$25 and Under:
~The Salted Butter Caramels from Chocolaterie Tessa are superb for anyone with a sweet tooth. These make great teacher gifts! All of the chocolates here are impecable, too.
~The Orget Syrup from Liber & Co. is a real treat for the mixologist who likes her tiki cocktails. Also available at Twin Liquors and Wiggy's. Be sure to check out Liber & Co.'s recipe page for ideas and motivation.
~The Drinking Chocolate from Delysia Chocolatier or something from their truffle collection will make your chocolate lover's dreams come true.
~The cloth bento bag (both the small and medium are under $25) at Kettle & Brine works as a lunch bag, produce bag or bread warmer. Perfect for the eco-conscious.
~The jams, jellies, salts, et al. from Confituras are all great gifts. Find them at the SFC Farmers' Market at Republic Square this Saturday (12/10) and next Saturday (12/17) to chose your preferred flavors before Christmas, or find them at one of these local retailers.
~The coffee bag clip/scoop from Hay at Nannie Inez is the epitome of form and function. The coffee lover on your list will be smitten.
~For anyone who is on KP duty on the reg, these cool graphic sponges at Kettle & Brine will impress. I want one for my stocking!
For a Bit More:
~The Happy Holidays Ya'll box of chocolates from Maggie Louise Confections is perfect for out of state friends/family and proud Texans alike.
~This copper flask at Kettle & Brine is just the thing for the hardcore Longhorn fan who likes to BYOB to the game (the copper color is a nod to burnt orange).
~You can't go wrong with a practical gift and this high design cutting board at Nannie Inez will wow the chef in your kitchen.
~It's tea time with this glass Japanese teapot found at Kettle & Brine.
~A gift basket from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop is the ultimate "go local" gift. Everyone loves cheese!
~This stunning large crushed bowl from Nannie Inez is a quite the statement piece for the design lover in your life.
~You can't go wrong with a gift card to a favorite haunt like Fabi & Rosi (gift sets are available with their gift cards). Or try something new, like a gift card to the gorgeous hot spot Eberly.
~For the nicest person on your list, go all out and book a room at San Antonio's Hotel Emma for a memorable weekend (ok, it's not local, but it is regional). Recently voted the best hotel in Texas, #10 in the U.S. by Traveler Magazine and one of the best new hotels on the planet by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Their bar, Sternewirth is a real treat and be sure to make a reservation for a meal at Supper. While there, stop in the Curio Gift Shop and get the Recuerdos candle to make the memories last.