With nonstop advertisements for big box stores and national chains, it can seem like they are the only places to go. But there are some great alternatives right in the San Antonio community. Thanks to efforts like Small Business Saturday and the push to shop locally, you can avoid the crowds and corporations when you have to buy a gift. Here are some of the best places to buy local in San Antonio:

H-E-B Plus

Where: Several locations throughout San Antonio

H-E-B Plus has almost anything you may be shopping for. From electronics like TVs, game consoles, and speakers to clothes and accessories, you can find deals from every industry. H-E-B Plus even has stocking stuffers, retro games, kitchen appliances, and any toy your kids can dream of. Ditch the big box store and head here.

Zollie Glass Gallery

Where: Blue Star Arts Complex, 1414 S Alamo St, Ste 117-2, San Antonio, Texas 78210

If you want to support San Antonio’s artisan community, stop by Zollie Glass Gallery at the Blue Star Arts Complex. They’re going to have local art, Christmas ornaments, and refreshments for you to enjoy. Get one-of-a-kind presents for every member of your family.

The Twig Bookshop

Where: 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106, San Antonio, Texas 78215

If you have a bookworm or two who’s birthdays are coming up, this is the perfect bookstore to visit. They have newly released books as well as the classics, so you can find a wide range for everyone in your family. And if you want to make a day out of it, attend one of the store’s many readings by local and national authors and poets.

Julian Gold

Where: 4109 McCullough, San Antonio, Texas 78212

For the fashionista, you have to stop at Julian Gold. They have clothes, shoes, accessories, and beauty products — basically everything the ultimate girlie girl desires. Pick out an outfit from head to toe or splurge on that one special item. Either way, she’s sure to love it.

Market Square — El Mercado

Where: 514 W. Commerce, San Antonio, Texas 78207

Take part in San Antonio’s culture by visiting El Mercado. Located near the city center, Market Square is a three-block outdoor plaza and the largest Mexican market in the United States. It has 32 shops and 80 specialty shops as well as restaurants and produce stands. Be entertained by musicians and artists as you shop for artisan-made clothing, leather, accessories, and art pieces. If nothing else, you’ll have a great day browsing.

Mockingbird Handprints

Where: Blue Star Arts Complex, Bldg. B, 1420 S. Alamo  #108, San Antonio, Texas 78210

If you really want something unique, stop by Mockingbird Handprints for customized and environmentally friendly textiles, furniture, and fabrics. The owners work with recycled vintage and antique furniture and then use dye to silk-screen or stencil your design onto the fabric. This is the perfect place to shop if you’re looking for something quirky and fun.

Don’t settle for less than the best when you’re shopping for gifts. Support the local community, find the ultimate presents, and enjoy your shopping trip with the best San Antonio has to offer.