A 2022 San Antonio Holiday Gift Guide – San Antonio Magazine

For Tasty Treats

Tag Coffee Gift Bundle

Send the coffee lover in your life a pre-made gift box featuring Tag’s Milk & Cookies Holiday blend (in beans or pods) plus 2 ounces of hot cocoa, candy canes, a diner mug and a $10 gift card for their next Tag order. Roasted in San Antonio, the coffee tastes great while also supporting a good cause. Fifty percent of the company’s profits are donated to local children’s shelters. $55 at tagcoffee.com

Mexican Hot Chocolate Bar

The seasonal chocolate bar from Casa Chocolates does not disappoint. The milk chocolate pays tribute to the Ugandan cocoa bean but also includes a touch of cinnamon and cayenne for that holiday kick. Eat it in squares or combine a few squares with hot water for a rich drink. $8 at Casa Chocolates in the Alley at Bitters

The Round Charcuterie Board

Treat your significant other (or your parents or favorite couple friend) to an upscale date night at home without any of the work thanks to this carefully crafted charcuterie board by The Board Couple. Expect a spread of artisan cheeses (like brie and bleu), charcuterie meats, dried fruit, nuts, seasonal spreads, something sweet and a little bit of edible art. Just snacking in a group? The board is recommended for a full meal for two or for appetizers for four to six. $110, order at theboardcouple.com

Organically Bath & Beauty

For Relaxing

Lollia Bubble Bath

Break out the bubbly! For the bath that is. Lollia bubble bath is known for fabulous fragrances, beautiful packaging, and mounds and mounds of luxurious bubbles. It’s perfect for soaking away the stress of the day. $44-$70 at Adelante Boutique at Pearl

Eucalyptus Shower Bouquet

Turn any shower into a spa experience with a fragrant eucalyptus shower bouquet. Not only will it soothe the senses, it can also help to ease cold and allergy congestion. Each one is assembled in-house using local, organic eucalyptus plants and will last three to five weeks. It’s ideal for teachers, neighbors, or as a hostess gift. The local bath and body shop also has bath bombs, lotions and more. $20 at Organically Bath and Beauty (which also has a kiosk at North Star Mall during the holidays)

Loma de Vida Spa Day

Give the gift of self-care with a day of pampering at Loma de Vida Spa at La Cantera Resort & Spa. Here, guests can choose from a menu of luxurious services while enjoying amenities that include yoga, an herbal sauna and an infinity edge pool with breathtaking Hill Country views. Choose from a signature package or purchase a gift card and let the recipient customize his or her day. Visit lomadevidaspa.com for pricing and package information.

Belle & Union Co., courtesy @belleandunionco.

For the Kitchen 

Glass French Press

For the coffee lover in your life, this modern take on the classic press pot will lift their home barista game to the next level. Made from heatproof borosilicate glass, and available in two beautiful shades, it makes a strong visual statement—and a strong cup of joe. $85 at Rancho Diaz at Pearl

Tea Towels

Opt for a holiday design—like the holiday trucks and Christmas tree—or pick up a few staples, whether towels printed with wine glasses, vintage scales or cheeses. Belle & Union Co., the local boutique in Alamo Heights, offers classic kitchen towels as singles or in boxed sets of three that are perfect for gifting. $15 for one, $42 for three at Belle & Union Co.

Bevel Acacia Board Gift Set

They’ll never get bored with this gift designed for a spectacular charcuterie presentation. Made from premium acacia wood, the set comes with a spreader knife and can be customized with a monogram for a personal touch. $50 at Moon Mippy

Photo courtesy Hopscotch.

For an Experience

Food Chicks Tours

The foodie on your list will revel in a guided tour of some of San Antonio’s best eateries, led by culinary writer Julia Celeste Rosenfeld. Each one is designed to highlight the best of what San Antonio has to offer from brunch spots to barbecue to Tex-Mex cuisines. Want something physical to gift alongside your tour booking? Rosenfeld just released San Antonio Cooks, a cookbook featuring recipes from local chefs. $110-$165. Visit foodchicktours.com to book

Hopscotch

For the artists in your life, Hopscotch is an experience like no other.  The 20,000-square-foot gallery is filled with 15 immersive and interactive installations created by more than 40 artists from San Antonio and beyond. Complete with a bar, food truck, large patio and gift shop, it’s a fun way to spend the day in the heart of downtown SA. $24 for adults, $20 for students/military, $15 for kids. Book at letshopscotch.com

Mission Adventure Tours 

Outdoor enthusiasts will love choosing their own adventure and exploring the history, culture, art and more that make the Alamo City great. Whether biking through the missions, walking through historic churches, or kayaking along the San Antonio River, each carefully curated guided tour provides a new perspective on the city. Prices start at $40 at mat-tx.com

Photo courtesy Whataburger.

For Hometown Pride

BarbacoApparel

For the Tex-Mex devotees who wear their love of tacos on their sleeves, wrap up a T-shirt from BarabacoApparel. Since 2014, this San Antonio-based brand has been celebrating all things Tejano with whimsical tees, totes, jewelry and more. Tees are $20 at barbacoapparel.com, but you can also find them at local retailers including Feliz Modern

Whataburger Jammies

We’re dreaming of an orange and white Christmas thanks to Whataburger’s holiday jammies. Select from adult or youth pajama sets, “Fry” slippers made to look like your favorite French fries or plaid pants or sleep shorts. They may not give you visions of sugarplums, but they could make some onion rings dance in your head. $25-$35 at shop.whataburger.com

¡Qué Sabor! San Antonio

As much a work of art as it is a favorite family game night activity, this version of the popular lotería game was created by local culinary photographer Tracey Maurer. The bilingual game features 52 cards, 10 tablets and a collection of playful “clues.” $20 at quesaborsanantonio.com or at the Regala Boutique in the Estancia del Norte Hotel

 

For Kids

Lupe Lopez: Rock Star Rules!

Local author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo worked with author Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrator Joe Cepeda to create this picture book meant for kids ages 3 through 7. Available in Spanish and English, the book tells the tale of kindergarten student Lupe Lopez as she learns to blend her independent rock star-style with the rules of a school day. $18 at The Twig Book Shop or candlewick.com

Taco Party “Doughrific Kids” Kit

This San Antonio “mompreneur” creates sensory play dough kits for kids that have everything you need to keep your littles entertained for hours. In the Taco kit, children will find red, yellow and brown dough plus a wooden rolling pin, felt tortillas, colorful beads, limes, peppers and a cactus cookie cutter. Other themes also are available and you can request your child’s name be added to the box when you make your purchase. $28 at doughrifickids.com

Crochet Character

Local maker Terry Tracy Frey crotchets pigs, unicorns, penguins, jellyfish, reindeer and more. They’re unique while still cuddly and the perfect addition at the top of any stocking. $30-$65 Find them at Handmade on Main in Boerne or online with Craft Tree by Terry

“Six Yellow Conchas,” oil on panel, Eva Marengo Sanchez, photo courtesy the artist.

For Art Lovers

Large Silver Hand Earrings

Crafted by Mexico City artist Micha Gonzalez, these .925 sterling silver earrings make a statement while still being lightweight and comfortable. Pick them up in large studs or dangles that feature three hand charms. $120-$150, Available at San Antonio Museum of Art gift shop

Concha Print

San Antonio artist Eva Marengo Sanchez is sharing small, 8-by-eight giclee prints of her original concha oil paintings, some of which were on display at the McNay Art Museum over the last year. $40, Find them at Feliz Modern

McNay Art Museum Membership

Give a gift that will last all year with a membership to the McNay Art Museum. Members receive free admission plus the chance to see new exhibits first and to participate in programs throughout the year. $60 for an individual. Reserve one at mcnayart.org

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