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13 December . 2017

Need some gift ideas with Austin and Hill Country flair? Here are 12

If you’re looking for some gifts that keep it local this year, we’ve rounded up 12 ideas.

Capitol idea. What better way to show your Texas pride than with a 2017 Capitol ornament from the Texas Capitol Gift Shop? Visit their online store to see this year’s ornament of many other gifts with a Texas accent.

‘Dillo Santa. Because you can never have too many ornaments, check out this Armadillo Santa ornament and more Austin-centric gifts from the Austin Online Store. We also love the Batty for Austin snow globe and the Franklin Barbecue cookbook.

Holiday cheer. Iconic Austin vodkas like Deep Eddy and Tito’s are famous nationwide, and for good reason. For something a little different, here are three lesser known Austin vodka distilleries to check out.

Bee generous. Celebrate the honeybee and good taste with a gift card to Apis Restaurant & Apiary, which has 20 onsite beehives and vegetable gardens on a beautiful six-acre site overlooking the Pedernales River. Locally sourced and globally inspired, the menu celebrates the honeybee.

Sweet stocking stuffers. Round Rock Honey, our beekeeping partner at Sweetwater, offers sweet stocking stuffers including goat milk soap, body scrub, lip balm, cuticle butter and more. And of course, honey. You can make it an experience with a beekeeping class or Honey House Tour.

Keep it weird. Thanks to its Dinosaur Planters, Austin’s own Plaid Pigeon has become an Etsy sensation. See their Etsy store for the newest ways to keep your own little piece of Austin weird this year.

Mean beans. At Sweetwater, we’re especially fond of Cuvee Coffee’s Classic Spicewood 71 blend, since that’s the scenic highway that leads home to us. Made from several single origin coffees, this popular blend is perfect for any occasion or mood. Order online or follow your nose to the Spicewood store near Sweetwater.

Stress less. Lavender is well known for its stress-reducing properties, so give the gift of relaxation this season with stocking stuffers from Hill Country Lavender, Texas’ first commercial lavender farm. Shop online for soaps, lotions, candles, culinary products and more. The lavender dog shampoo would fit perfectly in this Sweetwater model home with a doggie shower.

No-Whine Gifts. Give (and serve) the gift of local wine from one of the Hill Country’s 52 wineries. Make a day out of touring and tasting along a self-guided wine trail from Austin to Fredericksburg and beyond.

Longhorn Pride. Celebrate Longhorn and Texas pride with a gift from the University of Texas Co-Op, an Austin tradition since 1896. You can find stocking stuffers from socks to caps. For a very special gift that gives back, consider the Ladies Lucchese Scholarship Boots. All proceeds benefit the Rebecca Carreon Scholarship for exemplary UT students in need.

Shine on. Did you know that Kendra Scott Jewelry was founded in Austin in 2002 by mom, entrpreneur and designer Kendra Scott? Available at fine stores nationwide, every piece is still designed in their state-of-the-art Austin art studio. The company regularly gives back to community organizations including the Seton Breast Care Center.

Pet cause. Let your holiday shopping benefit Austin Pets Alive!, another Sweetwater partner, by visiting their Shop for a Cause page. You’ll find many companies that give back to Austin Pets Alive! when you follow the links from the website.