District 6 has long been known as a great part of town for Austin independent stores and regional franchises to expand – a great place for Austin businesses to grow business! So that makes D6 a fine place to plan a holiday feast or gift splurge.
As promised, here’s Part 3 of our special round-up of far NW Austin holiday options. Enjoy!
Holiday Dinner, Party Prep & Food Gifts
Order-Ahead or grab some Grab & Go meal items from these D6 businesses
Stuffed Cajun Meat Market
Stuffed means stuffed: Stuffed mushrooms, peppers, shrimp, chicken breast, Turducken, Turken, pork tenderloin, but it also means great Cajun dishes, available as grab-and-go or for ordering online. Spice up your holidays and get your orders in while supplies last.
More than just a meal-planning or delivery service, Dream Dinners offers a large commercial kitchen/store front where you can prep a week’s worth of meals. This season, check out their Holiday options, include Holiday Roasted Turkey and all the fixin’s, Raspberry Stuffed French Toast for Christmas Brunch, and more.
This week, H-E-B has a variety of holiday Meal Simple options (for 4 or 8) that you may order online in advance and enjoy a $10 off coupon through Dec. 16. As the holiday draws near, H-E-B will have coupons, Meal Deals, and Combo Loco offers in their circulars and at the stores. Check out their website for turkey tips, recipes, other tasty deals, and info about Curbside and Delivery services.
Steiner Ranch Steakhouse
Similar to their Thanksgiving offerings, Steiner will be taking orders for their elegant holiday meal entrées and sides for pre-holiday pick up. Roll in and roll out with a feast.
Flores Mexican Restaurant
Sometimes, nothing says “home” like a huge tray of enchiladas. Or some Flores Chicken Soup: by the gallon. Order ahead from the Flores family’s catering menu to add a Texas twist to your holiday spread.
Reale’s Pizza & Cafe
Sometimes, nothing says “home” like a huge pan of lasagne. Or some Chicken Cacciatore: by the tray. Order ahead from the Reale family’s catering menu to add a taste of Italian-American tradition to your holiday spread.
Don’t Forget Dessert
Take a chance and walk in to see what’s available, or give them 24-hour notice to whip up a fresh pie in Apple, Peach, Sweet Potato, Coconut Cream, Buttermilk, Lemon, Blackberry, or Cherry (9″ pie for $15). Add some Louisiana sass to your holiday with a fresh Crawfish Pie ($18).
Your table’s not complete without a Buche Nöel. Order one in advance or take a chance to see if one’s on display at this Anderson Mill bakery. Also a great place to grab some special breakfast treats for the gang at the office and many selections of gluten-free treats.
Some people like pie. Some prefer cake. These local faves have a slew of deliciousness in their grab-and-go cupcake case with selections in full-size or mini. Don’t see your fave flavor? Order some up in time for the holidays.
Regulars of this San Antonio chain diner know all about annual Token Time. Order a pie or cake for the holiday and get a token for $5 off any $10 purchase down the road. Also a great time of year to load up on Gift Cards, good for the three Austin Jim’s and all of the Jim’s family in San Antonio, including Frontier Burger and Magic Time Machine.
Ann’s Kitchen Cakes
Something’s always cookin’ in Ann’s Kitchen, and this legendary NW Austin baker is a must-visit for the holidays. From grab-and-go to specialty cakes and special orders, Ann’s is the cake baker’s cake baker.
Whitney’s Magical Treats
While Whitney specializes in adorable sugar cookie creations, don’t miss her line of Memaw’s Magic Treats from her grandmother’s recipes of truffles, whoopie pies, cupcakes, brownies, cakes, and pies. Plan in advance for large orders.
Bat City Gelato
Bacio! Stracciatella! Semi-freddo cakes! One kiss of this frosty goodness and your lips will be speaking Italian in no time! Bring some home for the holidays to kick your pie-and-ice-cream game up a notch.
Austin’s cookie delivery angels can deliver your tokens of love locally through out the holiday season. Or grab a box to have on hand if you don’t have cookie-making plan for the season. Mint chocolate chip available through Dec. 24.
Legendary Lamme’s is a hit in anyone’s mailbox across the country. Indulge in over 130 years of Texas tradition with an assortment of Milk Chocolate Longhorns, Cashew Critters, Peanut Paws, or the glorious almond Choc’Adillos. Get your orders in now, and gather a selection for all your holiday parties.
Set the Table
Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline
The Lakeline farmers market features over 100 Central Texas vendors with produce, unique food items, and farm freshness for your holiday feast, Dec. 15 & 22.
Holiday Decor Making & Santa Photo Opp
On Dec 21, 9am-1pm, come see Santa and make some holiday home decor at the Holiday Swag Making session featuring free holiday swag using local wreath materials like yaupon, rosemary, juniper, pinecones, pine, ribbons, and all the equipment needed to make a beautiful door decoration for the festive month ahead.
Papa Noel Trees
There is still a bit of time to get a delivery or to go grab a holiday tree (hand-picked from the North Carolina Mountains) from this Lakeline tree lot.
You might see Claudette, the vintage 1963 Ford Econoline flower truck stationed in front of this neighborhood flower market. Come learn to build a custom bouquet, or have the pro staff design a lovely arrangement for your holiday table.
Give the Gift (Certificate) of Experience
Organic Spa Massage & Skincare
Who wouldn’t love a gift certificate for a healing massage and fabulous facial under the tree? This unassuming spa in a Spicewood Springs strip center offers many services, including the cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, hydrating, and antioxidant-protecting Hydra-Facials that will make your giftee glow. Heck, get one for yourself. You deserve it, Santa!
Lake Austin Spa
Austin’s award-winning spa resort offers free holiday gifts with every gift certificate purchased during the season. Take “Treat Yo’self” to another level! Book the ultimate staycation for your boo, your mom, your bestie, or all y’all.
Recently featured on the Ellen Show‘s 12 Days of Giveaways, Hyatt’s soon-to-be-revealed reno of the recent Travaasa (née The Crossings) is the area’s newest kid on the spa block. Get online and check out the deals for great gift certificates for future visits.
Gravity, schmavity. Give this as a gift to get your loved ones high – the natural way. Well, if natural involves a vertical tunnel and massive fan capable of windspeeds reaching approximately 250km/h.
ATX Wake Rentals
Float, float on as you float on any of the wake boat, pontoon, or cruise rentals on our lovely lakes. On-season, count on pick-up and drop-off service. During the off-season, they offer complete repair, install, and upgrade service. Pre-book now for 2019: 10% off for a limited time.
Moviehouse & Eatery
Holiday fiasco flicks are on tap at this NW movie house with a full-service kitchen and bar. While you’re at it, don’t forget the giftcards.
Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline
The Alamo’s December calendar is packed with family-friendly (and a few leave-the-kids-at-home) events to revel in, celebrate, and sometimes send-up the holidays. In fact, they even have a special holiday menu (Ho Ho Hoecakes, anyone?) Giftcards make great stocking stuffers.
There’s still time to book your school lock-in, neighborhood bowl-a-thon, or team-building holiday hoedown at NW Austin’s house o’ fun. Also: Giftcards.
Make a Shopping List & Check It Twice
New takes on hand-refurbished mid-century furniture pieces and simple, elegant home goods fill this independent shop. The shop brims with great gifts for the holidays.
Need a trophy, a plaque, a medal, custom T-shirts, or some sort of thing that says, “You’re the greatest!”? This independent award store is certainly in the running for the best.
Design With Consignment is now Curated TX
District 6 neighbor Lisa Gaynor and her consignment crew offer high-end pickin’s from local estates at this close-to-district store. Not only do they curate an amazing selection of furnishings and jewelry to choose from, they can also offer their tasteful suggestions to put it all together.
Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline
The Lakeline farmers market features over 100 Central Texas vendors with the perfect gifts for everyone on your list and special holiday activities at the market for all to enjoy, Dec. 15 & 22.
What to get that young person going off to college or fending for themselves for the first time? Check out H Mart’s impressive selection of rice and noodle cookers and electric kettles and garnish with variety packs of raman and kimchi noodles to blow their minds.
The McCoy family has been at the jewelry game for over three decades. Son Joey received his fine art degree at UT and designs custom pieces. Come support the glitter and glam of this local fam!
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts
First, you decide what you want to put it on (a T-shirt, a hat, a bag…). Then you decide what to put on it. And if you have a hard time making decisions, owner Nancy and staff can assist. Either way, you’ll get a totally customized and unique gift form the heart.
Habana House Cigars
The District 6 location of this all-things-tobacco haven is a new addition to this decade-young biz. Shop for humidors, pipes, tobacco, cutters, and yes, cigars in a lush and relaxing atmosphere.
NW Austin has a vinyl record nirvana (named for the Doug Sahm song), and it’s right off the lake and right near the Oasis.
Head down to Lakeline Mall and send some “Don’t Mess With Texas,” “Keep Austin Weird,” and other Lone Star goodness to your friends not fortunate enough to live here. It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true.
Vegan? Gluten-free? No problem? Cheesy caramel? Cookies & Cream? Maple Bacon? How about over two dozen more flavors? How about creating your own mix in a bucket and keeping your home in corn for the holidays?
Dive World Austin
Home of Austin’s premier PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center, featuring equipment sales, service, repair, and rental, plus a slew of classes, events, and travel opportunities for all your gift recipients who prefer to go deep.
This long-standing 4 Points outdoor decor locale features pine and mesquite handcrafted furniture, water features, Talavera and terracotta pottery, and more to make your backyard buzz.
Golf Cart Zone
For over 60 years, the folks at GCZ have kept duffers rolling and in the zone with a huge selection of Club Cars and carts for rental, leasing, or purchase. Imagine one of these babies under the tree.
Nyle Maxwell Fiat & Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Take advantage of end-of-the-year inventory deals now and deliver a fabulous Fiat 500, 500X, or 500 L, Alfa Romeo, Dodge Charger, Jeep Wrangler or other in-stock deal for the holidays.
With a $7,500 tax credit, 260-310 mile charging range, and 125-155 top MPH, give one of these, and you will be top Santa for life.
If you can’t find exactly what you want to give, take a tour of the stores, make a selection of gift cards, and call it a day!
New Year’s in the District
Head out to the ‘tank on New Year’s Eve for a Lip Sync Battle with a $500 prize. Props and costumes encouraged. RSVP now to enter the contest or just come on out to cheer and ring in the New Year.
The lake shore legend has an annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Space is limited and RSVP is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 512-266-2442 x9 for more details.
Be sure to check Part 1 of this series, our Thanksgiving round-up, and Part 2, our list of Holiday Events.
Happy Holidays, Everyone!
Maybe we’ll see you out and about in District 6, keeping it local. From our team to yours, we hope you have the happiest holiday season ever.