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The Best Souvenirs to Buy in Austin

by Berit Baugher

Photo courtesy of Bad Dog Bar Craft.

After you've danced away the night at one too many honky tonks, eaten enough barbecue to last a lifetime, and decided that you actually don't mind country music, souvenir hunting will be the last thing on your mind. To make your vacation shopping a little easier, we've rounded up our favorite Austin-centric items — goods guaranteed to remind you of an amazing trip.

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto

Learn how to cook Texas-style barbecue from the very best. The folks behind the wildly popular Austin restaurant teach readers how to build at-home smokers, tend perfect fires, and source top-quality meats. ($15)

Legend: Best of Willie Nelson

Jam out to a compilation of tunes from Austin's hometown legend. ($12)

Austin Breakfast Tacos

There's a taco for every occasion in Austin, but without a doubt, the crowd favorite is the one served at breakfast. With over forty recipes, authors Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece show readers how to replicate the Texan delicacy at home. ($17)

Jo's House Blend Coffee

Made in collaboration with Stumptown, the citrus, honey, and cinnamon-flavored blend was created for Jo's, a local coffee institution known for drawing an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, and techies. ($14)

Keep Austin Weird T-Shirt

Don the city's unofficial motto with a tourist tee that won't feel too out of place once you get home. ($17)

Cowboy Boots from Allens Boots

Spruce up any look with a pair of authentic leather cowboy boots from the city's top western wear emporium. ($220)

Bad Dog Bar Craft Sarsaparilla Dry Bitters

Mix up a taste of the old west with small-batch, sarsaparilla-flavored cocktail bitters. ($19)

Yellowbird Habanero Sauce

Made from a spicy blend of carrots, habanero peppers, onions, garlic, tangerine juice, and lime, the fiery hot sauce is a mainstay on just about every Austin table. ($13)

Titos Handmade Vodka

Handmade in small batches using old-fashioned pot stills, the smooth-tasting vodka is produced in Austin's oldest legal distillery. ($45)

Wildsam Field Guides: Austin

Peruse the artful field guide pre- and post-trip. Stuffed with interviews, essays, and travel miscellany, it's a piece of travel ephemera that you'll go back to again and again. ($18)

Made by hand in Austin, the simple diamond studs are inspired by the wide open spaces of West Texas. ($315)

Stag Austin Senators Hat

Root for the (former) home team with a vintage-style cap made from old baseball flannel. ($54)


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