Abby is from Albuquerque and is co-owner of The Paper. She is also an experienced education attorney who eats, sleeps and breathes public education.

On a budget? DIY it! Open since 1978 Talin Market’s website boasts it as New Mexico’s largest international grocer. From the Caribbean to Vietnam and from the floor to the ceiling, the selection is expansive. And they don’t just have food! The Market also carries kitchenware, as well as wine and beer. Talin is the perfect place to think globally while acting locally. Put together a gift of items from all over the world while at the same time putting your money back into this Albuquerque institution.

88 Louisiana Blvd. SE

(505) 268-0206

talinmarket.com/

If you are or have a pet rescuer in your life, you know how important our pets are to us. Show pet parents you get it by gifting them something for their non-human family member. Clark’s Pet Emporium carries toys, treats and more for dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles and even small mammals like guinea pigs. Rescuing and caring for pets in need can be costly, so help the pet parent in your life spoil the deserving pet in theirs.

4914 Lomas Blvd. NE

(505) 268-5977

11200 Menaul Blvd. NE

(505) 293-5977

clarkspets.com/

For an eco-friendly option shop secondhand first. Not only does every item donated and purchased mean potentially one less item in a landfill, it’s also budget friendly. Anyone can order a dinglehopper from Amazon. But thrifting for a gift shows you put the effort in to not only be sustainable but to seek out something unique. And at Thrift Town you can pick up anything from clothing to housewares to toys.

3900 Menaul Blvd. NE

(505) 872-0647

thrifttownstores.com/

I don’t know about you, but daylight savings kicks my butt every year. Save your secret Santa recipient from getting up in the dark unarmed by gifting them a locally hand-roasted bag of beans from Michael Thomas Coffee. First opened in 2004 their third location is now open in Tin Can Alley. This business is all in the family and is run by the owner, Michael, and his two daughters.

1111 Carlisle Blvd. SE

(505) 255-3330

202 Bryn Mawr Dr. SE

(505) 504-7078

6110 Alameda Blvd. NE

(505) 208-0824 ext. 102

michaelthomascoffee.com/

Show your loved one you care about them by donating to a cause they care about. For example, anyone shopping for me (hint hint ha ha) should definitely consider a donation to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. TGRCNM is a nonprofit that provides “advocacy, education and direct services in support of transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary and gender variant people and their families.”

5600 Domingo Rd. NE

(505) 200-9086

tgrcnm.org/

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Abby is from Albuquerque and is co-owner of The Paper. She is also an experienced education attorney who eats, sleeps and breathes public education.