Shop Local for the Holidays
Austin’s local businesses have something for everyone on your list this holiday season. Shop in person (safely, of course). Shop curbside. Shop online. Buy a gift card. Buy 10 gift cards. Buy 100 gift cards. But whatever you do, SHOP LOCAL.
Let El Chilito bring tamales to your home for the holidays this year! Each $10 order includes a half dozen frozen tamales (choice of black bean and cheese, puerco rojo, or pollo verde) with heating instructions. Order online now through the holidays (or until supplies run out!) for contactless curbside pickup during business hours at the location you ordered from. Level up the party with El Chilito’s Topo, aqua fresca, single beers or frozen sangria to go.
Lauterstein-Conway Massage Clinic
Treat yourself and your loved ones to the gift of relaxation with massages from Lauterstein-Conway Massage Clinic in the Lo-Burn IBIZ District. They want to help make your holiday shopping simple, safe, and stress-free this year. eGift Cards are available online for contactless shopping and easy gift giving.
Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
Whether you’re traveling or staying cooped up at home, Antonelli's Cheese Shop can promise that enjoying a spread of artisan cheeses, meats, and pairings is one way to show gratitude for our farmers, dairymen and women, and good food makers. Order for pickup of order for shipping. (Orders must be placed by midnight the day before pickup).
Just in time for holiday desserts - a CBD chocolate spread to keep the whole family chill! Rosewood CBD in the East End IBIZ District has Rawsome sprEDIBLES Chocolate Truffle. Also bath bombs, lotions, sleep tinctures, and more. Open seven days a week! Walk-up window for your safety and convenience. 10-6 Monday-Saturday and 12-6 Sunday.
Start 2021 off on the right foot with the annual Birds Holiday Gift Box from Birds Barbershop! Starting now, $55 will get you a $60 gift card and a yuletide pair of Birdsy socks (total value $70!). Pick up in-store while supplies last at seven #Austin locations, including one in the East Sixth IBIZ District.
Aus-Tex Printing & Mailing
2020 Holiday cards are available now from Aus-Tex Printing. Spread some good old-fashioned (local) joy this holiday season while supporting the US Postal Service. Who doesn't love getting a card in the mail? Show that stack of bills who's the boss... LOVE is the boss.
Whole Earth Provisions Co
Give the gift of adventure! Each Whole Earth Provisions Co gift card is an opportunity for a friend or family member to create treasured memories on their next trip with quality clothing, shoes or gear.
SpinZone Laundry's Holiday Stocking-Stuffer Special! Let them clean your comforter for FREE using their Full-Service Wash & Fold (up to a $20 dollar value available until Christmas!) Or use that $20 credit towards their NEW Pick-Up and Delivery Service. See their website for service areas. Use the time and money you'll save to shop Austin and support local businesses. Use Promo Code - COMFY20.
Saba San’s in the East Cesar Chavez IBIZ District offers natural wines from small growers, as well as craft beer & artisanal sake that pair beautifully with the menu at sister project Bento Picnic. Order online for curbside pickup or delivery, or stop by and enjoy a glass of wine on the patio. Holiday wine packs are also available.
Get fabulous for the holidays with these soft and plushy, thick velvet headbands from Coco Coquette in the East Cesar Chavez IBIZ District. They sit atop your noggin like a halo or crown and can be styled to suit the occasion. If you like added volume and height to your hairdo, these headbands will take you there without the need for a teasing comb. If you're looking for a fancy headdress or a wig for any occasion, this is your place!
Charlotte’s Fiesta Flowers
Flowers and plants have a way of transforming any space. Do yourself a favor and buy flowers, for whatever reason (or for no reason at all!) The holidays are a great excuse, but try buying flowers year round and see how different you feel (You're welcome!) Charlotte's Fiesta Flowers in the Lo-Burn IBIZ District will make it happen for you.
Mariposas Spanish School
Give the gift of language this holiday season! Purchase a Mariposas Spanish gift card for friends and family here in Austin or anywhere in the world! (Gift cards apply to Zoom or On-Demand Classes.) Looking for a stocking stuffer? Their children's Spanish albums are available as a bundle for the holidays: both albums for $20! Recorded by Grammy-nominated musicians here in Austin!
Peoples Rx has been keeping our communities healthy for over 40 years and is proud to be Austin's favorite pharmacy. Whether you need help choosing a cedar fever remedy or immune support, have questions about your prescriptions, or need a quick, healthy bite to eat, they've got you covered. Their knowledgeable teams at 4 area locations can help find your wellness solutions. Shop safely in-store or online for curbside pickup.
Try Hard Coffee
Try Hard Coffee is a specialty coffee roaster and cafe in the good ol' heart of Austin’s East End IBIZ District where you can buy coffee, scratch-made pastries, tacos, AND records: you can support local artists directly by buying their vinyl at the Try Hard shop, where 100% of album sales go to the artist. What's more, $2 from every bag of coffee purchased at Try Hard is donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM). This is the Austin community spirit we love!
BookPeople wants to help with your holiday shopping! They have gifts for all the readers in your life: books, yes, but so much more! Safe in-store shopping, gift cards, gift bundles, shipping, and online ordering for curbside pickup. Let's keep this Austin treasure around. (Since 1970, y'all!)
Chez Zee makes the most amazing desserts, and pie makes people happy. A simple calculation tells us that pie will make your friends, neighbors, teachers HAPPY! Give them a gift of pie in beautiful glass Pyrex pie plates. A welcome and appreciated gift!
Slow North is there for all of your gifting needs! A family business, they offer an array of home goods, children's toys, and self-care items your friends and family will love. They carry 100+ small and local makers in their gift shop as well as their own hand-made products. Shop in-store or online (curbside pick-up available too!) Gift cards available. Visit them at www.slownorth.com or call 512-766-8611.
The Great Outdoors
Christmas trees and poinsettias have arrived at The Great Outdoors! Each fir tree is given an individual name, a fresh cut, and plenty of water to ensure that they remain fresh and green. Each tree purchase includes trimming, shaking, netting, and loading services with curbside home delivery or in-home set up options. They’ve also got poinsettias in a unique selection of colors and styles that are sure to make your spaces pop with holiday color.
Twin Liquors has a new Holiday Entertaining web page jam-packed with tips, gift ideas, helpful pairings, and more. This is the first time in Twin history that they are bringing something like this to their fans, and they can't wait for you to see it for yourself! (And don't miss their Holiday Wine Sale: 20% off six or more bottles, until 12/24!)
For over 130 years, Lammes Candies has been making legendary Texan confections! If you're looking for an authentically Texan gift, the Texas Two-Step includes three Texas Chewie Pecan Pralines and six Milk Chocolate Longhorns in a fun box "to boot"! 9 pieces total, 7.5 oz box. Five stores in Austin (including one in the Airport Blvd. IBIZ District) and worldwide shipping.
Give your loved ones a health boost with a gift card from Fuerte Fitness in the Airport Blvd. IBIZ District. They offer live streaming, outdoor classes, on-demand classes, free community workouts, and introductory specials. New to Fuerte and want to get your sweat on safely? Snag a 2 for $20 deal for their Outdoor Fuerte Fitcamp classes and try out two classes for just $20! Sign up at www.iamfuerte.com.
1 part Old West + 1 part Tron + 1 part west Texas + 1 part West World + a dash of Lynch = High Noon, at the former location of Craftsman in the East Cesar Chavez IBIZ District. During these ever changing times, they are still offering to-go cocktails, frozens and bottled beer. Look for the pegasus out front!
Artisanal jewelry, fine art, books, clothing, purses and brightly crafted notions fairly traded from Latin America fill this colorful wonderland of a shop in the East Cesar Chavez IBIZ District. Corocoro invests proceeds from sales in programs to support causes ranging from environmental sustainability for rural rainforest communities to the beautifying of inner city neighborhoods through street art. This beautiful 24k gold plated bronze cuff bracelet is just one example of the treasures that await you at Corocoro.
Plant Party. a sweet plant shop in the East End IBIZ District, offers free same day delivery in Austin if ordered by 2pm. You can find a variety of houseplants, both potted and unpotted, and they even have a $20 mini terrarium kit just for kids, which includes a 3”x3” glass orb terrarium (can be hung up or placed on tabletop), soil, finishing sands, colored sand or tumbled glass (your choice of color), a “critter,” and an online instructional class via Zoom.
Santa might be delayed once he gets a look at your antique Kilim stockings from Apartment F in the East End IBIZ District. I mean... wow. In addition to their hand-knotted rugs and beautiful pillows (sorry, they won't fit in your stocking!), Apartment F also features a curated collection of apothecary, pantry items, art, and other treasures from around the globe.
Take Heart Shop
take heart is a boutique located in the East End IBIZ District which reflects the owner’s love of special and thoughtfully designed objects for the home and person. She believes in the importance of supporting small businesses and artists, and values the energy and craftsmanship put into the items carried in her shop. A world of treasures awaits you! While you're in the district, check out her other shop, Kindred Spirits.
Maggie Louise Confections
Unless you are already privy to the artistry of Maggie Louise Confections, you have never seen chocolates like these handcrafted confections combining nostalgic flavors, modern design, and meaningful bespoke details. Made in Austin and packed with personality, these gourmet chocolates and candies are gifting perfection. Showroom in the East Sixth IBIZ District. Save 20% with code HOLIDAY20.
eleMINT is a modern facial studio nestled in the heart of East Austin, in the East Sixth IBIZ District. They make skincare inclusive, accessible and affordable, so every person, of every hue, can put their best face forward. eleMINT was created to promote skincare as a lifestyle rather than a luxury, empowering you to look good, feel good and do good in the world! Gift cards available.
Fluff Meringues in the Lo-Burn IBIZ District offers these sweet Afternoon Teas, designed to be a wee too much food for two people. They have everything you could want for a holiday celebration, even if it’s smaller than you’d normally want. Please pre-order for pick up next week! Photo by @paigenphoto for @tsgaustin.
La Cantina is a new event venue (in the former location of Yuyo, in the Manor Road IBIZ District) operated by the El Chile Group which includes El Chile, El Alma, and El Chilito. All rentals include a custom food and beverage menu from any of the restaurant concepts for a totally inclusive event experience at any price point. Floral, DJ, Photography, and A/V packages are also available. Magic words: spacious covered patio!
Austin Natural Soap
Congratulations on making it through this year! Well… almost. To finish it off for good, how about a 2020 SURVIVOR KIT from Austin Natural Soap in the South First IBIZ District? It contains: Organic Foaming Liquid Soap, Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer Fine Mist Spray, MASK MIST Cloth Face Mask Refresher Spray, Austin Natural Soap Bar Soap, one 100% Cotton white 3-ply face mask with silver.
Malvern Books in the North Drag IBIZ District isn't just a bookstore; it's a community of readers. Want to check off all the local lit lovers on your holiday shopping list? Say hurrah for Malvern merch! You can now purchase their gift cards and t-shirts online. They are giving you $10 free on every $50 you spend on a gift card now through Dec 24!
Bicycle Sport Shop
Who needs a stuffy gym when you have a bike? Whether you’re new to cycling or have long discovered the joyful benefits of the bicycle, Bicycle Sport Shop has everything you need for your biking adventures. They’re open for curbside service Wed-Fri 11-7, Sat 10-6, and Sun 11-5. Only customers with an appointment are allowed inside the shops. Book an in-store shopping appointment here. Four Austin locations including North Drag IBIZ District.
The VORTEX Winter Market
Shuttered now for nearly 9 months, The VORTEX in the Manor Road IBIZ DIstrict has continued to bring you innovative theatre online (& even drive-thru!) They need your help to stay afloat, & you need contactless holiday gift #shopping, so may we present The VORTEX Winter Market, an online silent auction featuring jewelry, food, services, a portrait package, sunset bat cruise, hotel packages, private performances, & custom dinners. All proceeds benefit The VORTEX. Bidding continues until midnight on 12/13.
Vida Pura Juicery
Vida Pura Juicery in the Manor Road IBIZ District has fresh juice and smoothies of course, but they also have yummy healthy breakfasts like acai bowls, chia pudding, waffles and fruit, and other treats like organic coffee, vegan horchata, avocado toast, salads, guacamole, soups and more. Start your day off right!
Movin’ Easy Dancewear
Movin' Easy Dancewear in the North Drag IBIZ District has been supporting the Austin Dance Community for over 33 years! Their mission is to encourage and inspire the love of dance by providing exceptional customer service, professional fitting expertise, and the very best dance shoes, apparel, athleisure wear, and accessories at an excellent value.
Art For The People Gallery
Art for the People Gallery has put together an online Holiday Gift Guide to help you find the perfect gift for anyone (one of their categories is “for the person you don’t know anything about.”) They even have a Holiday Gift Concierge service where you can shop by live video chat or phone call. They are also open for walk-ins at their store in the South First IBIZ District, or you can book a private shopping appointment.
Room Service Vintage
Room Service Vintage in the North Loop IBIZ District is the holiday #shopping wildcard! Those in the know keep an eye on their Instagram feed, where amazing finds are sold in heavy rotation. Great for vintage furniture and all manner of unexpected treasure, they are now open daily for safe shopping 12-6. Check out their Gift Guide on Instagram!
Bloomers & Frocks
Bloomers and Frocks in the South First IBIZ District challenges you to think a bit differently this year in what you gift. Think small businesses who are all dependent on you for their survival. Think environmentally conscious. Think with a purpose and support causes near and dear to your heart. Bloomers And Frocks carries vintage women's clothing and accessories from the 1890's to the 1980's. Check out their Holiday Gift Guide!
Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs
Austin winters are legendary, and while many parts of the country already have snow, here we have… snowballs! In New Orleans a snowcone is called a snowball, and honestly a snowball is so much better. Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs in the Airport Blvd. IBIZ District is an Austin family-owned business since 1996, currently taking online orders only. (Psst...Gift cards are currently 25% off through Christmas if you're looking for stocking stuffers!)
Juniper in the East Cesar Chavez IBIZ District has a brand new upstairs private dining room available for your safe & socially-distanced holiday parties. (Please keep in mind that Austin is currently in Stage 4, & gatherings over 10 aren't recommended.) Reserve by contacting email@example.com.
Assistance League Thrift House
Assistance League Thrift House is Lo-Burn IBIZ District’s best-kept secret for holiday decorating. You are sure to find just what you need to transform your space, and you will probably leave with a few unexpected goodies, too! Every department is restocked and refreshed each week. Check their updated hours (Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10-3) and please note that at this time they are not admitting children under 12 years old. Read more about the Assistance League here.
Looking for a thoughtful yet practical gift? How about giving your loved one the gift of uninterrupted work time, free of distractions? The Commune is a new co-working and event space in the eclectic North Loop IBIZ District offers a 10-pack of day passes, good for six months, for $250. (Single day passes, currently on hold due to COVID, run $30.) Includes use of community tables, lounge and courtyard plus printers, scanners, mess sink, easels, design resource library, computer monitors, private phone booths and kitchen. Peace on earth!
Sala & Betty
In honor of the southern Italian Christmas Eve tradition, Sala And Betty in the Airport Boulevard IBIZ District has created the perfect seven-course seafood dinner for the holidays. The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on the eve of a feast day. They are also offering some additional Christmas Day Specials To Go. (All preorders must be in by Monday, 12/21 and pickup is on Christmas Eve from 10am-4pm.) And don't forget, gift cards are the perfect stocking stuffer!
There is only one perfect gift for 2020 - the gift of calm. With a Mantra Massage Gift Certificate you can gift your loved ones an escape from the challenging times of today into a world of comfort, warmth and, yes, calm. They offer unscented organic and vegan massage creams and oils, as well as an array of healing and immune-boosting essential oils. You can purchase gift certificates for massage, skincare, or any designated amount either online or at the studio. They even offer in-home massage!
Kerbey Lane Cafe
Holidays can be a stressful time. This year, let Kerbey Lane Cafe take cooking off your plate! Preorder your Holiday Family Packages now, and/or buy gift cards and let everyone pick what they want. This holiday season, for every $50 purchased in gift cards, they will throw in a $10 bonus voucher!
Austin Chronicle #LoveLocal
Looking for a unique way to support a local business? Tell everyone why you love them on social media with the hashtag #LoveLocal, and tag @AustinChronicle and @ChronEvents. The five businesses with the most mentions will earn free advertising in The Austin Chronicle!
Precision Camera Winter Expo
Precision Camera is having a Winter Expo & Sale December 11th and 12th, with FREE outdoor classes taking place in an open air tent right outside their North location (2438 W. Anderson Ln.) Let them help you and your loved ones get started on a life-long love of photography... and if you're early enough, you get free pie!