How is 2022 almost over? How is Christmas next month? How did this happen?

Need help with unique gift ideas?  Fear not, What’s Up Southwest fans, I have some pretty cool gift ideas for you! I’ve worked with some of my fantastic partners to come up with this unique holiday gift guide and I hope it inspires you to explore everything what businesses have to offer! Buckle up and let’s go!

Bendt Distilling |
(Photo Credit: Bendt Distillling)

Price Varies | Bendt Distilling Gifts

Bendt Distilling is the first Texas distillery I ever visited and they set the bar pretty high! Why not give the gift of whiskey or fun distillery-related merchandise this year? From coffee to candles to coffee mugs and so much more, Bendt has you covered with unique gifts for that whiskey-lover in your life.

Bonefrog Coffee and Bonefrog Cellars | and
David and Tim (Photo Credit: Bonefrog)

Price Varies | Coffee and Wine

Bonefrog Coffee and Bonefrog Cellars were started by a retired Navy SEAL looking to give back to the community that served him for so long. The mission of Bonefrog Coffee is “to produce the finest premium small batch coffee for those that love America and appreciate their freedom.” The mission of Bonefrog Cellars is “with a purpose to inspire a grateful nation, we work tirelessly to highlight the selfless acts of others through the unparalleled power of storytelling. We will continue to keep their memories alive and preserve the honor, sacrifice, and legacy of those that heeded the call of duty.” Who wouldn’t want coffee and wine for a great cause as a gift?

Champagne Madame Zéro |
(Photo Credit: Champagne Madame Zéro)

Starting at $99.95 | Holiday-Inspired Gift Set

Discover the magic of the holiday season by creating lasting memories and spoiling your loved ones. Known for their selectivity, transparency, and quality – Champagne Madame Zéro has created three new, posh, luxury box sets for gifting the champagne enthusiasts and ultimate party hosts this holiday season.

This season Champagne Madame Zéro will highlight its award-winning Blanc de Blancs and commemorate the first ever launch of its Rosé. The single gift set comes embossed in a sleek black lacquered gift box with gold embossed logo. Inside is the Extra Aged Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs or Rosé encased in velvet with a custom Modern Madame stopper. The Luxury single gift set of Blanc de Blancs starts at $99.95 and the Rosè starts at $114.95.

Elevating the holiday experience, Champagne Madame Zéro will also debut a limited luxury trio gift case set which includes three bottles of your choosing. Guests are invited to mix and match between their Blancs de Blancs which are made of 100% Chardonnay or the latest release of their Rosé. The three-pack non-vintage starts at $249.95, two non-vintage bottles and one Rosé starts at $264.95, and a trio of Rosé is $294.95. Known for their transparency of low sugar within all their Champagnes, set your sights on a festive holiday season with Champagne Madame Zéro.

Chewy |

Letters to Chewy Claus |

Sending holiday lists for coveted gifts has been a tradition largely reserved for humans, with pets taking a back seat in the sleigh. And even if pets could get their paws on pens and paper, they had nowhere to send their holiday lists. Until now. “Letters to Chewy Claus” was created to grant big and small holiday wishes for pets. All pets can share their holiday lists by visiting a special pet-friendly website. Chewy Claus will review those submissions, determine who has been naughty or nice, and deliver gifts to thousands of furry, feathery and scaly friends and their pet parents.

Chewy Claus will give extra love and care to some of the most vulnerable pets living in shelters and rescues this holiday season with the help of Greater Good Charities. For every letter submitted to Chewy Claus before December 15, Chewy will donate one pound of food to one of their non-profit partners, up to 15,000 pounds. Chewy will also match customer purchases in the form of a product donation up to $1M per week for a potential total of $10M throughout their Season of Giving running through January 3, 2023, meaning pets living in shelters and rescues will receive toys, treats, food and other essential items this holiday season.

Fredericksburg Wine Country Experience |
(Photo Credit: Visit Fredericksburg)

Price Varies |

One of the best gifts you can give is the gift of memories. The Texas Hill Country is home to over 100 wineries and vineyards and Fredericksburg, TX is the epicenter of Texas Wine Country. There are more than 50 wineries, vineyards, and wine tasting rooms located in Fredericksburg’s Gillespie County — not to mention dozens more wineries located within an hour or two drive. The wineries of Texas Wine Country have been producing award-winning wines that have earned honors around the world. Wine production in Fredericksburg dates back to the original settlers who used the native mustang grape to produce wines. There’s a perfect Fredericksburg winery for every taste. Explore tours, events, and where to stay here.

Just Right Bite |
(Photo Credit: Just Right Bite)

$44.95 | 2022 Holiday Treat Tin

Just Right Bite is a female-founded team of recent University of Washington graduates creating a sustainable alternative for dog treats that your pup will love! Just Right Bite uses insect protein (that’s right, insects!) to replace traditional proteins like beef, chicken, and fish. This idea came to life when JRB founder, Mallory, sought a solution to minimize her dog, Winnie’s, carbon paw-print. We strive to provide tasty, environmentally-friendly treats for your dogs that you can be excited about.

Order the 2022 Just Right Bite Holiday tin. The tin includes 8 ounces of treats (two treat bags), limited edition holiday stickers, and a holiday card. Pick between our two treat flavors, Apple Crisp or Pumpkin Peanut Butter.

La Colombe d’Or |
(Photo Credit: La Colombe d’Or)

Price Varies | Sips and Bites Staycation

Looking to retreat close to home? Enjoy a stay at La Colombe d’Or year-round with their Sips and Bites Staycation package. Indulge with a selection of savory cheese and charcuterie bites and a sparkling bottle of wine set for you in-room at arrival. Enjoy a $100(USD) one-time hotel credit* and a 4pm late check-out so you can explore their collection of over 425 pieces of art & sculpture on display at the hotel. Guests who book this package will also receive complimentary overnight parking for one vehicle.

Lancaster Hotel |
(Photo Credit: The Lancaster Hotel)

Price Varies | Staycation

Book an escape from everyday life in the heart of Houston’s Theater District to The Lancaster Hotel. Enjoy a $75 food and beverage credit for use in their restaurant or room service plus extra comforting touches in your guestroom including premium high-speed WiFi, a 55” smart TV with streaming capabilities, snacks and beverages, Nespresso coffee, and a gourmet breakfast buffet—all complimentary. Spend a day exploring Downtown Houston and visit Houston favorites like the Downtown Aquarium, theaters, MinuteMaid Park, and more just a short stroll from the hotel. Guests also receive discounted tickets to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Space Center Houston |
(Photo Credit: Space Center Houston)

$79.95 (Children) $99.95 (Adult) | Breakfast with an Astronaut

Enhance your Space Center Houston experience with Breakfast with an Astronaut, their ultimate astronaut opportunity, giving you the most access to a NASA astronaut. Get a glimpse into the space program from an astronaut’s perspective while enjoying a delicious breakfast catered by Wolfgang Puck. After the presentation, join in a Q&A session with the veteran space explorer.

As a memento of your visit, you will receive a personalized photograph from our guest astronaut. Breakfast with an Astronaut occurs on select Fridays and every Saturday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in The Food Lab. Check the schedule here to learn more about the astronauts and when they will be speaking.

The Breakfast with an Astronaut menu includes fresh fruit, soft scrambled eggs with herbs*, traditional hash brown potatoes with sweet onion and chive butter*, boneless buttermilk fried chicken breast*, waffles*, and pastries* including croissant, fruit Danish, seasonal muffins, and gluten-free muffins. Beverages include juice, coffee, and water. There are no menu substitutions.*Contain egg and/or dairy.

Texas Motor Speedway |
(Image Credit: Texas Motor Speedway)

Price Varies | Texas INDY 375 Tickets

Give the gift of speed! Texas Motor Speedway is proud to once again host the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2023. The April 2 race, the first in a multi-year partnership with INDYCAR, will be the 27th consecutive year, and 36th race overall, that the country’s best open-wheel racing will compete side-by-side at more than 200 mph on the 1.5-mile oval.

There’s a Wine for That |
(Photo Credit: There’s a Wine for That)

Price varies | Happy Humorous Holidays

There is so much to celebrate this time of year. Make sure those you care about don’t run out of wine. These wines will be paired with holiday aspects such as political table talk, meddling family members and holiday stretchy pants. Unlike most gift baskets, There’s a Wine for That wines are sommelier-selected and come from real, artisan wineries, and never just re-labeled bulk juice! You choose the occasion and wine type. They will pair the wine to the occasion to make this gift one they won’t forget. And it’s delivered for you flat rate ground and air to 41 states!

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