Last-Minute Style Gift Guide
Presents for everyone on your list: from nieces to nemeses
By Brandon Watson,
11:40AM, Fri. Dec. 18, 2015
Buying gifts for everyone on your list isn't easy. Between your grandmother who collects string and your neighbor that may be plotting your murder, you have a lot of weirdos to buy for this year. We are here to help with our last-minute style gift guide. Here are some suggestions for the toughest people on your list.
For the Minimalist Who Wants Nothing
BDJ Craftworks Wooden Vases (various prices)
Your very particular uncle once considered adding a vase to his loft upon seeing a white tulip with a perfect 45 degree curve. But that would have meant giving up counter space (he keeps reminding you he paid a lot for all that marble). But had he had known about Brian David Johnson’s hardwood vases, inlaid with ribbons of resin, he might have changed his mind. Each wall mounted vase is handmade from sustainably harvested woods and are sleek enough to please the pickiest decorator. Imagine all the fun he will have picking a place to hang it.Take Heart
1111 E 11th St. #100, 512/520-9664
Tue.-Sat., 11am-6pm, Sun., 11am-5pm
For the Witch Who Has Everything
Your best frenemy has enough black lace scarves to clothe a Stevie Nicks army. Her collection of candles would provide more than enough light for a citywide blackout. And when she wants a new look, she just casts a glamour. But even she would swoon over this serpent from Ax+Apple, a Los Angeles jewelry maker with Austin roots. Throw in a tarot deck from the Wild Unknown ($40) and a sage smudge ($12) if she recently let you borrow a pair of her black pointy boots. Curse them if she cast a spell on your boyfriend.
1700B S. Congress, 512/912-9779
For the Dapper Dan
Vintage Pocket Watches (various prices)
The tie, the cufflinks, the tilt of the hat. Your man keeps every detail tight. He can’t just go around telling time from any old iPhone. No, he needs something he can whip from his pocket while balancing a single malt Scotch, something with the right amount of flash. Dandy’s has an affordable array of pocket watches that always look timely. But be warned, he probably won’t look at it until well past midnight.
411 Brazos St #110, 512/999-8196
Tue.-Sat., noon-7pm, Sun., by appointment
For the Fashion-Forward Headbanger
Via Christa Skull Necklace ($260)
On her first day of camp, your favorite niece deleted all her Taylor Swift playlists and announced she was only going to listen to Gorgoroth. Now that she's in college, she has stopped mixing her Bonne Bell to make corpse paint, but that doesn't mean she has given up her edge. She would never stop screaming if you gave her Via Christa’s skull necklace. And that may just be the start of a musical career.