Holiday Gift Shopping in Santa Fe | - December 2, 2011

A Treasure Trove of Options

Shopping for holiday gifts in Santa Fe is like exploring a treasure chest filled with exotic items from far-flung places. There are so many unique and beautiful baubles, gems and trinkets sparkling with color, that it's easy to find something for everyone on your gift list.

Santa Fe is a major art market, filled with unique works. From boutiques to galleries, studios, cowboy boot makers and clothing designers, the city is a paradise for holiday gift shoppers, offering up one of a kind finds guaranteed to satisfy everyone on your list.

The Monks' Corner, owned by the Benedictine monks of Christ in the Desert Monastery, offers religious and spiritual gifts from around the world. From paintings and prints to carved saints and nativity sets, crosses, ornaments, Gregorian chants on CD and more, the Monks' Corner is a wonderful place to shop for those you love.

The Museum of New Mexico shops are located in the New Mexico History Museum, the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. Each one features beautiful and unique gifts, including jewelry made by contemporary New Mexico artists as well as books about New Mexico, note cards, calendars, tinwork, paintings, etchings and more.

Design Warehouse is just a fun store to visit anytime, but during the holidays, it's a blast because you can find cool gadgets and hip home accessories for those who appreciate fine design. From the swank Herman Miller couches and chairs to the penguin lamps, hanging star lights, elegant soaps and whimsical kitchen and bath gear, this store offers inspiring, and fun, gifts. You won't leave empty-handed!

Visit the Santa Fe School of Cooking and Market for the foodies in your life. A gift certificate to one of their acclaimed cooking classes makes a great present, as does a basket filled with goodies from the market – salsa, chile, jams, cocoa, coffee, tea, specialty foods, cookbooks, kitchen utensils, handmade black clay and micaceous pottery, aprons and more.

Doodlet's is a veritable rabbit warren of holiday treasures, stuffed with toys, candies, kitchen gadgets, collectibles and stocking stuffers. There's a huge selection of toys, humorous gifts, cards and other items that will make perfect presents for those on your holiday gift list.

Todos Santos will satisfy any chocolate connoisseur on your list. Known for making exquisite chocolate milagros – patterned after the Spanish Colonial good luck charms – decorated with edible gold ornamentation, this chocolate boutique also offers exquisite handmade chocolates that are perfect for gifts and an array of candy from around the world.

For exquisite, one of a kind cowboy boots, head to Back at the Ranch, popular with movie stars and longtime locals. These boots are colorful and whimsical, hand-tooled and artistic. You'll find boots decorated with butterflies, flowers, skulls and more, each one a work of art that you will cherish forever. Back at the Ranch also offers jewelry, jackets and hats.

LewAllen & LewAllen Jewelry is a longtime favorite with locals and visitors. Most famous for ear cuffs, invented by Ross LewAllen, and Ascent Bracelets, made of perlon climbing rope and handcrafted beads, LewAllen & LewAllen also offers gorgeous earrings, pendants, necklaces and more. It's the perfect place to find a very special gift for that certain someone on your list.

The Santa Fe Farmers' Market offers a bounty of holiday cheer, from artisan cheeses and breads to fine art and crafts, soaps and candles, ristras and more. Stop by on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and shop local vendors offering New Mexico's best as well as the farmer's market shop, which sells bags, clothing, scarves, books, aprons, oven mitts and more.

The Traveler's Market, in the DeVargas Mall, takes you on an odyssey to faraway places. Set up like a bazaar, with booths full of textiles, jewelry, masks, statues, folk art and more, this is a shopper's international emporium that represents the globe.

For the writers in your life, The Gilded Page, also in the DeVargas Mall, specializes in journals, handmade papers, calligraphy supplies and more. The store also offers art and craft classes in calligraphy, collage, origami and pastels, all taught by local and regional artists.

Don't forget the four-legged creatures in your life. Teca Tu, in the Sanbusco Market Center, is brimming with toys, treats, beds, apparel, grooming tools and more for cats and dogs. Gourmet treats include Buddy Biscuits, Kitty Kaviar and Himalayan Dog Chews. Your pets will love you even more than they do now if they see a gift from Teca Tu beneath the tree.