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The Holiday Gift Guide for Austin Food Lovers

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It's time to start thinking about the perfect presents for the food-obsessed loved ones on your list. Eater Austin's curated guide to the best local gifts is here to make it easier for you.

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto, by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay

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The next best thing to giving the gift of Franklin Barbecue’s delicious brisket is learning how to make it yourself. In the Eater Award-winning cookbook, the pitmaster goes long on the art behind barbecue. The book includes the history of the restaurant and how to make those award-winning smoked meats.
Price: $29.99
Where to Purchase: BookPeople

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Taco Products from Parts & Labour

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Embrace the taco with the assorted goods from Parts & Labor, all made in Austin. There’s the taco-version of the Texas slogan designed by Bearded Lady, appropriate taco questions on pencils, earrings from Vinca, and a nice postcard designed by Bryan Spear Studio.
Price: $24 shirt; $3 postcard; $16 earrings
Where to Purchase: Parts & Labour

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Beers from Jester King Brewery

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Since Jester King Brewery can’t ship goods, head over to Dripping Springs to purchase bottles for beer enthusiasts. There’s the farmhouse Le Petit Prince, Snorkel made with oyster mushrooms, and the long-named collaboration with with Live Oak Brewing Co. Check the website to find out what will be available.
Price: Varies by bottle, from $3.50 to $18
Where to Purchase: Jester King Brewery

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Gift Baskets from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

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Antonelli’s love of cheese is reflected in its various gift baskets, where each item is thoughtfully picked out. The Taste of Texas parcel comes with local cheeses, like Dripping Springs' Pure Luck Dairy. Add in sweet and savory snacks and spreads, and it's the beginning of a very good meal.
Price: Varies by basket, from $35 to $125
Where to Purchase: Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

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Knives from Metier's Cook Supply

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For any budding chef, a sharp, strong knife is necessary. At Metier, the wonderland of cooking, let the knowledgeable staff guide your knife purchases. They'll talk over styles, steel, wooden handles, and more. The handcrafted options include Weige Knives, Houston Edge Works, and Serenity Knives.
Price: Varies by knife, between $600 to $1,000
Where to Purchase: Metier

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Coterie Sampler Subscription Box

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The monthly subscription service delivers a mixed craft full of edible products each month. It includes special items created by local chefs, like Andrew Wiseheart’s fermented hot sauce. For December, expect something sweet from Al Fico pastry chef Kendall Melton, Epicerie’s Sarah McIntosh in February, and Noble Sandwich Co. in March.
Price: $39.95 for 4 to 6 items; $59.95 for 6 to 8 items
Where to Purchase: Coterie Sampler

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Chocolates from Maggie Louise Confections

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Fanciful chocolates in beautiful designs are the core of the boutique shop. Browse through glamorous edible lipsticks and lips, shiny pineapples, jewels, and the interstellar Outer Space collection . The various decadent fillings include chocolate nougat, vanilla marshmallow, sea salt, and graham cracker, all encased in white, milk, dark, or extra dark chocolate.
Price: Varies by box, between $9 to $95
Where to Purchase: Maggie Louise Confections

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Ice Cream Bowl from Lick Ice Creams

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The ice cream shop partnered up with local home provisions store Mockingbird Domestics to craft limited edition ice cream bowls just for Lick. The accompanying wooden utensils, made from pecan and mesquite wood, resemble the to-go spoons that came with tiny ice cream cartons.
Price: $28 bowl; $8 spoons
Where to Purchase: Mockingbird Domestics

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Jams from Confituras

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The seasonal spreads, including hatch chile pepper jelly, harvest tomato jam, and Mexican plum butter from Stephanie McClenny reflect the spirit of Texas. Go for the Texas Two Step, which comes with two different jars currently on offer in a pretty package, or make your own combination from any of the fall flavors.
Price: $10 individual jars; $25 Texas Two Step
Where to Purchase: Confituras

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Jeffrey’s Chef Apron from ByGeorge

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Recreate the kitchen at Jeffrey’s by purchasing the stylish apron from affiliated clothing store ByGeorge. The three different smock options come in denim, black and white pinstripes, or multi-colored. Of course there are multiple pockets, including a hidden one, which make it easy to store pencils, utensils, and phones.
Price: $125
Where to Purchase: ByGeorge

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Explore Eater's National 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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Jester King Craft Brewery

13005 Fitzhugh Road, Austin, TX 78736 512 537 5100 Visit Website

Maggie Louise Confections

1017 E 6th St., Austin, TX 78702 (888) 886-2342 Visit Website

Parts & Labour

1117 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 326-1648 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website

Antonelli's Cheese Shop

4220 Duval Street, , TX 78751 (512) 531-9610 Visit Website

Mockingbird Domestics

2151 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

By George

127 Peachtree Street, , GA 30303 (470) 851-2752 Visit Website

Jeffrey's

1204 West Lynn Street, , TX 78703 (512) 477-5584 Visit Website

Métier Cook's Supply

1805 S First Street, Austin, TX (512) 276-2605 Visit Website

Lick Honest Ice Creams [South Lamar]

1100 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704 (512) 363-5622 Visit Website
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