Shop Local: Your San Antonio holiday gift guide

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Facebook / Jenelle Esparza
Jenelle Esparza, artist and co-director of Presa House Gallery

What two or three San Antonio-made items would you love to receive as holiday gifts this year and why?

I would love to receive gifts from the folks at Millard Street Studios, a ceramic studio
run by Diana Kersey. The artists there have frequent sales of their ceramic goods, both functional and decorative. They have a holiday sale scheduled for December 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 322 Millard St. Diana Kersey, (210) 573-7418, dianakersey.com.

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Ccourtesy Photo / Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
What’s the best locally produced gift you’ve ever received?

The best locally produced gifts I received were a batch of cookies from Nora at Estudio Tlalli, a handwoven tapestry from the Mercado de Paz at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and a lotería card set from local author and friend Xelena Gonzalez.

Why is it important for people to shop local during the holidays?

It’s important for folks to shop local because it directly supports the artists and makers in their community. I enjoy gifting local goods to my friends and family because it’s always something unique and beautiful.
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