The holidays are quickly approaching and for all those procrastinators out there who have put off their holiday shopping until the very last minute we put together a list of our favorite local shops that offer plenty of gift ideas. Here’s our guide to ensuring you gift items that are unique as the people receiving them, all while keeping it local!
One stop shops:
Browse a huge selection of unique gift ideas for just about anyone at the gift store at Duran’s Pharmacy. The store carries everything from gag gifts to soft throw blankets, silly card games and beautiful kitchen gear plus a fully stocked gift-wrap section.
Address: 1815 Central Ave NW
Hours: Monday & Tuesday 9am – 6:30pm, Wednesday – Sunday 9am – 8pm
Staff pick: Unique, colorful and functional hand-printed dish towels from our friends over at Kei & Molly Textiles.
Nob Hill’s newest retail collective, And Stuff, is a beautifully curated space featuring a bookstore, plant shop, apparel store, and lots of other wares from over a dozen local vendors. The space also features a very cool walk-in greenhouse.
Address: 3123 Central Ave NE
Hours: Monday- Saturday 12pm – 7pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Staff pick: Cute little pouches for carrying cute little things in.
The ABQ Collective
The ABQ Collective is a cozy space comprised of 15 small, locally owned shops, 8 of which offer unique gift ideas. Shop a curated vinyl collection, upcycled vintage homegoods, one-of-a-kind plushies and turquoise jewelry.
Address: 1321 Eubank Blvd NE
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9:30am – 5pm, Sunday 9:30am – 3pm, Monday CLOSED
Staff pick: Turquoise silver jewelry from local silversmith JR Barela.
Spur Line Supply Co.
Spur Line Supply Co. carries unique fashion, homegoods, beauty products and children’s items, most of which originate from the Southwest. The shop is a highly curated space centered around a minimal, high desert aesthetic. Find unique potted houseplants, jewelry, art prints, apparel and so much more.
Address: 800 20th Street NW
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm
Staff pick: Graphic tees from Organ Mountain Outfitters.
For the plant lover:
No Longer Wander
No Longer Wander is a stylish indoor nursery and gardening store featuring an impressive range of houseplants from succulents to trailing vines in a wide range of sizes and prices. You’ll also find a few modern homegoods and botanical beauty products among the greenery.
Address: 10301 Comanche Rd NE
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm, Monday closed
Staff pick: A bright, bold easy-to-care-for houseplant like these Calathea Triostar with a planter to match.
Southwest cactus offers small, potted cacti, succulents and palms perfect for windowsills & patio areas. Plus browse a small selection of southwestern homegoods and folk art perfect for gifting.
Two Locations: 2500 Central Ave SW, 1321 Eubank Blvd NE
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm, Monday closed
Staff pick: These adorable beeswax food wraps are produced in New Mexico and are a great, sustainable alternative to plastic wrap.
For the proud New Mexican:
Brotique 505, located at Green Jeans Farmery, is home to all of the zia symbol, green chile, hot air balloon emblazoned apparel, stickers, accessories and more that one could ever want. The shop proudly represents the best in NM designers and artisans.
Address: 3600 Cutler Ave NE
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm
Staff pick: Gift the scent of roasting green chile year-round with these Roasted Green Chile Candles that are hand poured in Albuquerque.
New Mexico United Shop
For those who proudly bleed black & yellow, the New Mexico United Shop carries a great selection of beautifully designed apparel and novelties including ugly holiday sweatshirts, club flags and fanny packs.
Address: 3500 Central Ave SE
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30am – 6pm, Saturday 9:30am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm
Staff pick: NM United pint glass, because what’s better than cracking a cold one after a long day? Cracking a cold one and drinking it from a United glass!
Retail Therapy is a cozy little boutique carrying women’s apparel and accessories, some of which are locally produced. The store offers plenty of New Mexico themed jewelry, graphic tees and more.
Address: 107 Amherst Dr SE
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Staff pick: Fleece New Mexico state “home” sweatshirt because there’s no such thing as having too many cozy clothing items.
For the kiddos:
Color Wheel Toys
Color Wheel toys is a seasonal, full service toy store with lots of fun, interactive play stations throughout the store to keep the little ones occupied. In addition to a wide variety of toys for all ages the store also stocks arts & crafts supplies.
Address: 108 Amherst Dr SE
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm, closed Monday
Staff pick: Neon colored squishy balls because they feel great and look cool, too.
For the foodie:
Cooking Class at CNM
CNM’s Main Campus is home to a state-of-the-art culinary kitchen that offers a wide range of single-session cooking classes for all tastes and abilities. Learn to make sushi, sharpen up your knife skills, create fresh pasta dough and more.
New Mexico Tea Company
The emporium at New Mexico Tea Co. has tons of awesome gift ideas for beverage lovers of all types. In addition to carrying what appears to be every type of tea imaginable, the store also has a huge assortment of mugs plus tote bags, lots of fun kitchen gadgets and other unique novelty items.
Address: 1131 Mountain Rd NW
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm, closed Monday
Staff pick: Steepware tea tumbler travel mugs make loose tea steeping simple on the go.
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