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3 Reasons to Give the Gift of Music (& Where to Shop in Austin)


Instead of the usual holiday gift fare, why not give the people on your list the gift of music? Music is a unique gift that will have a lasting impact on the recipient, unlike most traditional offerings. 21 Rio student apartments near the University of Texas in Austin’s West Campus neighborhood, presents three ways you can accomplish this and bring a little extra joy to your friends and loved ones this holiday season.

Where Can I Find the Best Guitars in Austin?

Your strummin’ sweetheart deserves the finest strings in the city – and lucky for you, Austin is all about good string. If you’re on a budget, try the used and vintage options at Guitar Center on West Anderson Lane. If money is no object, check out Austin Vintage Guitars or South Austin Music for everything from a Waterloo Jumbo King to Fender Telecasters. A gift like this is often cherished for a lifetime and even passed down to future generations.

Where Can I Get Austin’s Best Vinyl?

Records are a special gift for those analog music lovers in your life who will consider this a true treasure. Locals flock to Waterloo for its musical events (temporarily on hold) and vast selection of records from Johnny Cash to U2. End of an Ear, on Clawson Road, has a massive inventory of new and used records in every genre you can imagine. (And the prices are a steal.

How Can I Gift a Live Music Event in Austin?

Living in The Live Music Capital of the World (yes, the world!), you won’t have any problem finding opportunities to attend amazing events. Though many venues are temporarily closed until health directives are lifted, you can give the people on your gift list a rain check for a date at The Little Longhorn Saloon where you can play Chicken Sh*t Bingo while listening to a live band, or take a loved one out for a Texas craft beer at currently open Craft Pride on Rainey Street, where they feature live bands on their outdoor patio. When you’re all done with your 2020 holiday shopping, head back to 21 Rio and congratulate yourself for the unique gifts you’re about to give to your loved ones. For more suggestions on shopping, dining, and entertainment options in and near West Campus, check out our Neighborhood page.


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