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We recently told you about the Duran family’s massive collection of Christmas ornaments, handcrafted by New Mexican artists, which is on display in Albuquerque. This is a mind boggling display of hundreds of original works of art from the brilliant and creative minds of New Mexico. Now, you can take inspiration from the Duran’s, and start your own collection of handcrafted New Mexico ornaments.

The most exciting and fun way to begin acquiring your collection is to visit (in person or online) a variety of shops that are owned and operated by New Mexico based artists. You’ll also support your community by shopping local.

Shop for New Mexico Ornaments in Local Shops

There are few things that can top the special feeling and magical sensation that you get from finding exactly what you didn’t know you were looking for in a local shop. Going to a physical location to shop for a work of art is a worthwhile experience. Combining this with a festive and unhurried New Mexico holiday shopping experience is icing on the cake. Unlike your mad search for holiday gifts for your friends and family, shopping for New Mexico ornaments can be a laid back adventure. You can take your time and really appreciate the art when you shop to collect New Mexico ornaments. You might even decide that these unique creations will make great gifts too.

New Mexico Ornaments from Santa Fe

Susan’s Christmas Shop in Santa Fe is owned and operated by a long time New Mexican artist. Susan Topp Weber is a skilled designer of New Mexico ornaments, an author, an entrepreneur, and a true lover of the holidays. You’ll find her amazing ornaments, nativity scenes, and other holiday decor in Historic Downtown Santa Fe.

New Mexico Ornaments
Courtesy of Susan’s Christmas Shop

Right next door to Susan’s Christmas Shop, you can also stop by The Shop – A Christmas Store, for a whole other world of unique holiday ornaments and decor by local artists. It started in 1977 as an antique store that had a section for locally made Christmas ornaments. It is now New Mexico’s oldest year-round Christmas shop.

New Mexico Ornaments from Las Cruces

At Tis The Season de Mesilla in Las Cruces,  there’s a great variety of original handcrafted New Mexico ornaments. Many of these are antiques, and the whole store has a Victorian feel. You’re sure to find something in the Winter Collection that will light up your holidays in the land of enchantment.

Courtesy of Tis The Season de Mesilla

New Mexico Ornaments from Albuquerque 

Albuquerque also has a lot of great resources for anyone who wants to start a collection of handcrafted New Mexico ornaments. The Christmas Shop in Albuquerque Old Town has the kind of authentic and traditional designs and quality craftsmanship that you’ll definitely want in your collection.

New Mexico ornaments
Courtesy of Heard

The best part is that there is a large selection of handcrafted ornaments that are under $10. You’ll find unique items with a southwest theme, items by Native American artists, a collection of mission church ornaments, and all kinds of chile pepper ornaments.

You’ll also want to check out the Penfield Gallery of Indian Arts in Albuquerque. This where you’ll find the most beautiful New Mexico ornaments that are handcrafted by Native artists. Rita Johnson, for example, is a Navajo sandpainter who creates truly stunning collections of New Mexico Christmas ornaments.

Courtesy of Rita Johnson at Penfield Gallery

Shop for New Mexico Ornaments Online

There are endless resources online to locate some gorgeous, one of a kind, handcrafted New Mexico ornaments. While you don’t get the same shopping experience, with the festive decor and friendly faces, you do get the convenience of shopping from home. You can also take more time to research local artists and decide exactly what sort of collection you’d like to start with your New Mexico ornaments.

Sandy Short in Santa Fe

Enchanted New Mexico Christmas
Courtesy of Sandy Short on Etsy: sandy8yiu

A Christmas by Carol in Albuquerque

Enchanted New Mexico Christmas
Courtesy of Etsy: A Christmas by Carol

Zinnia Art Co. in Cedro

Enchanted New Mexico Christmas
Courtesy of Etsy: Zinnia Art Co

Wherever you start your collection of New Mexico ornaments, be sure to choose pieces that speak to your heart. Your collection will grow over the years,  filling your tree and your home with Christmas joy.

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