Thursday, June 1, 2023

Top 5 Unique & Handcrafted Gifts


Looking for a tasty bit of something sweet to give to family and friends? Look no further than our very own Old Town confection shop The Candy Lady. She has been there for about 30 years dishing out sweets of all kinds. Not only will one find the crystal blue rock candy made famous by the hit crime drama show “Breaking Bad” but also "adults-only" treats like chocolate boobs and a number of penis suckers. What more could one want? Maybe some delicious homemade caramels, licorice, fudge, toffee, brittle, truffles, turtles, sugar-free items and so much more. 

424 San Felipe St. NW

(505) 243-6239

Got some special people on your list? Maybe a piece of unique, local jewelry to dangle about the body? Head over to one of the Lilly Barrack locations for handcrafted jewelry by a world-renowned artist. Barrack has been in the jewelry business for about 25 years. Her unique pieces are crafted locally from heavy gauge sterling silver, often accented with gold and select gemstones. The store also carries jewelry and other gifts and home items from more than 35 other artisans and jewelry artists. There are three locations, one is Scottsdale and two here in Albuquerque.

4022 Rio Grande NW

(505) 345-4300

8000 Paseo Del Norte NE C2

(505) 822-8401

Two in one, that is what you get with Kelly Jo Designs and Kelly Jo Designs By Wine. Located along Fourth Street in the Village of Los Ranchos, Kelly Jo offers unique, handmade ceramicware that reflects a number of stunning designs. Plates, platters, bowls, mugs, salt and pepper shakers, chips and salsa servers, dragonfly ornaments, coasters and trivets with hand-painted whimsical lavender, grapes, landscapes and other designs are all welcome gifts. If hands-on is more fun, then maybe a gift of some time painting and enjoying wine at one of the many scheduled sip and paint events with Kelly Jo Designs By Wine. Gift cards are available.

6829 4th Street NW

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

(505) 341-1893

With more choices for unique gifts than one can fathom, head to the Los Ranchos Antique Mall. There are more than 70 vendor shops at the Los Ranchos Antique Mall waiting for shoppers to take a stroll scouting the aisles of this spacious mall packed with unique, local, handmade gift items, one of a kind antique furniture pieces, vintage and other types of clothes, stained glass and household items beyond imagination. Shopping here takes on a fun holiday scavenger hunt feel with booths festively decorated. Stop in to find the perfect gift for just about everyone who has been nice and maybe some antique lumps of coal for those who have been naughty.

7901 4th St. NW

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

(505) 312-7823

Tucked inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is The Pueblo Store where shoppers will find unique, handmade, artwork, pottery, jewelry and so many gifts from dozens of talented Native American artisans. The Pueblo Store was founded in 1976 and is owned and operated by New Mexico’s 19 pueblo tribes. The gift shop features collections of rugs, weavings, books, audio and video recordings, instruments, paintings, prints, miniatures, storytellers, men’s and women’s jewelry and a number of gift baskets ready to go. Some of the world-famous artists include Tony Sangre, Aric Chopito, Carmel Lewis, Elizabeth Medina and Ellouise Padilla to name just a few. All of the items are given a certificate of authenticity as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Gift certificates are available.

2401 12th St. NW

(505) 724-3506


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