Here's Where to Get Your Holiday Swag in Austin This Year

The holiday season is upon us – and with it, the quest to find the perfect gift for everyone on our list. But why just head to the mall? Austinites generally like to do things a little bit different, and chain stores aren't really our thing. Even if you need to hit up a brand-name store, some spots are just more fun to do so – and offer dining, events or entertainment to keep you merry while filling your gift list.

While Austin might have a plethora of retail shopping choices, these spots are all but guaranteed to help you find the right gifts for your family, friends, co-workers, holiday donations and anyone else on your shopping list. From uniquely Austin venues to upscale boutiques and fair trade stores, our list of the 10 Best holiday shopping spots can help you make the most out of your shopping excursions – and just might help save your sanity, as well.



The German-Texan Heritage Society offers shoppers hand-made, imported crafts including plenty of Christmas themed decorations such as nutcrackers and ornaments. It is a festival atmosphere with traditional German Christmas music, tables full of...  Read More

South Congress Avenue


Made newly trendy with an influx of hip boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, this district was once populated by more alternative, retro spots. Now, it's drawing attention with chic independent establishments and getting traffic from...  Read More



For a fun holiday shopping experience, check out the Wildflower Center's Wild Ideas Shopping Event. Shop for holiday gifts and enjoy our beautiful winter gardens. Featuring book signings, food samples, artists and artisans. Held on December 4 -...  Read More

West End


We all have that bookophile on our list for holiday shopping -- and maybe it's us as well. At any rate, BookPeople is a must on any shopping venue list. BookPeople has been the leading independent bookstore in Texas since 1970. Located in the...  Read More



Situated in a beautiful park-like setting, The Domain features 100 upscale and mainstream retail stores and restaurants, almost half of which are exclusive within the market. A sampling of retailers includes high-end boutiques such as David...  Read More



Hot music, fine art, and cold beer make the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can...  Read More

South Austin


TreeHouse is a new kind of home improvement company; one dedicated to Sustainability, Health, Quality and Responsibility. The company believes the building, upkeep, and operating of homes should create the smallest disruption to the natural...  Read More



Cherrywood Art Fair is an art filled two-day event showcasing local artists, live music, kids activities and great food in a free, family-friendly environment. Everyone will find something to love at the Cherrywood Art Fair. Since its 2002...  Read More



As one of the world's oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to...  Read More



The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show returning for its 15th year through December 24th at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre. The Bazaar features handmade artwork & gifts from over 200 local & regional artists, with a...  Read More


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