Shop Small This Holiday Season


By Courtney Smith

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Although Small Business Saturday was a few weeks ago, there is no better time than the holidays to shop small. Not only does it give extra support to local Austin artisans and shop owners but it allows you to purchase unique and personalized gifts for your loved ones. Below are some of the businesses that you can buy from for the people off of your list- or yourself for surviving finals.

 

BarneStar Candle Company

Started by a mom and daughter duo, these candles make a great (and affordable) gift. They come in a variety of sizes and scents from your standard “Birthday Cake” to more unique ones such as “Blazin’ Saddles”. If you’re concerned about the environment or allergies, you’re in luck because they’re 100% soy and are made of ECO wicks. They can be purchased online or from two stores in Austin: Mail & More or Sugar & Paris.

 

Parts & Labor

Located on South Congress, Parts & Labor hosts an array of giftable finds. With hand-drawn shirts, quirky stickers, cards, canvases and more, this shop is a great one stop shop for your gifting needs.

 

Atown

Named after the city itself, it’s no surprise that Atown hosts local Austin artists’ goods to sell in the shop. They have Daisy Natives tees for your fellow feminists, hats and wall hangings by local artist Frankie Jean and quirky socks that make great stocking stuffers.

 

Austin Natural Soaps

Austin Natural Soaps makes their products, ranging from bar soap to perfume, with no animal fat and with all skin types in mind. They have their own brick and mortar store or you can shop online. Gift baskets are also available.

 

Little Minnow Designs

This brand is great for the ladies on your shopping list. All of their accessories are designed, printed and constructed in Austin. Little Minnow Designs sells scarves, travel bags and twisted hair scarves in numerous designs to match any personality. Their products are carried at seven locations in Austin, including Atown and the Blanton Museum of Art.

 

Wild Air & Co.

Any jewelry piece from Wild Air & Co. is great for the hippies at heart. The designs incorporate raw materials creating sophisticated and earthy looks. Options at multiple price ranges allow for quality gifts to be given on a college budget.

 

Billie Claire

Sassy prints and trendy buttons/magnets would make these gifts a great addition to any dorm. Billie Claire is available online or at multiple markets throughout Austin.

 

Stitch and Stone

Aimed at creating “Modern Bohemian Jewelry”, Stitch and Stone matches the boutique look but is made locally. Personalized necklaces and Texas themed pieces sets this company apart. Buy online or every weekend at the South Congress Market.

 

A&K Woodworking & Design

If your mom needs a cutting board or you want a wooden lantern to illuminate your nights staying up late studying, this small business has you covered. Starting as low as $20, A&K Woodworking & Design makes it easy to give gifts that are both aesthetic as well as practical.

 

Kerbey Lane

Give your friends and family the gift of queso (and coming to see you) with a gift card from Kerbey Lane. Open late, deliciously local, and just a few steps off campus make it the perfect gift.