Our holiday guide to the best local and Arizona gifts to give in 2021

Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re still shopping (or just starting out, non-judgmental) you can find the perfect gift for every Arizona on your list with the added benefit of supporting small businesses and local businesses. Plus, with local giveaways, you don’t have to worry about shipping costs and delays.

Here’s a guide to some of the best Arizona gifts you can give this holiday season, many of which can be picked up on the Phoenix subway:

For lovers of all that is local

Local First Arizona’s Shop Local First website features unique gifts from hundreds of Arizona vendors. They even have a gift guide that includes everything from pet photoshoots to Frances handcrafted ceramic ornaments, fun prints and practical art mugs, and unique treats and drinks from Untamed Confections.

Visit: https://shop.localfirstaz.com/

You can also find gifts from local manufacturers on Etsy by filtering by location. Sprinkled with Plants makes jewelry made from real wildflowers. Sunday Morning Shop features custom artwork and an Arizona-shaped embroidery hoop.

You can also find scented candles like prickly pear cider or monsoon from Arizona Craft Candle, cactus jewelry from Forget Me Not Co., hand-painted cactus glasses and mugs from UrbanPhx and Southwestern spice sets from Desert Provisions.

Visit: http://bit.ly/ArizonaEtsyGifts

Native Art Market is a native-owned marketplace that you can shop in person in Scottsdale and online for coffee, vases, artwork, jewelry, soaps, clothing and more created by artists and more. Native American artisans.

Visit: https://www.thenativeartmarket.com/s/shop

For the nature lover

Arizona-based Keep Nature Wild not only makes freebies for outdoor enthusiasts, like an Arizona Desert gift box, but also pledges to pick up a pound of trash for every product sold.

Visit: https://keepnaturewild.com/

For nostalgic Arizona

What does Arizona smell like? We don’t know, but Homesick Candle Co does, with candles that smell specifically of Arizona and Phoenix – perfect for anyone homesick for Grand Canyon State.

Visit: https://homesick.com/

For the book lover

Support your local bookstore and find great gifts made by local artisans at Changing Hands Bookstore, with branches in Tempe and Phoenix.

Visit: https://www.changinghands.com/

Location: 6428 S. McClintock Drive |  Contact: 480-730-0205 |  Gayle Shanks, Tom Brodersen and Bob Sommer opened the original Changing Hands Bookstore location in 1974 on Mill Avenue and Fifth Street in Tempe, specializing in hard to find books.  Shanks said one of his favorite things about owning the bookstore is seeing multiple generations of families walk in.

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For the sports fan

Do you know a longtime (or running) Cardinals fan? Treat them to gear in the Cardinals Team Store, online, or at Glendale. You can find everything from player jerseys and candles to freebies while watching the Cardinals take on the Colts at home on Christmas Eve.

Visit: https://shop.azcardinals.com/

The Huckberry website has gear and gifts from small outdoor brands, including a set of whiskey glasses with the Grand Canyon emerging from the bottom and a candle “Inspired by the feeling of standing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and watching night sky. “

Visit: https://Huckberry.com/

Gifts you can eat (or drink)

Help a foodie represent their favorite place. Local restaurants like Tacos Chiwas, coffee shops like Peixoto Coffee Roasters, and bars like Four Peaks sell merchandise.

The “Together We Rise” campaign began during restaurant closures caused by the coronavirus in 2021, but you can still support local restaurants and bars in the Phoenix Metro with stylish shirts designed by local artists and printed by the company from screenprint Hello Merch based in Phoenix.

Visit: https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/together-we-rise

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Shopping for a Valley beer lover? Arizona’s top two breweries (according to the 2020 RateBeer Best Awards) both have giveaways online.

Superstition Meadery has a tasting kit (which is on sale!) And they can ship anywhere in the United States.

Visit: https://superstitionmeadery.com/ and https://shop.azwbeer.com/

You can also shop at Cactus Candy Company for great gifts like prickly pear candy, and World Market for an assortment of Mini Arizona Gunslinger pepper sauces.

Visit: https://store.ameliocenterprises.com/ and https://worldmarket.com/

Do you know someone who loves dates? Sphinx Date Co. in Scottsdale has been selling locally grown dates in bulk or in gift baskets, with Medjools served plain, chocolate coated, or nut-filled for over 70 years.

Visit: https://www.sphinxdateranch.com/

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Gifts you can experience

The Immersive Van Gogh Experience’s stay in Phoenix has been extended – and it’s open on Christmas Day. If you want to buy tickets for a tour in advance, it’s open almost every day until February 6 (prices differ depending on the day and time).

Visit: https://www.vangoghphx.com/

Give a musical theater fan a taste of Broadway without even leaving the state. Tickets are on sale for shows at ASU in Gammage from now through August 2022.

Gammage 2022 calendar:

  • February: “The group’s visit”
  • March: “Tootsie”
  • April: “Hadestown”
  • June: “Come from afar”
  • July: “The Lion King”
  • August: “OKLAHOMA”

Visit: https://www.asugammage.com/tickets

Do you know someone who likes to go out? Reservations for Antelope Canyon tours are now open for the whole of 2022, with reduced rates if you book yours for January 2022.

Visit: https://www.antelopecanyon.com/

Of course, there are other tours you can do through Arizona. Spirit of Arizona Tours offers experiences with spirits, both supernatural and alcoholic. Local wineries and distilleries also offer their own tours or offer a sky tour with tickets for a hot air balloon flight.

Visit: https://spiritofarizonatours.com/ and https://www.rainbowryders.com/

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“Chihuly in the Desert” by acclaimed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly is a joint exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and Taliesin West in Scottsdale which will run through June 19.

Tickets are on sale now. Advance reservations are required at both sites, but the exhibit is included with regular admission to the Desert Botanical Garden.

Visit: https://www.chihuly.com/exhibitions/chihuly-desert

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