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Feather a nest: Home gifts range from practical to ornamental to comforting

Gift ideas from Nambé include the latest holiday ornaments to dazzle your tree. (Courtesy of Nambé)

As winter’s chill frosts the city, nestling at home by a cozy fire seems like the obvious choice.

Area shops carry gifts to complement that living space, with prices ranging from the budget-minded to the extravagant.

Mugs to candles

Located at 5935 Wyoming NE, Weems Gallery and Framing carries everything from hand-thrown mugs to artisan kitchen towels to homemade candles for scenting your holiday party.

Weems Gallery and Framing carries Kei and Molly hand-printed kitchen towels and sponges, as well as handmade pottery, top left, and handmade candles, bottom left. (Courtesy of Weems Gallery and Framing)

Store owner Sheila McVeigh likes the flour sack kitchen towels of Kei and Molly. Area immigrants and refugees hand screen print the cotton/linen textiles in bright designs.

“They are the most absorbent kitchen towels you can get,” McVeigh said.

Favorite imagery includes green and red chiles and San Pasqual, the patron saint of cooks. They sell for $14.

Weems also sells hand-painted bookmarks of New Mexico landscapes made with watercolor on paper for $6.

The shop also offers Kei and Molly $7 printed sponge sheets.

“When you put them in the water, they swell,” McVeigh explained.

Weems also carries handmade and glazed gift mugs for $25 in four color patterns. Scented, handmade candles in handmade ceramic jars sell for $24 and $32. The featured fragrances include lemon verbena, lavender mint, sandalwood, toasted marshmallow and red hot (cinnamon). The store also carries hand-blown glass tumblers for $20.

Artful touches

If you want to make friends with a dragon, serve him tacos.

So says the children’s book “Dragons Love Tacos,” available for $9.95 in the Albuquerque Museum Shop.

Store manager Katy Saul found out about the book (by Adam Rubin with illustrations by Daniel Salmieri), from her sister, who bought it for her grandson.

“She read it with all different voices and we were all laughing,” Saul said.

The museum store also sells artist-illustrated cards, prints, pillows, scarves and, of course, jewelry.

Santa Fe artist William Haskell created a colorful enamel pendant of a raven, symbol of good fortune, for $225. The shop offers a selection of his work.

“He does these incredibly bold landscape paintings,” Saul said. “His jewelry line comes from his paintings.

Modgy Kandinsky Circles Vase, top, and “Summer Skies Over Rushing Rivers” landscape card by Michelle Chrisman, left, both at Albuquerque Museum Shop. (Courtesy of Albuquerque Museum)

“We have calendars, we have cards, we have bookends. We sell the scarves like crazy.”

For an easy miniature tree, freshcut paper’s pop-up Christmas tree lets you design your own, complete with 80 classic ornaments and a note card for $19.95.

Modgy’s expandable flower vase comes painted with imagery by famous artists like Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Tiffany and Klimt, all for $9.95.

It’s one of the shop’s best sellers, Saul said.

Made of flat plastic, the vase unfolds for flowers.

“I think people often buy them as gifts,” she added.

The store also offers giclee landscape cards on fine art paper by the artist Michelle Chrisman for $8.

NM tradition

Forever associated with New Mexico, Nambé is introducing a shiny pet collection, complete with food bowls and storage canisters. Running from $40-$65, these are sure to hold your pet’s yummies in a satiny elegance.

The company’s latest holiday mini-ornaments include a drum, a soldier and a rocking horse. At $25, they make a lovely hostess gift. A new miniature red-nosed reindeer captures the season at $30.

Designed in 1967, the butterfly bowl is one of Nambé’s earliest designs. Celebrating form and function, the butterfly mini bowl features elongated sides gracefully reaching upward like wings. It makes the perfect catch-all for your favorite jewelry at $20.

The company’s beveled cross can be a meaningful addition to your décor for $40.

Nambé traces its history to 1951, when a Los Alamos metallurgist discovered a durable new aluminum alloy, which he called Nambé. From London’s British Museum to New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Nambé pieces are exhibited in renowned galleries around the world.

The company has shops in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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