Santa Fe Reporter - Holiday Gift Guide <![CDATA[Holiday Gift Guide 2012 - SFR's picks for the best local gifts]]>
Each year, SFR publishes an annual gift guide to kick off the holiday season. We do it after Black Friday—because, as it turns out, Black Friday isn’t about gifts. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, approximately 60 percent of Black Friday shoppers planned to spend money on “non-gift items”—to the tune of $140. So, now that we’ve treated ourselves to those “non-gift” flatscreens, iPads, pea coats and platforms, it’s time to think about others. In this year’s gift guide, we’ve grouped presents by category—food, drink, books, games, toys and so on. There’s something for everyone in here, and we’ve tried to focus as much as possible on local retailers and suppliers. Sure, it’s easy to find everything your new puppy might need at Petco, but a couple of local shops do it better, with eco-friendly beds, organic treats and high-quality jackets to keep him warm. Read about much more in the ensuing pages—and then get out there and support your local economy! And, of course, happy holiday wishes from your favorite local alt-weekly! Disclaimer: Prices may vary for the items listed; SFR has ensured their accuracy to the best of our ability. ]]>
<![CDATA[You Got Game - Gifts for the gamer (read: any man under 50)]]>
By: Alex De Vore
For all of us hardcore gamers in the know, the months of October, November and December are glorious weeks full of nonstop triple-A releases and the death of our non-online social lives. But what are those of you who might not know the industry, despite having gamer friends and family, to do? Easy. I’m going to help you with a few suggestions, and I’ve arranged them into age-appropriate groups.]]>
<![CDATA[Words that Count - Books for every kind of reader]]>
Giving the gift of words is kind of like buying someone perfume: It’s hard to know where to start, harder to know exactly what your gift recipient really likes and distinctly possible you’ll end up bringing another white elephant into the world. (Really, just don’t ever give anyone perfume. Trust me.) That’s why we asked for a little help this year from two of our favorite local booksellers: Garcia Street Books and Collected Works Bookstore. Conveniently, their suggestions are even categorized by gift recipient—so hopefully, you’ll know just what to do.]]>
<![CDATA[Give Guide - Not in the mood for more clutter? Here’s where to volunteer your time, hand-me-downs and money]]>
By: Katherine Cox
The holidays are the ideal time to give back to the community. Finding the right place or way to give your cash, time or goods can be a bit overwhelming, given how many local organizations do great work.]]>
<![CDATA[Furry Favors - Gifts for your pet—or your pet-loving friends]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
When it comes to pet-related giving, you can always big-box it up at Petsmart or Petco, but the locally owned Teca Tu sells an exclusive “doggie vestido vest”.]]>
<![CDATA[Film Fetish - What to buy for (or do with) your cinephile relatives]]>
By: Corey Johnson
The greatest gift you can give your family and yourself this Christmas is a simple one: two-plus hours of silence.]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Music - Adding harmony to the holiday season]]>
By: Loren Bienvenu
It’s hard to top the personalized quality of an iTunes gift card, which allows loved ones to legally download all those songs that they’ve already pirated. But if you believe thought really does count, here are a few suggestions that are sure to satisfy even the most picky or pedantic music enthusiast, from scavenged items to bank-busters. ]]>
<![CDATA[Yuletide Libations - Whether they’re 80-proof or kid-friendly, these drinkable presents will make you merry ]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
It’s December, which means holiday party season is officially upon us—and while it’s perfectly acceptable (or should be) to give the gift of a few cocktails at your giftee’s favorite watering hole, most parties call for a bit more formal, sharable take on presents.]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Nothings - Spicy, sweet, chocolatey and roasted: edible gifts for the foodie in your life]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
Got a foodie in the family?]]>
<![CDATA[Gimme Gimme! - Gifts for children or, at least, inner children]]>
By: Mia Rose Carbone
Having both attended and worked at a Montessori school, I am a big proponent of hands-on, technology-free activities for children—preferably made out of glass or wood, involving clay or paper or liquid or scissors and cloth with not-too-sharp needles for sewing: things that are not toys per se, but practical, everyday products that help develop motor and mental skills in growing human beings.]]>
<![CDATA[Wearable Art - Clothing, shoes and everything else your beloved’s outfit needs]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
The thing about wearable gifts: They’re always usable, and if you don’t love them, you can return (or consign) them.]]>
<![CDATA[Hark, the Hairy Mountain Man - Gifts for the serious and lovely-looking lover of the outdoors]]>
By: Mia Rose Carbone
Here’s my preface: I am a snotty outdoors person who fancies old, dirty, well-loved ’80s-era LL Bean and North Face products over the ultra-light titanium, wick-away polyester or Isotherm fleece gear on the market these days.]]>
<![CDATA[Cheer, Here - Experience the holidays, Santa-Fe style]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
On a recent Saturday, local potter Rusty Spicer was outside Santa Fe Clay, selling his beautiful ceramic bowls. Spicer recounted a story of a woman who bought one for her daughter, who lived in Paris. One day, the daughter returned to Santa Fe and found Spicer.]]>
<![CDATA[Gift Guide 2010 - SFR's annual buy-local likes]]>
By: Charlotte Jusinski
The city is chock-full of local businesses whose owners and employees strive to create shopping experiences that are actually fun and rewarding. It’s no wonder the city has been on the vanguard of the buy-local movement; Santa Feans well understand the value of supporting their independent shops, artisans and organizations.]]>
<![CDATA[Gift Guide 2009 - Another Reason to Shop Locally… ]]>

By now you know the drill: Spending your money at local businesses keeps more of it in the community, pays for public services and supports independent stores. SFR is a big supporter of the shop local movement for all of these reasons—and for one other: Shopping locally is way more fun.

<![CDATA[Gift Guide 2008 - 100 Gifts Under $100 ]]>
Your annual guide for greasing the wheels of local shopping and good gift-giving.]]>
<![CDATA[SFR Holiday Gift Guide - ]]> No need to get creative about your holiday gift giving this year... SFR has done it for you! Great ideas for thoughtful shopping. Suggestions include unique, modestly priced (or not!)]]> <![CDATA[Gift Guide 2006 #2: Deck(orating) the Halls - ]]> <![CDATA[Gift Guide 2006 #2: Gifts for the Toy Polloi - ]]> <![CDATA[Gift Guide 2006 #2: For the Sartorial Among Us - ]]>