Abilene’s Top 10 Christmas Gifts: 2014

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Pick up something that is unique to Abilene for friends and family. In doing so, you’ll keep your dollars local. Better yet, you’ll save time and money by not traveling out of town just to shop and overall, you’ll help stimulate our local economy! To celebrate our Top 10 Things Ya Gotta Do in Abilene, each year we seek out local attractions and businesses what the latest and greatest gift item is for the holiday season; so here is this year’s edition of the Top 10 Uniquely Abilene Christmas Gifts:


Day 1: Abilene Zoo

The Abilene Zoo boasts a 3,400 sq. ft. gift shop filled with children-friendly stocking stuffers and gift ideas that are both fun and educational. Shop for fun T-shirts, hard-to-find plush animals, toys, gifts and keepsakes. Guests even can take care of business like booking a zoo rental, buying a membership, or scheduling a birthday party. While you’re there, it will be hard to resist freshly baked cookies with iced coffee!

2070 Zoo Lane, Abilene, TX 79602

(325) 676-6085

Abilene Zoo


Day 2: Frontier Texas Gift Shop

One of our favorite gifts this year is the Texas Towns t-shirt by Tumbleweed Texstyles in the General Store in Frontier Texas!. This shirt can be worn by itself, or as the perfect layering piece to jazz up any outfit. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the general store at Frontier Texas! That’s right, Frontier Texas! has an expansive store chock-full of Texas souvenirs including books, t-shirts, jewelry, canned goods, toys, and unique items made by local artisans. Another item we can’t fail to mention is the Frontier Texas! book that has brought the beauty and mystique of the world-class museum to the pages of an exquisite collectors book.

625 North 1st Street Abilene, Texas 79601



Frontier Texas! Shirt


Day 3: Wild One’s Boutique

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!- and Wild One’s boutique has the Most Wonderful Gifts!!! Come see their unique, beautiful and exclusive gifts! Open daily 10a-5:30p and they gift wrap!

1056 North 2nd Street Abilene, Texas 79601

(325) 674-9453


Wild One's Boutique


Day 4: Candies by Vletas

Candies by Vletas. A delicious, handmade assorted chocolate gift basket from Candies by Vletas is a holiday gift that everyone will enjoy. Candies by Vletas also has other handmade candy selections, including peanut and pecan brittles, pralines, divinity, taffy and sugar-free options. This is the perfect gift for your boss, neighbor, teacher or friend.

1201 N. 1st St. Abilene, Texas 79601



Divinity by Vletas


Day 5: Round Up Pass

Another great certificate or “pass,” is the Abilene Roundup Pass; this admits you into six exciting attractions:

You pay one low price, $17 for adults and $8 for children 16 and younger, which combined saves you over $20! This would be the perfect way to welcome a new family in town over the holidays that hasn’t been to any of the attractions yet! Passes can be purchased at any participating Abilene attraction or at the Abilene CVB.

1101 North 1st St. Abilene, Texas 79601




Roundup Pass



Day 6: Hickory Street Café Zucchini Bread

It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas at Hickory Street Cafe. Most of us who live or have lived in Abilene know how amazing Hickory Street Cafe‘s zucchini bread is! (If you don’t, I suggest you find out asap. Seriously. Go tomorrow.) Stop by today to order their famous Zucchini Bread. It’s the perfect gift for friends, teachers, clients, employees and your family. They even have perfectly sized mini-loaves so you can spread more yummy goodness to all! Browse their shop for the most unique holiday gifts, decor and treats.

644 Hickory Street, Abilene, Texas 79601

(325) 675-0465


Hickory Street Cafe



Day 7: Texas Star Trading Company

For the foodie or for those who need a ‘taste of Abilene,’ Texas Star Trading Co. makes customized “Taste of Abilene” baskets that include Perini Ranch Steak Rub, DRI salsa, BBQ sauce and more. Baskets start at $12. Also, the Texas Star Trading Company features all things Texas. We have Texas books, new and classic, bargain books, and books autographed by author Glenn Dromgoole. Our Texas gifts and souvenirs include T-shirts for adults and children, soaps and candles made in Texas, Texas flag paper plates and napkins and cloth placemats and coasters, and Texas music CDs.

174 Cypress Street Abilene, Texas 79601

(325) 672-9696.

Our virtual Texas store is wherever you are- Texas Star Trading Co.


Texas Star Trading Company



Day 8: Extreme Exteriors

While their name may sound like they only offer exterior landscaping, Extreme Exteriors also have a wonderful selection of items inside their store. Our favorite item this holiday season is the Yeti thermos! It is durable enough to handle all of life’s activities, and keeps your beverage the perfect temperature. They also carry other Yeti products as well as BBQ Rubs, Big Green Egg grills, and more!

1800 Industrial Boulevard, Abilene, Texas 79602

(325) 698-2410


Extreme Exteriors


Day 9: The Mill Winery

Abilene is fortunate to have such a wonderful venue in The Mill Winery . If you have not checked this place out for yourself, we suggest you change that very soon. From the relaxing patio, to the chic event room inside, to the wine bar, it is an outstanding experience. This Christmas give your special someone a gift certificate to enjoy an evening out.

239 Locust Street, Abilene, Texas 79602

(325) 788-0360


The Mill Winery



Day 10: PlayMaker Tickets

Looking for the perfect gift for the football enthusiast in your life? Everyone can benefit from the motivational message that PlayMaker brings to the table. The main speakers this year are Gary Gaines, former Head Coach of the 1988 Permian High School Team, Spike Dykes, Texas Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Bob Wagner, Head Coach and Athletic Director of Arlington Martin High School, and Casey Thompson, Head Coach and Athletic Director of Sterling City High School.

In response to a community effort in Hamlin to raise funds for a new school bus for Hamlin ISD, the Hamlin Boys Club decided to raise funds themselves. Their plan: gather a group of people together and talk about character, honor, and overcoming obstacles. Within 48 hours of their decision, adults in support of the concept took it to the next level. PlayMaker, the event scheduled to touch the lives of a few hundred, is now set to touch the lives of a few thousand. To purchase tickets visit PlayMaker 2015 or come by

1101 North 1st Street Abilene, Texas 79601

(325) 676-2556




From the friend that has it all to the youngster on your list—one of our top 10 items is sure to be the answer for the perfect Christmas gift. Do you have any recommendations or questions about the gifts? Facebook us at Visit Abilene, Texas