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Holiday Shopping in Santa Fe

Lynn Cline - December 2, 2018

The World's Treasures Can All Be Found in the City Different

Holiday shopping in Santa Fe is like opening a chest that's filled with the world's treasure. As you browse boutiques, shops, galleries specialty stores and other businesses across the city, you'll discover distinctive items, each one as unique as the City Different itself. Whether you're searching for extraordinary home décor, fashion with a flair, handcrafted kitchenware, Native American jewelry or vintage Americana, you'll find all of this and more at locally-owned businesses and a mercado unlike any other. Read on for a few suggestions on where to find one-of-a-kind gifts in Santa Fe that are sure to please everyone on your list. Then be sure to check our Santa Fe Shopping Guide for additional ideas.

Pandora's offers a wide world of beautiful yet functional art  for the bedroom, bath and beyond. Choose from colorful Tibetan meditation pillows and Slovakian hand-embroidered pillows to wool throws from Uruguay, mud cloth from Africa, and embroidered wool from Peru's mountain city of Ayacucho, known for its fine wool-workers. Surprise the one you sleep next to every night with a luxurious new look for your bed, choosing from quilts, sheets, pillows, throws and more made by sophisticated international designers as well as local and global artisans and cooperatives. An elegant reversible kimono, made of light-weight Habotai silk by women in Hanoi, is available in a range of striking colors and would make a stunning bathrobe, but don't overlook the striped Missoni hooded bathrobe, richly colored and made of plush cotton. Buy them both and give one to yourself, then you can fashionably lounge together.

Satisfy the foodie in your life with appetizing gifts from the Santa Fe School of Cooking Market. Here, you'll find a cornucopia of delights—cookbooks and cooking tools, tableware, herbs and spices, condiments, specialty foods and more. Bestselling items include the La Chamba Black Clay Pottery  line, handsome micacious clay cookware that's perfect for making carne adovada, green chile stew and posole. It's safe for use in ovens and microwaves as well as on stovetops. You can accessorize this gift with posole, red chile sauce, heirloom Anasazi beans, mole verde and other ingredients to use in the cookware. Add in a few stocking stuffers—an oak spoon and rubber spatula—to use with the cookware, too. Any chef, no matter how seasoned, will love to don the embroidered Santa Fe School of Cooking apron or denim-colored chef's coat. And because every kitchen needs at least one image of San Pasqual, the patron saint of kitchens, give a cook a San Pasqual print or tin handcrafted by New Mexican artisans. You will be thanked...hopefully with food.  If the abundance of choices here has you befuddled, build your own gift basket with an array of fun items. Or, purchase a gift card to one of the school's popular Southwest cooking classes.

For the yogi in your life, head over to Body of Santa Fe's boutique, filled with fashionable clothing, accessories and more. Many items are tailored for yoga and other forms of exercise, but you'll find great street clothing, too. You'll also find jewelry, home goods and skincare products, all from businesses devoted to fair trade, organic and sustainability practices. Perhaps you'll pick up a new pair of yoga pants and a hoodie to match, along with a colorful yoga mat that's easy to carry from home to class. For stocking stuffers, a scented candle or room spray will help prep a room at home for a yoga session. Maybe you'd like to introduce someone on your list to the ancient practice of yoga. If so, there's no better way than a pass to a class at Body voted Santa Fe's best yoga studio by the readers of the Santa Fe Reporter.

Shop the El Museo Cultural Market and you may find something for everyone on your list. That's because more than 60 venders in this converted warehouse space sell everything from Native American art and jewelry to vintage cowboy regalia, Americana, international folk art, textiles, global art from some 40 countries and much more. The market is geared to bargain hunters as well as serious collectors, so you never know what you'll uncover. You could find a first-edition book for the literature lover in your life, a photograph or painting for the art collector, or a handcrafted leather jacket for the fashion maven. You'll likely find a thing or two for yourself, too. If you start to feel overwhelmed by the breadth of offerings, you can always take a break. It's easy to do at the on-site cafe serving soup and freshly baked goods. These will give you sustenance to carry on, winding your way through the maze of riches. Note that the market is open on weekends only, from 8 am to 3 pm on Saturdays and 9 am to 4 pm on Sundays.