited to welcome everyone to enjoy specialty cocktails, complimentary light bites, live music and a special Human Ball Drop at midnight! Lasting from 9pm to 1am, all guests are
sure to dance into 2020 in style!

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 1:00 a.m.
Fairmont Austin
101 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Lamberts NYE House Party

Kick off the New Year downtown at Lamberts! Party includes a buffet style BBQ dinner and 2 drink tickets. At 10p enjoy a live performance from David Garza and his house band. Guests can expect a Smilebooth photo stage, cigar rolling station, champagne tower, fortune teller and more!

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue
401 W. 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701

Alice in Wonderland New Year’s Eve Bash

Don’t be late for this very important date, themed around the mind-bending fun of Alice in Wonderland. Featuring live music by Soul’d Out, a balloon drop, passed hors d’oeuvres and complimentary champagne toast at midnight, among other surprises, Live Oak’s New Year’s Eve event is always one of Austin’s premier parties. Individual tickets are available at the door for $55 per person.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 1:00 a.m.
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

New Year’s Eve 2020 with Hotel ZaZa

As we prepare to step into the next Roaring ‘20s, Hotel ZaZa Austin brings out all the neon glitz and glam for the first annual New Year’s Eve Party. There will be plenty of champagne, chef curated strolling lite bites, entertainers, and an official count down to ring in the New Year. Dress to impress in your best cocktail attire!

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 10:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
Hotel ZaZa
400 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78701

P6 NYE 2020

Join P6 for fireworks, a robust open bar, an abundance of antipasti, cheeses, charcuterie and desserts from Executive Chef Justin Ermini, stunning views of Lake Austin, party favors, complimentary valet and grooves from special guest DJs PAT LOK and South of Everywhere to keep you moving into the new decade.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 8:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
The Line Hotel Austin
111 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701

Bob Schneider’s New Year’s Eve Party

The party of the year will be here before you know it! If you’ve never been at the Paramount Theatre to ring in the New Year with Bob Schneider, it’s time you experience why this night of champagne and surprises is an enduring annual tradition. From “Tarantula” and “40 Dogs” to tracks from his latest album, Blood & Bones, Bob has proven time and time again why he’s one of Austin’s most beloved artists. This show and party combo is the best way to see 2019 out in style while ensuring your first moments of 2020 are unforgettable.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
The Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

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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 to light up the lives of the people you love!

For the most fashionable TexanChisos Boots

Chisos boots are quickly gaining a reputation as the most comfortable boot on the market. They take pride in their attention to detail, handcrafting the refined aesthetic of each pair. Inspired by West Texas, these boots are sure to make anyone on your list feel their most Texan.

For the time management pro…A Favor Delivery Gift Card

Say ‘thank you’ by giving the gift of Anything Delivered! Favor Delivery gift cards are great for new parents, busy college students, or anyone who wants to save time and get local restaurants and retail stores delivered.


  •   Use code CYBERWEEK19 to redeem $6 delivery credit (12/2-12/8)
  •  Spend $50, get $10 in delivery credit
  •  Spend $100, get $25 in delivery credit
  •  Spend $200, get $75 in delivery credit

For your sweet-tee…Gusto Graphic Tees

Gusto Graphic Tees are the best way to pay tribute to this town we all love. They are a local Austin, woman-owned business that designs custom, vintage-inspired t-shirts. For your friends who are die hard Willie fans, to those who don’t go one weekend without tacos and BBQ, Gusto has a fun print for every true Austinite!

For the golf-obsessed…Tickets to Dell Match Play

Want to impress the golfer in your life? Dell Match Play is back this March and is always a good time.

For a limited time, enjoy exclusive savings and receive a $25 PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE gift card when you purchase two Grounds tickets. Enter promo code: HOLIDAY at check out.

For the snow bunny…Gifts from Saint Bernard 

Is someone you love headed to the mountains this ski season? Saint Bernard has EVERYTHING from snowboarding and ski gear to the most up to date cold weather fashion. Your favorite snow bunny will love you for making them the most fashionable on and off the slopes.

For the art lover… An evening at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Shop over 200 artist and maker booths at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. From porcelain to jewelry, photography, paintings and even artisanal chocolates, the perfect gift can be found at the 2019 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.

For the workaholic… Lake Austin Spa Services

The LakeHouse Spa at Lake Austin Spa Resort 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. Don’t know what treatment to get your loved one? Just be a hero and go for a gift certificate.

A bonus perk at the LakeHouse Spa: Your spa day can also double as a lake day.  They offer a convenient roundtrip water taxi from various locations around Austin.Don’t miss out on their holiday gift certificate sale—Receive a bonus spa gift certificate with every discounted holiday package.Buy a holiday gift certificate in one of four ways through December 25th!

Phone: 512.372.7345
Pick up: The LakeHouse Spa

For the creative type… Custom Watercolor Painting

We all have that one friend who is the BEST gift giver. It’s finally your turn to one-up them. Anna Muniz crafts custom watercolor paintings (starting at $12) of  local spots around town, maps, custom stationary, pet and family portraits. The ultimate thoughtful gift to share memories of your favorite local haunts.

For the person you’re still not sure what to give… Domain Gift Cards

Let them shop gifts galore at over 100 retail stores including Kendra Scott, Ted Baker, H&M, Zara, Express, and J.Crew.

For the fashionista…Kendra Scott Statement Earrings

Busy social calendar this holiday? You’re not alone. Kendra Scott’s new collection has the perfect sparkle that’s fit for the season. The pieces are just the right accent for any holiday party outfit, from casual to black tie affairs. The new Kendra Scott collection includes delicate necklaces for fashionable layering, statement earrings with just the right amount of bling, as well as a stunning sterling silver collection with complimentary engraving.

For the adventurer…Lake Travis Zipline Adventures 

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is home to the longest and fastest zipline in Texas, which is why it’s one of our favorite things to do with out-of-towners. They’re having an amazing holiday special: code HOLIDAY19 is good for 25% off Zipline Gift cards and 20% off Waterloo Gift cards. Gift cards purchased with this promo are valid for the 2020 season and beyond. Promo code will expire 12/31/19.

For the skincare junkie…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 constantly caffeinated…Atlas Coffee Club 

If you’re looking for a gift for your favorite coffee drinker, here’s an awesome choice – a World Tour of Coffee gift subscription. Gift 3, 6, or 12 months and win the holidays.
Designed to deliver the world’s best coffee, Atlas Coffee Club delivers single-origin coffees from 50+ countries around the world, from Papua New Guinea to Peru, Burundi to Brazil.  All of their coffees are specialty grade, roasted within 24 hours of shipping, and come with special touches to make the experience a fun journey.

Atlas Coffee Club has been a local favorite of ours and they have been getting some really exciting attention lately! Featured in Business Insider, USA Today, Eater, Forbes, Wired, and more! 

For the super stressed...A Dream Spa Gift Certificate

A mega chill-pill for the stressed out friend. Dream Spa offers a variety of packages that will leave anyone feeling pampered. Their store has over 20 chairs, 3 treatment rooms, 2 sauna rooms, floatation therapy room offering full service for nails, facial, reflexology (body massage), making them ready to host any size party. 

For the most grounded…A Houseplant from Frond Plant Shop

To put it simply, plants just make people really happy. Frond is a darling plant and ceramics shop located conveniently off of Mary St., making it easy to stop in and find a new baby to gift to friends, family, and co-workers. From house plants, handcrafted ceramics, air plants and hanging planters, this gift will not only be thoroughly enjoyed, but will look great on their Instagram, too.

For the Friendmas host…Bread on the Table

Gift the top chef in your life this instant favorite. Renowned Head Doughpuncher and owner of Easy Tiger’s Bake Shop & Beer Garden, David Norman, has finally put his passion for bread on paper. Huge plus…the recipient can make you delicious breads for every meal.

For the “Barefoot Contessa”…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 Austin Foodie…Koko’s Guide To Austin

Jane Ko is one of the original Austin Food Bloggers. This guide has it ALL. We know because we use it when we’re looking for places  to eat, drink, shop and play!

For the CBD Curious…Mineral CBD Oil

We are super into CBD and have tried both national and local brands, and through our research we’ve settled on Mineral CBD as one of our favorites. We recommend the Focus and Mason (not pictured). The local CBD line’s offerings are fantastic for recovering sore muscles, calming and restoring sleep, and balancing and focusing on stressful, busy days.

For the scent-sitivePHLUR Fragrance Set

‘Tis the season for stunning scents, perfected by perfumers that care and crafted with clean ingredients that won’t harm your skin or the planet—all in the name of fun. PHLUR’s gender-neutral fragrances make the perfect gift for *anyone*. From their fan-favorite Sixer—six 2mL samples at the gift-worthy price of $36—to their full-sized bottles of fragrance, hand-poured candles, or their new plant-based body wash and body lotions, PHLUR makes an impressive gift.

For the nostalgic…A Print From Kristin Draws The Line

One of our very favorite local artists, Kristin Moore, creates peaceful masterpieces that pay homage to the great state of Texas. Inspired by the expansive West Texas skies and her favorite downtown skylines, one of these prints will be an amazing addition to any Austin home.

For something for the entire family…Tickets To A Christmas Carol at Scottish Rite

School’s out for the holidays, but Timmy Cratchit is stuck at Scrooge’s Plastic Emporium where his mom labors overtime on a last-minute deadline. Tim and his cousins work on a school project while Mr. Scrooge eavesdrops and learns about the serious environmental problems caused by the plastics his company produces.

This original Austin Scottish Rite Theater musical combines the suspense and tradition of the beloved Dickens tale with new hope for the future. All ages will groove to Laura Freeman’s original live music, dance, puppets, and more! Who knows? It may even snow!

For the ‘yoga and happy hour’ lover… 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 laid-back trendsetter… Amanda Deer Jewelry

The perfect gift for those who like to add some subtle sparkle to make a statement, Amanda Deer Jewelry crafts delicate pieces with a modern feel. Jewelry that can easily transition from a t-shirt and jeans to a little black dress. Bonus: all pieces are under $50.

For the bearded dude…Northern Fir Beard Oil

Trust us when we say we asked our resident bearded boy, this stuff is the bees knees. Northern Fir Beard Oil conditions and softens the beard and also has a fresh, earthy scent. You can find it at Stag on South Congress or at Domain NORTHSIDE, or make it easy and order online at Amazon.

For the soul searcher…El Cosmico’s Bolivian Blanket

A truly warming gift for the body and soul, 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 too ‘gouda’ to be true…Antonelli’s Cheese Gift Basket 

The cheesiest way to say “I care” during the holidays! 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…Texas Rover Bag

Available in both the Weekender style (32 liters) for short trips and the Traveler style (52 liters) for longer journeys, the Balmorhea Bag is handcrafted to be the perfect duffle. Inspired by classic utilitarian gym bags and a standard issue military duffle bag, this beautiful handmade bag is made of full-grain oiled leather with American-made brass hardware and will be enjoyed for decades.

For the playful pup-parent…The French & I Dog Apparel

For your friend who has an insta-famous fur baby. Keep the four legged love of their life looking fashionable and fresh in The French & I’s bandanas and apparel, handmade in Austin.

For endlessly energeticSpringfree Trampoline

We know, we know. This one is a stretch but it is one of our favorite products and if you’re a parent shopping for your family, we want this to be on your radar. Springfree Trampoline brings you a smart, safety-conscious design from a team of world class engineers. The innovative design removes the dangerous elements present in traditional trampolines. With no springs, no hard edges, a frame beneath the jumping surface, and a safety net that prevents falls, you can relax knowing it’s the world’s safest trampoline.

For the mindfulness master…Viva Day Spa Gift Card

‘Tis the season to pamper the people you love! Gift the people on your nice list a spa escape with one of Viva Day Spa’s signature bundles. You’ll be a gift-giving hero with a gift certificate to use at their conveniently located spas.

Also, don’t miss their Holiday Gift Card Offer: Make your giving go even further! Earn a $75 voucher to use towards Viva spa or med spa treatments when you purchase any combo of gift certificates worth $500 or more by 12/26. 

For the cheeky comedian…El Arroyo Sign Book

That’s right, the famous El Arroyo sign has its own book! The Tex-Mex restaurant’s cheeky 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.

Nothing says holiday fun like a stroll downtown past the beautiful window displays. 2ND Street District is dialing up the merriment this year with the return of “December in the District.” This month-long celebration includes the two festive events you won’t want to miss. 

Holiday Window Walk 

Starting on December 2, the storefronts of district businesses will transform into decorative holiday scenes! St. Edward’s University students will activate their imaginations and design skills for their chance to win $4,500 worth of scholarships. Participating stores include Austin General Store, Austin Rocks, Luxe Apothetique, and Sneaker Politics.

Vote for your favorite display on the 2ND Street District Facebook page. Everyone who votes will be automatically entered to win a W Austin raffle package featuring bottle service for 10 in the Living Room Bar and massages at AWAY Spa for 2. 

Santa Lounge & Market 

On December 7, the Santa Lounge & Market at W Austin will be open from 1–5 p.m. Enjoy taking printed photos with Santa and listening to holiday carols from local groups and solo artists while sipping holiday cocktails, browsing the local holiday pop-up shops, and giving back to a local charity. The first 150 guests to donate a toy to Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin will receive a drink ticket for one free cocktail. Participating stores will include Beam Organics, Sikara, Toy Joy along with the Toy Joy Kids Zone, Luxe Apothetique, Bonobos, and more. This is the coziest and most fabulous way to get your shopping done!

Support local businesses and make lasting memories while you’re at it. 


In our over-connected lives, we all feel the need to unplug and escape from our cities, our work, and our screens. Enter Getaway, a company that offers simple escapes to tiny cabins nestled in nature. They are on a mission to help you find the time and space to truly be off, and we are all about it. Take some time to rest and recharge while marveling at the wonder of nature. 

Each cabin has a queen bed or queen bunks, fresh linens and pillows, a bathroom with a hot shower and running toilet, heat and AC, and a kitchenette with a mini fridge and two burner stove. They also have a firepit, grilling grate, and an outdoor seating area, so you can make the most of the great outdoors. Quite simply, it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. Did we mention every cabin is dog friendly? You can bring your pup along for a fee of $40.

Here’s how it works: First, choose your Outpost, cabin size, and dates. They’ll send you the exact address of your cabin after you book. Next, you’ll get an email and text with your cabin name and keycode. And then the best part: don’t do anything. Don’t do anything at all. Lock away your phone, connect with loved ones, and enjoy quiet time in nature. You’ll have everything you need to truly relax.

With the beautiful wooded landscape in the heart of Texas, you will feel totally secluded. But neighbors are close and the support team at Getaway is just a text or email away. You won’t need to worry about a thing while you are trying to destress. 

Click here to learn more and book your escape today. Doing this right before the holiday madness will be the best decision you make all year. Use code 365THINGS for $25 off a 2019 stay.