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What Austin-y gift would you send someone?

We owe some out-of-state friends of ours thank you gifts for helping us move a family member down here to live with us. We'd really like to send them something Austin-y (or Texas-y, if all else fails), as such. I'd love to hear any and all ideas you have!!

IDEALLY, the gifts would be small enough so we could package them along with thank you cards ourselves, mail them to about 4 or 5 different destinations (shipping time = approx. 3 days), and not spend buckets of money. However, we're open to making something else work. . . . In fact, the only thing I've really thought of so far (hence my asking for brainstorming help :p), Miles of Chocolate, would require overnight shipping from Grapevine Market.

A big thank you in advance!

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  1. Tito's vodka, fresh tortillas, shiner boch, austin nuts

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    1. re: amykragan

      austin nuts

      Yes, please send some of our Austin nuts. The more the better.

      1. Lammes Candies pecan chewies. I think they cost about a buck each, or you can buy them by the box. I bring these every time I go home.

        Austin Slow Burn green chile jam. It's in a glass jar, but if you wrap it well it should ship ok.

        Mary Louise Butters Brownies.

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        1. re: chrischris

          We took the Lammes Longhorns (may be what you're referring to) to a friend in San Francisco. He loved them.

        2. Salsa, hot sauce, and jalapeno jelly (I haven't tried the green chile jam listed upthread, but that could be a good option). Maybe some chili sauce for fruit?

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          1. I second amykragan's vote of Tito's Handmade Vodka. I would also include one of Paula's made-in-Austin spirits....

            1. If you consider salsa, I'd recommend this one from Texas Texas:

              I picked up a jar on a whim recently and absolutely loved it, ate it with a spoon. I think I got mine from HEB or Wal-Mart of all places, but it is local, and it's so delicious, just a perfect classic salsa.

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              1. re: renz

                I like this salsa a lot as well. The hot version has a good amount of heat, but not too much. The only unfortunate thing is that salsa is an expensive thing to ship (because of the weight).

                1. re: rudeboy

                  Since you cannot send liquor over state lines, if you want to send Tito's you need to find a distributor in the state that your friends live... That is what I have done to gift it as far away as MA. I also like to send local peach jam and El Chile salsa (I know not everyone likes it, but I do...)

                  1. re: kirelerya

                    I love rudy's bbq sauce...and so does my dad...I always bring a bottle home with me when I visit.

                    1. re: chowinginaustin

                      I thought that Rudy's must have changed the formula. I was just looking at a bottle of their sauce and the second ingredient, after water, is High Fructose Corn Syrup. Then tomato paste and vinegar.

              2. www.texastraditions.com

                very nice quality and interesting products. jams, rubs, etc... Based out of Central Texas.

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                1. re: danoc

                  this place is in RR, I have liked many of there products and sent as gifts.

                2. Maria's chimichurri has always been a hit as a gift. Available at Taco Xpress and Whole Foods.

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                  1. You've already gotten tons of great advice here, but I really like the Hill Country Homestyle Canning products -- I have bought my dad several jars of their sauerkraut and dill pickles and he LOVES them (the sauerkraut IS very good). We get their stuff at the Saturday Sunset Valley Farmers' Market.


                    1. Pecans from Berdolls in Bastrop (esp. their milk chocolate-caramel pecan clusters and their cinnamon-sugar pecans)
                      Flavored agave nectars by Agasweet (Chef Achim, made here in Austin)-- so good on scones, in tea or coffee... esp. like the lavender agave in a glass of champagne!
                      Rose hip syrups by Venus Love Arts, again made here in Austin... yum on pancakes and toast...
                      Peach preserves from Fredericksburg (close enough)

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                      1. re: salsera

                        I did Kerby Lane pancake mix, Ruta Maya coffee and a local cane syrup (ca'nt remember the name) for an Austin breakfast. I've been thinking about doing dried lavender from Sweet Dreams farms with the cookbook they sell, or putting together a little recipe book.

                        1. re: televiking

                          That's a great idea. Good Flow honey would be a good addition as well.

                      2. Okay, so I'm super late in saying this, but THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for sending all these fantastic ideas my way!! Sounds like I also have some fun new things to try now! Gotta love this board.

                        1. These other suggestions are much better, but I like giving those cool Amy's Ice Cream T-shirts that look like the AC/DC record cover. Travels well too :)

                          1. In case anyone in the future looks at this post (re-directed from other sites)
                            - Texas Brew salsa (available at SPECs)
                            - Austin coasters made by the South Austin Gallery (available at shops in Austin)
                            - Torchys Tacos tshirt for anyone who has been
                            - TexaFrance queso (or a queso gift basket with velveeta, rotel, chips, green hatch chilis in a cute can, and maybe a cute recipe card)
                            - Any beer from Austin (Adelberts has fancy bottles and you can get them at HEB, Austin Beerworks has cans)
                            - If you can find it, for the whiskey fan, anything from Balcones distillery. So rare now, but so worth it if you find it! (Try the blue corn whiskey).

                            1. Tito's sweet tea vodka has been a hit.

                              1. Friends from out of state are always in love with queso. there are plenty of brands of jarred/tub queso's although most of the good ones need to be kept cold (send with cold pack?). My son loves the TexaFrance brand the best.

                                Jaime's Spanish Village salsa is good too. You could send with some tortillas from El Milagro (located on E. 6th but sold everywhere).

                                There are amazing chocolate bars sold at Antonelli's that have toffee and candied fruits with nuts in them. I need to find out who makes those but I'm fairly certain they are local. Delicious and beautiful. Found it: http://www.chocolatemakersstudio.com/...