Gift Local: A Holiday Guide

Leah LeMoineNovember 2019
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Whether you’re searching for Christmas presents for a special sports fan or Hanukkah gifts for your favorite foodie, there’s a local token for everyone on your list.

Photography by Angelina Aragon, Eric Cox & Mirelle Inglefield

SPORTY SPICES

Tru Flask

$14.99
Keep tailgate tipples cold with this powder-coated, insulated cooler with a Tru Lock gasket to keep beverages secure. truflask.com

Sportiqe

$50-$60
The Tempe apparel company’s hoodies and sweatpants are durable enough for workouts but comfy enough for Netflix binges. sportiqe.com

State Forty Eight

$30-$32
The Chandler T-shirt outfitter partnered with retired Arizona Diamondbacks star Luis Gonzalez on these First Responders shirts and tanks to support Gonzo’s Hometown Heroes Fund. statefortyeight.com

Photos courtesy Sportiqe; State Forty Eight; Tru Flask
Photos courtesy Sportiqe; State Forty Eight; Tru Flask
Photos courtesy Arizona Coyotes
Photos courtesy Arizona Coyotes
EXPERIENCE !

For the hockey fan who has everything, give the gift of season tickets for Arizona Coyotes home games, which start as low as $17 per seat per game. Added benefits: access to exclusive events, discounts on additional tickets and access to purchase seats for the playoffs. nhl.com/coyotes/tickets

FOODIES

Mezcal Carreño

$120
Ivan Carreño and Abel Arriaga ship the Carreño familiaI’s artisanal mezcal from Oaxaca to Arizona – making it the only locally owned version of the smoky spirit. mezcalcarrenous.com

Hidden Track Bottle Shop

$25/month
Wine club membership includes two bottles a month, waived tasting fees and in-store discounts. hiddentrackbottleshop.com

Sibley’s West

$49.95
This bread warming tray is one of dozens of locally made kitchen goods at Chandler’s local-only shop. sibleyswest.com

New York Shuk x Hayden Flour Mills

$5.99+
The collaboration between the Brooklyn spice company and Tempe’s resurrected mill boasts three savory cracker flavors: harissa, hawaij and za’atar. haydenflourmills.com

Press Coffee Roasters’ Festivus

$16
It’s Festivus for the rest of us with this Seinfeld-inspired blend from the Valley’s most prolific roaster. presscoffee.com

Photos by Natalia Wrobel/courtesy Hayden Flour Mills; Mezcal Carreño; Sibley’s West; Press Coffee Roasters; Hidden Track Bottle Shop; Christina Barrueta
Photos by Natalia Wrobel/courtesy Hayden Flour Mills; Mezcal Carreño; Sibley’s West; Press Coffee Roasters; Hidden Track Bottle Shop; Christina Barrueta
Photos by Natalia Wrobel/courtesy Hayden Flour Mills; Mezcal Carreño; Sibley’s West; Press Coffee Roasters; Hidden Track Bottle Shop; Christina Barrueta
Arizona Wine: A History of Perseverance and Passion

$21.99
Local food writer Christina Barrueta digs deep in this account of the origins and evolution of Arizona’s vino industry. arcadiapublishing.com

EXPERIENCE!

Help amateur pit master pals up their game with Loot N’ Booty BBQ classes. Owner/barbecue guru Sterling Smith teaches intimate courses ($99-$500 per person) on ’cue topics ranging from backyard basics to competitive meat. lootnbootybbq.com

Photo courtesy Loot N Booty BBQ
Photo courtesy Loot N Booty BBQ
Photo by Eric Cox
Photo by Eric Cox
EXPERIENCE!

Michael and Lylah Ledner’s Scottsdale goat farm isn’t open to the public anymore, but you can treat friends and family to Dinner at the Farm (around $135 per person), a rustic yet elegant multicourse group dinner at a long, communal table among trees and twinkling lights. thesimplefarm.net

TECHIES

OBDLink

$49.95+
Get the gearhead in your life one of these car diagnostic tools, which all pair seamlessly with Android and iOS devices. obdlink.com

Rockford Fosgate

Prices Vary
Make a car – or motorcycle, ATV or boat – go boom with this Tempe company’s amps, speakers and subwoofers. rockfordfosgate.com

Loud Luggage Co.

$300-$1,250+
Vintage suitcases are transformed into rad boomboxes at this Phoenix shop. loudluggageco.com

Photos courtesy Loud Luggage Co.; Rockford Fosgate; OBDLink
Photos courtesy Loud Luggage Co.; Rockford Fosgate; OBDLink
Photo courtesy Adobe stock Images
Photo courtesy Adobe stock Images
EXPERIENCE !

HeatSync Labs offers science, tech and craft sessions at its downtown Mesa maker space. Buy your favorite mad scientist a membership ($25-$100/month) and he or she can learn how to control motion, light and sound at Arduino night (free). No experience needed. heatsynclabs.org

NESTERS

Jim Sudal Ceramic Design

$50-$280
Southwest design lovers will flip for these agave tiles and soap dish, handcrafted in Scottsdale. jimsudalceramicdesign.com

Lewis Interiors

Prices Vary
Midcentury modern devotees can get the look for less with these custom pieces. lewisinteriors.com

Tierra Del Lagarto

$375
This vintage suzani (tribal textile) from Uzbekistan is one of many global treasures you’ll find at the North Scottsdale shop/bazaar. tierradellagarto.com

Photos courtesy Lewis Interiors; Tierra Del Lagarto; Jim Sudal Ceramic Designs
Photos courtesy Lewis Interiors; Tierra Del Lagarto; Jim Sudal Ceramic Designs
Photo courtesy Woods & Whites
Photo courtesy Woods & Whites
EXPERIENCE !

Learn to make cards, dreamcatchers and macramé feathers in classes at Woods and Whites at Biltmore Fashion Park. Succulent Planting 101 ($25 per person) is a home-enhancing crowd-pleaser. woodsandwhites.us

ARTSY TYPES

Practical Art

$45
Hurry and get this limited-edition print, “Twice in the Desert” by Elizabeth Brice-Heames, before it’s gone.

$115
Magda Gluszek’s ceramic animal sculptures are perfect for whimsical decorators. practical-art.com

Photos courtesy Practical Art
Photos courtesy Practical Art
Photo courtesy Arizona Theatre Co.
Photo courtesy Arizona Theatre Co.
EXPERIENCE!

Why buy your loved ones tickets to just one play when you can buy them tickets for six? Arizona Theatre Company subscriptions come in packages of three, four, five or six performances and start as low as $160 per person per season ($25 per play). arizonatheatre.org

Cosanti

$32-$1,995
Treat the aesthete in your life to the late architect Paolo Soleri’s signature windbells, available in bronze and ceramic. cosanti.com

Craft Killer Co.

Inquire for Pricing
Anthony Garcia immortalizes pop culture and pop art with his candy-colored paper objets d’art. Instagram: @craftkillerco

Maryam P.Moeeni

Inquire for Pricing
Moeeni’s abstract mixed-media paintings – like “Poppy + Cotton” and “Dancing Tambourine” – are lush and enveloping. maryampmoeeni.com

Photos courtesy Maryam P. Poeeni; Angelina Aragon; Courtesy Craft Killer Co.
Photos courtesy Maryam P. Poeeni; Angelina Aragon; Courtesy Craft Killer Co.
Photo courtesy The Nash
Photo courtesy The Nash
EXPERIENCE !

Treat the hep cats in your circle to a gift certificate for a show (or two or three!) at The Nash, Downtown Phoenix’s jazziest jazz club. thenash.org

FASHIONISTAS/OS

ACONAV

$550
Fashion designer Loren Aragon draws from his Native American roots to create couture like this polychrome halter illusion Roma knit dress. aconav.com

Photo courtesy ACONAV
Photo courtesy ACONAV
Strong Beautiful Woman Gifts

$20
Makeup artist Stephanie Nault complements her main gig with a line of empowering T-shirts and totes. etsy.com/shop/stephanienaultmakeup

Luciam Designs

$48-$58
These delicate moonstone and 14-karat gold necklaces with pave details add a femme touch to any outfit. luciamdesigns.com

Manor

$40
Show your Valley pride with this Phoenix boutique’s vintage-style “Shoes on a Cactus” hat. manorphx.com

Schmattees

$18+
These cheeky, Jewish-inspired T-shirts and sweatshirts are fun gifts for Hanukkah or sassy statements all year long. shopschmattees.com

Photos courtesy @Manorphx; By Mirelle Inglefield (2); Schmattees
Photos courtesy @Manorphx; By Mirelle Inglefield (2); Schmattees
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
EXPERIENCE !

Give the gift of a glam squad with a makeover at The Sparkle Bar. Services include faux lashes ($20), Beauty 101 ($200), Teen Beauty 101 ($75) or packages (three in-studio applications, $150; six in-studio applications, $300). thesparklebar.com

EXPERIENCE !

Your dude may be dapper, but does he own a bespoke suit? Fill that hole in his closet with a custom-made suit (prices vary) at upscale menswear boutique The Clotherie. theclotherie.com

Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield

ANIMAL LOVERS

Animal Ink Co.

$20-$45
Melissa Carroll creates spot-on portraits of pets, from cats to cockatiels, in color or black and white. Instagram: @animalinkco

Hauspanther

$99.99
Functional and aesthetically pleasing cat furniture, like this clear lounge pod that mimics a sink, a feline lounging favorite. hauspanther.com

Oh My Dog Boutique

$16 & $28.99
Canine clothing and accessories for well-heeled heelers and schnauzers. ohmydogboutique.com

Photos courtesy Hauspanther; by Mirelle Inglefield (2); Animal Ink Co.
Photos courtesy Hauspanther; by Mirelle Inglefield (2); Animal Ink Co.
Photo courtesy Puff & Fluff Grooming & Pet Sitting
Photo courtesy Puff & Fluff Grooming & Pet Sitting
EXPERIENCE!

Pamper your pooch – or your friends’ fur babies – with grooming packages, treats and “pawdicures” (à la carte services start at $5 and “Pamperships” range from $90-$125 per month) at chichi Puff & Fluff Grooming & Pet Sitting. Locations from Arcadia to Goodyear. puffandfluffspa.com

KIDS

Cricket + Ruby

$62
Hipster chic baby onesies and pajamas for the stylish infant in your life. cricketandruby.com

Sibley’s West

$6.99+
Stock your niece or nephew’s bookshelf with Arizona-centric titles like Cactus Hotel and A Cowgirl and Her Horse. sibleyswest.com

KidStop

$39.99
You can buy a kid one gumball, or you can help them make their own tricked-out gumball machine with this DIY kit. kidstoptoys.com

Photos courtesy Scholastic; Sunbelt Publications; Cricket + Ruby; by Mirelle Inglefield
Photos courtesy Scholastic; Sunbelt Publications; Cricket + Ruby; by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Angelina Aragon
Photo by Angelina Aragon
EXPERIENCE!

Self-care starts early with Tiny Blessings Spa Party, a mobile spa for wee ones (party of five, $299). tinyblessingsparties.com.

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