This year as you pick out holiday gifts for your people, why not buy from businesses right here in the Albuquerque area? Put your money back into our local economy, and support the hard working men and women in our community. And there’s a huge added bonus . . . these items from these featured companies below are amazing!
We hope this Holiday Shopping Guide not only encourages you to shop small, but also makes life a little easier for you this Christmas season by providing you with some great gift ideas. Let’s be honest: moms are usually the ones purchasing the holiday gifts for EVERYONE, and it’s not always an easy task. We often find ourselves wondering what to get everyone. Throw this in with the busyness of the holidays, and it’s easy to find yourself thinking, “This is NOT the most wonderful time of the year!”
In an effort to take a little bit of that stress off of your plate and to encourage you to support the families who own small businesses in our community, Albuquerque Moms Blog has put together a stellar holiday shopping guide just for you!
Stay tuned on Facebook because in the last weeks of November and beginning of December, we will be giving away one item from each of the companies listed below. You don’t want to miss it!
COLOR WHEEL TOYS
Color Wheel Toys is a local pop-up shop that carries creative playthings, nostalgic toys, and arts and crafts materials for all ages, now through December 31! Need a Christmas gift for a terrific kid? Desire supplies for a school project? Need to tie dye, embroider, or collage? What about keeping kids calm and engaged while you travel, or wait somewhere quiet? Color Wheel Toys has you covered!
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This gift basket features $50 of fun, creative playthings from Color Wheel Toys! Enjoy color Sands Alive Glow Sand, craft supplies, art materials from Eeboo and OOLY, novelties from Universal Specialties, Interlox construction toys from Guidecraft, and more–perfect for kids ages 4 to 10.
KEI & MOLLY TEXTILES, LLC
Kei & Molly Textiles, LLC is a printing studio dedicated to creating artisan-quality fabric products while providing good jobs for immigrants and refugees in our community. We use only water-based, non-toxic inks and print each image with care by hand. These great affordable kitchen items make the perfect holiday/hostess gift!
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We’re especially known for our flour sack dish towels printed with unique designs that capture a slice of New Mexican life. Enjoy them in the kitchen to dry dishes (without leaving lint on your glassware!), as a hand towel in your bathroom, or even to swaddle a newborn! Our European sponge cloths are printed with the same folk-inspired designs, and provide a great sustainable alternative to paper towels.
J. BOX DESIGNS
j. box designs is a local company that was born when one mom’s love of creating collided beautifully with her love of jewelry. Each pair or leather earrings is hand cut and hand finished, which results in a truly unique and lovely accessory for any occasion. Not only are these earrings stylish, but they are also extremely light weight and easy to wear. They also come in a variety of colors and sizes to fit any style preference.
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These large leather earrings are the perfect accessory for any occasion. Light weight and easy to wear, they easily add style to any outfit. Each pair is hand cut and finished and truly made with love.
STONEY POINTE JEWELRY
Are you tired of wearing your boring Cubic Zirconia studs every day? Stoney Pointe Jewelry is a contemporary, online jewelry business in Albuquerque, NM. My jewelry is a balanced fusion of vivid colors, bold statement pieces, and classic sophistication using semi-precious stones, metals, and beads. A transplant to New Mexico, I’ve been inspired by the vibrant colors of the American Southwest and have greatly in enjoyed reflecting this in my pieces. Stoney Pointe Jewelry celebrates all the tremendous things women do and believes that jewelry holds a unique ability to reflect who we are as individuals. Be Bold. Be Sophisticated. Be On Point.
A pair of Bohemian Chic, Southwestern-influenced chandelier earrings. Earrings are made with Turquoise-dyed Magnesite. Nickel-free ear wires for sensitive ears. Earring drop 3”, Value $20.
Celina’s Biscochitos provides customers with a truly authentic melt in your mouth traditional biscochito that has been perfected over generations. Grandma Maggie had just the right amount of anise, brandy, and of course the main traditional ingredient, lard. Celina has also created new twists on the time honored treat with red chile, lemon, green chile pecan, chocolate chip, and our featured holiday flavor, cranberry walnut. Celina’s Biscochitos not only specializes in the art of biscochitos but in Mexican wedding cookies as well. We are all about sharing New Mexican traditions including by selling other specialty New Mexico-made products.
Our 2017 specialty gift box includes three dozen New Mexico biscochitos with traditional, red chile, and green chile pecan.
Ami Bags are handmade bags that are practical yet unexpectedly fresh and modern. Rachel Reyes makes and designs all her bags out of her Santa Fe Studio utilizing textiles from all over the world. She also collaborates with local interior designers to use their textile remnants to make responsible bags that are one of a kind.
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Colorful Textile Ami Clutch—This Handmade Clutch is made with a Rare Guatemalan Vintage Textile and Soft Brown Leather Backside. It’s the perfect size for your phone, keys, and lipstick and it includes a detachable wrist strap. Use it as a clutch, nesting bag, or wallet.
This holiday season Floriography Flowers is offering a festive variety of seasonal decor and services. Order a beautiful, seasonally inspired centerpiece or custom “tablescape” for Thanksgiving and all other holiday parties. Join them for fun wreath making, centerpiece workshops, and private flower arranging classes! This winter season, Floriography is offering gift wrapping services. Hire them to come straight to your house to wrap your gifts with creative, thoughtful, and eco friendly packaging; or seek out one of their wrapping “Pop-Up Shops” in December! More info can be found on their website, social media and at their adorable boutique inside Spur Line & Co.
One of our signature fall centerpieces to grace your holiday table and help create a perfect Thanksgiving table scape
For 33 years, Bookworks has been a locally-owned and operated independent bookstore in the North Valley. As one of Albuquerque’s last remaining local, independent bookstores, we are dedicated to supporting our community and connecting books and readers. Bookworks hosts 400-500 adult, young adult, and children’s events annually, including a free weekly story time on Thursdays at 10:30 am and events with world renowned authors. On December 7, Bookworks hosts beloved children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett for a free event at the Albuquerque Museum, cosponsored by the Public Library of Albuquerque & Bernalillo County.
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For the giveaway, Bookworks is donating a packed of advance readers copies of children’s books.
SPUR LINE SUPPLY CO.
Spur Line Supply Co. is a re-imagined shopping destination, featuring a well-curated collection of products. Each concept shop offers a variety of handpicked local products and other independent brands. There’s something for everyone in each of the shops including home goods, men’s, women’s, kid’s, apothecary, records, plants, floral arrangements, coffee + donuts and more.
One lucky winner will get a pick of their favorite tee shirt from The Bee & The Fox! Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday.
ROPE & ROOT
Rope & Root combines a love for handcrafted macramé with the natural beauty of botanicals. Our online collection of 100% cotton plant hangers and wall hangings brings the simple yet gorgeous art of knotted rope to your space. We also offer a curated collection of plants and workshops, as well as commercial and residential installations, to the Albuquerque community.
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We are giving away our No.3 Macramé Plant Hanger. This gal’s details – spiral knots + square knots + a long layered fringe – gives off just enough boho 70s inspired vibe while keeping her mod cool.
WAXING THE CITY
Waxing the City is the premiere waxing destination for Albuquerque moms. Beautiful, modern, and sparkling clean, Waxing the City provides women with full body and facial waxing in a fun, professional, and judgement free zone. Our highly trained waxing technicians will get your skin silky smooth for the holidays in one of our two convenient locations. In addition to expert waxing, WTC offers brow and lash tinting and a full line of luxury brow and body products.
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One lucky winner will receive a Waxing the City sugar scrub and body butter kit. New clients receive 50% off their first service!