With Love, from San Antonio
January 8, 2017 6:46 AM   Subscribe

What wonderful, unique gifts can I get in San Antonio?

In two weeks, I'll be visiting my in-laws for a post-Christmas celebration that will involve exchanging gifts. I've procrastinated on buying gifts and just now realized that my shopping opportunities will be constrained by the fact that I'm spending most of the intervening time on a work trip to San Antonio. So what cool things can I get for my in-laws in San Antonio that I wouldn't be able to find at home (Boston) or where my in-laws are (Minnesota)? I'm sure I could load them down with Alamo tchotchkes but I'd prefer something that won't just sit on a shelf gathering dust.

Other Parameters:
- Less than $50-75 (but this is by no means a hard and fast rule)
- Preferably light/small enough to fit in a carry-on bag, or able to be shipped from San Antonio
posted by firechicago to Travel & Transportation around San Antonio, TX (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Women's clothing and tchotchkes from Kathleen Sommers. Antiques and collectibles (some very affordable) from Avalon Estate Services. Have fun!
posted by 8603 at 6:56 AM on January 8, 2017

Visit La Villita - "Historic Arts Village" in downtown, on the RiverWalk. Lots of cool little shops run by independent artists. For more info about the various shops there you can check out the official website. I was there in early December and bought some Christmas gifts at the Copper Gallery. Village Directory PDF here. Have fun, San Antonio is beautiful!
posted by pjsky at 7:36 AM on January 8, 2017 [4 favorites]

Fudge Pecan Pie. TX is the only place I've ever seen it.
posted by bluesky78987 at 8:06 AM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

I spend lots of time in San Antonio for work, which means lots of work dinners, and let me say that the food scene is unexpectedly outstanding. There are some really great, inventive restaurants. Some may sell cookbooks by their chefs, or maybe stuff to eat (and really, in a world of stuff, it's nice to give things that can be consumed so they don't just take up space).
posted by bassomatic at 8:06 AM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Seconding La Villita.
posted by MexicanYenta at 12:31 PM on January 8, 2017

San Angel Folk Art and other shops in the Blue Star Arts Complex.

Black Moon Prints.

The Twig Book Shop.

The gift shops at the Institute of Texan Cultures, the McNay Art Museum, and the Witte Museum.
posted by Boxenmacher at 12:50 PM on January 8, 2017

A leather good from Saddleback Leather Company, maybe an cellphone case:

Looks like there's a related company also. Love41

Disclaimer: I'm just a loyal customer; love their 100 year guarantee.
posted by at at 10:04 PM on January 8, 2017

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