Find Holiday Gifts in San Antonio Your Friends Will Cherish Forever

San Antonio, Texas celebrates the holidays like no other! Just take a leisurely stroll along the riverwalk, amidst the thousands, perhaps millions, of sparkling lights and you'll get a glimpse of what's in store for you in the Alamo City! When it comes to finding that perfect gift for your loved ones, look no further.

If you're looking for something special that you won't find anywhere else, be sure to stop by Caliente Hot Glass, for some one-of-a-kind blown glass art, from stunning drinking glasses to Christmas ornaments and ornate display pieces that will wow! They also offer couples glass blowing classes, which makes for a fun gift for any local friends.

For home furnishings, check out the charming interiors boutique, Good Goods, but be prepared to walk away with items for you as well as your friends!

Finally, for access to all of the top brands, head to the Shops at La Cantera, the most beautiful outdoor mall in town, up on the northside. There's no question you're bound to find something for everybody here. 


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Hanley-Wood is a wonderful and eclectic little gift shop offering items such as home accents, fine china, silver and crystal. It is the perfect place to shop for that person who has everything. Although the majority of items in this classy shop are high-end, there are a good number of inexpensive items perfect for hostess gifts as well as beautiful decor items. Hanley-Wood is a popular place for brides to register. They have a wall full of elegant tableware patterns to choose from and their staff is extremely knowledgeable in the ways of the registry. You'll find great gifts for the bar, for babies and children, for the table, for your favorite Texan, for traveling and a whole lot more!

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Shop at Hanley-Wood for high-end pieces for you and your friends' and family's home.

Kimberly's expert tip: They offer complimentary gift wrapping delivery and wedding registry stuff.

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Lucchese Boot Company

You can't visit Texas without picking up a pair of cowboy boots! Whether you're looking for something classic or something stylish, something to show off to your friends back home or something for a little bit of country dancing while you're in town, Lucchese offers a beautiful assortment of American-made western and sports boots for both men and women. They've been in business for over 120 years and the moment you walk in you'll see why. Lucchese boots are crafted from high-grade leathers and can be customized to conform to your individual feet. You'll be in good company with Lucchese boots as movie stars, presidents and cowboys everywhere all wear these comfortable and gorgeous boots!

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Lucchese Boot Company is the "it" destination for premium cowboy boots - which everyone in Texas just has to have!

Kimberly's expert tip: Lucchese is located at the Alamo Quarry Market - so prepare yourself for an afternoon of outstanding shopping!

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Julian Gold
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Julian Gold claims they're the source for absolute style and they're not far off. For over 65 years, this department store has maintained a reputation of offering the best of everything. They feature an extensive selection of top fashions and designers and pride themselves in keeping up with the trends, only offering the most up-to-date and sought-after designer wear such as Armani, Escada, Etro, St. John, Naeem Khan, Oscar de la Renta, Emilio Pucci and more. In addition to these major labels, Julian Gold's current focus is on contemporary collections, including several new lines that highlight casual and modern such as Trina Turk, Milly, Yigal Azrouel. Take advantage of their intimate lounge and private dressing rooms. This is where brides want to shop, and you can always call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: This department store offers a little bit of everything and high-end name brands that people love.

Kimberly's expert tip: Check out their site for special events including fashion shows and "Men's Night!"

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The Shops at La Cantera continue to grow each year. With eleven full sized restaurants like Kona Grill, Yard House, Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro and over 160 stores, it can be like visiting a small city. La Cantera is an outdoor mall and beautifully landscaped. They also provide an outdoor play area on both ends of the mall for children. So, whether you are visiting the Apple store for a new iPad or shopping at Stuart Weitzman for new shoes, there will be plenty to see and do. The mall offers high end upscale stores like Nordstrom as well as traditional favorites like Dillard's. Spend some time relaxing with a book at Barnes & Noble as you sip your favorite Starbuck's beverage. It makes a great 'rest stop' between two of the largest sections of the mall.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The Shops at La Cantera, this luxury open-air shopping mall, is the best place to find all the popular shops and brands.

Kimberly's expert tip: The mall also provides valet parking in 3 different locations. For a small fee (usually around $5. With valet service so affordable, everyone can avoid the hassle of finding a parking place.

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Caliente Hot Glass
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Caliente Hot Glass is a San Antonio-based offhand glassblowing studio known for their innovation and beautiful glass art pieces. They create custom glass art, sculpture, and functional pieces that are for sale to the public, as well as commissioned pieces for residential properties, restaurants and other companies. At Caliente Hot Glass, artists enjoy the freedom to create, often while the community, either individuals or professional groups - get to observe and participate in this ancient art through classes, demos, and private events. They recently celebrated the opening of their new blown glass art gallery this past summer (2015), which showcases pieces made by local San Antonio hot glass artists. Located within minutes from downtown and less than a mile from the Pearl Brewery, the Caliente Gallery is one of the first art galleries on the east side of San Antonio, a part of town which is experiencing significant development right now. Glass pieces are available for purchase at events, by appointment or during regular hours, which are Thursdays from 4-7 and 2nd Sundays from 11-3. One of the most thrilling things about glass art is watching the glass being made - it's hot, dangerous (for the artists themselves), and entrancing. Caliente Hot Glass hosts glass blowing demonstrations every second Sunday of the month as part of their SundayFunday events, which are more like parties and are generally accompanied by food and drinks.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Caliente Hot Glass is a glass blowing studio with a boutique gift shop featuring art pieces from several different artists.

Kimberly's expert tip: Ask about a private glass blowing experience.

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Whole Earth Provisions
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Whole Earth isn't just a store, it's an experience. This specialty retailer has a keen eye for innovative, high-quality products which engage those who share their enthusiasm and commitment to learning about, experiencing, preserving, and enjoying our home planet. This is a great store to explore with the whole family. It's filled with toys and nature oriented gifts like wind chimes, birdfeeders and hammocks; quality shoes; casual, travel and active clothing; travel and outdoor gear and accessories and, of course, books! If you're a hiker or biker or at all in to activity, you'll find something here you've never seen before and, yes, just have to have!

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Whole Earth offers an array of goods for active friends with refined tastes.

Kimberly's expert tip: A great place to find a unique and special gift for just about anyone - they have jewelry, candles and even locally-made energy bars!

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San Antonio

The Pearl Brewery is one of the coolest places you can visit in San Antonio. This brewery, established in 1883 and once home to Pabst beer, has recently been transformed from a historic brewery to a thriving multi-use space where you can eat, shop, learn, work and live. The Pearl is situated next to the recent Riverwalk expansion, so you can catch a tour boat or walk from the Pearl all the way downtown, past the San Antonio Museum of Art and numerous artistic elements that have been carefully built into the landscape. You'll find fine dining to street food restaurants, a great coffee shop run by the Culinary institute and more. The Culinary Institute and the Aveda School have facilities at the Pearl and both are open to patrons. Every Saturday, the Pearl is host to an amazing Farmer's Market and has become a traditional Saturday event for locals.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The Pearl is the perfect place to find unique gifts.

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to visit the Pearl for the holiday market, which happens every Thursday evening during the holiday season.

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Good Goods
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Good Goods is a local's favorite for a wonderful curated collection of eclectic goods for your home. They call it an interior design studio. Located just a few minutes from downtown near the historic eastside neighborhood known as Dignowity Hill, Good Goods is a little off the beaten path, but that just means it's an adventure waiting to happen. Find pieces that are a modern Texas style, chic and truly special. Customers say they have searched for months before finding just the right pieces here, such as unique tables, chairs, rugs and artwork.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The Rim offers a variety of all the hottest shops you're used to finding no matter where you're visiting.

Kimberly's expert tip: The owners are extremely nice and very helpful.

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Looking to experience the full flavor and feel of San Antonio? Its heritage includes Spanish, Mexican and German influence. There are many ways to enjoy these influences but perhaps one of the best ways to appreciate our Mexican heritage is by visiting El Mercado. El Mercado brings the spice of Mexico to San Antonio. This is the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico. With over 25 different shops and vendors, you can do some of your best bargain hunting. Items range from glassware, leather goods, vanilla, and other colorful treasures.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Market Square is a great one-stop shopping destination for festive imported Mexican goods.

Kimberly's expert tip: Shop on the weekends to enjoy all of the festivities.

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Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations,...  More About Kimberly