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7 Ways to Find the Coolest Art Gifts in San Marcos

November 6, 2017

You’ve got a list, you’ve checked it twice, and you still don’t have a clue what to give everyone? We completely understand - we’ve totally been there. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up our favorite seasonal art markets and galleries where you can find gifts that meet your requirements: unique, personal, beautiful and unexpected. From watercolors to woodworking, and every medium in between, you can see some of the best art the Texas Hill Country has to offer and maybe pick up a gift for yourself…

Art In The Alley

November 25

If you want to avoid the mass chaos of Black Friday madness and want to enjoy a more laid back holiday shopping SMTXperience, you should check out Art In The Alley… From 10am to 4pm, the Price Center will have more than 20 local artists selling their wares in an outdoor market setting. No long lines, no crowded stores, just local art and fresh air.

Zelicks’ Sip-n-Shop Local Market

November 25

Stop by Zelicks Ice House from 3-9pm for a local market featuring some of our wonderful small business owners and artisans, and maybe a beer, for a truly San Marvelous shopping experience!  


DuBois Gallery 11

December 2

Some of the area’s best artists come together to create the DuBois Gallery 11 pop-up art event at the Price Center from 5-9pm. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine while immersing yourself in local fine art.

Art Squared Arts Market

December 9

Taking place in downtown San Marcos on the Hays County Courthouse lawn, the Art Squared Arts Market is a creative hub buzzing with local artists of all kinds. Roam from booth to booth, enjoying live music as you peruse, from 9am – 4pm. Art Squared features artists working in ceramics, glass, graphics/printmaking, metalwork, photography, wood, drawing, pastels, jewelry (ornamental, costume and precious metals, sculpture, fiber (both textiles and wearables), leather, painting, upcycle,
recycle and mixed medias of all kind.


Eye of the Dog Studio Artists Holiday Sale

December 16

Come on out to Eye of the Dog Art Center for this great indoor studio artist sale. The eclectic setting is a fun place to find some eclectic gifts for loved ones. Enjoy some refreshments a la “da dog” in a relaxed atmosphere – the perfect way to spend a Saturday in our opinion.

Artisan Market

December 16

The Artisan Market, taking place at Splash Co-Working from 12pm-5pm, is a great place to see many artists in one location. With more than 10 selected artisans, there bound to be a lot of fantastic artwork of many different mediums.

Third Thursday Walkabout

December 21

Enjoy a leisurely evening (6-9pm) in San Marcos’ historic downtown during the Third Thursday Walkabout. Many downtown boutiques, restaurants and art galleries stay open for longer hours during the Walkabout, giving you have plenty of time to shop and enjoy. San Marcos Art League artists display their artwork along the sidewalk, you’ll never know what unique find you may stumble upon!



218 Co-op Gallery

218 N Guadalupe St

218 Co-op Gallery is a fantastic local gem that houses the work of 14 area artists. The works are vibrant, where you can see, experience and buy quality, hand crafted pieces – a complete sensory experience.


Dahlia Woods Gallery

232 N LBJ

Dahlia Woods Gallery is the place to be! Surrounded by beloved downtown San Marcos restaurants and boutique stores, you can knock out a lot of  gifts on your list, and treat yourself while you’re at it.