We interrupt our Support Santa Fe Gift Guide series for a dispatch from beloved Albuquerque. The Support Albuquerque Gift Guide features an eclectic mix from Albuquerque’s vibrant scene of makers and doers.
There’s a lot of pride in being from Albuquerque. Or in adopting Albuquerque as home. Likely, that pride extends to your shopping habits. But that doesn’t mean it is always easy to shop local, shop small, or adhere to all the adages of responsible holiday consumerism. So, if you’re staring down the barrel of the coming weeks totally at a loss of where to shop in Albuquerque or what to get for family and friends—we’ve got you.
In a moment where it is more important than ever to take care of one another, considering ordering something online from these top-notch Albuquerque makers and doers.
The Support Albuquerque Gift Guide
BB Bouquet from Bagel’s Florals
You know what everyone loves but nobody buys for themselves? Flowers. And Bagel’s Florals knows how to put together a proper bouquet. Send a fresh mix of seasonal blooms and greenery to someone you love via contactless delivery. They’ll feel like Spring has arrived a few months early.
Order via the Bagel’s Florals website or by calling 505-226-2822.
Sacred Rose Face Care Trio from La Bohemia Natural
“Taking care of your skin is better than covering it up,” is the idea that Marie Reyes, founder of La Bohemia Natural is working with as she crafts naturally derived skin and body care products. Using a proprietary formula with rose—a flower used for hundreds of years to soothe the skin—as well as hyaluronic acid and alpha-hydroxy, these products are a pick-me-up during the dark, dry winter months.
Order online at labohemianatural.com.
Jewelry from Ora Louise Boutique
Hillary Frost-Montano started Ora Louise Boutique in 2012 first on Etsy and as a regular at Albuquerque’s weekend flea market. Her business has steadily grown to have a presence at pop-ups and art markets, as well as online. Many of her jewelry pieces are handcrafted from regional turquoise, but her online shop features a host of treasures including beaded sunglasses, hand-poured candles, even false lashes. You’re bound to find something just right in her online boutique.
Shop all Hillary’s wares at olboutique.store.
At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate by Laura Paskus from Harvest Moon Books
What’s better than supporting a local bookstore? Supporting a local author simultaneously! Albuquerque writer Laura Paskus (a widely published environmental journalist and a longtime reporter for “New Mexico in Focus”) tackles the realities of the climate crisis and takes them to task at the state level. What does all this mean for New Mexico? It’s not light holiday escapist lit, but there’s nothing like a healthy dose of reality to go with your eggnog.
Find it online at harvestmoonbooks.com.
Vintage and Recycled Clothing Pieces from Glitter Gang Vintage and Neo Thread
Waist-cinching vintage denim tailored for a modern fit. Secondhand satin tops totally reimagined. Perfectly soft t-shirts. Wool dusters for layering. Linen. Silk. Need I say more? For anyone interested in ethically made (and re-made!) fashion with a penchant for the one-of-a-kind, Albuquerque has a few textile wizards dealing vintage worth a look.
Shop Glitter Gang Vintage on Etsy or browse everything Neo Thread on their website.
2021 Calendar by Erin Elder
Albuquerque artist Erin Elder’s 2020 calendar has a special place above the bookshelf in my home, as well as in my heart. As the year marched on—at turns dreadful, at others surprisingly wonderful—I turned the pages of her calendar to—every month!—rainbows twisting on new horizons. As we look at a new year, we’re all thinking about time. Mark it in a beautiful way.
Erin Elder’s 2021 calendar is available via her website.
Donation to ABQ Mutual Aid
There are few gifts that can turn dollars into vital food and resources for hundreds of members of our community. But that’s exactly what donations to ABQ Mutual Aid do. Since mid-March, this coalition of individuals and organizations has reached more than 30,000 people in Albuquerque and outlying areas with care packages delivered straight to their doorstep. Talk about a gift.
Make a donation to ABQ Mutual Aid here.