Local Gift Guide 2014

Written by Niki D’Andrea Category: Lifestyle Issue: December 2014
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1. Artful Giving
Despite the dominance of text-messaging in the Digital Age, some people still appreciate a handwritten note. Phoenix artist Peggy Baze puts her acrylic paintings to a noble purpose by putting them on notecards and donating 100 percent of the sale proceeds to charity. Her stylish stationery ($15 for 12 notecards) features fruit, butterflies and hummingbirds, and benefits UMOM’s Child Development Center in Phoenix.
Available at: UMOM’s Helpings Cafe, 3333 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix; Write-ons, Etc., 6201 N. Seventh St., Phoenix; and Artful-Giving.com

2. Di Sciacca
Peter and Sigrid Sciacca take pride in their signature glassware, on display at their store in Chandler (est. 1995). The 12-ounce gemstone goblets ($20 each) pictured above – made from mouth-blown glass, infused with color and carved with festive
accents – provide pops of color for any occasion.
Di Sciacca, 81 W. Boston St., Chandler, 480-855-9888, disciacca.com

3. Lawrence Dunham
Winemakers Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca grow their grapes in Willcox, but now they pour their award-winning Lawrence Dunham Vineyards wine (including the tropical 2012 Viognier, pictured, $24) at their new Wine Gallery tasting room in Scottsdale. Serving small bites and wine flights inside and on two shaded patios, the Wine Gallery also offers custom gift baskets (starting at $30) and gift-wrapping.
Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery, 6951 E. First St., Scottsdale, 480-664-4822, ldvwinegallery.com

4. Desert Diamond Distillery
Nothing hits the spot after a big meal like Desert Diamond Distillery’s Gold Miner Agave Rum (750 ml, $28.99). Built with a base of dark rum and ornamented with natural flavors including agave, this smooth sipper took home a silver medal at the 2011 SIP Awards and is the hands-down (and bottoms up) crowd favorite at D3’s tasting room in Kingman. For a list of all sales locations, visit desertdiamonddistillery.com

5. Soul Carrier
Mama’s got a brand new bag! No? Well, get one courtesy of Valley purse purveyor Jennifer Paige Boonlorn, whose Soul Carrier line features bags including the pictured “Olivia” (foreground), a leather mini-shoulder bag with a suede interior ($125) and the “Jaime Leigh” leather messenger bag (background, $175). And if papa needs a brand new bag, Boonlorn accommodates with an upcoming men’s line. soulcarrier.com

6. Cha-Cha Chic
Don’t ask “How much is that doggie in the window?” Go to Cha-Cha Chic and get a doggie on a “Carmen” T-shirt with rhinestones (pictured, $59) by Cathy Garcia. It sparkles, and you don’t have to follow it with a plastic baggie. Garcia named her business after her beloved pooch, but her designs go beyond dogs to include skulls (the rhinestone snap bracelet pictured, $25) and lips (the buckled rhinestone bracelet pictured, $39).
Cha-Cha Chic, 20823 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, 602-866-8900, Cha-ChaChic.com