The Support Santa Fe Gift Guide series features treasures from local shops, makers, and organizations. We’re covering books, art, crafts, food and drink, and philanthropy. Up first: the Lifestyle Edition.
To the Santa Fe community and beyond, this gift guide is here to serve as a handy reference and to not-so-mildly implore you to please, for the love of god, shop local this year. The “Support Santa Fe” part of this gift guide was cooked up before the second lockdown was announced; so as shops now close their doors for the next two weeks, an ineffably vital time for retail (holiday sales account for an average of 20% of annual retail sales, and that’s in a non-pandemic year), we ask you to join us in supporting the makers, shops, and institutions whose futures were already in a precarious place due to the neverending year of 2020.
Let’s make sure we still have places to go browse, discover unexpected treasures, and interact with other community members who have put their hearts and souls into building their businesses. We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: let’s stick together.
The Support Santa Fe Gift Guide: Lifestyle Edition
At the time of publication, Santa Fe’s boutiques are closed for in-person shopping until November 30. All shops featured here offer a number of solutions—curbside pick up, delivery, shipping, virtual shopping appointments, and more. Contact each retailer individually to learn more.
Not Pot CBD Gummies
For the friend who needs to chill. In other words, every friend you have. These perfectly legal CBD gummy bears are vegan and made from sustainably sourced, hemp-derived CBD. The bright and happy packaging makes for a joyful experience to boot.
Available at Sub Rosa Mercantile, 65 W Marcy St, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 505-428-9528.
Red Watch Cap
Should navigating life feel easier if you pretend you’re in a Wes Anderson film, this red watch cap by Knickerbocker Mfg will certainly help the cause. Go ahead, channel Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic, and stay warm while you’re at it.
Available at Standard & Strange, 201 Galisteo St, Unit 6, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 505-365-1735.
Brass Candle Douter
When’s the last time you read the word “douter?” This gorgeous contraption for putting out candles feels as non-2020 as you can get. Zoom? What’s Zoom? Light the candles, handwrite a letter, knead some bread, develop some film, play a record, use a landline, now hand me the douter, I’m going to bed.
Available at Spirit of the Earth, 108 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 505-988-9558.
Tierra Encantada Tees, Sweaters, and Totes
Local designer and artist Diana Potakh Casey aka Astral Weaves makes the Santa Fe tee that locals actually want to wear. Available in a number of styles for anyone on your list looking to represent the very enchanted land we are lucky to call home. The fleece sweatshirt styles are especially cozy and useful for feeling even an iota of decency while living/working/doing everything at home.
Available at Sub Rosa Mercantile, 65 W Marcy St, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 505-428-9528. Also available at Cielo Handcrafted, 836 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 575-551-8390.
Dryland Wilds Desert Soap
Let’s face it, we all need a mountain of soap. Robin Moore and Cebastien Rose of Dryland Wilds have crafted decidedly-desert-smelling soaps for your enjoyment, and coincidentally, protection. Ideal for the person on your list who could use some nature in their lives, even if they’re staying home.
Available at Cielo Handcrafted, 836 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 575-551-8390.
If all the screentime has left you (or someone on your list, this is a gift guide after all) jonesing for simpler times, what better way to see if you can still write by hand than with a beautiful notebook. Made with gold spiral binding and faint lines on smooth 70# paper, these notebooks even have a water-resistant cover in case you spill your Thanks to Whiskey glass.
Available at Design Warehouse, 130 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 505-988-1555.
Cavallini & Co. Vintage Puzzles
A family-friendly gift if there ever was one, the classic puzzle gets a botanical update with these thousand-piece sets from Cavallini & Co. Learn the scientific names of wildflowers, cacti and succulents, and bees and honey while earning an unparalleled amount of satisfaction.
Available at Santa Maria Provisions, 25 E Palace Ave, Sena Plaza Courtyard, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 505-983-2411.
RIP shoelaces. Embrace the cozy nature of home life with these wool slippers made by artisans in Patagonia. They’re crafted with durable leather soles to take you from kitchen to living room to bedroom and back again in one piece.
Available at Folklore, 370 Garcia St, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 925-408-2907.
A House Plant in a Rachel Donner Pot
We all need someone to talk to, who better than someone who also oxygenates the air? A houseplant provides a splendid sight, company, and a reason to know what day it is, so as to stay on top of your watering schedule. Opuntia, which opened its new location in November after nearly a year of construction, has a most glorious selection of tropical, air, and desert plants, as well as beautiful pots to put them in from Santa Fe-based ceramic artist Rachel Donner, among others.
Available at Opuntia, 1607 Alcaldesa St, Ste 201, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 505-780-5796.
“Goodbye 2020 You Tricky Bitch” Card
Technically not a Santa Fe shop, but Silver City-based print house Power and Light Press makes exceptional cards for all the above gifts.
Available at Power and Light Press, 601 N Bullard St, Unit F, Silver City, NM 88061. 575-342-1259.