Taos has the best places to find gifts for any person or occasion
By Celesa Lucien
If you have a busy schedule to include all the scenic and museum destinations of Taos, you will want to hit the best shops guaranteed to complete your shopping list. For items you may have forgotten or for things you did not expect to need or for loved ones that remained at home, here is a “get it or bust” list.
492 State Rd. 150, Arroyo Seco
If you’re on the way to the ski valley, you must stop by this boutique that has an elegant selection of fashion and home decor, featuring crocheted mittens made from locally-raised Alpaca wool, scarves, hats, and even Christmas stockings made in Nepal.
114 Kit Carson
Can’t sleep? Shoulder, leg or back pain? Loaded with information about herbs and remedies, Cinnamon has an apothecary full of whatever you or a friend may need. Let her customize a gift package of handcrafted natural products while enjoying a warm cup of Golden Milk. Noted for her CBD salve and lip balm, soaking salts for sore muscles, sleep-aid tea, anti-aging serums, herbs and much more.
Mudd-N-Flood Mountain Shop
103 Bent Street
For those who are passionate about the outdoors and ways to explore it through hiking, backpacking, skiing, river trips, rock climbing, camping, and much more. They’ve got you covered with the latest developments in quality outdoor gear, clothing, footwear
and sporting equipment.
113 Bent Street
For any Food Network junkie or cooking enthusiast you can find a batch of glistening kitchen utensils, cookware, tea pots, aprons and gadgets for the chef on your list.
Chocolate + Cashmere
130 Bent Street
What could be more decadent than enjoying a freshly made Bon Bon while shopping for a sumptuous cashmere scarf, hat, poncho, wrap or turtleneck? Their Bon Bons are made in Santa Fe daily and sweetened with monk fruit or honey. An assortment box can be shipped. The cashmere comes from Mongolia. Only the softest hair from the belly of the goats is used and their items are classified as “slow fashion.” Locally crafted by Taos and Santa Fe artisans.
Clarke & Co Menswear
John Dunn Shops, 120E Bent Street
Over 30 years catering to men’s fashion in Taos. This men’s boutique has the best selection of Bugatchi good vibe shirts, flannel shirts, loungewear, sweaters, Pendleton jackets and blankets, coats, hats, belts, Parisian men’s fragrances, and classy “non-wallet” card carriers from Holland.
John Dunn Shops, 120F Bent Street
The sister boutique to Clarke & Co. has everything your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt or bestie could want. Jewelry, sweaters, Pendleton jackets, hats, fragrances, dresses, casual wear and accessories.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
112 S Taos Plaza
Chocolatier, caramel apples, fudge and ice cream shop. A great place to take
a break from shopping. Assorted boxes of truffles or chocolates make wonderful hostess gifts.
Millicent Rogers Museum
1504 Millicent Rogers Road, El Prado
Visit the museum and gift shop for curated, refined gifts for him or her. Vintage, contemporary and Native American jewelry, pottery, textiles, kachinas, baskets, fetishes, retablos, folk art, fine art, and books.
Overland Sheep Company A tradition in Taos since 1973 that offers sheepskin apparel coveted by many. From rich shearling coats to bomber jackets, cowboy hats, sheepskin rugs, plush stuffed animals, fur-trimmed leather gloves to wool-lined rabbit fur and calfskin hiker boots there is something for everyone and every need. Sheepskin slippers for men or women are especially prized for the snowy season.