You meant to do your holiday shopping early this year, but once again you’ve run out of time. Now you’re at the airport without any gifts for Aunt Jenny, Grandpa James or Cousin Michael.
No worries. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare before you board your flight, you can knock out most, if not all, of your shopping list at the airport.
“We pride ourselves in this airport in helping our local vendors,” said Austin-Bergstrom International Airport retail manager Linda Barton. “We do a mix of national brands, but we really, really try to focus on our local vendors to support the community.”
Here are 10 gifts to consider picking up while you’re at the airport.
1. Taco paraphernalia.
Austin loves its tacos, so why not spread that love with out-of-towners this holiday season? From taco T-shirts to “taco money” coin purses, there’s options for everyone.
2. Handmade fun.
The only thing that could make these crocheted monsters cooler is the fact that they were created by Abbey Roadkill, a former roller derby skater for TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls. Each monster contains nearly 1,200 individual crochet knots and no two are alike. The young one in your life, or the young at heart, will love ’em. Prices vary; they’re available at Tyler’s.
3. Flying brisket.
You love Salt Lick. Why not share it with the people who love you? At the airport location, you can purchase a whole brisket with sauce that’s ready to travel in an insulated bag for $64.95. Want dessert? Head to Amy’s, where you can buy a six-pint sampler pack that comes packed ready for an eight-hour trip for $50.
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4. Onesie ready.
It’s never too early to show someone that Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World. These onesies from ACL/Waterloo Records and Video do just that. They’re around $20.
5. Weather ready.
Looking for a nice gift for the guy in your life? Sample the wares at 5th and Congress, which is well stocked with coats, hats, scarves and accessories.
6. Topped off.
A hat is a fun and easy gift for your favorite aunt, cousin or friend. This one is $65 at the airport’s 5th and Congress.
7. Orange you ready?
Got Longhorns in your life? You’ll find a wide selection of Longhorn gear at the airport’s Austin Article. This sweet dress is $35.
8. Sock it to me.
If you’ve got hard-to-shop-for folks on your list, why not consider some fun Blue Q socks? These, from the Austin Article, start around $15, and a percentage benefits Doctors Without Borders.
9. Sweets for the sweet.
If you know someone with a sweet tooth, head to Tyler’s for a batch of Coover Caramels, which are made in Texas using Grandma Coover’s 1930s recipe. A small box is $12.99.
10. Ready to be pampered.
If your loved ones could use a little pampering, try Latika’s lotions, creams and bath bombs. They’re handmade in Austin and come in a variety of scents. Prices vary depending on product and size.