ShopSATX 2017: ACMB Holiday Gift Guide

#ShopSATX 2017 is a sponsored post. That said, we sourced each and every gift in this San Antonio holiday shopping guide and included only our very favorite ideas and companies, with a heavy emphasis on local businesses. We encourage you to support San Antonio and shop local this holiday season!

It happens every year: You’ve got a list of special people and no gift ideas! We’ve gathered some fantastic ideas for everyone on your list from some of our favorite local shops, with a few special “not from around here” finds thrown in. Click through the images to see the gift ideas and then join us on Facebook for a series of giveaways! 

The Pearl Antler

The Pearl Antler is a store for every woman, carrying sizes Small through 3XL. The Pearl Antler is a lot of glamour, some sparkle, a little sass—well, maybe a lot of sass—totally outrageous, a spoonful of sophistication, always patriotic, a sprinkle of hippie, and of course a dash of darlin’. With a passion for creativity and all things glamorous, The Pearl Antler was born. The idea is to provide quality products that are both fun and glamorous! They are located in Boerne, 312 River Road. Open Monday–Saturday, 10:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M.

Gift Idea: Beauty Basket Set containing Activated Charcoal Goat Milk Beauty Bar, Oatmeal/Honey Goat Milk Beauty Bar, Activated Charcoal Face Mask (comes with facial cloth and mask brush), and All Natural Pain Paste. The Pearl Antler’s products are locally made with 100% all natural ingredients. They were created out of a need for super sensitive skin and severe allergies. The all-natural pain paste is great for reducing pain and bruising. They all smell great; your skin will thank you!

Bless Your Heart

Bless Your Heart is a girly, fun gift shop and boutique with two locations in San Antonio. Established in 2000, BYH is a family-owned, Aggie-owned shop that features Kendra Scott Jewelry, TOMS shoes, Jon Hart, Tyler Candles, Happy Everything, Ivy Jane, Double D Ranch, Junk Gypsy Boots, plus fun, fabulous, and affordable clothing, jewels, shoes, and gifts. Shop BYH—because somebody has to be the cutest!

Gift Idea: BYH designs its own tees for everyday and holiday. Be festive this Christmas in a BYH original Christmas tee and cozy plaid scarf and bring on the holiday cheer with a yummy candle by Swan Creek.  

Dainty + Dapper Dear Boutique

Dainty + Dapper Dear Boutique is a charming online children’s clothing & accessory boutique. It was started by a mom of three who had a love of dressing up her children. Dainty + Dapper Dear Boutique offers high-quality items as well as everyday unique pieces for ages newborn–10. Let them help dress your dainty and dapper dears from head to toe!

Gift Idea: This gorgeous blush sweater with ivory crochet detailing and dainty ruffle hem can add a touch of elegance to any outfit! Make your daughter the best dressed child in San Antonio!  

Seven Blossoms Boutique

Seven Blossoms is an online women’s boutique with a curated mix of clothing and accessories that models the owners’ mantra of “live in comfort and travel in style.” Their curated collections are always on trend and meant to transition with you throughout your day, no matter what your calendar looks like. You can find them online and at occasional pop-up events around San Antonio & Austin.

Gift Idea: You can’t go wrong with a fabulous blanket scarf, for a cozy winter style that everyone will love. Plus, a fun pair of earrings to pull an entire ensemble together—perfect for day to day or holiday parties.

Peanuts n’ JellyBeans

Peanuts ‘n JellyBeans is a fun mix of giftables for boys, girls, men, and women of all ages! While they are perfect for baby gifts, they always look for fun new things for older children and can still satisfy the need for manly gifts by carrying a few lines of masculine luggage, hunting accessories, camo, caps, and fishing shirts. If you are on a mission to cross items off your list, Peanuts ‘n JellyBeans is here to help you find that special something! Most items in store can be personalized in one way or another—whether by embroidery, vinyl decal, or heat transfer material. They also specialize in business logo work if you are looking for corporate gifting options. New baby, new spouse, new business, new beau—Peanuts ‘n JellyBeans has what you’re looking for and can’t wait to put a name on it. While our website inventory is growing slowly but surely, you can shop by e-mail or phone anytime.

Gift Idea: Button Bags are a great gift for all ages! Cute as can be, they come in two sizes: 6″ or 3″ diameter. Perfect for jewelry, loose change, candy, and all things miniature including as a Tooth Fairy bag. Their enamel trays come in every color of the rainbow! They are cocktail napkin-sized and make a great catchall for keys, loose change, jewelry, and desk accessories. The Scout Pocket Rocket “Houston We Have Six Pockets” bag is a great way to carry everything yet keep it organized by using the six exterior and two interior pockets. Ideal for moms, teachers, nurses and students. All items can be personalized.

My Maria Victoria

My María Victoria offers contemporary handmade Mexican handbags and accessories. It is a socially responsible company, which empowers its talented artisans through employment and fair trade. With the great variety of sizes, designs, and colors they offer, you are sure to find the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on your list.

Gift Idea: Handmade “Tamayo” Tote in a black & white houndstooth design.

The Guayabera Shirt Store

The Guayabera Shirt Store, located in Austin Texas, offers fine linen and cotton Guayabera shirts for both men and boys.
 
Gift Idea: Their Guayabera shirts make the perfect gift for the all special men in your life.

Sunset Ridge Home & Hardware

Sunset Ridge Home & Hardware offers a wide range of products for your home, kitchen, and garden. A funky, fun, “gifty” hardware store nestled in the beloved Sunset Ridge Shopping Center at the heart of Alamo Heights, Sunset Ridge Home & Hardware is an excellent place for running everyday errands, starting a bridal registry, deciding on the perfect grill, Christmas shopping, adding place mats to the dining table, upgrading your kitchenware, shopping for birthday presents, decorating your bedroom, replacing the remote control batteries, or repainting your home. We guarantee there is something there for everyone! Visit their website to view a list of lines/brands they carry in store as well as a full list of their services.
 
Gift Idea: Sara Jane Oil Cloth Tote Bag with Monogram

Scentchips

Scentchips are luxury wax melts hand poured in San Antonio, Texas in the historic village of La Villita. Since 1979, they have been crafting beautiful fragrances with the finest ingredients. Visit their store (503 E. Nueva) to create your own custom blend and shop their vast assortment of stylish warmers.
 
Gift Idea: Fabulous gift sets include one Scentchips blend and a beautiful warmer to enjoy them in. Choose the Holiday or Fall Fragrance Gift Set—the perfect gift of luxurious fragrances that invoke the smells of the holidays!

From Scratch Farm

From Scratch Farm is a small business, focused on natural products and healthier living. Owner Amy Bierstedt makes their bath, body, and home products as naturally and organically as she can. She also custom-designs all of their postcards and t-shirts. Along with these handmade items, they also carry many doTERRA and Monat products as well as pink Himalayan salt lamps. All for a better home…a better you! The shop can be found at 347 North Main Street in Boerne.
 
Gift Idea: Sugar body scrubs. Available in five scents (honey, pumpkin spice, sweet peppermint, lavender/vanilla, and lemon drop), their scrubs are a great way to exfoliate, moisturize, and pamper!

The Bra Box

The Bra Box is San Antonio’s personal bra boutique, specializing in all bra sizes and styles. Whether you’re shopping for a sports bra, nursing bra, or just a comfortable everyday style with support, The Bra Box offers knowledgeable one-on-one bra fittings that are simple and fun! With new inventory arriving weekly, our certified bra specialist is sure to find you a great fit! 
 
Gift Idea: Coobie Seamless leisure bra. With more than 50 colors/prints, this leisure bra is sure to make mama happy! Shop the boutique for other fabulous support or grab a coobie for yourself to indulge in comfort.

Fiesta Feet

Say “hola!” to the most comfortable shoes you will ever own. Quickly becoming a staple in every San Antonian’s closet, Fiesta Feet is a local brand’s handmade huaraches from Mexico with a fashionable twist! The best part is they donate 10% of their proceeds to an all-girls foster home in Mexico and practice fair trade pay to their artisans, which are mainly single moms. Giving back never looked so cute! 
 
Gift Idea: Their handmade huaraches come in a variety of colors and styles. Fiesta Feet would like to offer all ACMB followers free shipping until December 26th (Coupon Code: Alamocitymoms).

Hanna Andersson @ La Cantera

For more than 30 years, kids have played and laughed in Hanna Andersson’s clothing. And our absolute favorite Hanna products? Their pajamas! If you’re on the hunt for matching family pajamas this holiday season, be sure and check out the Hannah Andersson store at The Shops at La Cantera or shop online. You’ll fall in love with their sweet stripes and fun prints too!

Gift Idea: Matching long john PJs for the whole family! 

Time Out Sitters

Time Out Sitters is dedicated to providing the best service for your family. From date nights to appointments and overnight trips to pet sitting, Time Out Sitters has you covered, keeping your kids safe and entertained while giving you the break you need. Their sitters are highly recommended and carefully curated to ensure the best care for your kiddos.
 
Gift Idea: The BEST gift of the season: a “time out” for parents who need it!

Good in Store

GOOD IN STORE is a sweet small business with a big heart. They make it easy, stylish, and even punny to spread kindness through their unique tees, prints, and paper goods.

Gift Idea: A colorful art print 2018 desktop calendar. This one is accented with a simple wood block stand that holds 12 happy art prints and calendar months. Awesome for teacher gifts and treats for you!

Maskcara

At Maskcara, everything we do and everything we create is based on what we believe in. That helping others look beautiful is nice, but helping them believe they are beautiful is life changing. Happiness is contagious. And with enough courage, creativity, and optimism, you actually can have your cake and eat it too. You are not one dimensional, and your makeup shouldn’t be either. Our 4 step process makes it a light but full coverage that blends together creating a glowing complexion in just minutes. Our refillable palette system eliminates any colors you don’t need, allows you to refill shade by shade, and organizes your routine all into one space. It also makes it easy to change up your look by swapping out colors at any time.
 
Gift Idea:  Every girl loves makeup!  Our unique system allows you to contour and highlight in just minutes   Get your special someone our starter kit which includes Foundation, Blush, Lip Color, Highlight, a blender sponge, Stay primer, and lastly our double ended 30 Second HAC brush!  Nervous about getting the right color?  Email [email protected] for a free color match.

The DoSeum

The DoSeum opened on June 6, 2015 and became a place where children are inspired to use their inner creativity and curiosity to learn through play. The DoSeum serves as an interactive learning laboratory for all young children, from birth to age 10, where children can discover, learn, explore, and create. The museum is set in a park and situated on 5.5 acres, offering more than 26,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and more than 39,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit space—one of the largest outdoor areas for play among children’s museums in the nation.

Gift Idea: The gift that keeps on giving and the ultimate memory maker: a Family Membership to The DoSeum.

ALL MEMBERSHIP LEVELS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Free general admission
Unlimited visits for one year
Members-only hour every Sunday from 11:00 A.M.–noon
10% discount on birthday parties
15% discount at The DoSeum Store
10% discount at the Cafe
10% off facility rentals
Invitation to members-only events
Discounted and early registration for camps, classes, & Little Doers
Subscription to Spark! Newsletter
50% off for up to four people on select dates
BFF Sundays: bring a friend for free every third Sunday
Plus, more special promos planned throughout the year!
Premier members enjoy all of the above + reciprocal benefits to ASTC and ACM attractions.

Bell Papel

Welcome to Bell Papel, where the invitation and stationery designs are as unique as the individuals, couples, families, and organizations they proudly call clients. Whether celebrating a wedding, birthday, gala, or the arrival of a new baby, Bell Papel creates beautiful paper for life’s beautiful days.

Gift Idea: Custom note cards with mom-centric sayings, like #Truth: In Coffee We Trust. Perfect for a note to a friend or a pick-me-up letter. 

Bexar Wear

Bexar Wear was created from a desire to show pride in the owner’s heritage and hometown of San Antonio, Texas, via a damn comfortable T-shirt. Bexar Wear is new, and definitely a small operation, but watch out—your next favorite T-shirt will probably come from them!

Gift Idea: New t-shirts made from the softest cotton EVER! Definitely a favorite among the ACMB team!

The Con Man’s Daughter

Author and ACMB Team Member Candice Curry published her first book, The Con Man’s Daughter, in the spring of 2017. Hers is a wonderful story of redemption following broken beginnings: “When Candice Curry was a little girl, she put her hand in her father’s back pocket so that she wouldn’t get lost in large crowds. Little did she know that as she followed him, he was plying his trade: conning people. Her family drove stolen cars, lived in stolen houses, and shopped with stolen credit cards. Drug use was regular, as were visits from strange people who were trying to track her father down. Though she eventually cut ties with her father, Candice could not ignore the scars that were left from her childhood.”

Gift Idea: A copy of Candice’s book! We know your friends and loved ones will enjoy it as much as we did! 

Cosmic Cakery

Cosmic Cakery offers “out of this world” custom cakes, cupcakes, and cakepops! Their cakepops, which are offered in more than 50 flavors, are individually baked, moist mini-cakes on a stick that are dipped in chocolate and topped with premium toppings. It’s no wonder why they have become a favorite in San Antonio and a staple item at parties and events throughout the city!

Gift Idea: Delicious mini-cake pop bouquets for those with a sweet tooth!

FELIZ MODERN

FELIZ MODERN is a lifestyle store with a quirky mix of modern and vintage goods that combine the owners’ love of art, home, and entertaining. They are located just off the Olmos/McCullough circle at 110 W. Olmos.

Gift Idea: Embroidered cocktail napkins, for a colorful way to add some fun to your next get-together, and silky Frida sleep masks that will help you get your beauty rest in style.

FLOAT

FLOAT is San Antonio’s ultra modern float spa. Hailed as “the most relaxing experience of your life,” floating happens in a pool of warm water that is supersaturated with Epsom salt, allowing you to be fully suspended in the water. See videos of how it works at www.FloatSA.com!

Gift Idea: A 60-minute float session—because who couldn’t use some time to relax?!

In the Weeds Natural Skin Care

In The Weeds Natural Skin Care is a San Antonio-based business specializing in the creation of all-natural skin care products and candles using premium quality ingredients and essential oils.

Gift Idea: The Purple Reign Hard Lotion Stick, made with organic chamomile flowers and lavender essential oil, making it ideal for dry, itchy skin, also doubles as an insect repellent for very young children. Can we say win/win? Also, the Magi Hard Lotion Stick, made with frankincense and myrrh essential oils and gold mica. The oils help to mend skin tears and encourage skin regeneration, while the gold mica adds a beautiful shimmer to skin lacking luster.

Katie’s Jar

Calling awesome dog moms! Katie’s Jar was founded in 2011 with the goal of providing fresh, preservative-free dog treats to the owner’s beagle, Katie. Her first biscuits and empanadas were a hit at the local farmer’s market, and Katie’s Jar has been in business ever since. Their current offerings include treats for grain-free, raw, vegan diets, and their menu rotates seasonally to include the freshest ingredients.

Gift Idea: Monthly Boxes for your canine companions! The Mini Box (three bags of treats) makes a wonderful gift, especially for dog-loving teachers! The Full Box (five bags) comes in a subscription plan and is delivered to your door every month. #ingredientsmatter

Mainstream Boutique

Mainstream Boutique of San Antonio is a multi-generational, locally owned and operated boutique that genuinely believes in and acts on strengthening, empowering, and celebrating all women. They offer a variety of styles for every woman and keep up with current trends, while also keeping in mind that classic and modern looks are essential. They are always looking out for the best interest of a woman’s style wants and needs.

Gift Idea: Their “TEXAS coordinates” Mac and Me necklace, which can only be found in Mainstream Boutique and sweetly reminds us that our hearts are always in Texas. There’s no better place to be, and this necklace can be worn every day so you never lose your way!

Margo and Elle

Margo and Elle is a San Antonio boutique offering fun, comfortable, and affordable clothing for women.

Gift Idea: Fun, striped peplum tees that are not only adorable but so comfy! 

No. 9 Florals, Chocolates and Gifts

No. 9 Floral, Chocolates & Gifts is a specialty shop focusing on unique retail floral, specialty gourmet chocolates from the Sweet Shop USA, and artisanal gifts handcrafted and made in San Antonio and New Orleans. They combine French Creole and Mexican culture to provide the San Antonio community with an array of products that can’t be found anywhere else.

Gift Idea: An offering of delicious and decadent chocolates, each with its own unique decoration and flavor!

Pinks Popcorn

Pinks Popcorn is a local, women-owned business that specializes in cleverly crafted kernels.

Gift Idea: A delicious mix of BYOB and Kettle popcorn, providing the perfect balance of salty and sweet that we all love.

Purequosa

Purequosa—pronounced “pure-kwo-sa”—means pure origin. They believe in living consciously and creating products that are beneficial to the skin and general health. Purequosa uses pure ingredients with no unnecessary fillers or synthetic preservatives: colloidal silver, plant hydrosols, and essential oils, small-batched by hand in San Clemente, California. 

Gift Idea: Natural, cleansing body sprays that help nourish and hydrate the skin while neutralizing odor-causing bacteria. The perfect companion for post-workout, travel, and anytime you want to feel fresh and smell good.

Rainbow Play Systems and Event Center

Not sure what to do for your child’s birthday party this year? Need a safe and fun location for your next family reunion? Watch the kids run, laugh, and play at the new Rainbow Event Center, the perfect venue for birthdays, sports team events, family reunions, company picnics, field trips, church groups, and more. The outside facility is located on two acres of beautifully landscaped property with huge shady oaks and tons of family-friendly activities.

Gift Idea: A party, of course! Treat your friends or family members to a get-together at the Rainbow Event Center this holiday season. Trampolines, grills, and amazing play centers mean fun for all ages, making this the ultimate gift for your brood this holiday!

Revolucion Coffee + Juice

Revolucion Coffee + Juice is a San Antonio favorite, offering coffee + cold-pressed juice, homemade nut milks, acai/pitaya bowls, and other healthy food options that are made fresh daily!

Gift Idea: Fresh-squeezed juices, including some “Not Milks.”

Tori Grant Designs

ACMB Staff Member Tori Grant has always been drawn to art and design. A few years back when her little ones were babies, she started taking every Illustrator at-home class she could get her hands on and realized what she really likes to do: create fun art prints and work on her illustrating skills.

Gift Idea: A line of fun and cute planner stickers designed specifically for busy moms. From baseball games, doctor appointments, and school events, these planner stickers will keep your busy afternoons recorded in style and will fit in planners and on calendars to keep your life on track.

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