5 Thrifty Things: Gifts Made in NM Under $50

by Shoestring Editors
December 5, 2012 - 11:44am

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!

FOR HER
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.

FOR HIM
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.

FOR KIDS
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.

FOR HOME
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.

FOR THE HOST
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.

FOR STOCKINGS
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.

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Melissa Massello is an editor, start-up junkie, entrepreneur, Swapaholic, and lifelong New England girl. As a sustainable style expert, Melissa has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX news station affiliates around the country and in US News & World Report, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The New York Post, The Denver Post, The LA Times, The Dallas Morning News, MSN Money, and WalletPop, among other fine media outlets. Melissa currently lives with her husband and their Whippet mix in Somerville, Mass. -- "the Brooklyn of Boston" -- where they strive each day to save money, save the planet, and live the dream for less.
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