Without local goods, shoppers would buy gifts exclusively from in-flight catalogues, forcing fathers to sneak into airplane wheel wells on Black Friday to order spy camera blenders for their children. Enjoy earthbound browsing with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two weekend passes to the "Christmas in New Mexico" Zia Arts and Crafts Festival at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Tickets are good for all-day admission on November 19, 20, and 21.
The 17th annual Zia Arts and Crafts Festival bursts open the doors of the fairgrounds' Manuel Lujan Exhibit Complex with a multitude of gifts and sundries. Approximately 200 exhibitors flaunt their wares and entrepreneur spirits with items such as jewelry pieces, ceramics, and Native American pottery. Fill a backpack with signature southwestern cuisine while taking in a local guitar and accordion duo or turn normal faces into cartooniness with a face painting session by Jungle Janet the Clown. The fair is open Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.