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Searching for the perfect holiday gift? Check out some of the season’s top gifts, including options that support local businesses.

Bonus: Take advantage of Black Friday with 30% off gift guides on Six & Main.

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For art aficionados: Austin print | $12 | Show love for the city with this print that features Texas shapes, stars, and more.

For proud Texans: Cowboy boot + Texas flag magnet | $6 | They’ll love this matte vinyl magnet of Texas’ favorite footwear.

For loved ones: Texas card | $5.50 | Say hello to someone special in your life with this Texas card.

For anyone: Personalized star ornament | $6.54 | The perfect gift for just about everyone, these handmade clay ornaments come from a five-star shop.

For trivia fans: Trivial Pursuit “Stuff You Should Know” party game | $21.99 | A game to help you build your knowledge of weird, fascinating, and unbelievable trivia.

For your significant other: Personalized song plaque | $9.98 | A light-up plaque you can customize with their favorite song + a photo of you together.
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Shop 30% off gifts on Six & Main

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For sippers: ATXtoday glasses | $39.99 | Celebrate your favorite publication (oh hey, that’s us) and your Austin spirit.

For pet parents: Martingale dog collar | $34 | Dog parents will love this collar featuring Sturdy nylon webbing and brass hardware.

For homebodies: “Home for the Holidays” candle | $28 | Welcome the holidays with the aroma of this spicy cinnamon and clove candle.

For style icons: Women’s cropped vest | $36.97 | A winter outfit addition they can pair with anything.

For worker bees: Crockpot Electric Lunch Box | $39.98 | A personal portable food warmer to keep lunchtime meals hot.

For techies: 3-in-1 wireless charging station | $29.99 | Help them charge their phone, smartwatch, and AirPods at one organized charging stand.
 
Events
 
Friday, Nov. 24
  • Luminations | Now-Saturday, Jan. 6 | 5:45-9 p.m. | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin | $23-$28 | This glowing exhibition is inspired by the four elements.
  • Peppermint Parkway | Now-Saturday, Dec. 30 | 6-9 p.m. | Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin | $40-$99 | The holiday light display returns with a plethora of drive-thru installations, plus a petting zoo, holiday photo ops, rides, and a market at Peppermint Plaza.
Saturday, Nov. 25
  • Light up the Plaza | Saturday, Nov. 25 | 5-8 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave | Free | Explore a holiday market, take photos with Santa, and hear live music from Gunnar Latham and Kaitlin Butts at the Galleria’s tree lighting event.
Sunday, Nov. 26
  • Self Love Sunday | Sunday, Nov. 26 | 9-10:30 a.m. | My Vinyasa Practice SoCo, 8534 S. Congress Ave., Ste. B2, Austin | $25 | Enjoy yoga, crafts, refreshments, and a kindness meditation.
Monday, Nov. 27
  • Mayor’s Book Club: “Mr. Texas” | Monday, Nov. 27 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin | Free | Austin Mayor Kirk Watson will introduce a talk with book author Lawrence Wright and The 19th co-founder Emily Ramshaw.
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    News Notes
     
    Today Is
    • Black Friday — a day kicking off the gift-giving spirit of the holidays with local and national sales. We suggest checking out these local restaurants offering specials + discounts today and tomorrow. (Eater Austin)
    Civic
    • Most City of Austin employees will be required to work in-office 50% of the time starting in the new year. The return-to-office mandate will still allow for a large portion of work-from-home days, which city officials hope will contribute to long-term sustainability goals. (CBS Austin)
    Number
    • 1.6 million. That’s how many new Texans the state added between 2020 and Jan. 1 this year, with the Austin area seeing the most growth. The “Texas Triangle,” which includes Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, holds 68% of the state’s population. (Texas Tribune)
    Now Open
    • A new Via 313 Pizzeria location opened at Star Bar on West 6th Street. The space will offer its familiar Detroit-style pies, including fan-favorites like the Funkadelic Chicken and the Bobo Brazil.
    Environment
    • Texas has more wild feral hogs than any other US state, according to new research from the University of Georgia. More than 99% of Texas counties have some population of the invasive species, which can be destructive to property and dangerous to people. (Austin American-Statesman)
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    • This FDA-registered vibrator is so good, doctors recommend it. It also has six unique motors, 16 speeds, and it’s Bluetooth-enabled. Bonus: It’s 35% off right now.*
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    • Deal alert: Hulu is offering its ad-supported version for $0.99 a month for 12 months. Excuse us while we stream all the holiday content.*
     
     
    The Buy
     
    A great Black Friday find: $180 off the Dyson cordless vacuum. Check out even more deals and happy shopping.
     
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    Reader response round-up
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    We’ve asked you about quite a bit this month, and now it’s time to share your answers.

    Here’s a snapshot of our readers, based on how they answered these five questions:

    Are you traveling for Thanksgiving?

    • No, I’m staying home — 77%
    • Yes, I’m driving — 19%
    • Yes, I’m flying — 4%

    Do you recycle?

    • Yes — 99%
    • No — 1%

    Do you compost?

    • Yes — 58%
    • No — 42%

    Do you own a house in Austin?

    • Yes, for several years now — 70%
    • No, and I won’t be buying anytime soon — 16%
    • Yes, as of recently — 12%
    • No, but I plan to buy soon — 2%

    Which local festival is your favorite?

    • Texas Book Festival — 47%
    • SXSW — 16%
    • Austin Food + Wine Festival — 11%
    • Other — 26%
     
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    I hope you all had a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal yesterday.

    Remember, there’s plenty you can do with your remaining food. Here’s a good list with 60+ recipes to make with leftovers.
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