Austin Holiday Gift Guide

The season of giving is upon us. You're making your lists and checking them twice. Here in crafty Austin, we have the upper hand on giving gifts that are unique and local, so don't squander your gift at the mall. Check out our picks for him, her and the kids. It is, after all, better to give than receive. (Photo: Flickr user K. Young Photography)

Updated: November 12, 2011

Gifts for Him in Austin


1423 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

If that special someone has an eye for understated but distinct style, this South Congress boutique is where it's at. Choose from one-of-a-kind shirts, pants and accessories from the likes of Oliver Spencer, Penfield, Franklin + Gower and Oxenthat that will wow that trendsetting chap on your list.

By George

524 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

This men's and women's boutique in downtown Austin is the hub for all things fashionably fabulous. Here you'll find high-end fashion for the male in your life who likes to sport the finer things. Prepare for sticker shock--you can't put a price on good taste and design.

Bicycle Sport Shop

517 S Lamar, Austin, TX 78704

A new set of wheels is the perfect gift for the cyclist in your life. With 193 miles of scenic paths and trails in Austin, there's a reason why Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, calls Austin home. And this South Austin bike shop is the place for the inner athlete on your list.

Gifts for Her in Austin


215 S. Lamar Ste. D, Austin, TX 78704

This South Austin boutique boasts one-of-a-kind gifts for the traveler and writer on your list. The owner searches the globe for the goods sure to stun that special someone. Choose from one-of-a kind decanters and glassware, sturdy luggage and bags, and stationary and writing utensils with flare.

Kendra Scott Design INC

1400 S Congress Ave Ste A170, Austin, TX 78704

I don't know of a woman who doesn't appreciate some form of adornment. At this boutique located on South Congress Avenue, you'll find exceptional jewelry to put a sparkle in her eye and around her neck, on her finger, on her wrist, and, well, you get the point. Bring her something from this shop for some well deserved brownie points.

Teddies for Bettys

221 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

This Second Street District store located in downtown Austin has all things lacy and lovely--think beautiful undergarments with class. This is one of those guaranteed good karma gifts; after all, giving is receiving, wink, wink.

Gifts for the Kids in Austin

Terra Toys

2438 W Anderson Ln Ste C1, Austin, TX 78757

This is not your average toy store. Then again, Austin is not your average town. At this Rosedale neighborhood shop you'll find toys from around the world and handcrafted games and gadgets to keep the little ones occupied for hours on end.

Bookpeople Book Store

603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Books, toys, stickers and games. This locally owned downtown literary mecca is your one-stop shop for the intellectual little one on your list. Choose from an array of smart gift options that will keep them on their toes and top of their class.


417 1/2 West 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

This trendy Second Street District shop in downtown is stocked with stylish wares for the newest addition to the family. Choose from up-to-the-minute gift options such as organic swaddles, the latest technology in baby strollers and outfits with flare.This is the perfect shop for the modern mommy and baby in your life.