Unusual, Uncommon & Unparalleled Gifts
by Charlotte Wattigny
Looking for some uncommon or unusual gifts to finish up your holiday shopping? San Marcos has an unparalleled mix of shops with items to please anyone from your little niece to your best friend to your spouse’s crazy Uncle Lou.
Accent Lighting Designs Steampunk Lamp Factory
114 E San Antonio St. • 512-754-9888
HOURS Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm • Sat: 10:00am-2:00pm
For the light of your life: With a mix of the finest in interior, exterior and landscape lighting, and new additions of vintage and Steampunk inspired lamps, this will definitely be a bright spot in your shopping adventure.
215 N. Comanche St.
HOURS Tue-Sat: 11-ish to 5-ish
For that one-of-a-kind friend: Following the bowerbird’s example, the proprietress travels unbeaten paths to select antiquated, uncommon, and timeworn wares to adorn yourself and your home. Obscure objects become shining baubles and the mundane is transformed into rare beauty. What once may have been trash…will now become treasured.
241 N LBJ Dr. • 512-392-8888
HOURS Tue-Sat: 11:00am to 8:30am • Sun: 11:00am to 6:00pm
For the one who doesn’t want to adult today: A fun place where everyone can feel like a kid. The shop offers old fashioned candy, unique candy, foreign candy, fudge, gourmet popcorn, unique bottled sodas, ice cream, pies, gift baskets and more.
1702 Hunter Rd. • 512-396-9500
HOURS Mon-Thu- 10:00am to 6:00pm • Friday - Saturday 10:00am to 7:00pm
For that outlandish friend: A unique artisan gift shoppe that sells handmade items by local artists and makers. From works of art to candles to captivating trinkets, at Down The Rabbit Hole you never know what you will find!
122 N LBJ Dr. • 512-396-7473
HOURS Mon: 10:00am to 5:00pm • Tue-Sat: 12:00pm to 7:00pm
For that old stogie you know: Their mission is to bring you the finest premium cigars and pipe tobacco you’ve ever had. And they have succeeded. It’s that simple.
130 E. San Antonio St. • 877-800-2294
HOURS Wed-Sun: 11:00am to 7:00pm
For the hobbyist with discerning taste: Homebrewing is about recapturing the lost legacy of American beer. Home Brew Supply has gone to great lengths to ensure the quality and consistency of our products and ingredients at the most affordable prices.
218 N LBJ Dr. • 512-396-2283
HOURS Mon-Sat: 10:00am-6:00pm
For the one that wants it all: Shopping like it oughta be. A long time favorite in downtown San Marcos, Paper Bear has unexpected gifts for the person who has everything. Jewelry, toys, decorative accessories, clothing, candy, cards… and other amazing things you didn’t know you needed in every nook and cranny of the store.
120 W. Hopkins St. Suite 101 • 512-757-8706
HOURS Wed-Thu: 12:00-6:00pm • Fri-Sat: 12:00-8:00pm • Sun 1:00-8:00pm
For the colorful character in your life: This working art studio makes fine art pieces on paper and canvas and fashion accessories as well as designing patterns for surfaces and textiles. This little shop is home to limited edition fine crafts and home goods from local, national and international artists and artisans and features beautiful objects and goods that are one-of-a-kind and made by hand in small batches.
151 S. LBJ Dr. • 512-262-9482
HOURS Tue-Sat: 10:00am-6:00pm
For friends and family with fur babies: Choose gourmet dog treats, clothing, toys and lots of other fun items to pamper your dogs. Stinky Dawg is a self-serve dog wash that also features professional grooming and bathing so gift certificates are always a good option.
202 University Dr. • 512-392-8030
HOURS Mon-Sat: 10:00am-9:00pm • 12:00-7:00pm
For that boot scootin’ head bangin’ free spirit: The biggest and best selection of Americana and Texas Music that can be found in the Lone Star State! CDs, vinyl, t-shirts and music inspired gifts and memorabilia.
Need more ideas? Check out the list of local shops here.