Shop Local This Christmas
You can find beautiful Christmas gift items in shops throughout Canyon Lake, Gruene and New Braunfels and on the Facebook pages and websites of dozens of area residents who paint, bake and create unique works of art. They include works by chocolatiers and local authors.
Many belong to Canyon Lake Art Guild and New Braunfels Art League.
Devin Cherry, owner of Cherry’s Antiques and More, sells lots of holiday items including handmade goat soap, Circle E candles, high-end clothing, designer clothes, home décor, jewelry, coins, and WW II memorabilia. This Saturday, shoppers will even find Harley Davidson motorcycle helmets on display.
Other local gift ideas:
- Naomi’s Enchanted Delights: Alana Lawson, of Naomi’s Enchanted Delights, is stirring up four-ounce jars of strawberry, blueberry and pineapple, pineapple/amaretto Christmas jams. Apple butter also available. Prices start at $5. If that’s not enough sweetness, try cookies, peanut butter fudge, pies and peanut brittle – all made to order with two-day advance notice. Call or text 210-840-5584.
- The Gruene Cowboy: Locals Stephanie Johnson (editor of MyCanyonLake.com) and Joe Massucci discovered H.D. Gruene was one of hundreds of Central Texas cowboys who fathered the cattle industry between 1860 and 1890. They re-published his and many other first-hand accounts by Texas cowboys who literally blazed trails north, from farms in Seguin and New Braunfels to Dodge City and beyond. The Gruene Cowboy is available online at thegruenecowboy.com. Also sold at Hunter’s Junction in Gruene, Opa’s German Store in New Braunfels, Frontier Times Museum in Bandera, and at The Briscoe Museum in San Antonio.
- Henne’s Hardware: Shop in a real historical man cave: Henne’s Hardware in New Braunfels, the 1857 store that built New Braunfels and still offers basic hardware, specialty and hard-to-find items and practical gifts. 246 San Antonio St., New Braunfels 78130
- Wildflower Barn, 1077 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels 78130, is a quaint little shop packed full of unique gift items like silk wildflowers, wall crosses, windmills, nostalgic signs and rustic furniture.
- New Braunfels Smokehouse: Give the gift of German ancestry. New Braunfels Smokehouse, 1090 North Business 35 New Braunfels 78130 features a country store stocked with hickory-smoked eats, homemade breads and desserts, fine cheeses, preserves and jellies, candles, pickles and relishes.
- Guadalupe Brewing Co.: Nothing says local better than craft beer brewed and labeled by Guadalupe Brewing Co. in New Braunfels. Visit their Tasting Room to decide between Texas Honey Ale, Double IPA Black India Pale Ale, and Guadalupe River Ride Session Blonde Ale – the perfect beer for floating the river or sitting in front of a roaring fireplace dreaming of floating the river! 103 Gattuso Rd., New Braunfels 78132.
- Kathy Perales works in oil, watercolor and acrylics. She’s a member and a past president of the Canyon Lake Art Guild, a member and past president of the New Braunfels Art League and a member of San Antonio Art Education Association. To see her work, click here.
- Rita Ball accepts commissions for pet portraits. Immortalize your cat or dog in pastel, graphite or charcoal. Visit ritaball.blogspot.com to see samples.
- Soap It To Me! Natural, handmade soaps and other body products. Visit her Facebook page or find her on Etsy at soapittome.
- A book by Canyon Lake writers. This collection of fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs centered on Canyon Lake, Texas and the surrounding Hill Country. Proceeds support Tye Preston Memorial Library.
Do you have suggestions for other Christmas gift ideas? Email us: Stephanie@MyCanyonLake.com.