Living in Albuquerque, we are fortunate to have so many incredible small businesses and artisans, making it easy to buy local this holiday season. There’s also something undeniably special about shopping small and finding thoughtful and uniquely crafted gifts that you won’t see anywhere else.
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Check out this selection of treasures from local shops, ensuring the gifts you’re giving are as special as the people you’re giving them to.
I love admiring my soap dispenser from Ceramics by Meesha. It brings a gorgeous splash of color to my kitchen and makes for the perfect gift. You can also buy other ceramic products like mugs and vases, which feature colorful hot air balloon-inspired designs.
The flour sack towels from Kei & Molly are hand-printed in small batches and feature New Mexico-inspired scenery and designs.
Squidily Designs‘ colorful prints bring warmth and whimsy to any space. I currently have this print in my office, which is the perfect backdrop to any Zoom call.
Everything from Los Poblanos Farm Shop is incredible, but we especially love the lavender mist, which can be used as a room, linen, or body spray.
There are a lot of talented candle makers in Albuquerque, but my personal favorite is 1706 Handmade Co. With sophisticated scents like camphor + sage or sea salt + amber, your house will smell fancy and elegant.
Food and Drink
You can’t go wrong with the official cookie of New Mexico. Celina’s Biscochitos offers several tasty versions of this holiday treat.
VARA Winery & Distillery has locations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque and features many Spanish and American wines. ABQ Mom Vanessa recommends the Garnacha.
Give the gift of caffeine with a bag of whole or ground beans from Cutbow Coffee.
I never understood the hype around EVOO until I tried New Mexico Green Chile Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It has such a unique and distinct flavor, and it’s incredible on pizza, popcorn, and bread.
Apparel and Jewelry
My husband loves his wallet from Big Head Leather because it’s compact and fits nicely in his jeans (or in my purse, lol).
Ooh! Ahh! Jewelry is known for its affordable luxury and has something for everyone. I love this Serene Turquoise New Mexico made silver ring.
Half Full Designs allows you to customize your hat by offering many New Mexico-inspired patches, which fit beautifully in front of the hat.
Books are probably my favorite thing to gift. You can never have too many! Good Night New Mexico will make bedtime reading extra special.
This t-shirt from Guerilla Graphix pays homage to advertising icon and local hero, Smokey the Bear. My toddler regularly wears his “bear shirt” with pride!
Freeze-dried candy from Sticky Fingers Candy will make the perfect stocking stuffer. I still don’t understand the science behind freeze-dried anything, but it’s delicious!
We hope this helps you this holiday season. Are we missing your favorite local product? Let us know in the comments!
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