Looking for the Perfect Gift? These 5 Local Shops Always Deliver! 

Get outside and hike off Thanksgiving dinner. Put up Christmas decorations. Treat yourself to a massage, salt float or soak in the hot springs. The point is that you’ve clearly got better things to do on Black Friday than join the masses at a box store. Good thing the sun also rises on Small Business Saturday with all the feels of knowing that you’re joining the nation in opting to shop at local, independent businesses. 

Not sure where to start? Here are five homegrown Durango businesses that’ll provide plenty of inspiration for finding the perfect holiday gift:

Animas Trading Company: 742 Main Ave 

Great for: girlfriends, best friends, last-minute costumes, world travelers, music lovers

From bohemian apparel and home décor to earthy jewelry and one-of-a-kind trinkets, Animas Trading Company is a Durango go-to “for the free spirit in you” – or the free spirit you probably know. Owned by festivarians and community-builders, Cathy and Doug Wakeman, this Main Ave shop showcases treasures from around the globe. Inspiration guaranteed.   

Durango Outdoor Exchange: 3677 Main Ave

Great for: the outdoorsman, -woman and -child 

Where gear goes for a second life. Whether you’re a longtime local or visiting from out of town and need ski gloves, hats, bibs, jackets, or slightly-used equipment, DOE should be the first place you look to get outfitted for the great outdoors. Bonus: when you shop on Give Back Days (the first Sunday of each month), part of your purchase supports a nonprofit in the community. Sustainability guaranteed.    

Urban Market: 855 Main Ave

Great for: cocktail sippers, the hostess with the mostess, newlyweds, housewarming gifts 

The chic window displays at the entryway give you a glimpse into the world that opens inside Urban Market, while the scents of pine or pumpkin or some other seasonal candle entice all to come poke around and find a gift at this upscale downtown store. Bar supplies, kitchen staples, cards, knobs, pillows, baby blankets, jewelry, shaving cream and other surprises guaranteed. 

Maria’s Bookshop: 960 Main Ave

Great for: readers

Expand their world. Grow their curiosity. Build their knowledge. When in doubt, give them a book! If you want your friends and family members to reach their utmost potential, then a book should be your first thought. With cards, journals, stickers, socks and other little baubles to add on, your shopping list could be completed in one stop at this beloved independent bookstore. Happily ever after guaranteed.

Toh-Atin Gallery: 145 West 9th Street

Great for: collectors, history buffs, road trippers, quirky aunts

Whether you’re a longtime resident of the Southwest U.S. or just passing through, take a moment to wander through the iconic Toh-Atin Gallery. For more than 60 years, Toh-Atin has been a go-to destination for Navajo rugs and weavings, Indian jewelry, kachinas, Native American baskets and pottery, Alaskan ivory carvings, and original Southwest art.