Our Favorite Places for Holiday Gifts in San Antonio, Texas

10 Local Businesses and Restaurants in San Antonio to Support this Holiday Season

As you gear up for holiday shopping, local businesses should be at the top of your list for gift ideas.

Our local San Antonio shops and restaurants are the best spots to find unique gifts and gift cards for everyone on your list. You’ll also help small businesses as it has been a rough couple of years.

There are so many great local businesses and restaurants in San Antonio it was hard to pick just ten, but here are our favorites. So skip the chain retailers and restaurants and support local businesses this holiday season and beyond!

1. Moon Mippy

Wow your loved ones with one-of-a-kind treasures from Moon Mippy, offering personalized gifts made with a little extra love. Share your state pride with a personalized Texas flag or surprise the special women in your life with an elegant, customized name necklace. From tote bags and leather wallets to bathrobes and flasks, Moon Mippy is full of delightful, personalized gift ideas for your holiday shopping list. Stop in and say hi to Missy Rindler (owner) and Bella, the store’s unofficial mascot pup!

2. Johnnies Chuoke’s Home & Hardware

Since 1944, Johnnie Chuoke’s Home & Hardware has provided San Antonians with top-notch customer service and affordable prices. Their motto is “we need to serve our customers the best way we know how.” And they certainly do!

This family-owned home and hardware store can help, whether you need painting supplies, plumbing, or pest control, Johnnie’s has it all. In fact, they just published their latest do-it-yourself book, “The Best of Johnnie Chuoke Volume 10”!  This book is full of home tips and advice and has the latest answers to problems that irritate homeowners. If you order it now, you can get it by Christmas for your DIY loved one.

3. Feather Your Nest

If you’re looking for a unique gift this holiday season, whether for a loved one or yourself (ha!), check out Feather Your Nest. Located in Alon Town Center, Feather Your Nest is regarded as a premier resource for unique, affordable fine home furnishings, gifts, and jewelry in San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Teresa Parrish started Feather Your Nest in 2005 after a lifelong love and appreciation for beautiful home furnishings and is now joined by her daughter Brittany and daughter-in-law Simi. Along with merchandise, they provide in-store and in-home design services to help you create a beautiful home and tell your story through thoughtful interiors.

4. Benjie’s Munch

Get your munch on at this food truck turned brick and mortar New American Global Comfort restaurant, Benjie’s Munch. Everything that Chef Benjie creates is cooked from the heart. “I make it the way I would want to eat it; every bite should be the best bite.”

He creates unique flavors and textures, even selecting a local baker to make fresh bread for his sandwiches and featured foods. His mission is to make food you have grown up loving even better than you remember it – no matter where you’re from!

5. Meadow Restaurant

Located at The Alley on Bitters, Meadow Neighborhood Eatery + Bar works closely with local farmers and ranchers to provide guests with a truly seasonal Texas southern dining experience.

Seasonality is one of the most important aspects when it comes to the menu, and it changes and evolves through the seasons.

Enjoy the warm and comfortable setting for dinner with family and friends or have lunch and happy hour on one of the best patios in San Antonio!

6. Clementine

For the foodies on your list, give the gift of a culinary adventure at Clementine. This family-owned San Antonio restaurant serves seasonal eats prepared with farm-to-table ingredients that come together in a burst of global flavors. The ‘Feed Me’ dinner option delivers an exquisite seven-course meal made just for you, the perfect dining experience for a special occasion. Gift cards are available for purchase on their website.

7. Sushishima 

My wife Lisa and I have traveled all over and consider ourselves “sushi-aficionados,” and I can honestly say that Sushishima has some of the best sushi we’ve ever eaten.

They serve the freshest fish and creative, mouthwatering rolls that will satisfy any sushi-lover and may even turn the most apprehensive into one. Whether you go to the Stone Oak or Castle Hills location, you’ll not only be delighted by the taste but also enjoy an amazing sushi dining experience.

8. Alamo City Chocolate Factory

Chocolates are a favorite go-to gift for sweet tooths, but Alamo City Chocolate Factory goes the extra mile with freshly made European-style chocolates and truffles. Choose from a selection of decadent chocolate gift boxes or wow your friends with specialty molded chocolates. A large Texas chocolate box with filled with even more chocolate confections? Yes, please!

9. Frederick’s Bistro

The eclectic menu and intimate atmosphere at Frederick’s Bistro make this one of San Antonio’s top restaurants for French-Asian cuisine. It’s a local staple perfect for San Antonio newcomers looking to experience the local fine dining scene. With dishes such as escargot bourguignon, sea scallops and shrimp, and duck leg confit, every item on the menu features exceptional flavors with a sophisticated touch. Gift cards are available for purchase to give to the foodies in your life. 

10. El Mirasol

What’s a San Antonio Christmas without delicious Mexican food? Treat yourself to a holiday dinner at El Mirasol, where traditional Mexican cuisine meets a vibrant yet intimate setting. Each dish is made with high-quality ingredients that shine through with exceptional flavor. Don’t know where to start? You can never go wrong with margaritas and their house enchiladas.

We hope you find the perfect gift for your loved ones and help support the local businesses in the great city of San Antonio, Texas! Happy holidays from the Jason Keller Group!