Hey friends! To get in the holiday spirit (and counteract the bummer state of the pandemic) we complied this little Moontower-approved holiday gift guide to share what we’ve been coveting for our friends and family (ok, and ourselves!) this year.
Most of the items you’ll see below are from Austin based and/or women and POC-owned businesses. We appreciate the support our clients and partners have given us this past crazy year and always try to pay it forward to help our local economy grow. We suggest you do the same!
Without further ado, here are some cool and affordable gifts we’ve scouted for you and your loved ones…
FOR YOUR MOVIE LOVER
Austin Film Society Holiday Gift Membership, starting at $65
Now that all Austin Film Society’s arthouse movie programing is online, this is a perfect gift for the film aficionado in your life, no matter where they live. There is a special running now as well where all gift memberships come with a thank you gift and two bonus months. Noice!
FOR YOUR VIPs
Viva Day Spa Gift Certificate, prices vary
A true one-size-fits-all gift from the best day spa in Austin! Your gift certificate can be used for everything from massages to spa packages to even med-spa services (like botox). Plus they have 3 locations to choose from in different parts of the city (their newest Domain location feels extra luxe!).
Element Skin Facial Gift Certificate, prices vary
The skin specialists at eleMINT will help you better understand your own face and optimal skin care regiment. Give your loved one a boost in confidence with a visit to eleMINT’s chic new space.
FOR YOUR FAVORITE WOMXN
We love this jewelry designer not only for her simple-but-interesting and highly wearable designs, but also because she’s just so darn lovely. Support her and give a gift that will not be put into daily rotation.
FOR YOUR ART-LOVING (NOW VIRTUAL) WORK-HUSBAND OR WIFE.
Inspired by artist Jim Hodges’s sculpture With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), an iconic outdoor installation along the roofline of the Jones Center on Congress Avenue. Bonus! The Contemporary Shop is having Holiday Sale is coming up December 5 and 6 with 20% off the everything.
FOR ANYONE OVER 21
Boozy Bites, $60
Order a box of these elevated jello shots for a fun post-holiday dinner treat that will make you feel like you’re in college again! Seriously, these are a hoot and totally worth it for the laughs it will bring around the table. Shelf stable for 45 days and vegan 🙂
FOR YOUR BOHO FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMEBER
This great mother-daughter owned shop has expertly curated textiles from India, Morocco and Turkey. These one of a kind Vintage Kantha Throw Blankets are impressive for only $85. Be quick and snag your favorite color because there is only one of each! Also be sure to check out their “holiday shop” which has so many goodies—our other favs include the Cactus Ornaments, Noyota Coasters and Embroidered Patchwork Tapestry (only $85! Good for your mom or aunt?)
FOR YOUR BABIES
This is only one of the many insanely cute designs for babies and kids by Mi Cielo, an inspired Asian woman owned business. Watch parents squeal with joy when they receive one of these photo-worthy outfits for their babe.
The Nature of Play Book Book, $24
My Weather Station, $57
FOR YOUR TWEEN/TEEN MUSIC FAN
Know a young adult that is super into music? Help them dig deeper and learn to tickle the ivories without the investment of a baby grand. It’s also a great way to kill all those long indoor hours at home coming up this winter break.
FOR YOUR COLLEGE KID OR RECENT GRAD
Bean Bag Bucketz Party Game, $27.49
The indoor and outdoor-friendly game is a cross between cornhole and ultimate frisbee. It’s social distancing friendly too! Add in some sort of drinking game component and you got yourself a pretty wild night.
FOR YOUR WINE LOVER
From our pals at The Carpenter Hotel here in Austin, this simple and useful wine bucket seems like a fitting thing to add to our kitchen collection right now, seeing as most entertaining is happening outdoors. Add the cute Howdy wine key and you got yourself a nice little gift for the drinkers in your life.
FOR YOUR HUBBY OR BOYFRIEND
Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Weekender Duffle Bag, $86 (marked down from $215 for a limited time so get on it!)
With a focus on sustainability and good design, Lo & Sons is a brand you can feel good about. The story behind the brand is just as heartwarming too. Founded by Helen Lo at 65 years old, it proves you’re never to old to get it girl!