By Taylor Butler

Tis the season to run around like a chicken with its head cut off searching for that perfect gift for everyone you know. The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, from planning an elegant home cooked dinner to Christmas parties and busy travel plans. The last thing you want to be concerned about is what gift to get those foodies close to you. To save yourself the time and frustration, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite items from some of the greatest restaurants in Austin to design the Ultimate Holiday Gift Bag; A foodie’s pipe dream becomes reality!

Photo By Courtney Pierce

Photo By Courtney Pierce

  • Local Dining Gift Cards
    • Nothing says “Happy Holidays!” better than a gift card for a loved one to take someone (or you if you’re lucky) to a phenomenal Austin restaurant and try something new. Maybe even slip in a copy of the menu and highlight dishes or drinks you’ve had that they would love. It gives that personal touch, but still allows for the freedom of getting to go to the restaurant at a time of their choosing!
  • Kitchen Accessories
    • If you are looking for something a bit more personal than a magical plastic card, then you should try to find something to complete their kitchen! I know that whenever I stop at a store that has any wine accessories I have to be pried away with the jaws of life, so keep that in mind ;)! Having an idea of whether they love to try new types of olive oil, wine, or love to have a new set of seasonal kitchen utensils will help you in searching for the right addition to your loved one’s kitchen.
  • Personalized Gifts
    • Opening a large bag with beautifully crafted tissue paper to find something that was tailored just for you may be one of the best gifts ever. Whether a hand-selected gift basket or a household accessory with their initials on it, it is bound to be a winner as it makes the feel ultimately special. I have lust for initialled mugs, and will frantically search through a shelf just to find the “T” mug that I do not need, but will add to the gorgeous collection that weighs down my kitchen cabinet.
Photo By Courtney Pierce

Photo By Courtney Pierce

  •  Stack’d By Rianna Alberty
    • A gift that continues to give, a gluten-free pancake cookbook can be just what you are looking for! Many people are looking for ways to cut down on the many unnecessary ingredients that overtake our food, so this clean pancake cookbook will offer healthy recipes for sweet and savory palate!
  • VOM FASSTruffle Salt
    • Looking to spruce up your dinner or even a bowl of popcorn? VOM FASS is bringing their in-house recipe truffle salt to you this holiday season and it is definitely a treasure! They also offer a wall of olive oils and balsamics, flavored liqueurs, and hard liquor!
  • Kerbey Lane – Pancake Mix
    • Pancake Mix – 183 & Anderson Mill Many of us have had the extraordinary privilege of the 2 AM Kerbey Lane breakfast stop, and now you can serve the masterpiece at home! Perfect for those who don’t have the opportunity to make it into the restaurant as frequently as they’d like.
  • Con OlioOlive Oil and Balsamic
    • Olive oil is considered to be one of the healthiest, and most flavorful, bases of cooking. So, enjoy an elegant selection of flavors from this local Oil and Vinegar store. Convenient locations in both Downtown and Arboretum areas make it a must-visit.
  • Casa Brasil – Coffee & French Press
    • Fresh Brazilian coffee is a must for those who have had the chance to taste its magnificence. To gain the full experience of what Casa Brasil offers, take the   Up and Down Tour, which features a visit to Casa Brasil’s Coffee Roasting facility and South Austin Brewing Company’s beer brewery! Visit www.casabrasilcoffees.com/events/up-down-tour/‎ for more information.
  • El Chile – Salsa – Bread & Butter Office S. 1st street
    • Looking for a way to spice up the Holiday season? What better way than with a jar of Austin-only El Chile’s Salsa? You can purchase at their store!
  • Opal Divine’sBloody Mary Mix & Gift cards
    • Opal Divine’s is a must-visit for their brunch time specials and drinks. A bottle of their Bloody Mary mix makes a fantastic gift for the brunch-a-holic in your life and will also, hopefully, lead to sharing!
  • Antonelli’s Cheese ShopCheese of the month Club
    • Selected Fine Cheeses – If you have never experienced a cheese shop, it is an opportunity that must be taken up. The ability to taste a range of cheese from soft to hard, white, yellow and blue is great for deciding which makes the best mac and cheese or to offer on your next cheese platter.
  • UchiUchi Cookbook
    • Wouldn’t you love if your favorite restaurant gave you some of their most popular recipes to use at home? Uchi has heard you and released a cookbook so that you may try to recreate the Asian cuisine magic at home! Perfect for adventurous chefs and Asian cuisine enthusiasts!
  • Max’s Wine DiveWine Stems & Gift Cards
    • If you haven’t had the chance to check out Max’s Wine Dive, drop what you are currently doing and go now! Seriously, they have fantastic specials and will not disappoint. Perfect for the wino in your life is their Holiday Bundle: Purchase a bottle of wine and gift card and get 10% off each! You could even keep the bottle of wine for yourself. We won’t tell!
  • Flix BrewhouseGift cards
    • Operating as the world’s first movie theater with a microbrewery, this Round Rock gem has allows you to enjoy your feature film while sipping on house made beer and a scrumptious dining menu that goes beyond just buttery popcorn and candy.  Comfy cushioned chairs, adjustable seat trays and state of the art technology makes your movie going experience most memorable.
  • Bangers Sausage House and Beer GardenGift cards
    • Bangers is an experience that an Austinite must not miss.  The ambiance of the Rainey Street bar/restaurant is very free flowing with great specials and live music.  Bangers offers food that is original yet classic.
  • Byejoe Spirits
    • artfully distilled in the East using the finest red sorghum, and skillfully refined in the West using revolutionary patented technology. The result is an alluring ultra premium spirit that’s smooth and sophisticated for contemporary tastes.  Enjoy byejoe as you like it – on the rocks, in shots or your favorite fusion cocktails. And get ready to experience the new spirit of china.
    • Photo By: Courtney Pierce

      Photo By: Courtney Pierce

  • Austin Gourmet Foods 
    • It’s hard to find a person that is not a fan of pasta, but it’s even harder when you have the bountiful options given to you by Austin Gourmet Foods. With locally-made pastas like Comfort, Texas Chocolate, Round Rock Red Bell Pepper, and Longhorn Lemon Pepper you are sure to please anyone this holiday season.
  • Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Company – 
  • Milk Chocolate Clusters
    • A southern Holiday is not complete without pecans. This lovely nut is given the royal treatment at Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Company by being dipped in chocolate, cinnamon sugar, honey glaze. A tasty Cedar Creek Texas treat!
  • Farm Pac Kitchens – 
  • Smoked Turkey Breast
    • Some gifts are shared with those loved ones who, unfortunately, don’t live in the great city of Austin.  For those who aren’t able to be here year round, sharing a delicious Farm Pac Smoked Turkey Breast would be an excellent choice. Offering a pre-packaged foodie gift that is ready to travel and to be shared with those throughout the country!
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes Red Velvet Cake
    • Nothing Bundt Cakes have been changing celebrations and holidays, as they offer a traditional style modernized with succulent flavors and their signature cream cheese icing. With nine staple flavor options and rotating specialty and seasonal choices, it’s a win for everyone with this Austin bakery!
    • Photo By Courtney Pierce

      Photo By Courtney Pierce

  • Spirit ChipsTortilla Chips
    • What better way to celebrate, with loved ones or at a party, than with beautiful and tasty colored tortilla chips. These gluten free snacks are available in numerous colors, including school colors and special holiday blends!
  • Susie’s South 40 Confections, Inc. – Texas Trash & Pecan Toffee
    • Sweet treats are a staple for the season, as great gifts for coworkers, friends and family. Susie’s South 40 gives us its famous Texas Trash combinations that mix cereals and pretzels mixed with pecans, coated in creamy white chocolate.
  • Tiny PiesCranberry Apple Pie
    • What season table is complete without pie? Tiny Pies showcases a great selection of small and bite-sized pies, which are great for holiday parties and functions!
  •  Two Girls Toffery
    • After a savory meal with those dearest to you, a piece of Texas’ Two Girls Toffery can be just what you need to end a sweet day. With flavors like Milk Chocolate with Candied Jalapenos & Pecans, Chili-infused Dark Chocolate & Pecan, and Vanilla Bean White Chocolate with Pecans everyone will find a festive flavor to enjoy!
  • Paleo Powder
    • The diet that has struck the nation has struck the holidays with this fantastic Paleo Powder Blend that will offer a kick to any of your healthy and creative season favorites. Stay on the right track with the right spice this holiday!
  • Capriole, Inc. Cheeses (available at Antonelli’s Cheese Shop)
    • Some are not familiar with the unique and fantastic taste of goat cheese, and why not offer this great gift to those to enlighten them! Specially crafted goat cheeses in many different forms and flavors will be a great gift for the cheese lover, anyone, this season.

 

Photo By Courtney Pierce

Photo By Courtney Pierce

About The Author

Hayden Walker
Executive Editor | Co-Publisher
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Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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