San Marcos Like a Local

Show the Love for Under $10

February 8, 2016

by Charlotte Wattigny 

Whether it’s romantic love, friendship love or family love, Valentine’s Day is the time we show our appreciation. No need to break the bank though. Here are a few ideas under $10 that will surprise and delight even the most ornery Valentine. And they are all made San Marcos, so bonus points!


Know someone missing the flavors of San Marcos? Why not send a jar of Herbert’s Taco Hut Hot Sauce? And the made-in-San Marcos El Milagro Tortilla Chips go great with it.

For the friend who’s pride and joy is their bountiful garden, any variety of The Root Cellar Dressing is the perfect compliment.

Don’t forget the friendly neighborhood cookout expert! They will love a bottle of Hays County BBQ’s delicious sauce.

Give sweets to the sweet with hand-made fudge from Centerpoint Station – it’s even boxed with a pretty bow to make you look good.

And Manske Rolls from Gil's Broiler! If LBJ could have them shipped to the White House, you can certainly send them to your roommate from college.


When it’s baked goods needed to send just the right message, drop by Pennington Cakes for custom iced cookies and tempting jumbo cupcakes.


If there is a nature lover you would like to impress, take them on a scenic glass-bottom boat tour on Spring Lake. Besides the breathtaking views of bubbling springs and watching the antics of aquatic life below, The Meadows Center will take a free Valentine photo of the two of you to remember it by.

Light of your life come with four furry feet? Stinky Dawg downtown has gourmet doggy treats that will leave them begging for more. Have a good friend with a not-so-fragrant pooch? Or spend a couple of extra bucks for the self-serve dog wash and make a whole lot of people happy. ;)

For the loves in your life with more adult tastes, San Marcos has you covered. We’re talking adult beverage of course. What did you think we meant? Middleton Brewing’s bottled Belgian, British and American style beer will appeal to the micro-brew aficionado. No need to wrap this one–the label art is stunning!

If your Valentine has more of a wine whine, make Three Dudes Winery your go-to spot. Technically their bottles aren’t under $10, but only by a smidge. 

So there your have it. If the way to your Valentine’s heart is through their stomach, San Marcos definitely gets you there.