‘Tis the season for gifting! Bypass big-box chains in favor of our hand-picked local purveyors of all things gift-worthy.
Advanced Mineral Makeup
Natural and organic makeup created by Gilbert resident Annie Mayo, whose cosmetics have been featured on Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS.
$18 and up
The Soteria Initiative
Gold and silver necklaces made to order by survivors of sex trafficking. “It’s literally investing in a woman and her healing,” founder Khue Do says.
Ashley’s Hair Extension Studio
Chemical-free, eco-friendly hair extensions applied using MicroLink technology instead of gluing, braiding or
sewing. Located in North Scottsdale.
Inquire for pricing.
Everything Peoria resident Tricia Riggio designs, from maxi skirts and kimonos to palazzo pants and reversible swimwear, is hand-sewn. Her “Be the Change” tees and fabric bags benefit Mothers Without Borders.
$10 and up
Leave-in conditioner activated by body heat to hydrate and protect strands during physical activity. Developed by lifelong friends Alex Stark and Abby Curtis, wife of
Channel 12 news anchor Mark.
Silver jewelry with a Southwestern bohemian aesthetic – flowers, feathers, arrows and turquoise are recurring themes – hand-made by artist Kelli Van.
Christy Kimball curates the world’s coolest eyewear – including sunglasses and prescription lens frames – for her sliver of a shop inside UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park.
Press Coffee Roasters
Soft T-shirts (and soon hoodies) from one of the Valley’s best local roasters and coffee bars let you wear your local pride – and latte love – on your sleeve. Locations in Scottsdale and Tempe and at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
Suits, ties, pocket squares and more for the dapper fellow in your life, from the folks who outfit the head coach of the Phoenix Suns.
Soaked Body Bar
Handmade, cold-processed soaps infused with lavender, honey and oats, and – our favorite – coffee beans from Peixoto Coffee Roasters. Caffeination meets exfoliation in a slippery, aromatic little package. Orders of $50 or more get free shipping.
The Painted Cabeza
Jewelry, servingware and knickknacks, all hand-painted and designed with worldly flair, from Día de los Muertos keychains to Aboriginal-inspired ceramic sculptures.
Starting at $15.99
The charm locket brand that swept the nation started in Chandler. The line has since expanded to include watches, bracelets, earrings, plates and custom jewelry.
$6 and up
Scottsdale-based designer Nate Lundstrom’s line of luxury backpacks, pouches and weekender bags is an ode to his Swedish heritage – drömmare means “dreamer” in his ancestral tongue.
$170 and up
Hamra Fine Jewelry & Timepieces
Decorate your beloved’s wrists with diamond bangles, available in white, yellow and rose gold, with 3.83 carats of sparklers.
Only 250 pieces of this Ulysse Nardin Marine
Chronograph Manufacture Limited Edition Baltic timepiece were made, so you can rest easy knowing it won’t be under everyone else’s tree this year.
Price upon request.
Black, Starr & Frost
The diamond and sapphire cascade necklace features 75.85 carats of undulant oval sapphires and 51.24 carats of round, brilliant diamonds, all hand-set in gleaming platinum.
Price upon request.
Jewelry by Gauthier
Elegantly curvy 14 karat white gold earrings are inlaid with South Sea pearls and 1 carat total of diamonds.
Price upon request.
Simple and elegant floral arrangements for gifting or decorating for holiday parties.
$50 and up
Order local goods from the comfort of your home and they’ll be delivered to your door à la Amazon.
Give the gift of free travel with this gift card that can be applied toward air, train, car, cruise or hotel expenses.
Available in increments from $25-$2,000
A foodie’s dream, this gift card never expires, can be printed or redeemed from your smartphone, and can be used at any restaurant under the Devour Phoenix umbrella of independent eateries.
Available in $10, $25, $50 and $100
The Hippie Hobby
Natural, recycled and upcycled craft kits mailed to your door every other month. Buy your favorite crafter a year’s worth for under $200.
$23.95 per month
Local Restaurant Gift Cards
Upward Projects, Fox Restaurant Concepts and LGO
Hospitality all run holiday specials for their gift cards, so buy some to give now and squirrel some away for next year’s gifting – or pocket some and treat yourself!
A monthly membership gets you discounted treatments (including facials, massage and microdermabrasion for $59 each), 5 percent off skin and body care products, 10 percent off nail services, waxing and airbrush tanning, and exclusive access to other discounts throughout the year.
$59 per month
AZ Man Cave
This two-story treasure trove in Cave Creek is home to several decades’ worth of man-centric wares, from vintage pinup posters to antique wrenches. Historical gadget geeks revel in the Cave’s stock of vintage cameras, rotary phones, record players and more, including a show-stopping – and still functional – jukebox from the 1950s.
Vintage Kart Co.
Blast-from-the-past Mini Racer automobiles are fabricated in Mesa in the style of vintage race carts and operate at 30-35 miles per hour.
$10,000 and up
Pedego Electric Bikes
Buy or rent electric bikes for two-wheeled, eco-friendly exploration. Showroom in Scottsdale.
$2,295 and up
High-definition, portable audio systems, including speakers and accessories, hand-built in Tempe. Online only.
$889 and up
A golfer’s best friend: putter cover, ball cleaner, ball marker and divot repair tool in one. Invented by Valley pharma professional Jeff Low.
Irons Design Co.
Store videogame cartridges, from Sega to Xbox, in Irons Design Co.’s Gameply line of eco-friendly slabs of slotted bamboo.
Inquire for pricing.
Have some old vinyl you want to spin? Find a great collection of vintage electronics, from 8-track players to turntables, at these shops in Phoenix and Tempe.
Stock and prices vary.
Bears & More
One-stop shop in downtown Glendale for every plush and fuzzy friend a kid could want, from teddy bears to stuffed kangaroos.
$8 and up
Everything parents need to streamline mealtime, from bibs and burp cloths to reusable snack bags and dishware.
$4.95 and up
Onesies and more for fashion-forward tots at Phoenix’s best boutique.
Fabric scraps are transformed into sassy and sporty hair accessories, bracelets, lanyards and charms.
$5.99 and up
Box Play for Kids
You buy kids expensive toys, and they just end up playing with the boxes they came in. Cut out the crippling toy purchase and decorate household containers (cereal boxes, egg cartons, milk cartons, etc.) with these imagination-stoking stickers, printed on 100 percent recycled paper.
$3 and up
Assemble your own candy basket with nostalgic treats from Phoenix’s cutest ice cream and candy emporium.
10 cents and up
ART & HOME
Pink Puddle Studio
Artist Rachel Eskandari’s whimsical watercolors brighten any space. Display your Phoenix pride with prints from her neighborhood series, which immortalizes historical ‘hoods, or her quirky interpretations of succulents and cacti (including a fiercely cute handbag collaboration with Madalyn Nault Accessories).
$6 and up
Enhancing Your Habitat
Eclectic home furnishings, like this industrial wood T-back barstool (available in bar and counter height).
$698 for set of two
Stone Creek Furniture
Kitchen islands (plus desks, entertainment centers, countertops, cabinets and more) manufactured in Phoenix.
Inquire for pricing.
Jim Sudal Ceramic Design
The flora of the Southwest comes alive in Sudal’s botanical-inspired ceramic murals, relief tiles, hand-thrown pottery and custom pieces.
$29 and up
Two Trees Botanicals
Twee terrariums, pods and planters for succulents, from gilded toy dinosaurs to magnetized and hanging “air plants.”
$6 and up
Ornamental cow skulls for every occasion and aesthetic, from blinged-out bovine bones to sports team-themed craniums (a natural gift for the Longhorns fan in your life). Our favorites are the unabashedly Southwestern skulls, bedecked with silver crosses, copper cut-outs and lots of turquoise. Some skulls are real; others are made of resin.
Mini skulls start at $12; medium skulls start at $20
Home furnishings and décor for the Western enthusiast, from locally-made mesquite tables and lamps to studded leather chairs and peace gourds. Showroom in Cave Creek.
Inquire for pricing.
Gore Design Co.
Custom concrete pieces, from tables to sinks.
Inquire for pricing.
Tom Budzak Ceramics
Functional and decorative, Budzak’s hand-crafted ceramic pieces (vases, mugs and more) are influenced by traditional pottery but feel fresh, modern and organic.
$25 and up
FOOD & DRINK
Visit websites to find out about mail order and retail availability.
Mama Chelo’s Salsa
Mama’s version of our de facto state snack is always fresh and bright, from verdant tomatillo to tongue-pricking hot salsa. Delivery available, or by purchase at farmers’ markets Valleywide.
$7 and up
Madison’s Hot Sauce Six-Pack
Stock up on the spicy stuff with a half-dozen bottles of original hot sauce or the new M sauce, which has all the flavor but much less bite.
Lisa’s Rum Cake (pictured)
Cake matriarch Lisa Power, her husband Kelly and their trio of baking daughters craft the thickest, richest cakes in Gilbert using top-notch ingredients and Lisa’s family recipe for sweet Italian custard. Order from a long list of LRC favorites, dream up a custom creation, or sample several with individually packaged CUTS in a variety of flavors. The Powers’ daughter Megan has created her own spin on the family business with Blinged Baker, her line of sparkly cake stands, cookie cutters and other baking accoutrements to showcase the family’s works of confectionery art.
Heavenly Sweets AZ
Healthy, homemade treats (many vegan and gluten-free), from apple-oatmeal raisin cookies to chocolate peanut butter power bites.
$2.99 and up
Salted Serenity Sweets
Perfectly balanced caramels with fun infusions like
Bailey’s Irish Cream, salted ale and pretzel, and eggnog.
Family-owned, small-batch chocolate maker in Scottsdale churning out truffles, chocolate bars, homemade peanut butter cups, cacao nibs and more.
$2 and up
Whiskey Del Bac
From Tucson comes this much-admired line of single-malt whiskeys, including a rare mesquite-smoked “clear” whiskey, and two delicious oaked versions. A must-have for any locavore tippler.
Thumb Butte Distillery
The Prescott distiller’s “special edition” rye whiskey was oaked for three years in barrels that previously held rum. The result: a bourbon-like smoothness and sweetness that belies the high proof. It’s the Cadillac of Arizona whiskeys.
Silky AZ48 vodka is filtered six-fold and blended with pure artesian mineral water from Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona. The mouthfeel is lovely, and you get a nice loca-buzz with no loca-hangover.
Inquire for pricing.
Pick up a bottle of red – or white, but we’re partial to LDV’s signature R.E.D. – and become the most beloved guest at the next holiday party you attend.
SanTan Brewing Company
Head to your favorite local brewery to pick up a seasonal brew or six for a prost-worthy present. Our pick is SanTan’s legendary Sex Panther, a sultry double-chocolate porter. Growlers available at the Chandler brewery; cans available at Whole Foods and craft beer shops Valleywide.
$9.99 per six-pack; $20 per growler (including container)
AZ Queen Bee Honey
Honey for your honey – from jars of the sticky sweet stuff to candles, lotion bars, beeswax lip balm, raw honeycomb and more.
$4 and up
From the masterminds behind Noble Bread and Noble Eatery comes a line of premium flours and heritage whole grains.
Inquire for pricing.
Aprons by Chef Kevin Lebron
Unisex denim aprons with funky cotton patterned overlays for pockets and straps.
$45-$55 per apron.
Aprons can be found at BE Coffee Food and Stuff at Monorchid Gallery in Downtown Phoenix or cklebronaprons.etsy.com
Roastery of Cave Creek
Mail-order coffee subscriptions curated by roaster Dave Anderson will debut soon; until then, pick up a bag (or five) of freshly roasted organic South American and Ethiopian beans.
$12 and up
Tea with all the nuance, depth and fun frippery (latte art, natch) of coffee? We’re in. Visit them at DeSoto Central Market.
$15 and up
Urban Pioneer Tea
Herbal, fruity infusions and a few unblended teas, including “New City,”
a purple potion. Find them at Greater Than Coffee and Pomegranate Cafe.
$11 and up
Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook
by Rachael Bryant
More than 120 recipes that adhere to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, from cider-braised greens to sweet potato gratin.
The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology and How They Change Our Lives
by Stephen Buchmann
A thoughtful and engaging primer on flowers as well as a meditation on their symbolism and significance to humanity.
Footloose from Phoenix: Some Pretty Amazing Hikes
by Ted Tenny
Another great addition to the Arizona hiking guide canon, Tenny’s tome includes color photographs, maps, tips and more.
Tracking Your Inner Maverick: Career Transition for Trailblazers, Risk Takers and Rule-Breakers
by Fred Krakowiak
When midlife ennui hit Krakowiak, he changed course – not with a Porsche and a younger wife, but with a career 180 that took him from Wall Street financial planner to wildlife artist roaming the plains of Africa.
Feral Cities: Adventures with Animals in the Urban Jungle
by Tristan Donovan
Donovan examines the intersection of wildlife and city life, including his first chapter “Hot Tub Snakes: On the Trail of Rattlesnakes in Phoenix.”
The Ragtime of Modern Living
by Bill Campana
Bitingly funny and slyly insightful, Campana’s poems run the gamut from grocery store meanderings to a delightfully dirty list of “50 Random Deviant Words.”
Well Enough to Travel
by Jia Oak Baker
Oak Baker’s book of poetry is a rumination on travel, identity, expectations, love, loss and renewal.
Welcome Home: Poetry and Prose for Welcome Hospitality
edited by Four Chambers Press
The Valley’s literary authority and chicken and doughnuts authority collaborated on this project, a collection of short pieces inspired by the relationships and community fostered by Welcome Diner and Welcome Chicken + Donuts.
The Sparkle Bar
TSB’s glam squad will doll you up for holiday parties or just because, from a speedy “Blush Rush” to full-on makeup application.
$20 and up
Reset after holiday binges with the Kaleidoscope Cleanse, a juice program available in packages for one, two or three days. Locations Valleywide; home and office delivery available.
Starts at $58 per day
Peixoto Coffee Roasters
Join roaster Jeff Peters and barista Spencer Aidukaitis on the last Monday of each month for a tutorial on grinding and brewing coffee using pour-over methods at Peixoto in Chandler. The class includes a cupping (tasting) and three coffee samples to take home.
Pink Puddle Studio
Learn how to paint like the pros with Rachel Eskandari’s watercolor workshops in Phoenix.
$45 and up
Aromatherapy and spa workshops from Phoenix’s authority on vegan and all-natural beauty.
Cactus Flower Florists
Create your own stunning holiday centerpieces and wreaths in Cactus Flower’s seasonal classes, available at their Scottsdale, Chandler and Glendale locations.
$40 centerpiece class; $50 wreath class
Pistol Whipped Pastry
Get some sweet schooling on pastry techniques, from “Bundt Baking Basics” to “Pie Perfection” classes.
$95 and up
Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale
Scottsdale transforms into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory in this walking tour of the city’s chocolatiers and chocolate treat makers, which includes generous samples at each stop.
$45 per person
We Do Men
Stacey Grondahl’s man-centric Scottsdale spa has a rock ‘n’ roll vibe and a cadre of masculine treatments, including the “What a Prick” facial, which incorporates indigenous Southwestern ingredients like cacti.
Book early for Blue Wasabi’s Sushi School, a delicious spin on “summer school.” Each student is supplied with sushi-making materials and a makisu (sushi mat) to take home, and during the class will make and enjoy two sushi rolls and one order of nigiri.
$65 per person
Nobuo at Teeter House
“Omakase” means “I’ll leave it to you” in Japanese, and there’s nobody we’d rather leave the menu of a multi-course Japanese dinner to than local legend Nobuo Fukuda. A two-week advance reservation is required so that Fukuda can dream up a menu and procure his pristine ingredients. Pro tip: If he’s making the blackened duck, you’re in luck.
Starts at $150 per person; optional wine pairings start at $30 per person
Float Balloon Tours
Take a sunrise, sunset or private balloon ride, or book a hot air balloon photography workshop.
Starts at $200 per adult
The Yoga Hangout
This Glendale yoga studio offers fun and unorthodox classes for yogis of all levels, from Goddess Yoga to handstand workshops. Bonus: barre, hoop dance and boot camp classes.
Classes start at $10 for members and $15 for non-members; $49 for one month of unlimited yoga and barre classes
McDowell Mountain Music Festival
Presale tickets for the charity-minded music fest – the Valley’s premier spring concert event, in our opinion – are available now, in three-day, one-day and VIP passes.
PHOENIX magazine subscription
The gift that keeps on giving: local products, events and news delivered to your doorstep (or digital newsstand) every month. Renew and get two free gift subscriptions.
En route to a party and forgot a gift? Make a pit stop at one of these shops and you’ll have plenty of local goodies to peruse.
Botanica at the Farm at South Mountain
Unique gifts, garden accoutrements and patio décor like Kimbirds, little birdies made of recycled paper by artist Kimber Converse.
6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix
Shopping and gallery space with a 100 percent local-made inventory. Stock your kitchen with handmade items like Dan Basinski’s wooden utensil set and Clark Martinek’s forged iron twist cheese cutter.
5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Phoenix Public Market Café
Find artist Gennaro Garcia’s Hecho a Mano collection of hand-painted plates and bottles of Homeboy’s Hot Sauce amid the bustle of the restaurant.
14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
For the People
Modern global design and books with a strong skew toward local products, including midcentury-modern prints of iconic Phoenix buildings by Aaron Stouffer and greeting cards from Floating Specks.
UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace
Artsy knickknacks and an impressive selection of food and drink, from Arizona wine to Crow’s Dairy goat cheese.
1590 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix
Best selection of Arizona-made and -inspired jewelry and clothing, including their famed “AZ Love” line.
1437 N. First St., Phoenix
Retail collective featuring more than 50 Arizona artists and their handmade wares, from The Sacred Hand silver jewelry to Sunnybrooke’s “Northern AZ Spruce” candle.
1020 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Retail and community space featuring the work of more than 100 artists, many local. Scoop up delicate jewelry by Alex Ozers and recycled wool “stuffies” (little stuffed creatures) by Jennifer Syfu.
922 N. Fifth St, Phoenix
La Grande Orange Grocery
Comestible delights and fine local merch, including Taomina pasta sauce and poached pear and brandy-scented candles created by LGO and MAME Soy Candles.
4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix
Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry
Sharyn and Rebecca Seitz’s Arizona-only wares include spice mixes,
pasta, grains, dried fruit and nuts, beer, wine and, of course, their signature dates. Sip a date shake while you shop for Arizona gift baskets and boxes, including one dedicated to local sweets and one stocked with everything you need to make chili.
3039 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
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