In creative and crafty San Anto, theres (almost) no excuse to scour the interwebs in search of artistic gifts. While compiling this years wish list, we hit up old mainstays as well as such new arrivals as Dignowity Hills GOOD goods and thoughtfully curated Curio at the Hotel Emma.
While his quirky murals and signs grace local eateries ranging from The Luxury to Mellow Mushroom, LA transplant Robert Tatums handiwork can be enjoyed on a more personal scale via T-shirts ($24) and prints ($10) available at his outpost at Brick. $10-$24, Choice Goods Gallery, 108 Blue Star, (210) 858-2361, tatumoriginals.com
Beyond luxury staycations and slightly more obtainable meals, cocktails and specialty groceries, Hotel Emmas got a smartly curated friend in Curio, which stocks such covetable items as Stash Co.s Fyn leather tote ($349), Son of a Sailors leather key fob ($35) and the hotels own Wildsam guide to San Antonio ($12). $12-$349, Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., (210) 448-8300, thehotelemma.com
Published by the University of Texas Press, this collection provides a fresh perspective on the LGBT Latin@ experience via essays and narratives (penned by 14 activists from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico), including Gloria A. Ramirezs San Antonio-specific contribution The Queer Roots of the Esperanza Center. $16.72-$50.25, utpress.utexas.edu
Thanks to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofías touring exhibition Miró: The Experience of Seeing, SAs more familiar with the fascinating works of Spanish master Joan Miró. While the catalog ($30) is a must, were also digging the onesie ($35), striped socks ($20) and abstract bracelets ($45 each). $20-$45, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org
As manager of Choice Goods Gallery, artist Zane Thomas can help you navigate the handcrafted wares up for grabs, which include the unique prints he screens under the moniker Black Moon Print. $5-$30, Choice Goods Gallery, 108 Blue Star, (210) 858-2361, tatumoriginals.com
Highlighted this year by the San Antonio Public Librarys Alamo City Comic Con-inspired Illustrator Series, Mike Fisher is the mad mind behind Goofa Man Productions and the comic-book character 3-D Pete. Ideal for retro enthusiasts, his original works put a distinct spin on classic pin-ups and horror hotties alike. $25, Choice Goods Gallery, 108 Blue Star, (210) 858-2361, tatumoriginals.com
A co-founder of Austins wildly eclectic Uncommon Objects, DEtte Cole is the junk visionary behind Dignity Hills GOOD goods. Fashionably appointed with mid-century modern furniture, found objects, unique jewelry and lots in between, the shop stocks both one-of-a-kind items and multiples like these orange antlers. $42, GOOD goods, 904 Nolan St., (210) 229-0663, goodgoodstx.com
Contemporary artist Liu Weis 2013 painting Liberation No.1 sets the vivid tone for this tote ($32) and catalog ($39.95) commemorating the touring exhibition 28 Chinese, on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art through January 3. $32-$39.95, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.
Importing handcrafted and embroidered items from the hill tribes of Thailand and Laos is the name of the game for BrieBlue, a local outfit that can be found selling colorful owl bags ($18), textiles and other treasures most Sundays at Brick. $18, Brick Marketplace, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, brieblue.com.
Keep an eye on that unibrow with this purse-sized Frida mirror, which would make for a memorable stocking stuffer. $20, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org