Need a last minute gift? Shop Socorro!

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It’s too late to order something from Amazon and get it delivered in time for Christmas without paying a huge shipping charge, and you can’t get to Albuquerque this weekend or next. What’s a desperate shopper to do? Well, there are plenty of high-quality, unique items for sale within 25 miles of Socorro’s historic plaza.

It’s too late to order something from Amazon and get it delivered in time for Christmas without paying a huge shipping charge, and you can’t get to Albuquerque this weekend or next. What’s a desperate shopper to do? Well, there are plenty of high-quality, unique items for sale within 25 miles of Socorro’s historic plaza.

Located on California Street next to Socorro Springs Brew pub. Open 12-6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. All handmade or vintage items, most by local artisans.

Fresh flowers, cards, homemade fudge, jewelry, stationery, original art (prints, watercolors, photographs), pottery, stained glass, tie-dye, clothing, kitchen art (pot holders, decorated towels and aprons). Almost 50 artisans are represented in the gallery.

Located at the refuge Visitor Center. Open Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open Christmas Eve until noon. All purchases benefit the Friends of the Bosque, a volunteer group that supports wildlife habitat restoration and educational programs at the refuge.

Handcrafted jewelry, stationery, books, educational toys and activity guides, clothing, pottery, baskets, jackets, caps, and original art and photographs.

Located on Manzanares Street east of First State Bank. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Open Christmas Eve 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What you will find:

Huge selection of Brighton brand items: charms, necklaces, bracelets, badge clips and lanyards, eyeglass neck chains, rings; hand-crafted, authentic Navajo jewelry, including silver, coral and turquoise pieces, some by jewelers Paige Wallace and Virgil Wallace; jade, amethyst, turquoise and crystal earrings, bracelets and necklaces by local artist Paula Riley; some Pueblo pottery; Western wear, of course, and cowboy-themed accessories (wallets, bolo ties, cell phone holders, hats, belts).

Located on the plaza. Open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon. to Fri., Sat. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Open Christmas Eve 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Navajo silver and turquoise jewelry, Navajo pottery, original metal art, soaps made in shape of minerals, Magdalena salsa, local A & J jelly, chile peanut and pecan candies, scented candles.

Located on California Street next to New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. Open Christmas Eve until 2 p.m. Specializing in quality handmade chocolates and candies.

Holiday gift baskets filled with your choice of handmade chocolates, Santa Mix (Chex Mix with pretzels and “Santa hats” made with Bugle crackers with marshmallows on top), and stocking stuffers (chocolate reindeer and Santas, and reindeer and snowman “poop”).

Located on Highway 85 at the north end of town heading toward Interstate 25. Open Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m,, Sat. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Open Christmas eve until 3 p.m. Specializing in everything Southwestern.

Dishes and serving pieces with chile and pueblo designs made right at the shop; Southwestern style T-shirts; Taos candles; Comfort Food brand New Mexico dried food products, such as green chile stew and sopapilla mixes and salsas; Southwestern design wine holders; Hopi kachinas; Navajo-made women dolls with big velveteen skirts; plus exotic items like paperweights featuring scorpions set in resin.

Located on California Street behind Second Hand Rose (across the street from New Mexico Federal Educators Credit Union). Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. Are you really desperate? Call owner Todd Kay’s cell (505) 550-3348 for last minute gift emergencies on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. He will open the store just for you.

Christmas cards from original artwork, many by local artist Skeeter Leard, framed original paintings (half off special); Art posters (all half off), or a free poster with framing ($50-$60 posters by R. C. Gorman, Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others), half price framed wildlife photographs by Lynn Starmes (images taken at the Bosque del Apache and elsewhere in North America). Aerial photographs of the Socorro area by Allan Erickson (includes images of Ladron Mountain, Polvadera Peak, M Mountain, the Bosque, Magdalena, and the river valley all the way from Belen to T or C.) and Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta pin collection frames.

Located on the plaza. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Open Christmas Eve 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Locally made pottery and edibles, including Socorro’s own A & J jelly, Mexican masks; Mexican Talavera pottery; Alamo Navajo artist Donald Baca silver and turquoise jewelry; authentic Navajo jewelry; cards and books. Price range: $2 and up.

Located at 110 Manzanares St. Open daily 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Prints and original art by Albuquerque artist Carol McHarney priced from $16 and up. Some images of local interest such as sandhill cranes and local architecture.

Located one block south of the Owl Bar on Highway 1 in San Antonio. Open Sun.–Wed. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. most of the year.

Vintage jewelry, Southwestern Native American pottery and jewelry, unusual collectibles, religious items, unique signs, regional artifacts.