For the Culinary Connoisseur
“Life is too short to stuff a mushroom." And your gift list too long to spend precious moments second-guessing your choices. Go straight to charming bookstore Anna Jeller and pick up a copy of Nigel Slater’s A Year of Good Eating: The Kitchen Diaries III. Slater’s characteristically simple recipes and love for cooking will inspire any foodie on your list to step up their kitchen game in the new year.
For the Fitness Fanatic
When they’re not at the gym, they’re throwing back smoothies. And when they’re not counting their macronutrients, they’re training for a marathon. For anyone on your list who is serious about health and fitness, Wier in the 7th District is your stop. This concept store stocks a variety of under-the-radar and totally cool Viennese labels. Our recommendation: the Franz drawstring gym bag with two inside pockets and a long keychain, a stylish way to haul workout gear around the city.
For the Traditionalist
For the Outdoorsman
At Répertoire in the 6th you’ll find a large selection of gifts that’ll satisfy anyone who colors outside the lines. For the person on your list who prefers a nature scene to Netflix, pick up the original Fatboy Lamzac, a lightweight bag that transforms into a lounge seat. All they have to do is swing it to inflate and they can sit comfortably just about anywhere.
For the Christmas Lover (and Grumpy Grinch)
We all have one of them: that friend who freaking loves Christmas and all the paraphernalia that comes with it. At vintage clothing store Uppers and Downers you’ll find the crème de la crème of ugly Christmas sweaters from the brand Tipsy Elves. These sweaters are so tacky and obnoxious that you can’t help but grin when you see one. In fact, they’d also make an excellent gag gift for that friend who hates the holidays.
For Festival Goers
Some gifts need to be practical. And there’s nothing more practical than the apparel at Gummistiefel Haus. It's the first specialty shop of its kind in the world, offering the largest collection of rubber boots, slickers and everything else rain related. Pick up a pair of boots by Hunter, the British heritage brand known for its iconic boot. It's a must-have for that friend who makes pilgrimages every year to attend music festivals throughout Austria and the world.
Save the best for last. That’s what you thought wisely in November, and now it’s a day before Christmas and you still haven’t decided what to get the most special person in your life. There’s only one answer: My Felicity. Proprietor Catharina Goriany offers a mix of classic and on-trend items, selecting delicate necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings from some some of Italy's most skilled artisans. Go big with the Kelly necklace featuring a 14-carat rose gold chain and five oblong pendants holding a total of 40 tiny, glittering diamonds. It’ll be a white Christmas for someone after all.