A solid, well-designed garlic press makes a surprisingly fantastic holiday gift for the right person. As does a salad spinner. Or a Krups manual pump espresso machine. Las Cosas is teeming with cookware to knock any chef (or professional water boiler) off your list pronto. Who doesn't need a taco rack? Really.
Yes, candles. You really can't go wrong with them. If your last-minute is more like last-second, a nicely scented, renewably (and locally) made, smokeless, dripless candle is a quick and thoughtful gift. Plus, Santa Fe Beeswax Candle Co. also offers ceramics, Asian art, jewelry, textiles and more if you just can't bear buying the same thing for everyone you know.
Rushed shopping can still be luxurious. Shower your most deserving loved ones with designer duds, killer handbags or conversation-starting jewelry—gifts so fine, the receiver will think you spent months instead of minutes scouring stores. That's living large.
Give a kid a CD and he can listen to music for an hour. Give a kid a Lone Star Mariachi Guitar made in the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico, and you can listen to him strum his way into the hearts of New Mexicans as he reaches superstardom never before seen in the mariachi tradition. At least, that's what you'll be telling yourself while he's learning to play the thing. Whatever the instrument, and whatever the level of the musician, Santa Fe Music and Piano is stocked. Offers lessons, too.