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5 Thrifty Things: Gifts Made in NM Under $50

Few things have been trendier than Southwest style recently, and we’re loving these 5 locally made gift ideas under $50 from New Mexico featured in our first-ever Shop Local Guide to the Holidays.

Be sure to check out the rest of our 250 picks for made in USA holiday gifts under $50 on our new interactive US map, where you’ll find our favorite locally made products by state for her, him, kids, the home, the host/hostess, stocking stuffers, even some for pets!

Thimbleful Jewelry

We’re more than a little obsessed with these vignette pendants ($25) and personalized lockets ($30), hand-embroidered in Albuquerque. Straight out of Pinterest, but with a decidedly homespun and Mexican influence.

Stan Lance Inlaid Pocket Knife

Every man needs a good pocket knife, and these handcrafted versions from Native American artisan Stan Lance of Santa Fe ($51) feature inlaid turquoise, marble, and silver in their solid wood handles. Works of art with an authentic Southwestern flair.

INKKIT Twig Pencils

Give their school box a makeover and inspire creativity with these hand-painted pencils carved from recycled wood & twigs ($13/set), made in Albuquerque by Cait Lucas.

Nambe Tilt Wine Coaster

Protect your tables with this drip-catching wine coaster of museum-quality design from Nambe’s Tilt Collection ($50), made right in their Pojaque foundry.

Gruet Sparkling Wines

We’ve many times before written about how much bang for your buck you get with Gruet’s award-winning sparkling wines. Show your host just how much you appreciate their hospitality with one of their vintage or reserve bottles (from $24.99) or a wine club membership, shipped direct from the family vineyards in Albuquerque.

Navajo Etchware Ornaments

Let Santa give your tree a Southwestern flair for years to come with these authentic Navajo pottery ornaments ($14.99 each).

Did we miss your favorite locally made products from New Mexico? Definitely share them with us in the comments, we’d love to add them to our shopping lists!

Story: Copyright 2012, Shoestring LLC.
Photos: Courtesy, various & Mark Holm/New York Times.