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 V.21 No.50 | December 13 - 19, 2012 

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Last-Minute Gift Guide

Shop Local, Even at the Last Minute

The nonshoppers guide to more than 30 stores packed with gift-giving goodness

The Alibi’s last minute gift guide has you covered from candy to sausages and beyond.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide

Gifty Shops

These shops are a last-minute gifter’s secret weapon with an eclectic selection of items for nearly everyone. They’re the Swiss army knife of butt-saving gifty-ness.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide

Foodie Shops

The artisan food market has taken over pretty much every kitchen in the country, so we’re willing to bet your holiday list has at least one self-declared foodie on it. These shops make it easy to find gourmet gifts that will surprise even the most devoted food connoisseur. Show your friends and family that you know your kale from your kimchee.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide

Fashion

Don’t be fooled: Giving clothes as a present isn’t lame. (As long as we’re not talking white tube socks.) Just be smart about fit or ask for a gift receipt if you aren’t sure, and be sincere. Giving something that made you think of the recipient is guaranteed to be well-received. And you really can’t go wrong with shoes. Promise.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide

Vintage

Old gems are always in fashion. Swipe up some steals at these choice shops to make your vintage-loving loved ones rosy-cheeked with delight. Since you’re short on time, ask store staff to point out hidden treasures.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide

Pet Shops & Boutiques

We adore our pets (and their toys and their cuddle blankets and those little bows for their hair), and we know you have more than a few people on your list who do, too. Stock up on fresh-baked treats for Fido’s stocking, or finally get the kids that fish-filled tank they’ve been bugging you about.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide

Sports & Outdoors

‘Tis the season to shred (or shed, depending on how much turkey you stuffed down your gullet). Hit up these local stores for the actively active or those who want to kick off the New Year with a bit more get-up.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide

Toy & Comic Stores

Tooooooys! You can’t go wrong with toys. For anyone of any age, they are foolproof gifts.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide

Breweries & Wineries

Who doesn’t need a drink to get through the holiday season? Gifts from the city’s ever-growing number of craft breweries and wineries will keep friends and family happily tipsy while sleigh bells ring and jingle. Most of the breweries in town offer some sort of club membership that includes discounts, treats and access to special events. Here are a couple of our favorites.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide

High Adventure

Don’t just give things—give massive adrenaline rushes. While you can’t exactly wrap up pure, heart-throbbing adventure in a tidy red bow, these Albuquerque businesses offer services and products that will make thrill-seekers squeal with delight. Just because you waited until the last minute doesn’t mean you can’t offer the gift of a lifetime.

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