Tejano Gift Guide
I love giving creative gifts. Gift certificates are fine, shopping at big box stores is ok, but I love hunting for something a little more unexpected. This year, we have come across some amazing artisans, creators and shops with irresistible goodies. Their amazing wares would make perfect gifts for the stylish, artistic, food-loving, and one-of-a-kind people in our lives.
Whether you open presents at midnight on Nochebuena, Christmas morning or on El Dia de los Reyes, here are some great gift ideas that are puro tejano or Latino-inpired.
- La Calavera Loteria Tee from BarbacoApparel
Fun and super hip, this T is a stand out. What’s more it’s made by BarbacoAparrel, a Texas-based company that is the brain child of three smart San Antonians. The purchase of a T supports local business and gives someone’s style a boost. $24.
- Rose Ann Hall Etched Mexican Glassware Martini and Dessert Glass from Melissa Guerra
A gorgeous hand-blown etched glass, this drinkware must-have is perfect for the budding bartender or the perfect hostess. Their vintage style harkens back to a time when a smart drink was an essential part of an elegant evening. Image via Melissa Guerra. $24.95.
- New Porter Satchel from Bexar Goods Co.
Made from high quality leather, solid brass hardware and copper rivets, this gorgeous handcrafted creation is a definite investment. At nearly $700, and a 5 to 7 week turnaround time, it won’t make it for the holidays, but whenever it does arrive, it will be a phenomenal gift for a rugged backpacker, luxury goods-lover, frequent traveler and any man’s man. Image via BexarGoods.com. $680.
- Family Membership to San Antonio Botanical Gardens
With this package, two adults in the same household and their children or grandchildren under 18 will get daily admission to the beautiful gardens. Explore the children’s garden, relax in the hammocks or simply stroll through the gorgeous grounds. $65.
- Los Reyes Magos de Oriente
A beautiful story of faith is given a modern illustration treatment for today’s children. This special book also helps spark a conversation about keeping traditions, such as the celebration of El Dia de los Reyes, alive. $18.95. Need other ideas? Check out our list of Latino holiday children’s books.
- Virgen Memory Wire Cuff by Tejana Made
There is nothing quite like an artisan-made jewelry piece. This particular piece is a “five-decade Rosary Bracelet made from 6mm Goldstone and Swarovski crystal”. The winding wire means it will fit different wrist sizes comfortably. It has also found a special place in my own jewelry box and will be a piece I treasure. $35
- This River Here by Carmen Tafolla
Who can resist a good book? This collection of poems from the incomparable Carmen Tafolla is like a love letter to the Alamo City. Locals will appreciate her vision of the city and the accompanying family photos that show San Antonio through the lens of the people who call it home. $16.95.
- Treats from Chocolateka
A new sweet shop in the Stone Oak area, Chocolateka came to San Antonio from Laredo, where they are a favorite among the locals. Yummy dipping chocolate, homemade chamoy and its combination of American and Mexican treats make it a must-try. Image via Chocolateka Facebook. Prices vary.
- Mexico The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo Arronte
With everything from street tacos to conchas to cocktails, consider this the guidebook to create all those delicious foods you’ve wanted to cook, but never knew how to. Image via Phaidon. $49.95.
- Sponsor a virtual shopping trip at Layer the Boutique
Everyone wants to be “that girl” at the party – the one wearing something different and unexpected. Layer the Boutique is an online store based in Texas that offers all sorts of statement-making pieces from dresses, to separates to accessories, and at reasonable prices. Image via Layer the Boutique.