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Santa Fe's Unique Boutiques Offer World-Class Holiday Gift Shopping

Santa Fe is filled with unique boutiques. It’s the perfect place to do your holiday shopping. It’s THE place to buy Native American art, handcrafts and artifacts as well as world-class Spanish Colonial art. You’ll find a wide selection of Southwest clothing and cowboy boots for 21st century cowpokes and fashionistas. Shoppers will also find imports from around the world. There are shops specializing in Latin American, Europe, Asia and African art and artifacts. Seret & Sons has exotic finds from the Silk Road and beyond. A visit to the Travelers Market takes you to the exotic souks of the world. For the gourmands on your list, there are a variety of food-centric emporiums including the Santa Fe School of Cooking, The Spanish Table and the brand-new Cheesemongers. The chocolate lovers on your list will love decadent treats from the shops on the unofficial Santa Fe Chocolate Trail. For stocking stuffers and unique gifts, head to Doodlet’s, a Santa Fe institution. Array offers a wide selection of gift items from a few dollars up. Things Finer at La Fonda on the Plaza lives up to its name. Buy directly from Native American artisans daily under the portal at the Palace of the Governors. Caveat: when buying Native American items, know that there are a lot of reproductions out there. Research the shops before you go. Can’t make it to Santa Fe? Shop The City Different on the Internet.

Casa Nova
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When Casa Nova opened in 2004 the focus was on African art. Owner Natalie Fitz-Gerald, who hailed from South Africa, wanted to bring both antique and new art from her home continent to Santa Fe. Much of the tribal art offered was both colorful...  Read More

The Spanish Table
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Do you have a chef on your holiday gift list or someone who loves Spanish foods? Head to The Spanish Table. The shop is filled with all the essentials to cook the foods of Spain at home. Need a paella pan that will serve from two to 200? Look no...  Read More

Cerrillos Road
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ChocolateSmith opened their modern, antiseptically clean shop on Cerrillos Road in 2003. They now have two additional Santa Fe locations: one at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market and one in the Plaza Galleria on San Francisco Street. The shop's...  Read More

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The Zuni Pueblo in western New Mexico is known for its distinctive handcrafts. Keshi, subtitled "The Zuni Connection," is the place to go in Santa Fe for Zuni handcrafts. They're knowledgable about both Zuni art and the people who create it....  Read More

Rainbow Man
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Rainbow Man, just steps from the Plaza, has offered Native American, Spanish Colonial, New Mexican and Mexican art and handcrafts since 1945. The shop is packed with antique, vintage and contemporary handmade treasures. Knowledgable staff is on...  Read More

Canyon Road
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Pachamama is THE place in Santa Fe for Spanish Colonial antiques and Latin American folk art. The name means "Mother Earth" or more literally "Mother World" in the ancient Incan culture. The shop, opened in 1974, opening moved to its current...  Read More

Museum of International Folk Art Shop
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The gift shops at Santa Fe's museums are great options for holiday shopping. The colorful, packed Museum of International Folk Art Shop is no exception. Shoppers will find folk art from around the world. Enterprising artists from impoverished...  Read More

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Looking for an unusual gift that will make the recipient smile? Head for Doodlet's, a Santa Fe institution since 1955. The tiny shop is packed with goodies that run from whimsical to the reverent and even irreverent. It's broken into 10...  Read More

Things Finer
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The aptly-named Things Finer specializes in vintage, antique and estate items such as jewelry and silver. In addition, they carry a carefully curated selection of new items. Opened in La Fonda on the Plaza in 1978, they opened a second shop at...  Read More

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Want that special gift? Head for Array in the Santa Fe Design Center. The shop, subtitling itself "Objects for the Home and Gifting," offers a collection of gifts ranging in price from a few dollars for a greeting card to runs to $3,000 for...  Read More


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Billie Frank is a freelance travel, food and feature writer based in Santa Fe New Mexico. Her blog, Santa Fe Travelers, is a treasure trove of information on the oldest capital city in the...  More About Billie