10 Gifts for Art Lovers 

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by Bryan Rindfuss Lucky for us creative types, sourcing artsy gifts on the local level seems to get easier each holiday season. With an eye on makers and shakers in San Antonio (and Texas at large), we compiled a bundle of loot we wouldn’t mind unwrapping ourselves.  
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1. BarbacoApparel

Launched in 2014, the local indie clothing line BarbacoApparel creates amusing T-shirts, prints and postcards that draw inspiration from “SA folklore and different aspects of Hispanic culture.” Anchored by a pop-art sensibility, the homegrown brand’s visual vocabulary runs the gamut from fideo and The Golden Girls to broken piñatas and the Donkey Lady. T-shirts ($16-$24); prints ($15); postcards ($1), barbacoapparel.com
2. Broadway in San Antonio tickets

While we’re avid supporters of local theater, we’re also suckers for the big-city appeal of the Broadway in San Antonio series—not to mention the old-school charm of the Majestic Theatre. Touring shows on the horizon include The Lion King (Dec 10-Jan 4), Chicago (Jan 27-Feb 1), and Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Feb 14-15). $35 and up, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com
3. Tobin Center gift card Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Host to an impressive array of local companies (San Antonio Symphony, AtticRep, Ballet San Antonio and SOLI Chamber Ensemble among them) and a signature series that’s so far included the likes of Santana, Paul McCartney and Erasure, the Tobin Center offers one of the most option-filled gift cards on the local market. 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org
4. Pro Libertate Arts silk bow tie by Michael Muylle

A wearable extension of Houston-based engineer-turned-artist Michael Muylle’s geometric paintings, Pro Libertate Arts offers both scarves and one-of-a-kind bow ties that fall somewhere between Paul Smith and Big Top Pee-wee. $60, Tatum Originals at Brick, 108 Blue Star, tatumoriginals.com
5. Bexar Goods roll-top tote

“Ruggedness, simplicity, durability and timelessness” are all key words associated with the successful local line Bexar Goods, which takes stylistic cues from its namesake county as well as the Texas Hill Country’s “rich heritage in leather use for outdoor travel.” $275, The Sporting District, 302 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 223-1889, sportingdistrict.com
6. Giftable goodies from the Museum Shop at SAMA

While artsy books and cards can be expected from just about any museum shop, SAMA’s compact emporium breaks the mold with both kid-friendly and regionally focused books, plus covetable jewelry crafted by the likes of SA’s own Lorena Angulo. Lorena Angulo agate necklace ($400); This Equals That by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin ($19.95); Crazy from the Heat by James H. Evans ($55). San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org
7. Tatum Originals

Stocked with an irreverent assortment of wearable and decorative treasures, California transplant Robert Tatum’s shop at Brick is a no-brainer for the troublemakers on your holiday shopping list. Beyond Tatum’s menagerie of animal-themed creations, his outpost offers a curated spread of jewelry and other wares from local and regional artists. Aztec Kiss T-shirt ($24); Electric Pussy boy-cut panty ($18). Tatum Originals at Brick
8. McNay exhibition catalogs

Whether you experienced or missed these McNay benchmarks, the exhibition catalogs—including Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune ($20.97); Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art ($45); Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting ($30); An Eye for the Stage: The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts at the McNay ($20). McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, >mcnayart.org
9. Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum membership

Dedicated to “inspiring creative genius in us all,” Blue Star is both the birthplace of Contemporary Art Month and the original instigator of First Friday in Southtown. Depending on the level of support, memberships can go beyond free admission to include anything from invitations to VIP post-opening events to travel opportunities with artists. $15-$500, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarart.org
10. Artpace essentials Artpace membership

Among San Antonio’s best-kept secrets, membership to late founder Linda Pace’s “laboratory of dreams” hooks supporters up with a variety of perks throughout the city, including discount tickets at Santikos Bijou, 15 percent off at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana and 10 percent off at Bakery Lorraine. Artpace membership ($35-$1,000); guayabera T-shirt ($20). Artpace, 445 N Main, (210) 212-4900, artpace.org
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1. BarbacoApparel

Launched in 2014, the local indie clothing line BarbacoApparel creates amusing T-shirts, prints and postcards that draw inspiration from “SA folklore and different aspects of Hispanic culture.” Anchored by a pop-art sensibility, the homegrown brand’s visual vocabulary runs the gamut from fideo and The Golden Girls to broken piñatas and the Donkey Lady. T-shirts ($16-$24); prints ($15); postcards ($1), barbacoapparel.com