- Author: Kasia Michalik
- Category: Lifestyle
- Issue: Dec 2011
Stumped in your holiday gift-buying efforts? Try one of these non-traditional, locally-made stocking stuffers.
Support local artists and knock out your gift list in one fell swoop at this Cen-Pho goods shop. From furniture to soaps, the choices are near-limitless, and new items are available from more than 75 artists each week. 5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-264-1414, practical-art.com
Little Mama Products
Celebrate the holidays and our state’s birthday with a gift of Arizona Centennial soaps, which come in scents of Cactus Flower, Cowboy Coffee, Agave Lime and Five C’s, all stamped with a copper mica state flag. littlemamaproducts.com
Cosanti Originals, Inc.
Give a loved one a windbell designed by world-renowned architect Paolo Soleri. The handmade ambient-sound-makers are available in several styles and start at $29. Proceeds help fund Arcosanti, Soleri’s experimental eco-community near Cordes Junction. Model #117 (shown) is $172. 6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Paradise Valley, 480-948-6145, cosanti.com
Julia Baker Confections
Truffles, ganache, passion fruit, oh my! Edible gifts are always fun, especially when they come in fun packages. Rock that “secret Santa” party with narcotically-addictive chocolate samplers from Valley confectionaire Julia Baker. Know a Louis Vuitton fan? Try the six-piece faux “Louis” handbag sampler. 7440 E. Karen Dr., Scottsdale, 480-747-7709, juliabakerconfections.com
This Phoenix-based company sells seasonally-scented shower gels such as Candy Cane, Cinnamon Hot Toddy and Cozy Christmas. Stuff snowbirds’ stockings with the Miracle Worker line’s SPF 55 sunblock. Two Valley locations. philosophy.com
Gold Canyon Candles
With the holidays comes cooler weather. With cooler weather comes the impulse to light a fire or a few candles around the house. Give your fireplace a fragrant kick with scented Fire Starters, or stuff a stocking with decorative candles, hand-made wraps and scented pods. goldcanyon.com