Another year has gone by where the holidays sneak up and you realize there are only so many weeks left to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list: that special someone, your kooky aunt and the ever reliable mail courier. South Congress Shopping District is the best place in Austin to find something for everyone. Nestled between Nellie Street and Annie Street, with over 80 stores, restaurants or hotels (that have impeccably curated gift shops), South Congress is a one stop shop for all of your holiday needs.
For Stocking Stuffers
Seeking some great gifts to fill those stockings? The South Congress businesses offer a wealth of options for stocking stuffers perfect for folks of all ages. A proverbial mecca of sweets, Big Top Candy Shop features 400 bulk candies, 3,000 wrapped candies and more tasty treats guaranteed to impress anyone with a sweet tooth. Parts & Labour, a SoCo staple featuring gift items from local Texas artists and makers, is a perfect place to pick up a stocking stuffers and support local businesses. Gift cards to the most notable restaurants in the city like Güero’s Taco Bar, Perla’s, Home Slice Pizza, Lucky Robot and Enoteca Vespaio are the perfect stocking filler and a way to support local restaurants—a win-win.
For the White Elephant Gift Exchange Party
White Elephant parties are a fun holiday tradition, but finding a gift that stands out from the party gift pile can be tricky. Monkey See Monkey Do! makes that decision easier with their wide range of comic books and pop culture knick-knacks. If you’re seeking a gift that really makes a big splash, SoCo’s beloved Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds has you covered with a colorful and comprehensive selection of full costumes, accessories and more.
For the Nostalgic Austinite
We all have those friends who are nostalgic types. For anyone who loves to dress with a retro edge, Prototype Vintage offers a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories for men, women and even children. For those who prefer to turn pages as opposed to turning on a Kindle, South Congress Books specializes in used, collectible, vintage and unique books. Chat with one of their knowledgeable staff to help you find the perfect selection for your loved one at a fair price. Mi Casa Gallery houses one of the largest collections of Latin American museum quality religious and folk art, for those who have an appreciation for historical treasures. Need a gift for a globetrotter? The SoCo classic, Tesoros Trading Company, features fair-trade and ethically-sourced folk art and crafts, and traditional items from over 20 different countries around the world. Keeping your shopping online this year? Austin’s iconic (and Hollywood famous) venue The Continental Club features a crazy cool collection of merch including t-shirts, hats, lapel pins and more via their online shop.
For the Thrill Seeker
If you’re shopping from someone who loves adventure and an active lifestyle Outdoor Voices is the perfect choice for anyone who embodies Austin’s “recreational spirit” with their wardrobe. For anyone with a renegade spirit who loves the open road Revival Cycles offers everything required to soup up a motorcycle including parts, accessories, helmets and more. If you want to splurge, Revival Cycles offers a selection of premium quality E-bikes.
For the “Best Dressed”
Finding a gift for that stylish friend or family member who is always impeccably dressed can be an intimidating challenge. South Congress features a wealth of local businesses with fashion-forward garb guaranteed to please the eternally chic. Stag Provisions For Men is an awesome (and local!) South Congress go-to, with their classic apparel, high quality denim and accessories. Esby is another great Austin clothing brand that focuses on creating simple designs that are made from high quality, all-natural fabrics that are globally sourced. Esbys has a great selection of men’s, women, and unisex clothing that never goes out of style. And you can’t forget staples like Allen’s Boots or Maufrais hat shop – true to their Texas roots but with an added modern twist.
To see everything SoCo has to offer this holiday season, go to visitsoco.com.