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Rebekkah Adams grew up in Ithaca, New York with one younger brother, two artistic parents and two lovable dogs. Starting from early childhood, she has taken an interest in music, traveling and writing. She attended college at The University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a degree in Radio-Television-Film and a degree in English. She has since worked in film, advertising, PR and as a freelance writer and editor. When not writing articles, she spends her time singing, shopping and working on fiction pieces. She currently lives in Austin, TX with her husband and one dog.

Charitable And Stylish Holiday Gifts 2012: Austin

Two weeks ago, Small Business Saturday followed on the heels of Black Friday and reminded the nation why shopping locally is so beneficial to the economy. The Austin Independent Business Alliance says that spending just $100 more at an independent store can noticeably help local business. This holiday season, consider these top Austin boutiques for all your holiday shopping to help the Austin economy and the charities they support.

Atown

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Atown

Located in the heart of Allandale on Burnet, Atown is truly a reflection of the Austin community. They feature a wide variety of apparel (men’s and women’s), accessories, beauty products and pet products. All in all, they sell the work of over a hundred local artists and designers and 90 percent of the items sold there are from locals. One of their top selling gift items is the coasters by local company JJWorldStudio which picture any one of our city’s countless landmarks and sell for $10. Atown holds nearly monthly charity events, and this month it benefited Brentwood Park.

WHERE:
Atown
5502 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
Ph. 512-323-2533

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: noon-6 p.m.

Austin Gift Company

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Austin Gift Company

Austin Gift Company is the go to place for everything Austin themed. They carry a wide variety of Longhorn and Austin items including embossed mugs, Texas playing cards and magnets. The website is split into guys, gals and toddlers-teens so it’s easy to shop for anyone. Additionally, they are one of the five businesses locally which is selling OAK backpacks for $69. OAK works together with CapCityKids, a local non-profit, to give out backpacks (filled with school supplies) to homeless children in the United States and Africa New Life to help those in Rwanda.

WHERE:
Austin Gift Company
4211 S Lamar Blvd
Ste A19
Austin, TX 78704
Ph. 512-326-9460

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12-6 p.m.

BookPeople

The Texas Shelf at BookPeople (Photo Credit: Michael Femia)

BookPeople

This holiday, consider a book from Austin’s favorite independent book store for someone of any age. They have a huge variety including a large kid and teen section. Not just for books, this store has gifts galore. The two-story shop includes large stationary, chocolate and funny/gag gift sections. BookPeoople’s Giving Tree, their annual holiday charity endeavor, is working to benefit Safe Place and Foundation Communities. You can purchase a gift or book right from the store and they will wrap and deliver it to brighten the holiday of child in need.

WHERE:
BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
Ph. 512-472-5050

HOURS:
Monday-Sunday: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Longhorn Glass Figurine

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1020 Glass Art and Decor

Walking into 1020 Glass is an experience to have in and of itself. The store is full of everything made of glass from chandeliers to figurines, plates and bowls to wall art.  Any recent graduate or UT alum will love their glass longhorn ($67.95) or horns wine stopper ($29.95). This year, they are participating in the 2nd Street Holiday Window Walk in which students from the University of Texas, St. Edward’s and Texas State compete for an $8000 scholarship by creating the best window design.

WHERE:
1020 Glass Art and Decor
208 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
Ph. 512-474-1020

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

A self proclaimed “shopping party” this Miss A fave is back in Austin for its 37th year. Held at the Palmer Events Center, the Armadillo Bazaar will host hundreds of artists and artisans that range from inexpensive gifts to high end one of a kind pieces of art. Their Community Area allows non-profits to share information with attendees. This year’s non-profit partners include Texas Hearing and Service Dogs, Austin Creative Alliance and Thundering Paws.One artist that will be at the Bazaar is Heather Harris of HeatherHarrisArt. Heather creates beautiful pieces that include wooden boxes with etched metal on top with canvases, and paperweights made with etched metal washers and tiny canvases (both $65).

WHEN: December 12-24, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

WHERE:
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

TICKETS:
Kids 12 and under are free. Adults are $5 before 7 p.m. weekdays and $8 evenings and weekends

mercury design studio

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mercury design studio

2nd Street District is one of the best places to shop this season and mercury is more than just a gift store. It is separated into three basic categories: artifacts, gifts and the design studio. All have items to offer for buyers to purchase that would be hard to find anywhere else. Throughout the year they support charities such as AIDS Services of Austin and Austin Humane Society. One of their top selling items this season is the bright neon jewelry by Son of a Sailor including geometric necklaces like these for $30.

WHERE:
mercury design studio
209 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
Ph. 512-236-0100

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Aviary

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Aviary

Not your ordinary boutique, Aviary features some of the finest Austin artists but is also a wine lounge. The perfect last stop shop after a long day of gift buying, you can sip a glass of wine or champagne while you examine gifts selected from around the world. From the furniture to the wine glasses, nearly everything at Aviary is for sale. Deborah Main Designs is one of the local designers who sells her one of a kind pillows there. They come in a range of size and style and can reflect any personality like this Texas themed one which sells for $125 (it can come in any other state as well). A number of events are held at Aviary including a recent Deborah Main event which benefited the victims of Hurricane Sandy through the American Red Cross.

WHERE:
Aviary
2110 S Lamar Blvd
Ste C
Austin, TX 78704
Ph. 512-916-4445

HOURS:
Tuesday-Saturday: noon – 12 a.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m. – midnight

Things Celtic

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Things Celtic

As the name suggests, this Austin boutique is host to all things from across the pond. Things Celtic integrates the old world with the new as can be seen in this fantastic Texas Lone Star Tartan Kilted Skirt created by Lanora Davidson this year to reflect our state flag which sells for $275. The variety of items make it a perfect location to shop for any Irish, Welsh or Scottish Texan. Currently, Things Celtic is participating in the 10th Wassail Austin’s Solstice/Christmas celebration. Proceeds go to the Kids for Kids charity helping children in Darfur.

WHERE:
Things Celtic
1806 W 35th St
Austin, TX 78703
Ph. 512-472-2358

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5 p.m.

uncommon OBJECTS

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uncommon OBJECTS

A store for literally anyone on your list, what started out as a little antique shop has grown into a place to find almost anything. Key chains to clocks, uncommon OBJECTS is an aptly named blend of trinkets from around the world. They frequently donate items to charity and most recently were one of the 2012 sponsors for the Project Transitions‘ Holiday Swing event last weekend.

WHERE:
uncommon OBJECTS

1512 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
Ph. 512-442-4000

HOURS:
Monday-Thursday, Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Soy Delites

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Cherrywood Art Fair

In its eleventh year, Cherrywood is the longest running art fair in East Austin. Free and open to the public, little and old can enjoy live music while browsing some of the best that Texan artists have to offer. Soy Delites, an Austin candle company, will have their holiday themed scent, Hill Country Christmas which is a pine and cedar aroma with a spicy touch for $6.50 to $13 depending on size. Additionally, proceeds from the fest benefit Little Artist BIG ARTIST which aids in developing the creativity of budding young minds by pairing them with professional artists.

WHEN: December 8 and 9, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:
Maplewood Elementary

E. 38 ½ Street (at Maplewood Avenue)
Austin, TX 78722

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