• Audrey Cooper

Austin Gift Guide

Finding the perfect gift can be a serious challenge, but it doesn't have to be if you know where to look. We've compiled a list of some of Austin's best places for gift shopping to help alleviate the pressure - and yes, of course, they are all locally owned!

For Music Lovers

Austin is known globally for its music scene, so it’s definitely a great place to be if you’re shopping for any music fanatics in your life. End of an Ear record store boasts an extensive selection of new and used vinyl and CDs, no matter what genre you’re searching for. They also offer selling and trading, so if you’re in need of alternative payment methods, bring in something from your old collection and trade it in for a gift!

For the Sweet-tooth

Sure, you can buy candy almost anywhere these days, but sweets hit differently when the manufacturing technique has been perfected over the span of more than two centuries! Lammes Candies, most famous for its Texas Chewie Pecan Pralines, has expanded into five retail locations in the area since its inception. Even better, the confectionery offers worldwide shipping, so you can give everyone on your gift list a little taste of Austin, no matter how far away they may be.

For Conscious Consumers

For a health conscious gift that literally everyone has a use for, stop by Elena’s Organic Products and explore Elena’s selection of handcrafted soaps, skin and hair care, aromatherapy, and bath treats. It’s no secret that many of the products we are accustomed to using on our bodies are actually harmful, so Elena has made it her mission to ensure that the products you turn to for a relaxing experience are also safe and providing a benefit.

For the Food Fanatics

If you’re struggling to decide which local business to support while purchasing your gifts, then decide to support more than one with Jettset Local’s very own Austin Foodie Flight! Valued at $250, the Foodie Flight features 25 different restaurants around the city representing a wide variety of mouthwatering food and beverage options. After the passport is stamped, travelers enjoy $10 off their order at each partner establishment. Give someone in your life the gift of exploring the city's tastiest eats for just $25!

For the Beauty Queens & Kings

If the Foodie Flight sounds like a great idea, but you're shopping for someone more in need of a little R&R, Jettset Local also offers the Austin Fab Flight in the same travel-inspired format. At a $2,000 value, Fab Flight passport holders can enjoy beauty, spa, and fitness services for free or at an incredibly reduced price - and it will only put you out $30. The best part? Each of the establishments is a locally owned Austin business! What could be more relaxing than receiving a well-deserved massage with the full knowledge that you are supporting local businesses?

For the Little Ones

Or for the grown-ups - we’re not judging! Since 1978, Terra Toys has been supplying the Austin community with a large and beautiful selection of toys to choose from. Though they got their start selling handcrafted wooden toys, customers are now offered a wide selection of both classic and contemporary options to choose from. Whether you’re shopping for a local friend or family member or shipping cross-country, Terra Toys has you covered now that they offer curbside pickup and shipping options in lieu of shopping in-store.

For Your Furry Friends

Anyone else love spoiling their pets, whether for a holiday or for no reason at all? From healthier food and treat options to adorable and durable toys, Tomlinson’s Feed has it all. With locations spread out all over the city, you have every reason to support local businesses while ensuring the best care for your best friend.

For the Sentimental

Candle Daddy’s slogan, “curating memories into every candle,” could not be a more accurate description of what it feels like to receive a candle as a gift. If you want to be remembered for your thoughtfulness, pick out a candle from this local Austin favorite with your friends’ and family’s favorite scents so you can be certain they will think of you every time they light it! These candles are available in 4oz and 8oz containers, and each and every one is created with all-natural ingredients so even the most sensitive noses can enjoy it.

For Eccentric Personalities

Rather than hunting down the perfect gift, do you prefer to let it find you? Then look (or should we say, don’t look) any further than Uncommon Objects. Under one roof resides 24 different antique sellers offering a wide variety of trinkets and knick-knacks full of personality and ideal for gift-giving. There is nothing more satisfying than finding the most random piece of “junk,” as Uncommon Objects affectionately refers to their products, that perfectly suits the outstanding people on your gift list.


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