Nydia Huizar, co-owner and designer of BarbacoApparel and the Tortilla Press
What two or three San Antonio-made items would you love to receive as holiday gifts this year and why?
Calavera Crafters has this amazing Bar S Bologna ornament that brings the biggest smile to my face every time I see it on social media. I would love this on my tree and then as a year-round office decoration. Calavera Crafters, 109 Blue Star, facebook.com/calaveracrafters.
Gemini Vato released a few plush items this year, and the MR. CRISPYDOG is high up on my list. I have his first Chale Tamale, and I love it! Gemini Vato,
Anyone who knows me knows that I live for purses, and any of Breakfast Friend’s custom-painted bags would be a dream to own. I’m excited to see what her
upcoming drop will include. Breakfast Friend, breakfastfriend.shop.
What’s the best locally produced gift you’ve ever received?
Courtesy Photo / Calavera Crafters
Hands-down, my luxe Karma Candle Makers Fiesta Sangria candle. The container this candle is in is absolutely beautiful and really enhances a space’s look and smell. Karma Candle Makers, karmacandlemakers.com.
Best gift I’ve given myself? NataziaNatazia’s iced tea earrings. Super cute and perfect for my South Texas sensibilities. NataziaNatazia, instagram.com/natazianatazia.
Why is it important for people to shop local during the holidays?
The holidays are the biggest shopping season of the year, so it’s a very important time, fiscally speaking, for local makers and businesses. This is our opportunity to make up for our slower seasons and hopefully keep creating in the following year. Not only is shopping local a great way to boost our regional economy — which has countless benefits — but it’s a great way to help sustain local makers and businesses and keep them around for years to come. And for shoppers, it’s a great way to gift unique and thoughtful pieces to friends and family and themselves.