Austin, Texas has long been known as an eclectic city packed full of a cultural immersion that is hard to find in other states. Their slogan is “keep Austin weird”, and for a very good reason. Austin is a hub for the free-spirited, free thinkers of the world who like to enjoy life to the fullest. One of the greatest things about Austin is their SXSW festival. SXSW stands for South by Southwest, and it is one of the largest and most diverse music festivals in America. Therefore, as you can see, there is more than enough going on in Austin to keep you entertained with plenty of activities and souvenirs. Let’s look at some of the more pronounced souvenirs you can find in Austin.
1. Crystal goods
With fair-trade goals in mind, there are many crystal souvenirs in Austin that you can scoop up affordably to remember your trip. Whether you utilize crystals for healing and more spiritual endeavors or you simply appreciate a good geode—there are plenty of crystal souvenirs to choose from. With a rise in popularity surrounding things such as salt lamps and healing oils, visiting one of these natural fair-trade shops will certainly spark your interests.
With a firm belief that everyone should be able to purchase beautiful, natural souvenirs at an affordable price—these crystal souvenirs will not break the bank. What’s even better? Not only will you be helping the local Austin economy, you are also helping our global economy!
2. Musical lifestyle gifts and apparel
As I mentioned prior, Austin, Texas is quite the unique city filled with people, music, and merchandise you are unlikely to find elsewhere. Perhaps you are looking for some new artwork for your home or even a new instrument for your musical hobby—no matter what you are searching for you are certain to find it in Austin. And if you are in fact a music fan – like the majority of us – you will be amazed at the selection of music memorabilia.
From roots and soul music to classical and opera—no matter what your taste in music, Austin has got you covered. The best part of it all is there are very specific memorabilia from a variety of well-known artists. Beyond the musical roots that exist in this area, there are also a variety of theater and film items to remember your journey.
3. Home and garden goods
Much like in other cities, there is a great variety of home and garden items available in Austin to dress up your home or backyard. If you are someone who enjoys the outdoors and outdoor living, Austin has a bountiful selection of accommodations for this lifestyle. From pillows to plates and garden goods, there is something available for everyone. And many of the home goods available here celebrate the proud Texan capitol and Austin lifestyle so you will never forget your trip.
Celebrate your Texas trip with a pair of capitol collage salt and pepper shakers, 3D Texas star wine stoppers, or goods for your garden. These ideas also make for excellent gifts for those back at home as well! And they are more than certain to appreciate these unique items.
4. Adult themed apparel
There are quite a few different locations in Austin that contain some of the most comical, catchy apparel that is… shall we say… more than adult themed. Not in the physical relations kind of adult theme, but rather in the swear word department. One of the more interesting pieces of merchandise I have found down there are their cute socks with catchy adult sayings on them.
As the popularity of cat ownership soars, so too does the amount of apparel and décor that represents our love for these pets. These shops carry cute socks that have funny sayings regarding our love for these furry friends. They are a bit too vulgar for this post, so I will leave it up to your imagination. Of course, there are also other pairs of humorous socks that have nothing to do with cats. See for yourself.
5. Local art
Everyone loves a good piece of art—or at least I like to think so as a huge fan of art myself. As I mentioned earlier, Austin is filled with the free-spirited, open-minded artists and other free thinkers from all over the world. And as such, there are more artists in this area to even guestimate an exact number. Austin contains an entire mall dedicated to souvenirs, and it is one of the best places to find an original piece. The mall is called A-town Gifts and Apparel.
Located just along Burnet Road, this local mall contains art from more artists than you could ever imagine. The best part? It is all original and from artists that many of your friends and family will have a zero idea about. This makes for quite the unique art experience that will always remind you of Austin.
6. Gag gifts
As with many other areas, there are plenty of stores in Austin that feature a variety of gag gifts. These include fun collectibles and items you could easily gift out to your friends, family and loved ones. For instance, there are Stretch Armstrong figures—although they are not your everyday Stretch Armstrong models. Some of them include Hulk Hogan and other well-known wrestlers like Randy Savage.
These places are also notorious for having Star Wars collectibles, kids’ souvenirs, and other toy collectibles. Therefore, if you are a toy collector like me, these places are exactly what you need to build your collection.
Austin, Texas is a city in which you will never find yourself facing boredom. There is so much to do you will most likely have to visit at least twice to fit everything in. With a more than epic music scene and a lively culture—Austin, Texas is certain to leave you thrilled and happy with your travel decision.
Updated: May 7, 2018