Shop at these local retailers this holiday season

Retailers in the San Marcos, Buda and Kyle communities offer gift options for everybody on a shopper's holiday gift list. This non-comprehensive list gives residents and visitors ideas for last-minute presents.

Fox Salt and Pepper Shakers ($10.50)
These cute pair of foxes will make a great addition to anyone’s kitchen. The salt and pepper shakers are one of hundreds of trinkets and gifts sold at the Paper Bear Heartworks Co. in San Marcos. The shakers are available in other forest creature designs as well.

Paper Bear Heartworks Co.
218 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos
512-396-2283 •

Ralph Fields Candles ($28)
Handmade in Graham, Texas, Ralph Fields Candles come in over 30 scents. The company believes scents can tell a story and tailors its candles to specific seasons and holidays to help customers “inspire new memories and remind them of moments from the past.”

River Rose
105 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos
512-640-205 •

Kayaks and Canoes ($649-$1,000)
Whether it is on the river or a lake, Austin Kayak & Canoes has a variety of water vessels to keep your water lover happy. Beyond kayaks and canoes, the store has kayak and canoe accessories, coolers, paddleboards, knives, clothing and camping gear.

Austin Canoe & Kayak
4554 N. I-35, San Marcos
512 396-2386 •

AquaBrew Growler ($8)
For the expert on craft beer or for a pal who just wants something to keep beer cold, AquaBrew sells a variety of containers. Customers who purchase either the 64-ounce ($100) or the 128-ounce ($200) drink tank can enroll in the Growler Club, which comes with 10 AquaBrew craft beer fills and other member discounts.

150 S. LBJ Drive, San Marcos
512 353-2739 •

Vera Bradley 17-Month Planner ($32.15)
For those friends who are always on the go, this Vera Bradley planner will not only keep them organized but also keep them in style. Stitches & Such also provides monogramming services, bags and other gifts.

Stitches & Such
1917 Dutton Drive, Ste. 106, San Marcos
512-805-8547 •

Beauty Counter Makeup ($38-$58)
From eye shadow to lipstick, Beauty Counter Makeup catches people’s attention with its bright red packaging and smooth application. Ellipsis Boutique also has trendy women’s clothes and accessories to purchase while shopping for the perfect gift.

Ellipsis Boutique
306 S. Main St., Ste. 106, Buda

Illusione Cigars ($5.69-$14.99)
Cigar Vault has traditional gifts for those who like to smoke in style. The shop has put together cigar gift boxes for $39 for the holiday season. In addition to cigars, the store sells lighters, pipes and cutters.

Cigar Vault
210 N. Main St., Buda

Handmade Knives ($165-$300)
Whether the person on your list collects knives or uses knives to hunt, Huse Knives are made by hand in Buda. The most popular blades range from 2 1/2-2 3/4 inches in length and are perfect for chores, skinning animals and for self-protection. Huse Knives also does custom orders which range from $200-$375.

Huse Knives
P.O. Box 1754, Buda
512-296-9888 •

Specialized Hotrock Training Bike ($210)
When a child is ready to upgrade from a tricycle to training wheels, Buda Bike Co. sells bikes for children to ride in style. In addition to a full line of specialized bicycles and accessories,t he shop also rents bikes, equipment and repairs bikes on-site.

Buda Bike Co.
304 S. Main St., Ste. 102, Buda
512-312-4780 •


Mug with stirrer ($7) and loose leaf tea ($3)
Sip on a mug of holiday cheer with a Wright’s Emporium mug, which comes with a stirrer set and custom loose leaf tea. After grabbing a drink at Wright’s Emporium cafe, peruse through its gift shop’s inventory of custom jewelry, homemade fragrance oils and soaps, teas and houseware.

Wright’s Emporium
225 S. Main St., Ste. 106, Kyle

Pie ($16.50)
Pies are the perfect gift for those with a sweet tooth. Texas Pie Company bakes a variety of pies that make great gifts during the holiday season. With 18 flavors, there is a pie to satisfy even the pickiest of pie eaters.

The Texas Pie Company
202 W. Center St., Kyle
512-268-5885 •


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