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May 27, 2008 03:58 PM

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.