The holidays are fast approaching, and if you're stumped on what to get the Austinite or Austin-lover in your life, check out this roundup of ideas — from Austin-themed kitchen tools to seminal cookbooks to start or complete your culinary library. After all, foodie gifts are a great way to say “I remember your interests!” while also saying “... and I wouldn’t mind an invitation to your next dinner party.” Read on for our favorite Austin food gifts.
Glass Carafes, $24
These hand-blown Mexican carafes make dinner at home feel both elegant and fun, so they’re a great gift for any cook. Plus, they’re just plain gorgeous! They're from Hacienda Austin, which sells locally sourced but "globally inspired" products that fit into the Texas lifestyle.
Austin Cutting Boards, $29-$39
Glass cutting boards are easy to wash and sanitize, so they can be used for chopping fajita meat one day and cilantro the next. And these particular cutting boards are perfect for fans of the Austin because they’re printed with iconic local images, such as the Loop 360 Bridge, the Chuy’s Tex-Mex sign, “Don’t mess with Texas” or the state Capitol, to name just a few.
Milagro Heart Tray, $36
Good for serving drinks or bringing condiments to the table, this Peruvian Milagro heart tray will make a cook’s work a little bit easier — and looks good while doing it. It's also nod to the Mexican and South American cultures ever present in Austin.
Diana Kennedy literally wrote the book(s) on Mexican cooking — everything from the classic The Art of Mexican Cooking: Traditional Mexican Cooking for Aficionados to the James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year, award-winning Oaxaca al Gusto. For a gift, we recommend My Mexico: A Culinary Odyssey with Recipes, a cookbook-memoir hybrid published by Austin’s own University of Texas Press.
Mexican Table Runner, $46
For a cook who enjoys hosting, dinner is much more festive with an attractive table runner to set the tone. This handwoven orange table runner with yellow stitching conjures images of laughing and sharing good food with good friends. The runner is from El Interior, one of Austin's oldest shops for Mexican clothing and art.