Santa Fe Pens. Photography ©Avery Pearson.

Our Obsession: Simple Pleasures

A Gift Guide

Santa Fean Staff Picks

Santa Fean staff and contributors scored the City Different’s unique boutiques and shops for our gift recommendations this holiday season. 


Donation to a Nonprofit Organization
According the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Santa Fe County has more than 1,188 nonprofits. A donation to any of them in the name of your loved one is always a gift worth giving. (To read more about the generosity of our community in this time of need, see Helping Hands and Generous Hearts: Community Giving in Challenging Times, to be released digitally later this month.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Give a membership to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden or give a virtual class to an adult or virtual Garden Sprouts classes to a child. Classes include hands-on workshops on subjects ranging from sustainable gardening practices to pruning and garden care to lectures on New Mexico history, native plants and water use. Their weekly Garden Sprouts program encourages children to explore their natural world through activities and stories.

725 Camino Lejo, Suite E
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Humane Society Donation
A donation to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society will help offset the $650 average cost of care for a homeless animal as it awaits adoption. Donations also support the organization’s dog parks for recreation, training courses and veterinary services. Make a donation in honor of an animal lover — and while you’re at it, consider adopting a pet for yourself.

100 Caja Del Rio Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Photography ©Lindsay Taylor.
Two brightly colored pens and a black notebook
Santa Fe Pens. Photography ©Avery Pearson.


Santa Fe Pens
The Santa Fe Edition XXII Roller Ball & Pencil Set ($125) feature Santa Fe style: red, yellow, orange and black barrels adorned with Native American designs, local flora, architecture, Kokopeli and the Zia sun symbol.  Another thoughtful option: a fountain pen (prices vary widely) and a bottle of turquoise or other colorful ink.

179 Paseo De Peralta (DeVargas Center)
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Marcy Gifts and Cards
For decades, Marcy Street Card Shop has been a go-to store for cards, stationery, giftwrap, gifts, toys, bath and beauty products, and more. In April 2019, it relocated to Canyon Road and became Marcy Gifts and Cards. You can still find something for everyone here, including the man in your life. Delight him with a gift that takes shaving to another level: a nifty lidded wooden box that holds a cake of shaving soap ($15), or perhaps a Caswell-Massey Razor Kit ($195).

202 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501

BoodleBody Skin Care
Living in the high desert calls for elevated skin care, so consider giving a gift that supports beautiful skin. BoodleBody CBD-infused skincare products include Santa Fe COMPOST Bath Salts ($55), Santa Fe MULCH Body Lotion ($85) and super-hydrating Santa Fe DIRT Moisturizer, in regular or tinted ($65).


Spirit-Skin Skin Care
Spirit-Skin is an environmentally conscious company with beliefs rooted in minimalism. Their products include Star Nectar Miracle Serum, a 100% organic serum for all skin types, and several powders and oils. All packaging is 95% plastic free. Don’t know what product to select? The gift of a safe, personalized consultation is also an option.


A shaving set.
A shaving set available at Marcy Gifts and Cards. Photography ©Avery Pearson.
Santa Fe DIRT CBD Moisturizer
Santa Fe DIRT CBD Moisturizer. Photography ©Evalyn Bemis.

Jesse Freidin, Dog Portrait Photographer
With photographs of more than 150 volunteers and animal shelters, Finding Shelter: Stories of Love, Healing and Survival ($12.90) contains deeply moving portraits and heartfelt accounts of why people chose to dedicate their lives to this challenging work. This book provides a chance for the animal lovers in your life to explore an unseen side of shelters and the love they give animals in need of homes. Visit Freidin’s website to explore prints (8×10 inches, $125) and other books, or inquire about a private photography session for your furry friend.


Museums of the New Mexico Foundation
Give calendars from one of our local museums. Mini-calendars start at $7.99 and full-sized calendars are $14.99-16.99. These calendars are beautiful and useful. They make great for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, New Year gifts and thinking-of-you gifts.

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Museum of International Folk Art
New Mexico History Museum
New Mexico Museum of Art

505-982-6366 (Toll-free: 888-553-6663)

Two dogs howling
Photography ©Jesse Freidin.
2021 Calendars
2021 Calendars are a delightful low-cost gift. Photography ©Avery Pearson.

Home & Design

Wild Bird Unlimited
With more time spent at home now, bird lovers (and birds!) will delight in a handcrafted stone bird bath for the garden. Chose the 10” Peewee ($85) that can be set on the ground (the birds don’t mind), on a table or a flat rock. Next is the 22” Junior Superior ($120) and then the 26” Superior ($135). Consider grouping three of them. The bird bath’s stone top can be removed from its base.

518-B Cordova Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505-989-8818 (national website)

THE STORE: Violante & Rochford Interiors
Hand-felted stuffed animals ($24 to $68, depending on size) are perfect for the little ones in your life or young-at-heart friends. These adorable animals include corgis, polar bears and elephants. Or grace a recipient’s table with pair of Pantry Candlesticks by Farmhouse Pottery. These organic-looking candleholders are handcrafted from New England ash, with a matte finish in white or natural. Sold separately, they come in two heights: 6-inch ($65) and 9-inch ($85). For $16, you can complete the ensemble with a pair of Farmhouse Pottery Taper Candles.

401 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

A collection of hand-felted stuffed animals
Hand-felted stuffed animals available at THE STORE: Violante & Rochford Interiors. Photography ©Avery Pearson.

Nature & Wellness

Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa
The beautifully wrapped “Kyoto” Bath Tote ($58) includes a bottle of organic lotion, shower gel, a small bottle of bath salts and handmade soap: you choose the scent! Upgrade it with a gift card that can be applied to a spa treatment, an overnight stay in one of their serene “Houses of the Moon” or a dine-in or takeout meal from Izanami, their upscale Japanese-inspired restaurant. Treat yourself or a gourmet friend to a bottle of their smoky soy sauce.

320 Tesuque Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505-982-9304 (Toll free: 877-989-4101)

Collected Works Bookstore
Outdoor enthusiasts will love receiving a copy of Backroads and Byways of New Mexico by Sharon Niederman ($22.95), a collection of fifteen daytrips grouped by region. Filled with interesting information on the history, cultural heritage and natural beauty of each site, it also respectful of Indigenous and smaller communities and their surroundings.

202 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

A couple enjoys a soak at Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa
Photography ©Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa.
Backroads & Byways of New Mexico book cover
Backroads and Byways of New Mexico by Sharon Niederman available at Collected Works Bookstore.

Dining & Nightlife

Dining Delights
Recipients will welcome gift certificates for local restaurants. Choose one of their favorite eateries or introduce them to a new one. (During this difficult time, restaurants and their staffs are struggling, so whether it’s dine-in or takeout, consider including a generous tip as well.)

Artful Tea
Tea samplers range from a set of six teas in handmade teabags ($11.95) to a 20-tea sampler in a cheerful, tissue-lined gift pail ($39.95). Unbleached tea bags filled with loose leaf tea come individually packaged with instructions printed on the back. Each bag makes twelve ounces of steeped tea. Consider adding a tea cup or teapot (prices will vary).

101 W. Marcy Street, Suite 4
Santa Fe, NM 87501

SITE Santa Fe
Most of us are cooking at home more often now, so The Immigrant Cookbook ($35) might be an especially timely gift. Recipes from seventy-eight chefs worldwide offer new possibilities for homecooked cuisine. A portion of the purchase price benefits the American Civil Liberties Union’s efforts on behalf of immigrants’ rights.

1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

A collection of tea
Artful Tea. Photography ©Avery Pearson.
The Immigrant Cookbook by Leyla Moushabeck
The Immigrant Cookbook by Leyla Moushabeck available at SITE Santa Fe.
Nicole Pearson

Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Nicole came with her fiancé back to his hometown of Santa Fe after college. They have one son. Nicole has years of experience editing academic manuscripts for publication. She holds multiple degrees, including a BS in speech, language and hearing, and two master’s degrees in education. She loves hiking, camping, reading, collecting bronze sculptures, early mornings and any opportunity to watch live sporting events.


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