Located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo hills, Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and one of the oldest cities in the United States. It is well-known for being the melting pot of creative art and for its beautiful Pueblo-style architecture. One of the must-visit attractions here is the New Mexico History Museum, which tells you about the story of prehistoric New Mexico up to now. Apart from the many historical tourist destinations, you may find here, Santa Fe is also popular for its different kinds of pop-up markets and galleries that will surely slash your vacation budget. In case you’re still wondering what to buy in the city, we have compiled a list of the souvenirs you can get in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Check them out, below.
1. Fine pottery
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If you love pottery, then you have to check out Fisher Pottery. It will be a feast for the eyes with its amazing collection of high-end Pueblo pottery. You will also get to see the fine works of Andrea Fisher here. Apart from the artefacts, you’ll surely love their staff for they are knowledgeable and guide you if you want to purchase something. They are also very accommodating. The potteries are fairly priced based on their quality, so make sure to buy one before going home.
2. Handmade jewelery
Are you looking for handmade jewellery to bring back home as a souvenir during your trip in Santa Fe? Then, you have to visit Ortega’s in the plaza. They sell handmade and authentic jewellery made by creative artisans. Pieces of jewellery you may find here include earrings, bracelets, necklaces, anklets, and many others. Apart from jewellery, you can also buy rugs, potteries, masks, and more.
3. Folk art
If it is folk art you are after, then there’s no better place to be in Santa Fe to buy these items than the Santa Fe Indian Market. Here, you can buy folk arts directly from the artist. Every year it features works of 1,200 artists from 100 tribes and exhibits it in 600 booths in the market. The items you can buy here include jewellery, pottery, art, and furniture. Aside from the items, you could also learn more about modern Indian arts and their cultures. Moreover, you can buy tinwork, which is a form of religious folk art and carving during the Santa Fe Spanish Market.
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4. Inexpensive woven rugs
If you’re planning to score some inexpensive rugs, then you have to visit Seret & Sons. Many tourists have bought furniture, rugs, panels, chest, and more from this store. The woven rugs here are specially made with colourful designs and motifs. You’ll find a mountainous pile of rugs when you visit that will make your rug-love-heart leap. Make sure to choose a rug that suits your home’s aesthetics.
One of the best items you can get as a souvenir from Santa Fe is glassware. It is not only widely available in every store, gallery, and pop-up market, but it is also cheap and comes in many forms. One of the best places to buy glassware is in Artisan Markets. There are also other items for sale here, including jewellery, rugs, potteries, arts, and more.
6. Hispanic artworks
A lot of tourists buy Hispanic artwork as a souvenir when they are in Santa Fe; are you one of them? If so, then you have to visit the Sante Fe Spanish market and get to know Hispanic artists and buy artwork directly from them. This market features traditional products, regional food, music made especially by over 250 Hispanic artists. Make sure to buy one of these items before heading home for your family.
7. Hand-tooled cowboy boots
Boots are an American fashion staple, and back in Santa Fe, there is this famous shop, even for celebrities, that sell hand-tooled cowboy boots. Back at the Ranch sells customized or off the rock cowboy boots in different kinds and sizes. These handcrafted cowboy boots are made from quality leather and exotic skins. You can also have it custom made in your size and choose the design, colour, and leather on the spot. This is a definite must-buy for any shopaholic.
8. Silver concho belt
Aside from handcrafted jewellery and woven rugs, you can also buy belts here. One of the most well-known souvenirs you can buy in Santa Fe is the silver concho belt. You can get this from Randall D. Moore. The shop has been making heirloom quality items since 1977. Apart from the silver belt buckles, you can also get gold ones here. Moreover, they also offer other accessories, which a non-belt lover can buy instead.
9. Vintage collection of Naga items
One of the things you’ll find and need to buy in Santa Fe is a vintage collection of Naga items. Like any antiques, this can be pricey but worth it for its timeless beauty and as a collector item. If you’re wondering where you can get it, then you have to visit Travelers Market. Many things here have come from as far as India, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and more. Aside from varying Naga items, you can also get here textiles, tribal jewellery, masks, pottery, and ethnic clothing among others.
10. Katsina dolls
Another must-buy item in Santa Fe are the Katsina dolls. These dolls are made of natural materials and wear masks and costumes that depict the Katsina spirit. They are also used to teach the children members of the tribe about tribal ceremonies. You can buy these dolls in many shops and art galleries around Santa Fe. The best place to get the Katsina dolls is in Sunwest in the plaza and Doodlet’s.
11. Pottery from Than Povi Fine Art
If you’re the type to collect interesting memorabilia from museums or your travels even, then a trip to Than Povi Fine Art is a must. Unique pieces of ceramics can be purchased at the Than Povi Fine Art which is known for their pottery and small art gallery. This is a great place to check out local, modern and up and coming artists in a contemporary setting that features intricately thought out pieces of pottery and sculptures that visitors can also check out and purchase when visiting Santa Fe.
12. Indian Pottery from Zuni Pueblo Art
Another unique find for those who like one of a kind souvenirs to bring home is southwest Indian pottery. This can be found in Zuni Pueblo Art where visitors can learn about the history behind the interesting print and symbols on the ceramic cups and bowls. There’s a ton of controversial history behind Indian Pottery and jewelry from Zuni Pueblo Art, but its purpose today serves interior and decorating quite well in contrast to cultural appropriation.
Shop in Santa Fe
Known for its Pueblo-style architecture, Santa Fe is one beautiful city that will make you value history. Make sure to spend time sightseeing and on walking tours and explore its many markets for great finds when you are visiting. Check out our list of what to buy in Santa Fe in case you are still wondering what to get as a souvenir.
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