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Shop Local: Your San Antonio holiday gift guide

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VALERIE REYNOLDS
  • Valerie Reynolds
Valerie Reynolds, owner of Chica Verde

What two or three San Antonio-made items would you love to receive as holiday gifts this year and why?


One of my favorite things about San Antonio are the pop-up markets that happen throughout the year and, of course, get super heavy around the holidays. These are the perfect opportunity to check out the artists, makers and importers who make San Antonio shine. If someone wanted to make me tear up and cry like you might see in a holiday diamond commercial, they would make this happen by gifting me with the following:

1. A platter, mug, planter or any piece of amazingly colorful pottery made by one of my favorite San Antonio artists, Diana Kersey. She also holds occasional outdoor sales at her studio on Millard Street. Diana Kersey, (210) 573-7418, dianakersey.com.

2. I would love a citrine sun ring or a crescent moon pendant from Edge81 — jewelry made by local designer Edith Lymarie. Lots of silver and perfect little gemstones. Simple but they make a statement for sure. Edge81 Jewelry, edge81.com. Edge81 Jewelry can also be found at Chica Verde. Chica Verde, 2314 San Pedro Ave., chicaverde.net.

3. My holidays would be made gift-wise if I were to receive a fresh print made by San Antonio artist Gilbert V. Martinez’s For Real Art. Currently, my eye is on a print called “Controller.” For Real Art, forreal.bigcartel.com.

COURTESY PHOTO / DIANA KERSEY
  • Courtesy Photo / Diana Kersey
What’s the best locally produced  gift you’ve ever received?

The coolest locally produced gift I was lucky enough to receive was a holiday gift bag chock full of BarbacoApparel stickers, buttons, a Periodic Table of Tacos T-shirt and the La Bamba — Bob yelling out “RITCHIE!” — T-shirt they once carried. All-time favorite! You can find BarbacoApparel at holiday pop-ups, local retail shops and online. BarbacoApparel, barbacoapparel.com.

Why is it important for people to shop local during the holidays?

Local businesses give our city character and color. And when it comes to gift giving, something special bought from a local maker, artist, restaurant or shop is appreciated leaps and bounds over a basic big-box type gift.

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