Shop Local for the Holidays

Everyone’s got someone who is difficult to shop for on their holiday gift list. Don’t feel like popping into the nearest chain store for some cheap mass-produced t-shirt or punting and getting a gift card? How about sourcing something special from local merchants and artisans? Here’s a list of ideas to get the creative shopping juices flowing:

For the foodie:

Truffles from The Chocolate Makers Studio
Truffles from The Chocolate Makers Studio

For the booze hound:

For the history buff:

AdvertisementFor the artsy-fartsy cousin:

Tardis earrings by ameliabeth
Tardis earrings by ameliabeth

For the gamer who needs a little less screen time:

  • All sorts of low-tech but high-interest games, from chess to Magic the Gathering to Settlers of Catan at Dragon’s Lair

For the nester: 

coasters

  • Home goods like tea towels, aprons, and pottery by Austin artisans from Coterie Market
  • Hilarious “mistaken lyrics” coasters by MAKEatx, which you can find at the amazing ATown
  • Handmade soy candles in scents like “Cuddles” and “Crazy Cat Lady” from The Burlap Bag

What cool local goods and shops have you encountered this holiday season?

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Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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