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Home for the holidays: Local shops offer gift options for a bit of the Land of Enchantment

A mixed box of chocolates from Buffett’s Candies. You can pick up a ready-made box or pick your own mix of chocolates. (Courtesy of Buffett’s Candies)

“Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.”

The sentiment rings true for many since Perry Como first crooned those lyrics in 1954.

And for those wanting to gift a bit of the Land of Enchantment this holiday season, there are many local options.

So no matter how far away they’ve roamed, here are some options for those who think “you can’t beat home sweet home.”

Chile Traditions

It’s well known that the word “Christmas” in New Mexico has a second meaning. If you want to gift Christmas this Christmas, Chile Traditions has a variety of chile items along with salsas, hot sauces, chile-themed decorations and more.

“Everyone loves food,” says Ken De

Chile Traditions sells a variety of Timmy Krack Korn Puffs flavors including original, biscochito and NM Christmas. (Courtesy of Chile Traditions)

Wees, owner of Chile Traditions, “Especially New Mexico food.”

Chile Traditions carries their own line of items, along with products from other New Mexico vendors.

“Green chile seasoning ($7.29), that’s really popular,” says DeWees. “Put it on popcorn or make a dip with sour cream, or dry rubs.”

For those who want a grab-and-go gift, Chile Traditions has several gift basket options.

A holiday basket featuring all Chile Traditions items including green chile stew, green chile corn bread, posole, posole mix and more runs $49.95. Want to spice up your gift basket even more? For $79.95, you can get the same items along with a selection of three different hot sauces from “mild to wild.” Or you can build-your-own basket.

“Hot sauces are always popular,” DeWees says. Chile Traditions carries a variety of New Mexico-crafted hot sauces, including Taos Hum.

Taos Hum hot sauce makers grow their own peppers, DeWees says, switching around depending on the crop. “Lots of different hot sauces.”

DeWees says he also expects Timmy Krack Korn Puffs to be a popular item this year. “It’s unbelievable.”

“Of course red and green chile,” says DeWees. “You have to have it for the holidays.”

So whether you want to gift a New Mexico-themed coffee mug and piñon coffee, or the world’s hottest gummy bear, Chile Traditions has a red, green and everything in-between.

Palms Trading Company

Palms Trading Company offers a variety of Native American pottery.(Courtesy of Palms Trading Company)

Those looking to support New Mexico artisans this holiday season can turn to the Palms Trading Company. While the Palms Trading Company sells jewelry standards such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings, Peter Berger, general manager, feels the New Mexico connection brings more to the pieces.

“We carry very unique items handmade by New Mexico artisans. It’s not just jewelry, it’s something unique,” says Berger. “I always felt we had something more special.”

For the most “bang for your buck” Berger recommends Santo Domingo Pueblo slab earrings.

On the higher end, Berger says the shop has a variety of squash blossom necklaces running from $700-$800 to $3,000-$4,000, or Navajo “pearl” necklaces ranging from $500 to $1,500. Berger says the majority of Palms Trading Company’s inventory, which includes pieces from Santo Domingo, Zuni and Navajo artists, falls between just under $100 to just over $300.

“We like to tell people around Christmas, get somebody something they are going to remember,” says Berger, “You don’t just buy a necklace or bracelet, it comes with a story. We can give them info on the artist. It’s a very personalized gift.”

Along with jewelry, Palms Trading Company also carries a selection of Native American pottery, sand paintings and kachinas.

“Things that highlight the culture and traditions” of New Mexico, says Berger.

Buffett’s Candies

If your secret Santa has a sweet tooth, check out Buffett’s Candies.

Caramel popcorn has been a Buffett’s Candies staple for 50 years. (Courtesy of Buffett’s Candies)

Buffett’s boxed chocolates come in a variety of sizes and types, including traditional or piñon assortments.

Box sizes range from a half-pound at $14-$15, to a three-pound box at $110.95. Shoppers can even customize a box, picking out their favorites from Buffett’s lineup of milk and dark chocolates.

You can get a traditional gift basket, such as Buffett’s New Mexico Basket ($49.95) which includes treats such as green chile cheese corn, piñon brittle, a Bufforeo (chocolate covered Oreo) and a solid chocolate New Mexico mold, packed into a New Mexico-shaped basket.

But the shop is offering something new this year, says Tyler Buffett, operations manager.

Buffett’s Sweet Society has “taken the idea of a gift basket and made a special box …” says Buffett. “I think people are really going to like it. Four different types of candies, roughly two pounds, for $35 per month.”

Sweet Society boxes, which will feature a new assortment every month, have the option of being delivered monthly, quarterly or once a year.

“… They can have a taste of home every month, every three months,” says Buffett.

Buffett’s also has a special treat for your favorite pooch.

Buffett’s Bones are a chicken and rice treat with icing and sprinkles.

“People will spend more on their dogs than their kids,” says Buffett.

All three shops offer shipping. DeWees recommends placing orders no later than Dec. 15.

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