Now, because we know that you want even the smallest of your gifts to delight their recipients, we’ve skipped over obvious stocking staples like gift cards, CD’s, books, and candy (although the delicious melt-in-your-mouth pecan clusters and pralines from Lammes Candies gave us pause — they’re that good) in favor of unique gifts that probably haven’t hit your radar yet. Here we go!
10.) equip them with aN ORIGINAL SPIbelt ($20)
Since many Austinites run, bike, walk our dogs, and attend festivals on the regular, we need practical, fashionable solutions for keeping our valuables safe and secure in crowds or when we’re on the move. Enter SPIbelt, a utility belt company that we fell in love with a little over a year ago. Thanks to them (and to you), your loved one will be able to carry their personal items to concerts and workouts worry-free.
9.) Quench their thirst with A Republic tequila MINI ($4-6 at Spec’s)
It’s no secret that Republic makes some of the best tequila in town, so get your liquor-loving loved one a little 50 ML bottle from Spec’s and spice up their holidays. If tequila isn’t their style, there’s always Treaty Oak Distilling Co and Deep Eddy Vodka, which never disappoint.
8.) Wake them up with A Bag OF CuvÉe Coffee’s “MERITAGE” ROAST ($13)
Cuvée Coffee quite possibly makes some of the boldest and most bitter (in a good way) artisan espresso in Austin. Their original “Meritage” roast, which Cuvée describes on their website as being their “love song to espresso,” is particularly delicious and should definitely be included in any Austin coffee lover’s stocking. For smoother coffee, Summer Moon and Wild Gift are excellent alternatives.
7.) GET THEIR DOG A CUTE BANDANA ($4 ON ETSY)
Seeing as how we’re all a little pet crazy here in Austin, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get your dog- or cat-loving Austinite a bandana or bow tie for their furry friend. Seriously — look how stinkin’ cute that pup looks. Etsy shop HOPEandSTAY is currently selling cat and dog bandanas in various prints and sizes for $4 each. Plus, they donate $1 from every sale to Compassion International. Awesome!
Expert tip: Once you’ve equipped your dog with a rockin’ bandana, take them hiking!
6.) KEEP THEIR FEET WARM WITH “Austin Skyline” socks ($14)
We might not get sub-zero winters in Texas, but it certainly does get chilly, so every Austinite needs a pair of “Austin Skyline” socks from local subscription company, The Sock Club. There are actually two variations to this sock — the design pictured above, and a simpler version. Both cost $14 and provide nostalgic views of Frost Bank Tower and other iconic city structures.
Expert tip: Order “Austin Skyline” socks from The Sock Club’s website.
5.) satisfy their taste buds with Kerbey Lane Pancake Mix ($5)
We say it all the time and we’re proud to say it again: Kerbey Lane Cafe makes the most wonderful pancakes in Austin. If you think your loved one would agree, then stuff their stocking with one of Kerbey Lane’s regular or gluten-free pancake mixes, which you can buy online or at many local grocery stores. Now, these pancakes might not taste quite as good as when you order them in one of the company’s 7 locations, but you can be confident they’ll be pretty darn good.
4.) Let Them Grocery Shop In STYLE with a Baggu mountain tote ($9)
Since the plastic bag ban went into effect, we’ve all had to get into the habit of bringing reusable bags with us when we shop for groceries. Luxe Apothetique is currently selling a collection of whimsical reusable totes from Baggu that we think both guys and gals will highly appreciate. Our favorite design, Mountain, is pictured above and will remind you why it’s important to develop eco-friendly habits and seek out adventures wherever you go!
Expert tip: We interviewed Luxe’s general manager back in May!
3.) Help them keep track of their keys with a ut carabiner ($5)
All the cool hipster kids use carabiners to clip their keys onto their persons these days. Thus, we’d like to proudly introduce the University of Texas Co-op’s “Texas Carabiner Keychain.” Wear one of these babies and you’ll not only be practical, but you’ll also look like an adventurous mountaineer (never mind that this lightweight biner should never be used for actual climbing). If the person you’re shopping for happens to be a UT student, alum, staff, or faculty member, this stocking stuffer is a total no-brainer!
2.) Save their Coffee Table with aN Austin Coaster ($9)
Everyone needs an awesome drink coaster, so why not get your friend, significant other, or family member a trendy, Austin-themed coaster or coaster set from South Austin Gallery? SAG prints colorful photos of iconic Austin landmarks and businesses onto a huge variety of different products — trivets, cutting boards, magnets, archival photo prints, gallery wrapped canvas prints, ornaments, mugs, and of course, coasters. Nice!
1.) Austin-ify their tree with an electric guitar ornament ($9)
You shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to get the Austin musician in your life an electric guitar ornament from The Austin Gift Shop & Visitor Center’s online store. They also sell an acoustic guitar ornament, but they’re currently out of stock.
For other stocking stuffer and Christmas present ideas, check out our 2014 last-minute holiday gift guide, our Christmas gift list for 2015, and the piece we just published about the best places to get goodies for the guys in your life.
Good luck, and happy holidays!
Featured photo: Flickr user Dineshraj Goomany, creative commons licensed.