9 Places to Shop for Only-in-Albuquerque Gifts

9 Places to Shop for Only-in-Albuquerque Gifts

With the holiday gift-giving season ahead, here are a few places to find thoughtful, memorable gifts-each with #TrueABQ flair.  

Albuquerque Holiday Gifts


Albuquerque in a Box


Billed as "the ultimate cure for NM homesickness," this comfort collection may include items such as Bueno Foods Sopaipilla Mix, Sadie's salsa, or Desert Gardens Green Chile Dip, among other local favorites. It's the perfect gift for NM lovers who are away from their favorite state.  



Albuquerque Holiday Gifts



Chile Traditions


This Northeast Heights shop is a go-to spot for red and green-chile, that is. You'll find gifts for the chile addict from green-chile pistachios to hot sauces of every ilk. 





Albuquerque Holiday Gifts

Harwood Art Center 

During its 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood artists sell small (12-inch-by-12-inch), affordable paintings. The sale pays dividends, too, with the proceeds benefiting this dynamic visual arts center with studio and gallery space. If you want to give a present that gives throughout the year, buy your friends and family member a share in the Harvest CSA (Community Supported Art) program. Similar to community supported agriculture co-ops, those who become "shareholders" receive a portion of the creations-in this case, boxes of thoughtfully curated, original pieces from 10 local artists who have studios at Harwood. 


Albuquerque Holiday gifts biscochito golden crown panaderia


Golden Crown Panaderia  

This neighborhood bakery of Food Network fame, may churn out thousands of biscochitos each holiday season, but each is still made by hand, by father-son duo Pratt and Chris Morales and their employees. Golden Crown's holiday cookies carry the flavors and traditions of New Mexico in every cinnamon-sugar-anise bite-even with more contemporary flavors such as chocolate and cappuccino.    



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Los Poblanos Farm Store


Los Poblanos' lavender products are earning wide renown-and you'll find the lotions, salves, and balms here-but this shop has a plethora of local products, including Native American beaded bracelets, cookbooks, and apparel. 





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New Mexico Piñon Coffee Company


With late-evening and early-morning holiday celebrations on the calendar for the months ahead, giving a caffeine-boost in a box will earn you a gold-star in gift giving. New Mexico Piñon Coffee Company has several varieties of locally roasted beans, and several (piñon, dark piñon, Mexican-spiced chocolate, and biscochito) are organized into the #1 Coffee Lover's Gift Box.  



Albuquerque holiday gifts old town



Old Town


This Albuquerque neighborhood has more than 100 shops, restaurants, and boutiques-most with local art, apparel, and gifts. 




Albuquerque holiday gifts rail yards market


Rail Yards Market 


Local artisans and food purveyors will gather on December 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the Holiday Market @ The Rail Yards. Although the vendor line up is still pending, the market promises to offer t-shirts showing NM-pride, local honey, and unique jewelry, to name a few items. 



albuquerque holiday gifts weems art gallery



Weems Gallery


Although the annual Weems Artfest has drawn to a close, this local gallery is going strong, still exhibiting the fine art and crafts of New Mexicans. Popular Albuquerque-area artists include watercolorist Steve Hanks, pastel artist Sarah Blumenschein, and sculptor/painter Guilloume. 





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Ashley M. Biggers is a writer and editor, as well as a native of Albuquerque. Most recently, she is the author of 100 Things to Do in Albuquerque Before You DieShe has also written about the city for several local and regional publications, including Albuquerque the Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, and New Mexico Journey. She loves exploring the city with her family, friends, and, when possible, her charming dog, Charlie.

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