The word “Austin” often acts as a synonym for all things spicy, quirky, and full of life, so it’s no wonder that The Blue Genie Art Bazaar thrives on its selection of Austin-made gifts. This market pops up every winter at the Marchesa Hall and Theater and displays the city’s finest assortments of jewelry, paintings, and sugary treats. It costs nothing to enter, and their doors stay open until Christmas Eve.
Shoppers could spend hours perusing the shelves, especially with a warm cider in hand. Carols jingle through the speakers and holiday movies play on the big screen. Their event calendar boasts of live music and art giveaways, and there’s always cheer floating in the air. If purchasing presents at the mall feels like a dizzying, Herculean task, enlist the help of your friendly blue genie. Local art beats out a gift card any day.
Austin Art Garage
The prints from Austin Art Garage captivate the eye from yards away. Jake Bryer’s depictions of famous music venues and city skylines pop with bold colors and sharp geometric shapes. These canvases would make any living room radiate with pure, Austin energy. Forget stockings! These digitally layered photographs just beg to be hung by the chimney with care.
Land of the Thread
Nothing ties an outfit together like an elegantly designed pocket square or lapel pin. Land of the Thread’s snazzy buttons and bows will make any fashion-forward gentleman beam with joy. Plaids, stripes, patterns– you name it, they’ve got it.
You’ll be the star of the white elephant gift exchange with a present from Illuminidol. Upon first glance, these cylindrical candles look pretty ordinary, but one swift double take will make you think otherwise. As you light the wick in these tubes of wax, Saints Willie Nelson, Beyonce, and T-Swift peacefully stare back at you. Proclaim your love for your favorite presidential candidate. Share your joy over Selena Gomez’s new single. Hailed as “idolatry for the 21st century,” Illuminidol is sure to bring a hearty chuckle to those on your gift list.
John Self Garage Sale Artifacts
Wrap a little quirk under the tree. John Self’s garage sale art is truly unique. These distinctive wall hangings each have their own personality and flair. With different materials used in each one, no two are exactly alike. Go ahead– get to know these guys. Suss them out. You’re sure to find one that speaks to you.
Rory Skagen Art
You may recognize Rory Skagen‘s art from several murals painted across town. If you want to take a piece of that iconic Austin artwork home with you, Blue Genie has you covered. This is the perfect gift for that homesick Austinite on your list.