This is it, people—the countdown to Christmas is on! In order to prepare for the busiest, craziest shopping season of the year, the BarbacoApparel crew has compiled a list of its favorite things. Consider this a guide to present nirvana and a surefire way to impress your loved ones.
FOOD & DRINK
As far as we’re concerned, popcorn is KING in the realm of snacks. San Antonio’s Popcorn Place offers some of the best corn confections the city has to offer!
Featured Product: 3.5-gallon tin, $32
Available in a variety of designs, this tin is the perfect gift for family, friends, coworkers, or your. With flavors ranging from classic caramel to pizza (yes, pizza), you’re sure to find something to satisfy all taste buds. Our personal favorite? The Chicago Blend.
This Houston-based company “promote[s] craft beer, home brewing, loving the city you live in, and pretty much all things AWESOME.”
Featured Product: T-Rex Growler, $15
“This 64 oz. glass growler has a slightly lighter amber color, allowing you to see your pour while still remaining dark enough to fulfill all light refraction requirements.” It also just looks really cool.
Spec’s Wines, Spirtis & Fine Foods
“Owned and operated by the same Texas family since 1962, Spec's is a true destination shopping experience!”
Featured Product: Craft Beer Basket, $36
Enjoy 15 specialty beers packaged with a delicious Spec’s Select snack mix. Be sure to call your local Spec’s to special-order this item.
Our good friend Jessica Trevino (aka Picasso Pixie) serves up original artwork and handmade soy candles that smell divine and burn beautifully.
Featured Products: Fall & Winter Soy Wax Candles, 4 oz ($7) or 6 oz ($10)
Picasso Pixie is satisfying all your seasonal needs with fragrances guaranteed to carry you from Thanksgiving to the New Year: Pumpkin Chai, Holiday Tree, Peppermint Bark, Choco-Mintz, and our personal favorite, Tattooed Boy Stinx. Find her merchandise online or at the Paper Trail 2015 Holiday Market at Richter Goods from now until January 1!
This San Antonio artisan bookbindery carries traditional case-bound and coptic journals made from scratch—a perfect present for writers and artists alike! Handcrafted for quality and durability, each Tortuga Journal is sewn, pressed, and glued with covers made from binder-board covered in fabric, handmade papers, or genuine leather.
Featured Product: Leather Journals
Tortuga’s leather journals are, in a word, beautiful. Available in a variety of styles and colors, these handmade books are “bound” to make you a hit with your loved one(s). Order from the Tortuga Etsy page, or for more design options, check out Tortuga at the Peace Market, Blue Genie Art Bazaar, or the San Antonio Ballet Nutcracker Market.
Imagine Books & Records
Open since 2011, Imagine Books & Records is a truly unique place to purchase used and new vinyl and books. They offer music from all genres: punk, rock, rap, pop, jazz, etc., as well as a decent variety of books, toys, and games. You never know what you might find digging through their racks. But the truly unique thing about Imagine is that they host live music on a weekly basis, offering a much needed music venue for the young and young at heart. Be sure and check them out. In addition to hosting live music, they also host poetry and art events.
Featured product: Used vinyl, ranging in price depending on selection
The Soap Addicts
You’d be cold pressed to find a better soap maker in town than the Soap Addicts, a trio of local soap makers headed up by Alice Lim. They make each bar of soap by hand using the cold process and have a variety of styles from Mango Mandarin to Tea Tree Charcoal.
Featured Product: Cinnamon Coffee, $5.50
Cinnamon Coffee is one of my personal favorite soaps. It has coffee grounds in the soap that help exfoliate your skin and it smells amazing. Go out and grab a bar now!
Started this year by Jason Barron, Southtown Comics offers a much-needed variety of comic books, toys, games, and anything else you can think of to geek out on this holiday season. Check them out on Facebook or at one of their many popup shows in town. When you see something you like, grab it while you can. They’re stuff goes fast!
Featured Product: PoP! figurines, variety of prices
Southtown Comics has an extensive variety of PoP! figurines just waiting to find a home. If you can’t find a figurine that’s worthy of gracing your office desk, you just aren’t looking hard enough.
Home & Apparel goods based out of SA. The Baxter makes exceptional silkscreen shirts, canvas totes, and prints with some SA flavor! Shirts are printed on 100% ring-spun cotton.
Featured Product: Bandito Bandit (Black Cat) tee
This shirt is a must for that cat lover in your life. Who are we kidding? You probably have like 10 cat lovers in your life! Great graphic punch, awesome subject matter. Win-win!
Owner Liz Potter of Austin, TX, makes purses and pillows with eclectic styles and patterns by hand! While based in Austin, you can sometimes find Liz at events around San Antonio—we originally met her at SoFlo!
Featured Product: Vintage Ladies Retro Style Purse, $52
Great silhouette and print—a true gem for your friend with eclectic taste and premium style.
Quality handmade leather goods ― from wallets to bracelets to key chains ― locally produced in San Antonio by owner David Gonzalez.
Featured Product: Minimalist Credit Card Holder, $25
This hand-cut, hand-stitched wallet is made with Horween Chromexcel leather. Slim, but with some stretch, the minimalist credit card holder can fit 3-4 cards or 2 cards and some folded bills.
She’s Crafty Podcast
This podcast from chicks who love beer offers T-shirts and koozies on their online shop.
Featured Product: Crafty as Buck T-Shirt, $20
She’s Crafty’s newest T-shirt is hilarious as buck—perfect for the beer lover in your life!