Spring is the time to celebrate milestones and those we hold closest to our hearts. With weddings, graduations, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day all happening in the next two months, many of us will be shopping for the perfect gifts. Stuck on where to start? The Mesilla Valley has amazing specialty shops for gift options that everyone on your list will love. Check out our fun shop local gift suggestions to get your ideas flowing. Happy shopping!


Everyone loves flowers on a special day! Flowers are a classic way to celebrate any occasion, and moms may enjoy them more than anyone. From big bouquets to single blooms, flowers are sure to put a smile on her face. To spoil mom with an explosion of color, stop at one of our many local flower shops, such as Flowerama or Fiesta Flowers, and pick up a breathtaking arrangement or place an order ahead of time to have them delivered to her door.

There is nothing a mom loves more than quality time with her children. Consider taking her out for a delicious dinner at Pecan Grill, La Posta, or Sunset Grill (which has great views). Not only will you both enjoy a beautiful night and delicious food, but you will be giving mom the gift of time and memories that will be cherished forever.

Speaking of memories, what better way to keep them alive than being reminded of them every day? Have a photo of your favorite memory with her enlarged and framed, and she can pick a perfect spot in her house to display it. The Big Picture offers photo restoration and printing services and Picture Frame Outlet and Gallery can mat and frame it for you.

GIFTS FOR DADS 👔Selesction of watches from Austin's Jewelry in Las Cruces.

Jewelry and accessories are timeless gifts, and everyone has their favorite. Get dad that new watch, ring, or bolo tie he has been wanting! Baquera Jewelers and Boudreau Jewelers & Gallery are sure to have exactly what you are looking for.

Don’t forget that quality time with you is just as important for dad as it is for mom. Think about taking him out to partake in his favorite hobby. Maybe a round of golf at Sonoma Ranch, Red Hawk Golf Course, or the NMSU Golf Course? How about a hike in Soledad Canyon or up A Mountain, or even a bike ride in Mesilla? This gift of time spent with you will thrill him.

Treating dad to his favorite local restaurant for lunch is also a gift he’ll enjoy. Take him to Andele, Si Señor, or Peppers for an afternoon full of quality time and good food.


Getting married is a huge milestone and finding the right wedding gift might feel stressful. The best advice is to be creative, practical, and thoughtful. Accessories for the home are always appreciated. Whether they are moving into a new home or already have their own, a beautiful and functional piece from Nambé will be a gift the happy couple can use forever.

Treating the lovebirds to a romantic dinner is a gift they can use to remember their special day. Pick a romantic place like D. H. Lescombes Winery, Double Eagle, or Josefina’s Old Gate.

Add to the celebration with some of their favorite local spirits — maybe a bottle of Dry Spell Whiskey from Dry Point Distillers for the groom and their Monsoon Gin for the bride. You can even hop on over to Little Toad Creek and pick up a bottle of their Green Chile Vodka for a truly authentic New Mexico-inspired gift.

GIFTS FOR GRADS 🎓Custom made pens by John Steib at the Las Cruces Farmer's Market.

Graduating from high school or college is a huge landmark well worth celebrating. After all the hard work that goes into achieving a degree, graduates deserve to be rewarded.

A new bike and helmet from Outdoor Adventures will get soon-to-be college students to and from classes and keep them active when they’re not studying.

A unique ring to commemorate this achievement and be reminded of it every day is a welcome option. Austin’s Fine Jewelry has many stunning options for you to consider.

A lot of hard work goes into completing high school or college and, in addition to a degree, stress is a result of all that hard work. Graduates really need a spa day! Whether it’s a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, or all of the above, gift your graduates a day of pampering. Book a relaxing appointment at POSH Skin and Nail Bar or The Spa Downtown and let them have it all.

For college graduates embarking on their first professional experience, how about a handmade nameplate for their desk or a beautiful, handcrafted pen? Check the Farmers and Crafts Market of Las Cruces to find something created locally. Ralph Holmes can make custom nameplates and John Steib creates one-of-a-kind pens. Find them and so much more downtown on Saturday mornings.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: HOBBY BASKETBirding hobby basket from Wild Birds Unlimited in Las Cruces.

What about honoring your gift recipient’s favorite hobby? Does your mom or dad love golfing, grilling, gardening, birding, or cycling? Maybe the happy couple loves to camp, or your high school grad might be on their way to art school or to play basketball in college. No matter what their hobby might be, creating a hobby basket is a great gift idea. Fill a decorative basket, bucket, or box with items that go along with their hobby. Make it as full and fun as possible! Check out the offerings at a local pro shop for golfers, Wild Birds Unlimited for birders, Mas Art for artists, Njoy Beads for crafters, and Toucan Market for grillers! These are all great places to get clever, hobby-focused items for your themed gift basket.

Another option is to make a unique goodie basket. Gather treats like coffee and coffee accessories from The Bean, Beck’s Roasting House & Creamery, or Milagro Coffee y Espresso, and add some healthy and delicious juices and teas from Root Cold Pressed Juices (available at Beck’s Roasting House & Creamery, The Bean, and Nessa’s Cafe). Don’t forget pastries from Indulgence Bakery or Mother’s Place Cafe, locally made salsas from NM Vintage Market, and uniquely flavored macarons from Hello Cakery and Macarons. Jay’z Exotics is a new university-area snack shop — you can make a basket of treats they have never tried before!


Written by Olivia Belcher • Photos by Cheryl Fallstead and Olivia Belcher
Originally published in Neighbors magazine | 2021

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