Holiday shopping can be stressful, so this year, make gift sets your best friend to save you the hassle of shopping around.
Here are 6 Austin businesses offering Christmas gift sets.
The Artisan Gift Boxes
The Artisan Gift Boxes are curated with handmade and all-natural products, custom-made by artisans all over the world.
Gift boxes range from $58-$200 per box, so you can choose a variety of themes to find the ideal gift for that special someone you have in mind. Whether you're looking to give a very Austin themed gift experience, or hoping to help a friend relax with a self care box, The Artisan Gift Boxes offers easy and thoughtfully made gift boxes you can order from home.
The Artisan Gift Boxes offers local delivery in Austin and nationwide shipping so you can get anyone their gift before Christmas. You can find more information on these gift boxes here.
Bon Vivant Gift Boxes
If you are in search of a sophisticated and well-thought out curated box to surprise your friends, try making your own with Bon Vivant Gift Boxes.
Ranging from $45-$90 per box, Bon Vivant offers many different types of stylish gift boxes for any occasion and person. With a holiday collection in place, this local business offers the best present of all: you can order it from the comfort of your home.
Whether you're looking for a gift set to give your significant other or one to send to a friend that lives in another state, Bon Vivant has you covered with easy ordering and delivery. Bon Vivant partners with many local artists around Austin and is able to offer a personalized gift, with all your Austin favorites.
You can find more information on these gift boxes here.
Texas Capitol Gift Shop
Texas Capitol gift shop offers gift boxes to welcome anyone to Austin. Curated by the Capitol gift shop, these gifts are well-thought out to represent the best part of Texas.
With Texas themed box sets, you can easily order any gift box from home, or if you haven't yet, you can make a trip to the Capitol for an in-person experience. Ranging from $64.99-$124.95 per box, all products in the gift sets are Texas-made and focus on artists around the Austin area.
You can find more information on these gift boxes here.
Austin City Gift Baskets
Another Austin inspired gift store, Austin City Gift Baskets offers specialty curated baskets to share a piece of Austin with anyone.
Ranging from $35-$180 per box, you can choose how elaborative and big you want your gift to be. Austin City Baskets offers local delivery as well as international shipping, so you can surprise anyone in the world with a piece of home.
Austin City Baskets has many Austin themed baskets, including a Zilker Park, Barton Springs, and flavors of Austin basket. You can find more information on these gift baskets here.
If you are struggling to find the best gift for your friends, why not send them a boozy treat? You can make your own gift basket with Couch Potato.
Although you might recognize Couch Potato as a food and drink delivery service, they also offer gift basket options for special occasions and holidays. You can make your own basket ranging in size and price with local goodies, snacks, sweet treats, wine and beer.
You can find more information on these gift baskets here.
Austin FC couldn't find the stamina to fight off a 2-0 loss against LAFC for their inaugural match on Saturday.
The match, which saw No. 21 Austin FC go head-to-head with No. 2 LAFC in Los Angeles, was broadcast nationally on FOX and FOX Deportes.
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Eleven players took the stage as Austin FC players for the first time, with five starters making their MLS debut. "Ringleader" Alex Ring took the captain's armband and wore it well. The defensive midfielder could be seen leading his teammates through their first ever match, but it wasn't enough to stage an Austin takeover in LA.
In the signature style of Head Coach Josh Wolff, the team played with quickness and intensity, nearly connecting on several fast breaks. It was harder for them to stay in front, however, something that Wolff credits with quick decision making and a tough LAFC defense.
"We have a quick attacking team, but I think when you make quick attacks and it fizzles it's just about some decision making," Wolff said. "Are we in position to finish attacks? If not, can we reestablish our attack and get stuff better?"
The club was given some generous breaks from No. 2 LAFC, who had one or both of their star DPs out for the half. While forward Diego Rossi is out for the entire match due to a hamstring injury, Carlos Vela was accidentally pulled too soon on what turned out to be a miscommunication.
"He gave us the sign that he needed to come off," LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley said on broadcast. "I can't say more than maybe it's my fault."
LA pulled some dramatics and slowly gained more possession throughout the half, but ATXFC's defense wasn't initially as shaky as it seemed in preseason. Jhohan Romana has pulled his weight in getting the ball out of goal, and a 34-year old Matt Besler held his own in center back.
As the second half commenced, however, it became clear that LAFC had the advantage over Austin's first major league team.
Goalkeeper Brad Stuver had his work cut out for him, fending off 24 shot attempts, 11 of which were on goal. He didn't have much time to prepare, either: in the first 30 seconds of play, Stuver had already made a save to keep the match 0-0.
LAFC finally connected in the 61st minute of play as Corey Baird shot one into the bottom right corner. The team capitalized off their momentum and put one past Stuver a second time, drawing roars of approval from the LAFC crowd.
While some last-minute attempts from Jon Gallagher and others were made, Austin FC didn't have the endurance to bring a tie. After seven additional minutes of stoppage time, the club lost their first match 2-0.
While the scoreboard tells one story, Wolff said that the team did well considering the skill of LAFC and the pressure of their club debut.
"We've got to be realistic," Wolff said. "This is the first time this organization has been in front of TV with an opportunity to show itself and I think there were some promising moments. And we're going to maximize those and continue to try to develop those, but there's lots to build on."
The team may have lost, but it still won the support of thousands of Verde fans, dozens of which made it to watch their team's first match. When Stuver and the team made it to bthe stadium, Los Verdes fans were already there to show support, and Stuver said his wife saw the same back in Austin.
"The moment that we pulled into the stadium, we saw Black and Verde fans cheering us on as we got to the stadium," Stuver said. "During warm up, you can just look around and see different groups sitting in different sections of the stadium and it's just truly amazing to see the support in our first game. We know that we want to give the fans everything, because this we play for the city and we play for them."