Gift Guide for Local Foodies

With talented chefs whipping up inventive cuisine all across town, Austin has firmly secured its place as a rising star in the culinary ranks. The Live Music Capital of the World is quickly gaining recognition for its diverse food culture, and people from across the country are taking notice.

It’s no surprise then, that there are an abundance of food-related gifts, gadgets and goodies from local purveyors that are perfect for the gourmand(s) in your life. So before you head out in search of the perfect present, take a look at our suggestions below!


This is what we like to call the true gift that keeps on giving. Literally. Sign someone up for a subscription this season and they’ll be thanking you for months.

Courtesy of Salt & Time

Salt & Time: Butcher’s Box This delicious assortment of salted meats can be purchased as either a half- or full-year subscription. Each box will include selections from their fresh sausages, cooked charcuterie and salumi in addition to cooking suggestions, recipes and useful information on the local farms represented in the box.

Courtesy of Antonelli’s Cheese

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop: Cheese of the Month Club Three-, six- and twelve-month subscription options available. Depending on each month’s selections, the box may include accompanying pairings such as jams and chocolates.


Who doesn’t like a few festive things to spruce up their serving style? From locally-crafted cheese boards to delicate glassware and rustic table napkins, these shops have you covered.

Image courtesy of Spartan

Spartan offers a range of unique objets and useful household items alike. You could even pick up a cookbook or two at the bows + arrows area in the rear of adjacent JM Drygoods.

Image courtesy of Take Heart

Take Heart is a relative newcomer to Austin’s design-shop scene, but it packs a punch even in its small footprint. Their Edwood Studio cheese boards and unique selection of cocktail napkins are ideal for holiday host gifts.


From customizable gift baskets to special-order tins of sweet treats, there are plenty of ways to give the gift of edible — and drinkable — delights from area merchants and fine foods purveyors.

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Serve is a new destination for homegoods enthusiasts looking to add a special touch to their kitchen. From colorful cookware to an array of beautiful cookbooks and specialty food items, the shop even lets you create your own custom-wrapped gift basket.

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Image courtesy of Pâté Letelier

Whether you’re in search of a stocking stuffer or even just a little something to bring along to a holiday dinner party, locally-owned Pâté Letelier has a range of jams and pâtés that are both delicious and beautiful!

Image courtesy of Foreign & Domestic

Foreign & Domestic’s Jodi Elliott is a master pastry chef, and now you can give the gift of her treats in a festively-packaged holiday tin. Pick from either Peppermint Brownies and Pineapple Blondies or Texas Sheet Cake and Pumpkin Bread Pudding, but hurry — you only have until Thursday, December 20 (at noon) to place your order.

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Of course if you want to put together a custom arrangement of wine and spirits, Austin Wine Merchant offers both gift wrap and delivery within the Austin area. Cheers to that!


For those especially hard-to-shop-for friends on your list, why not go the gift card route this season? Several of Austin’s best establishments — bakeries, restaurants, cafés — offer gift certificate options!

Jo’s Coffee | Easy Tiger Bakeshop & Beer Garden | La Condesa | Uchi + Uchiko

And last, but certainly far from least, give the ultimate gift with passes to the 2013 Austin FOOD & WINE Festival next April! Remember that if you buy your pass(es) to the Festival before 11:59 p.m. on December 20, we’ll send you a limited edition screen-printed wine tote plus customizable gift tags to personalize your present!