December 11, 2019 at 1:38pm | Denise Bodman
If you haven’t visited the Govalle/Springdale neighborhood yet, you’re missing out on one of Austin’s most interesting and eclectic areas. Sometimes referred to as the city’s ‘Creative District’, 78702 is filled with artisan shops, art studios, local jewelers, and intriguing venues you can’t find anywhere else. It’s the perfect place to find a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for someone on your list.

Check out these unique East Austin shops to up your holiday gift giving this season!

Son of a Sailor

Filled with beautiful, quirky, and impeccably designed handmade and hand selected goods, Son of a Sailor off of Springdale Road is a curated shopping experience like no other. Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind jewelry, art prints, home decor, leather goods, or even pet accessories, there are plenty of intriguing options to choose from. With an aesthetic that shifts easily between fun, funky, and refined, this cute shop is your go-to for unique accent pieces and accessories.

Canopy Austin

Built from the bones of an East Austin warehouse, Canopy is a creative community filled with artist studios and occupied by a host of local creatives and artistic talent. Visitors can navigate a honeycomb of hallways and drop in to view open galleries or check out their full list of residents beforehand. From painters to quilters and everything in between, at Canopy you can find the perfect gift and support local artists at the same time!


Ghost Pepper Glass

  Drop by Ghost Pepper Glass to view a beautiful array of ready-made baubles, dishware, and accent pieces or reach out to one of their experienced artisans for a one-of-a-kind custom piece. Visitors can watch the magic as it happens through a hallway viewing window into the glass blowing shop or by stepping out onto the outdoor patio. Shopping for someone who loves experiences? Ghost Pepper also offers glass blowing classes and workshops with no experience necessary.


Modern Rocks Gallery

Austin is the live music capital of the world, so it makes sense for a gallery of iconic rock n’ roll photography to set up shop here. Find limited-edition fine art prints, signed album covers, photography books, and more in this unique East Austin space that caters to music and art lovers of every stripe.

East Austin Succulents & Tillery Street Plant Company

A little pop of organic flare can do wonders for any space and with an expansive assortment of open-air cacti, succulents and plants, East Austin Succulents and Tillery Street Plant Company have a plant for every aesthetic. Check out their assortment of plants, pots, and art or try a custom arrangement for a one-of-a-kind piece. Buying for someone that lacks a green thumb? Cacti and succulents are hardy plants and make great starter plants for even the least plant-friendly among us.

EAST CO. & Fail Jewelry


Located between the Govalle and Holly neighborhoods, this shared-space shop is filled with beautifully curated home decor from East Co. on one side and elegant handmade jewelry by Fail Jewelry on the other. Interesting prints, delicate lines, intricate detailing, and eye-catching patterns bring this East Austin space to life and invite visitors to stay a while and explore their one-of-a-kind offerings.
Now that you have a few gift ideas, it’s time to shop 'til you drop! Have you stopped by one of these sweet local shops? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you thought.

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