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The situation: you have an Austinite in your life and you aren’t sure how to show them that you care this Christmas. Last year, you bought them some socks and that didn’t go over too well (although, they probably would have squealed if you’d gotten them some Austin Skyline socks from The Sock Club, just saying). So this year, you want to make an impression… but you have no idea where to start.

Don’t worry about it! Between our last-minute holiday gift guide and these 10 Christmas present suggestions, something’s bound to inspire you. Let’s get started!

10.) WEIRDIFY THEIR TREE WITH An Austin-Themed Ornament

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A 2004 G.I. Joe Christmas Tree ornament from Hallmark. Photo: Flickr user JD Hancock, CC licensed

If your Austinite is the type to decorate his or her home like The North Pole just as soon as it’s socially acceptable to do so, fan those festive flames by purchasing them a holiday ornament from the Texas Capitol Gift Shop‘s “Capitol Ornament Collection” set, which includes a brand new 2015 Texas Lone Star.

Perhaps your loved one’s tastes run more sporty or strange? UT sells quite a few Longhorn-themed ornaments in their online co-op store, and you’ll find a wide variety of Austin- and Texas-themed ornaments on Etsy and Zazzle. Or just buy G.I. Joe riding a helicopter in holiday camo. That’ll work too.

Capitol Gift Shop: 3 locations. Hours & contact details vary. 2015 Lone Star ornament $20. Website.

UT Co-Op: 2 locations: 209 Medical Arts & 2246 Guadalupe. Hours, contact details, & prices vary. Website.



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