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Shop Local: 10 Gift Ideas for the Art Lover 

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In creative and crafty San Anto, there’s (almost) no excuse to scour the interwebs in search of artistic gifts. While compiling this year’s wish list, we hit up old mainstays as well as such new arrivals as Dignowity Hill’s GOOD goods and thoughtfully curated Curio at the Hotel Emma.

1. T-shirts and prints by Robert Tatum

While his quirky murals and signs grace local eateries ranging from The Luxury to Mellow Mushroom, LA transplant Robert Tatum’s handiwork can be enjoyed on a more personal scale via T-shirts ($24) and prints ($10) available at his outpost at Brick. $10-$24, Choice Goods Gallery, 108 Blue Star, (210) 858-2361, tatumoriginals.com

2. Regionally sourced goods from Curio

Beyond luxury staycations and slightly more obtainable meals, cocktails and specialty groceries, Hotel Emma’s got a smartly curated friend in Curio, which stocks such covetable items as Stash Co.’s Fyn leather tote ($349), Son of a Sailor’s leather key fob ($35) and the hotel’s own Wildsam guide to San Antonio ($12). $12-$349, Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., (210) 448-8300, thehotelemma.com

3. Queer Brown Voices

Published by the University of Texas Press, this collection provides a fresh perspective on the LGBT Latin@ experience via essays and narratives (penned by 14 activists from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico), including Gloria A. Ramirez’s San Antonio-specific contribution “The Queer Roots of the Esperanza Center.” $16.72-$50.25, utpress.utexas.edu

4. Miró-inspired goodies

Thanks to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía’s touring exhibition “Miró: The Experience of Seeing,” SA’s more familiar with the fascinating works of Spanish master Joan Miró. While the catalog ($30) is a must, we’re also digging the onesie ($35), striped socks ($20) and abstract bracelets ($45 each). $20-$45, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org

5. Prints and cards by Zane Thomas

As manager of Choice Goods Gallery, artist Zane Thomas can help you navigate the handcrafted wares up for grabs, which include the unique prints he screens under the moniker Black Moon Print. $5-$30, Choice Goods Gallery, 108 Blue Star, (210) 858-2361, tatumoriginals.com

6. Prints and comics by Mike Fisher

Highlighted this year by the San Antonio Public Library’s Alamo City Comic Con-inspired “Illustrator Series,” Mike Fisher is the mad mind behind Goofa Man Productions and the comic-book character 3-D Pete. Ideal for retro enthusiasts, his original works put a distinct spin on classic pin-ups and horror hotties alike. $25, Choice Goods Gallery, 108 Blue Star, (210) 858-2361, tatumoriginals.com

7. Painted antlers

A co-founder of Austin’s wildly eclectic Uncommon Objects, D’Ette Cole is the junk visionary behind Dignity Hill’s GOOD goods. Fashionably appointed with mid-century modern furniture, found objects, unique jewelry and lots in between, the shop stocks both one-of-a-kind items and multiples like these orange antlers. $42, GOOD goods, 904 Nolan St., (210) 229-0663, goodgoodstx.com

8. “28 Chinese” swag

Contemporary artist Liu Wei’s 2013 painting Liberation No.1 sets the vivid tone for this tote ($32) and catalog ($39.95) commemorating the touring exhibition “28 Chinese,” on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art through January 3. $32-$39.95, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.

9. Owl bag

Importing handcrafted and embroidered items from the hill tribes of Thailand and Laos is the name of the game for BrieBlue, a local outfit that can be found selling colorful owl bags ($18), textiles and other treasures most Sundays at Brick. $18, Brick Marketplace, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, brieblue.com.

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10. Frida Kahlo mirror

Keep an eye on that unibrow with this purse-sized Frida mirror, which would make for a memorable stocking stuffer. $20, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org

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In creative and crafty San Anto, there’s (almost) no excuse to scour the interwebs in search of artistic gifts. While compiling this year’s wish list, we hit up old mainstays as well as such new arrivals as Dignowity Hill’s GOOD goods and thoughtfully curated Curio at the Hotel Emma.

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