San Antonio-Inspired Gift Ideas for Music Lovers

Illustration by Carlos Aguilar
Because your musician friend or family member might not exactly be looking for a CD anymore (especially since they most likely use Spotify or Apple Music), the following list offers a variety of suggestions that can enrich other parts of their artistic personalities. Also, this list will be helpful for the musician or artist on a budget. So whether money’s tight or you don’t know what to get that guitar-shredder friend, we’ve got you covered.

Mr. Brown Eyed Soul On Vinyl From Friends Of Sound
Landing on the cover of the Current a few weeks ago, Sunny Ozuna of Sunny and The Sunliners is a living legend from the Chicano Soul scene that emerged here in San Antonio during the 50s and 60s. Just in time for the holidays, Brooklyn-based label Big Crown Records recently released a compilation of some his best work, which is sort of the perfect gift for your vertan vinyl-collecting friend, or friend who could use some soul in his crate. Buy it local at Friends of Sound. $16.99, 700 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 971-8044,
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Krazy Kat Gift Certificate
Since 1990, Krazy Kat Music has been offering the necessary tools (instruments/gear) to help local musicians and artists create their respective masterpieces. If you don’t know exactly what your musician friend needs as far as gear goes, hook them up with a gift certificate they can use towards that perfect thing they need to finish their opus. 3020 N St Mary's St, (210) 737-0523, $6-$2,000.

Tickets To a Show at Paper Tiger
Who doesn’t like a good show? Spy on your friend and see what music they’re listening to on Spotify or wherever and get them tickets to see their favorite band. If they dig indie, hip hop, or weirdo experimental shit Paper Tiger’s bound to have something up their alley. Usually between $12-$22,

Random Item From Yeya’s Antiques and Oddities
OK, so you’re shopping for that one friend or family member who listens to music like Norwegian metal and whose house looks like everything in it could be/might be/probably is cursed. From coffins, to cow skulls, vintage photographs and clown puppets Yeya’s Antiques and Oddities probably has something perfect for that friend that mild to completely infatuated with weird stuff. 1423 E Commerce St., (210) 827-5555, $2-$50,000.

Guitar/Piano Lessons From San Antonio Music Academy
Do you have a friend that want’s to learn how to play guitar or piano, or just wants to get better at their instrument? Hook ‘em up with some lessons from San Antonio Music Academy. 9910 W Loop 1604 N Suite 103, (210) 681-7262, $109-$218 (monthly).

Last Minute Procrastination Gift From Robot Monster Guitars
If you’re running down to the wire and need something cool for that musician or artist friend, Robot Monster Guitars probably has something cool you get them. From vintage collectibles like a Childs Play Chucky action figure to rare vinyl, guitars, guitar pedals, miscellaneous electronics and clothes, Robot Monster Guitars probably has something they’ll at least appreciate. After all, it’s the thought that counts. 517 E Woodlawn Ave, (210) 320-1710, $1-$3,000.

Tattoo Gift Certificate at Eternal Courage Tattoo
Formerly working out of Element Tattoo, Kelly Edwards opened Eternal Courage smack dab in the middle of the St. Mary’s Strip back in September. If you’re looking to hook up that friend that needs a quality tattoo Eternal Courage offers gift certificates so your friend can add to their ink collection or deflower their virgin skin. 2811 N St Mary's St, (210) 733-8255, Shop minimum $60. Hourly rate - $150/hr.

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Mug From Goodwill or Texas Thrift
So you yourself are starving artist or musician just trying to survive playing shows and selling merch. The holidays are coming up, so what do you do? Coffee cups. That’s right. As low as like 25 cents, you can get all your friends vintage coffee cups from places like Texas Thrift and not look like a complete schmuck during the holidays. Texas Thrift, 4114 W Commerce St, 25¢-$3.

Local Coffee Gift Card
You know you’ve got that friend that’s got a thousand side hustles on top of trying to play shows and make his music career happen. Keep that friend awake through the day with some coffee from one of the best local shops in the Alamo City. Multiple locations,, $5+.
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