Give the Gift of Shopping Local for the Holidays
The season of giving is here, and it is time to start thinking of perfect gifts to spoil the ones you love. This year has been exceptionally hard on all local businesses, from temporary closures to changing business models and day-to-day operations to better fit the current restrictions and safety guidelines. That’s why we are urging you to shop local for your holiday goodies. Think about it this way: if you buy your loved one a gift at a locally owned store, you are not giving one gift but two. Supporting local businesses should be at the top of all our Christmas lists this holiday season; here are some great local spots to get you started. Happy shopping!
For the Home
Gifts that make the home more cozy, bright, and colorful can be cherished forever. Everyone likes the feeling of a new couch, chair, bench, or table. There are so many fabulous pieces available locally — check out these stores for the best options in the Mesilla Valley.
Ashley Homestore is an all-time favorite when it comes to adding just about any furniture piece to a home. Get bunk beds for the kids, a new entertainment center for Dad, or even a nice comfy recliner for Grandma. Whether it’s a coffee table, couch, or chair, they have you covered. Ashley Homestore is located at 3299 Del Rey Blvd. and is open is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
For the Animal Lover
This holiday season, don’t forget about the four-legged, feathered, and scaled family members who are there for us each and every day. There are so many spots around town where you can find accessories, treats, and much more! Check out these shops for the perfect gift.
Better Life Pet Foods
Better Life Pets has everything you need to stuff the stocking of your favorite pet, from food, treats, and health and grooming products, to a whole wall of exciting exotic fish. Better Life Pets is located at 315 Telshor Blvd., Suite C, and is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Cross City Exotics
Cross City Exotics the one-stop shop for all things exotic and the perfect place to get something for your reptile lover. Cross City Exotics carries everything from ball pythons to tarantulas. They offer all kinds of feeders from rodents to insects, along with substrate, enclosures, and décor for your existing or brand-new exotic pet. This is also the place to learn about and admire unique animals you may have never seen before. Cross City Exotics is located at 1414 S. Solano Drive and is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The Land of Enchantment is rich with art. No matter which city you visit, you will find locally made art everywhere. Las Cruces is no exception. You can find paintings, photography, sculptures, woodwork, pottery, and so much more at these wonderful locations.
Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery
This cooperative gallery offers art created by 30 local artists, including photography, sculpture, paintings, gourd art, jewelry, ceramics, tiles, fiber art, and so much more. What better way to shop local than buying the creative work of area artists? Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is located at 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe near the Mesilla Plaza and is open daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Njoy Beads is the place to shop for the jewelry maker or creative in your life. This spot has everything from beads and string for your supply kit to weekly classes to strengthen your skills and learn new techniques. They are sure to have the perfect addition to any creator’s toolbox and much more. Njoy Beads is located in Suite K, 1300 El Paseo Road, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
New Mexico Pride
Whether you’re a New Mexico native or a transplant, everyone who has lived here has New Mexico pride. What better way to express it than to shop with local businesses that support the state’s artists, landscape, and culture? Stop by these one-of-a-kind shops to find the perfect piece that screams New Mexico.
Organ Mountain Outfitters
Organ Mountain Outfitters is the place to find attire creatively branded for Las Cruces and New Mexico. From winter wear to summer wear, Organ Mountain Outfitters literally has you covered. Not only will the fashion gurus in your life love the clothing but they will be representing the Land of Enchantment everywhere they go. If clothing isn’t what you’re looking for, they also have amazing merchandise like hats, mugs, backpacks, masks, and so much more! Organ Mountain Outfitters is located at 535 N. Main St. and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Julienne Jewelry is your New Mexico True boutique. If your main focus is to support New Mexico artists this holiday season, this is the place to go. This is one of the few boutiques on the Mesilla Plaza that only carries products made right here in the Land of Enchantment, including work by 20 local artists. They don’t just offer jewelry either. They have beautiful clothing, shoes, and art that will blow your mind. Julienne, the owner, is actually the creator of about 40 percent of the jewelry sold here. If you go on the right day, you might be lucky enough to run into her yourself. Julienne Jewelry is located at 2329 Calle De Guadalupe and is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
What’s better than spending some special time together? Experiences are gifts that create memories to last a lifetime. Check out these local experiences that are just waiting for you to enjoy.
POSH Skin and Nail Bar
Who doesn’t love being pampered? POSH Skin and Nail Bar is the place to relax. The gift of self-care is always a winner. POSH offers everything from manicures and pedicures to waxing and facials. Make the people in your life feel special with a gift card or call and set up a surprise appointment for both of you and make a day of it. POSH Skin & Nail Bar is located at 901 E. University Ave., Suite C, and is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
NMSU Golf Course
Get the golfer in your life a round at this beautiful university golf course. You can also head to the pro shop and get some quality clothing, golf bags, and anything else they might need to up their game. NMSU Golf Course is located at 3000 Herb Wimberly Drive and is open 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
A dazzling ring, eye-catching watch, or precious stone can be a wonderful gift for your special someone. Jewelry and gemstones have always been go-to gifts to wow loved ones. Whether it is a turquoise necklace, custom ring, or chunk of sparkling amethyst, these shops have it all.
Indigo Mermaid is the place to shop for your metaphysical and crystal gurus. This quaint little spot has any crystal, herb, or book you will need for your journey. Indigo Mermaid has beautiful singing bowls, crystal bracelets, tumbled and raw crystals, smudging tools, and so much more. If you can’t find a specific item, Verna, the owner, will gladly try her best to find it somewhere in the world for you. Indigo Mermaid is located at 4001 W. Picacho Ave. and is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Austin’s Fine Jewelry
Austin’s Fine Jewelry has been a household name in Las Cruces since it opened in 1988. When people say Austin’s has everything, they really mean it. You can find a piece of stunning jewelry to make your gift recipient’s heart go pitter pat. If you have a precious stone, pearl, or diamond in a setting you don’t love, take it to Austin’s, where they can turn it into a remarkable piece of wearable art that will last for generations. They can also fix jewelry in need of repair. The cherry on top is enjoying the remarkable ring museum that owner Keith Austin has curated. Catch their biggest sale of the year this holiday season. Austin’s Fine Jewelry is located at 230 E. Idaho Ave. and is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and closes at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Spread Some Extra Holiday Cheer
Sometimes a piece of jewelry, trip to the spa, or a new recliner just isn’t what you are looking for. Flowers are the best gift to brighten anyone’s holiday no matter what is on their Christmas list.
Flowerama has been providing Las Cruces with beautiful bouquets, plants, and more for the past 35 years. A beautiful arrangement for the center of the Thanksgiving table or for the Christmas mantel is the perfect gift. In addition to plants and flowers, Flowerama has edible bouquets, plush toys, balloons, and cards. They are also one of the only spots in town that has Painted Ponies collectibles in stock ready to be taken home. They truly are your one-stop shop for all things holiday cheer. You can order custom arrangements to be delivered to your loved one, or stop by and choose from their beautiful ready-to-go selection. Be sure to order ahead for all edible bouquets or custom arrangements. Flowerama is located at 1300 S. El Paseo Road and is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
‘Tis the Season
Tucked away in the heart of Mesilla, there is a holiday wonderland. It is Christmas every day at ‘Tis the Season de Mesilla. It is the perfect place to go to find anything you will need to decorate for every holiday. Whether it is Halloween, Easter, or Valentine’s Day they have you covered. They also have great seasonal gifts for the decorator in your life. As soon as you walk in you are transported into a world of cheer and smiles. Come into ‘Tis the Season today to find the perfect seasonal gift or to just look around and enjoy the holiday cheer, any time of year! ‘Tis the Season de Mesilla is located at 2402 Avenida de Mesilla and is open Thursdays through Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.