Under $35


What Lies Beneath

These scrumptious

truffled truffles

are made with chocolate and the other kind of truffles-the kind that are related to mushrooms and grow underground. The flavor

combination is subtle, sweet and delicious. A 4.9-ounce box of five truffles costs $18 at Señor Murphy (Santa Fe Place, 471-8899).

Toast and Boast


Tired of bringing nice wine to your in-laws' house and then being forced to drink it out of jelly jars? Slip a few

Riedel stems

(or "O" series tumblers) under the tree and you'll be sipping pretty by New Year's Eve. From $10 to $33 each at Liquor Barn (2885 Cerrillos Road, 471-3960).


Carry On

This vintage-style

dish towel tote

is big enough to hold even a hungry family's farmers market haul. And it's educational! State landmarks pictured on it include Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands and the "Oldest Outbuilding." And it's only $10 at the Palace of the Governors gift shop (105 W. Palace Ave., 988-3454).

Sweeten the Sour

Margarita aficionados already know that the

lime green lime



is the easiest and most efficient way to extract the maximum juice from even the tiniest lime. Just slice the fruit in half, put it in cut side down and squeeeeze! Dishwasher safe and purty, too. Only $13.95 at Gift 'n' Gourmet (55 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-5953).


Hot Handlers

Everything tastes great when pulled from the oven with these adorable

piggy potholders

. These hand-screened potholders are made by artist Joan McDonald in her Dixon studio

and come in dozens of designs (like the T-Rex clutching a beer). Priced at $10 each at La Montañita Co-op (913 W. Alameda St., 984-2852).

 Over $35


Fire 'Em Up

Renowned northern New Mexico potter Felipe Ortega and Tijeras-based Brian Grossnickle make these sparkly

micaceous cooking pots

that glitter and shine while cooking your beans. The unglazed pots are lead-free, watertight and can be used directly


over an open flame. Grossnickle's pots cost $75 per quart; Ortega's cost $100 per quart. In various shapes and sizes at Pasqual's Gallery (121 Don Gaspar, 983-9340).


Eating 101

Send your significant other to

cooking classes

at the Santa Fe School of Cooking (116 W. San Francisco St., 983-4511). Buy a gift card in any amount, include a schedule

and let your culinary student pick his or her own course load. Classes start at $40.

Carving Marvel


Slice through that holiday table tension with this

wood and turquoise inlaid carving set

. The blanket pattern is shown (with cocobolo, cordia and olive wood), but other materials (like mother of pearl, jet and lapis) and patterns are available. The set costs $160 at Santa Fe Stoneworks (3790 Cerrillos Road, 471-3953).

Get Cookin'


Starting with Ingredients

, a massive, comprehensive new cookbook, is a must-have for the weekend kitchen warrior. Author Aliza Green takes on everything from almonds to zucchini in this 1,024-page tome, and succeeds in making even ugli fruit seem tame. Available for $39.95 at Collected Works (208 W. San Francisco St., 988-4226).


Black and White

Class up someone's dinner act with a gleaming set of

antique salt and pepper shakers

. This set of Asian shakers will set you back $488, but other sets start as low as $20. Get them engraved and the recipient can tell everyone they were her great-grandmother's. From Things Finer, inside the La Fonda Hotel (100 E. San Francisco St., 983-5552).