Take Heart specializes in objects for the home and self. The boutique stocks rare designs from both local and international small businesses. If your loved one enjoys the little details in everyday items like spoons or towels then there’s no better place to shop. You might find a motivational book, colorful ceramic spoons, or a Glass German Water Kettle. You can’t beat these handmade items, and you’ll find there’s a great deal of thought behind every single product they sell.
Take Heart, 1111 E 11th St. Ste 100 Austin, TX, USA +1 512 520 9664
Austin Art Garage
Imagine a gallery with completely original art that doesn’t leave you penniless. Austin Art Garage sells authentic art pieces from up-and-coming artists at affordable prices. The style of art ranges from modern to more eclectic but every piece is unique and impressive. Odds are your gift from Austin Art Garage will, at the very least, be the most distinctive gift given come christmas day.
Austin Art Garage, 2200 S. LAMAR J, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 351 5934
For jewelry, industrial home decor, and trendy new accessories head to Blackmail. On the beautiful streets of SoCo (South Congress) sits the best window display around – it’s not uncommon for the merchandising alone to lure you in for a closer peek at the fashionable trinkets inside. This is a great place to find accessories like scarves, hats, edgy socks, and handbags. There doesn’t seem a single thing in the store that wouldn’t impress any fashionista.
A-Tex Christmas Store
For all things Christmas you’re guaranteed to find a gem at A-Tex Christmas Store. They sell every Christmas item imaginable from ornaments and collectibles to custom bows for your tree. They’ll make you custom wreaths or even repair your christmas lights; it’s a great stop to make at least once during your Christmas shopping.
A-Tex Christmas Store, 8700 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 451 8353
Gruene General Store
Gruene, a town just south of Austin is a magical place to find yourself during the holidays. The beautiful Christmas displays, antique stores, and smiling faces make the drive worth it. One of the best places to stop for gifts is the Gruene General Store. You can hear the old wood creaking beneath your feet as you make your way to the homemade fudge, salsa, and jam. There’s a wide range of unique gifts like cookbooks, hard-to-find toys, and t-shirts. End your time there by grabbing a candy at the candy bar.
Gruene General Store, 1610 Hunter Rd, New Braunfels, TX, USA +1 830 629 6021
South Congress Books
For readers, collectors, music lovers, and everyone in-between look no further than South Congress Books. This local Austin book shop sells vintage books, photography, art, and music. There’s a great selection of cookbooks, children’s books, and quirky prints by local artists.
South Congress Books, 1608 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 916 8882
Toy Joy houses a large collection of rare and special toys you can’t find anywhere else. The staff is extremely helpful and puts great thought into helping you find the perfect age-appropriate item, and their whimsical toys make great gifts for all ages.
Toy Joy, 403 W 2nd St, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 320 0090