Local Gift Guide

Leah LeMoineNovember 4, 2021
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With the Valley’s population boom and groundswell of makers, artisans and entrepreneurs, there’s never been a better time to shop locally. From cornhole boards and cocktail kits to body oils and books, there’s a gift for everyone on your list.

Adult Bevs

Price Check!
Prices were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Verify with each vendor.

Roxx Vodka

$26-$30
A bottle of this smooth craft vodka – distilled six times – makes an excellent host gift for your return to the holiday party circuit. roxxvodka.com

Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo courtesy Barcoa
Photo courtesy Barcoa

BARCOA

$75-$95
For agave spirit aficionados, a tasting box from this Phoenix “agaveria” is a win. Choose a box focused on mezcal or one that includes raicilla, sotol and bacanora. Custom boxes start at $50. barcoaphx.com

ODV Wines/TDOriginals

$60
Jumpstart a pal’s bar cart with the Shaken or Stirred Cocktail Starter Kit, an assortment of spirits, cocktail garnish, snack and stack of cocktail recipes. odvwines.com

Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Paul Moore/courtesy Tarbell’s
Photo by Paul Moore/courtesy Tarbell’s

Tarbell’s The Wine Store

$199.99/year
Stumped on what to get the wine and spirits lover who has everything? An annual membership to The Wine Store’s TWS Club gives them 20 percent off all premium liquor and 25 percent off all wine – including these special and collector bottles – for a year. tarbellswinestore.com

EXPERIENCE!

AZ Wine Wagon

$109+
Give the gift of a wine getaway without breaking the bank. This luxury shuttle ferries guests from Scottsdale to the Verde Valley for tastings at a few popular wineries. Ticket price does not include tastings. azwinewagon.com

Photo courtesy Az Wine Wagon
Photo courtesy Az Wine Wagon

Food & Drink

Peixoto Coffee

$56.85-$227.40
Bless the coffee lover in your life with a monthly supply of freshly roasted coffee (whole beans or ground) from this Chandler institution. Subscriptions are available in three-, six- or 12-month blocks.
peixotocoffee.com

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Photo courtesy Peixoto Coffee
Photo courtesy Shrubwell
Photo courtesy Shrubwell

Shrubwell

$35
Chris and Courtney Marks craft beautifully flavored, non-alcoholic mixers that are equally good in cocktails and mocktails. This mix-and-match pack includes three vegan, gluten-free mixers, a bar measurer
and a recipe card. shrubwell.com

Tangled Root Botanicals

$15+ Each
Merihelen Nunez creates herbal magic in her Glendale tea shop and apothecary. Her signature tea blends are tasty as well as healthy. tangledrootbotanicals.com

Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield

Paisley River

$50-$75
These stunning Canadian maple and eco-friendly epoxy charcuterie boards would look just as good hanging on a wall as they do serving a cornucopia of meats, cheeses, fruits and nuts. paisleyriver.com

Photo courtesy Abrams Books
Photo courtesy Abrams Books

Peace, Love, and Pasta

$35
Food Network star turned local chef Scott Conant (The Americano, Mora Italian) has released his most personal cookbook yet, which he wrote during quarantine with his family. scottconant.com/books

Photo courtesy Page Street Publishing
Photo courtesy Page Street Publishing

The Low-Calorie Cookbook

$21.99
Your health-nut friend will relish these recipes by Skinny Fitalicious founder and weight-loss coach Megan Olson. skinnyfitalicious.com/low-calorie-cookbook

Photo courtesy Rockridge Press
Photo courtesy Rockridge Press

The Complete Barbecue Cookbook

$17.99
Award-winning pit master and U.S. Navy veteran Sterling Smith spills his tasty trade secrets in this meat-centric tome. lootnbootybbq.com

Fashion & Jewelry

Kearns Leather

$29
Chandler leather smith Aimee Kearns makes notebook covers, money clips, patches and keychains from U.S. leather. This minimalist wallet holds a few cards and cash. kearnsleather.com

Photo courtesy Kearns Leather
Photo courtesy Kearns Leather
Photo courtesy LaShaE House of Style
Photo courtesy LaShaE House of Style

LAShaE House of Style

$45
Fun, sexy and flattering are the operative words for this Gilbert line, which specializes in rompers, jumpsuits, tops and dresses like this Above Average Shirt/Dress with hidden drawstring. shoplhs.com

West Major

$140
Phoenician Nick Wetta designs classic Western shirts with double chest pockets and marble snaps.
Find them at Phoenix menswear mercantile Cave + Post Trading Co. caveandpost.com

Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield

EXPERIENCE!

Lauren Peachie

$450
The self-styled “brand photographer for dope women” provides headshot consultations, style guides and an hourlong photography session that yields at least 10 photos. Great for friends and family who need professional pics but don’t want a stuffy corporate look. laurenpeachie.com

Photo by Lauren Peachie/courtesy Madison Rutherford
Photo by Lauren Peachie/courtesy Madison Rutherford

Desert Dust Jewelry

$65-$100+
Silversmith Allison Dendulk crafts jewelry inspired by the Southwest, like these sterling silver and turquoise necklaces and ring. desertdustjewelry.com

Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo courtesy Restless Brand
Photo courtesy Restless Brand

Restless Brand

$49
This playful streetwear label is the brainchild of Tempe multi-hyphenate Jeffrey Smallwood. This cotton/polyester hoodie has a sueded jersey-lined hood for extra comfort. restless-brand.myshopify.com

Redhead Sadie Vintage

Prices Vary
Give your favorite retro maven the gift of vintage from this shop’s titular redhead, Jenny Kuller. Her stock regularly changes, but you can expect to find treasures like this 1950s taffeta party dress ($129) and rhinestone butterfly brooch ($89). facebook.com/redheadsadievintage

Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield

EXPERIENCE!

Silver and Cedar 

$100+
“Timeless” takes on a whole new meaning with a tintype portrait from this Sunnyslope studio and storefront. Images are shot on sheets of metal in the style of 1800s photography – but you get a digital copy, too. silverandcedarphx.com 

Photo courtesy Silver and Cedar
Photo courtesy Silver and Cedar

Art & Home

Twig & Lace

$18
The perfect gift for recent Midwest and East Coast transplants: hand-stamped aluminum ornaments that boast of Arizona’s glorious winters. twigandlace.com

Photo courtesy Twig & Lace
Photo courtesy Twig & Lace
Photo courtesy Practical Art
Photo courtesy Practical Art

Janel Garza

$50-$75
Two archival prints from painter Garza’s Passage show at Practical Art will be available this holiday season – but they’re limited-edition, so snap them up soon. practical-art.com

Elizabeth Brice Heames

$95-$295
A hand-painted terracotta Penumbra planter is the ideal vessel for the new “plant parents” in your life. practical-art.com

Photo courtesy Practical Art
Photo courtesy Practical Art
Photo courtesy Two Dollar Radio
Photo courtesy Two Dollar Radio

808s & Otherworlds

$15.99
The beautiful cover of this collection by Sean Avery Medlin will look great on your poetry-loving pal’s bookshelf or coffee table – but they’ll also love the content, which centers on black identity, hip-hop, gender, comics, racism and culture. twodollarradio.com

Becoming a Designer of Distinction

$24.95
Interior designer and U.S. Army veteran Tabitha Evans guides aspiring designers with this helpful handbook of “what interior design school won’t teach you.” tabithaevans.com/shop

Photo courtesy BMC Talks Press
Photo courtesy BMC Talks Press

EXPERIENCE!

Sunshine Craft Co.

$45-$75
Increase your crafty relative’s skill set with a workshop at this cheery Phoenix studio. Monthly offerings range from printmaking and paint-pouring to weaving and macramé. Attendees also receive 10 percent off craft kits to keep the fun going at home.
sunshinecraftco.com

Photo by Lauren Peachie/courtesy Sunshine Craft Co
Photo by Lauren Peachie/courtesy Sunshine Craft Co
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield

Beverly Burch

$250 Each
Beverly Burch sources vintage fabrics for her handmade pillows in antiques havens like Round Top, Texas. Find her wares at Cave + Post Trading Co. caveandpost.com

Gilded Sun Studio 

$20
Multimedia Phoenix artist Alesia Allen hand-built and hand-painted this ceramic dish, which can be used for jewelry, soap, snacks or even wall art. gildedsunstudio.etsy.com

Photo courtesy Gilded Sun Studio
Photo courtesy Gilded Sun Studio

Sports & Outdoors

The Hike Book: Weekend Warrior Edition

$19.95
Fans of The Hike Book will want the sequel, which features 100 all-new hikes, eight Arizona day trips and recommendations for lodging and dining. phoenixmag.com/shop

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Photo courtesy PHOENIX magazine
Photo courtesy Arcadia Publishing
Photo courtesy Arcadia Publishing

Abandoned Arizona: Mining and Memories

$23.99
Immerse your recipient in Arizona’s geological and agricultural history with this photo-driven traipse through times long gone. through-time.com

Phoenix Suns Team Shop

$34.99
This super-soft T-shirt is a “support local” twofer – the Valley Pixel tri-blend tee is from Tempe company Sportiqe. shop.suns.com

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Photo courtesy Phoenix Suns
Photo courtesy AZ Board Source
Photo courtesy AZ Board Source

AZ Board Source

$285
Help your friends take their yard games to the next level with hand-painted, regulation-size cornhole boards from this Mesa company. azboardsource.com

Uptown Hippie

$30
A 100 percent cotton twill Arizona Dad Hat is a great gift for any Grand Canyon State enthusiast on your list, regardless of their parental status. theuptownhippie.com

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Photo courtesy Uptown Hippie

Self-Care

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Photo courtesy Duck & Rose

Duck & Rose

$89-$119
This “consciously crafted” line of serums, body oils, salves, soaps and tinctures was named in honor of the founding family’s patriarch and matriarch. The CBD-infused products are ultra-hydrating. duckandrose.com

EXPERIENCE!

Vibrant Skin Bar

Price Varies
Load up a gift card with the amount of your choice and your friend can apply it toward the treatment or service of their choice at this boutique med spa in Arcadia. vibrantskinbar.com

Photo courtesy Vibrant Skin Bar
Photo courtesy Vibrant Skin Bar

Form Floral

$65+
Fresh flowers are lovely, but dried make for a more lasting gift. The Agatha bouquet from this South Phoenix floral studio can be scaled up or down and comes with a handwritten love note. formfloral.com

Photo by Breayln Nenes/courtesy Form Floral
Photo by Breayln Nenes/courtesy Form Floral
Photo courtesy Stardust & Sage Spiritual Shop
Photo courtesy Stardust & Sage Spiritual Shop

Stardust & Sage Spiritual Shop & Botanica

$13.33 Each
Have a friend who needs to chill? Sodalite obelisk towers are believed to have calming effects that clear the path for heart connections and inner peace. stardustandsage.com

EXPERIENCE!

Candle Chemistry

$23+
Not sure which aromas your recipient loves – or hates? Take yourself out of the selection process and let them pour a DIY candle at this Scottsdale shop. candlechemistry.com

Photo courtesy Candle Chemistry
Photo courtesy Candle Chemistry

Sage & Salt

$60
Bad vibes begone with this Mercury Retrograde Rx Mist. It’s the perfect present for the COVID era, when every day feels like Mercury retrograde. sageandsalt.com

Photo courtesy Sage & Salt
Photo courtesy Sage & Salt
Photo courtesy Sunday Goods
Photo courtesy Sunday Goods

Sunday Goods

$44
Now that it’s legal, perhaps you might know someone who would benefit from some herbal relaxation? These pre-rolls are packed with “premium flower.” The tin is cute, too. sundaygoods.com

EXPERIENCE!

Sisley-Paris Spa

$380
Treat someone special to a little pampering at the Valley’s hottest new spa, a French import at the Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort. The Black Rose Facial is 90 minutes of rose-scented bliss. scottsdaleprincess.com/spa/sisley

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Pets

Aure

$28.99-$149
Immortalize a beloved pet with a custom pillow from this Surprise home goods shop. A portion of proceeds benefits Arizona Humane Society. aure.co

Photo courtesy Aure Spaces
Photo courtesy Aure Spaces
Photo courtesy Hauspanther
Photo courtesy Hauspanther

Hauspanther

$99.99
Give your friend’s kitties something satisfying to scratch. This MaxScratch sisal claw column has a sturdy base and a perch for climbers. hauspanther.com

Madalyn Nault Accessories

$35-$100
Dog mama Madalyn Nault hand-cuts and stitches custom pet portraits onto her vinyl wallets, clutches and purses. madalynnaultaccessories.com

Photo courtesy Madalyn Nault Accessories
Photo courtesy Madalyn Nault Accessories
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Photo courtesy Iris USA

Iris USA

$37.99
Litter boxes don’t have to be blah. This chic ivory number, edged with pinky tan, looks more like a Swedish storage solution than a feline restroom. irisusainc.com

Pet Nation

$17
For the bookish animal lover, Mark L. Cushing’s examination of the economic, political, social and legal forces behind the pets-as-family revolution is a captivating read. penguin.com/publishers/avery

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Kids

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Photo courtesy Sockabu

Sockabu

$12.50+
Prevent infant and toddler slips and falls with these socks, which have a toe flap that can flip open or closed for natural traction on the floor. Perfect for learning to walk. sockabu.com

Zoolikins

$16.50
Start ’em young on the avocado toast and guacamole train with this plush fruit toy. Its squishy, suede-like stone and wriggly legs are tactile treats. zoolikins.com

Photo courtesy Zoolikins
Photo courtesy Zoolikins

EXPERIENCE!

The Magical Christmas Journey

Prices Vary
Send little ones on a trip to the North Pole with this Christmas extravaganza from the Verde Canyon Railroad. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves are on hand to keep the train ride fun and festive. Departs from Clarkdale. verdecanyonrr.com/events/christmas-train

Photo courtesy Verde Canyon Railroad
Photo courtesy Verde Canyon Railroad
Photo courtesy Collectively Cameron Art
Photo courtesy Collectively Cameron Art

Collectively Cameron Art

$50+
Tempe artist Cameron Meyer writes hand-calligraphed letters from Santa Claus to the child of your choice. She includes personal details only St. Nick would know and seals the letters with wax and a North Pole stamp. collectivelycameron.com/santa-letters

Baby Teith 

$25
Outfit your favorite pint-size rocker with T-shirts inspired by New Wave, punk and glam-rock icons, like this Ziggy Stardust number. babyteith.com

Photo courtesy Baby Teith
Photo courtesy Baby Teith

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