December 18, 2014

Last Minute Gift Guide - 2014

Christmas shopping can be fun, but it can also be stressful. If you're a last minute shopper like me, you still have a few gifts left to check off your list before Christmas. And in case you haven't noticed, Christmas is only ONE WEEK away!

In honor of all the last minute holiday shoppers out there, we put together a list of 16 terrific gifts (from local businesses!) to help make finding the perfect last minute gift a little less stressful.

1. Paw Paw's Catfish House Gift Certificate

You've heard it said, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach." Show that special someone that you care with a gift certificate to Paw Paw's Catfish House, one of the yummiest restaurants in Bastrop!

Paw Paw's Catfish House
1014 Main Street
Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-9800

2. Tasha Polizzi Jacket

This Tasha Polizzi jacket, sold at the Texas Boot Company, is one of their Fall favorites.  Its sold in very limited quantities, so you know that you'll stand out! What a great way to stay warm AND stylish this Winter! $149.99, more info here.

Texas Boot Company
733 Old Austin Highway
Bastrop, TX
(512) 332-0865

3. Wine Gift Baskets

Order your customized gift baskets at the Colorado River winery today. Pick your items and let their creative staff create a basket to your specifications!

Colorado River Winery
707 Chestnut Street
Bastrop, TX
(682) 227-0710

4. Mark Roberts Fairies and Elves

Mark Roberts presents the Ornament Fairy as part of his 2014 Christmas Collection. Dressed in red and green, this sweet figurine will bring holiday cheer wherever he's displayed. He measures 9" tall and has posable arms & legs. He also comes with his own collector’s box and Certificate of Authenticity and is part of a Numbered, Limited Edition Collection.

Liberty Glenn
1011 Main Street
Bastrop, TX
(512) 581-0501

5. Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Comes in three flavors--Vanilla, Chocolate, or Red Velvet--with green cream cheese frosting and M&M ornaments. Buy them for a friend, neighbor, or Mr. Claus himself!

Simply Sweet
1010 Main Street
Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-0112

6. Horse Riding Lessons

While you might not be able to buy them a pony, you can buy the next best thing! Inspired Riding offers beginner through advanced riding lessons. Ride your horse or one of their amazing lesson horses! Ages 5 through adults. Weight limit is 225 lbs. Private lessons are discounted until the end of December:

Inspired Riding
Cottletown Rd and Park Rd 1C
Smithville, TX
(512) 297-8586

7. Fruit, Cheese & More Baskets

Besides gorgeous flower arrangements and unique gifts, Brenda Abbott Floral Design also delivers beautifully prepared fresh "fruit, cheese and more" baskets to the Bastrop area. Prices vary, $50-$250. 

Christmas special: FREE delivery on Saturday, Dec. 20th! Call (512) 985-5359 to order.

Brenda Abbott Floral Design
1914 Main Street
Bastrop, TX
(512) 985-5359

8. Moisturizing Brown Sugar Scrub

$6 for 8 oz. Comes in a variety of Holiday Scents including Peppermint, Spicy Apple, Sugar Cookie, Spiced Cranberry, and Pumpkin Spice Latte. Plus, it can be gift wrapped for free!

Karen's Bath and Body
P.O. Box 505
Bastrop, TX
(512) 587-7425

9. YMCA Gift Certificate

Give the gift of good health this season! YMCA gift certificates are redeemable for individual or family memberships, personal training, boot camps, children's classes, youth sports, and more. Memberships range in price from $35/month to $55/month. Click here for more info.

YMCA Bastrop
1112 Main Street
Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-9622

10. Knife Blocks

$145. Our reclaimed wood knife block keeps your essential knives within reach. Made of repurposed 19th century European timber burnished to a smooth finish, this handcrafted holder is lined in galvanized steel and accented with weathered nail heads. Resembling a treasured Tuscan find, it is the star of any countertop.

Lost Pines Art Bazaar
603 Chestnut Street
Just off Main in Downtown Bastrop
(512) 985-6403

11. Heirloom Recipe Boxes

$135. Sold locally at the Lost Pines Art Bazaar, each Heirloom Recipe Box from the Rifle Paper Company is made of locally salvaged hardwood, selected to showcase its unique character and natural flaws. It takes over one month to source and mill the wood. The boxes are then produced over a two month period by the outstanding team at Hog Eat Hog, a local woodworking studio. Finally, each lid is screen printed by hand before being carefully inspected and packaged for delivery.

12. Kava Organic Chocolates

$3.99 each (plus tax). There are four flavors to choose from: Blueberry, Mint, Caramel Creme, or Coconut Vanilla. Perfect for anyone on your Christmas list!

Wild Thyme Herb Shop is the only herb shop in Bastrop and carries the finest organic teas, carrier oils, essential oils, dried herbs, locally crafted soaps, herbal lotions, salves, body care products, and more.

Wild Thyme Herb Shop
1022 Main Street in the R.A. Green Mercantile
Bastrop, TX
(512) 284-1152

13. Photography Gift Certificate

Precious Moments Photography gift cards make a perfect Christmas present for anyone on your list! Photographer Ashley McCullough has a passion for photography and loves capturing special moments you can cherish for a lifetime. From family and newborn sessions to weddings and engagement photos, Ashley specializes in all types of photography. Full sessions are $150.
(512) 865-1171

14. Gourmet Popcorn

$41.99 for 3.5 gallon tin. New Pop"O"locious gourmet popcorn at the Sugar Shack. Choose your favorite 3 flavors out of 20 equally delicious choices.

As an added bonus, you can bring the tin back for 1/2 price refills for one full year!
114 Loop 150 W
Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-3777

15. End-O-Day Donkeys

$25 each. End-O-Day Donkeys are handcrafted, painted and glazed by artist Lea Cundy, owner of Blue Donkey Studio. Each donkey is unique and comes in a variety of patterns and colors. To see which one you'd like to take home, click here.

Artmakers Collective
1022 Main Street in the R.A. Green Mercantile
Bastrop, TX
(512) 304-5332

16. Toby the Trilby Books

Local author, Angela Castillo, sparks the imagination with her book series, Toby the Trilby. There are currently 3 books in the series, which are written for children ages 8-12, but like the Harry Potter series, can be enjoyed by all ages.

Purchase your copies of "The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby," "The Further Adventures of Toby the Trilby," and "Toby the Trilby and the Forgotten City" locally at the Living Room Bookstore or online at Amazon.

GIVEAWAY!!! Here's your chance to win a $10 gift card to the Sugar Shack, perfect for all those last minute stocking stuffers! To enter, simply fill out the form below. By submitting the form, you are agreeing to the Sweepstakes Official Rules. The winner will be selected at random on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at 9pm CST, and contacted by email.

If you stop by any of these wonderful local stores, please let them know that 365 Things to Do in Bastrop, Texas sent you! Happy shopping!

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