2021 Holiday Give Guide
This holiday season, look locally to find the perfect presents for your loved ones…and maybe something for your own wish list as well!
We’ve made shopping a breeze with gift guides for any budget:
Prized by collectors for 25 years, Memory Blocks by Sid Dickens add a distinctive touch to any decor. The company’s 2021 offering, “Jolly,” depicts a vintage-style Santa with a bagful of toys. 6″W by 9″H. $117 (feathersdesign.com)
Find Something For Everyone…
Stuff a stocking with what may be the world’s smallest harmonica. These miniature Hohner instruments are equipped with eight reeds, tuned to the key of C and will play a whole octave even though they are only about 1.5″ long. Suitable for age 6 years and older. $5 (themimstore.org)
Made in Arizona from rescued bottles from community businesses, the Cactus Bloom Glassware gift set includes four 16-ounce glasses etched with saguaro, claret cup, prickly pear and cholla drawn by Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award-winning artist Dyana Hesson. $55 (refreshglass.com)
Feel negativity melt away with this relaxing bath soak—a mix of organic essential oils, including frankincense, ylang ylang and rose, plus crystal quartz-charged sea salt, epsom salt, bio-dynamic honey and organic jojoba. Pour in the bath, or use as a body scrub. $8 (localnomadshop.com)
Celebrate the holidays Southwest-style with the new hand-glazed blooming aloe wreath designed by Phoenix Home & Garden Master of the Southwest award-winning ceramist Jim Sudal. Can be displayed inside or out; includes pre-installed picture wire for hanging. 17” in diameter. $425. (jimsudalceramicdesign.com)
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. Pre-curated boxes $75-$95; custom boxes from $50. (barcoaphx.com)
Heirloom Scarf Clutches by Hampton Road are hand-cut, one-of-a kind purses made from authenticated vintage designer scarves. They come with a giftable keepsake box containing a handwritten “legacy card.” Pictured: vintage Gucci scarf clutch. $365 (thelinentree.com)
Cruise around town and soak up the crisp seasonal weather on a PHAT Scooter. Locally produced, these customizable electric vehicles reach 20 miles per hour and can travel up to 40 miles between charges. $3,995 (phatscooters.com)
A collaboration between the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Arizona artist and designer Blaise Danio of Buhlaixe, the 100% poly crepe “Jewelry Shop Window” scarf was inspired by the landscape and tone of the Scottsdale desert upon which Taliesin West was built. 25″ square. $65 (franklloydwright.org)
The Alfonso Marina Taraceada Box with Rabbits is a fine, handcrafted decorative box with hand-etched bone and ebony inlay, perfectly suited for a cocktail table or as a statement piece in a library or home office. 4.75″H by 14.75″W by 14.75″D $5,775 (shopthecollectorshouse.biz)
Where To Shop Local
From one-of-a-kind pieces by Arizona makers to eclectic home goods and fashion-forward finds, here is a curated list of shops with some of the most unique gifts in the Valley.
Babyish “Babyish” isn’t a pejorative at this Midtown spot. In addition to the usual clothing options for infants and toddlers, this boutique boasts an assortment of stylish headwraps, turbans, jewelry and even kid-friendly face masks for the preschool set. 4532 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, shopbabyish.com.
Barnone Looking to create a shared space for maker-driven businesses, Gilbert visionary/entrepreneur Joe Johnston upcycled a 1950s grain storage building located on his ancestral family farm at Agritopia, the agrarian housing development he launched in the 2000s. Currently, 12 makers share the space, from woodworkers to machinists. 3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, barnoneaz.com.
Bunky Boutique Rachel Malloy’s beloved downtown Phoenix boutique—which introduced a novel bicycle delivery service during the pandemic—consistently wins Best of the Valley nods from PHOENIX magazine’s editors and readers. Malloy’s mix of apparel, accessories, home goods and gifts is intoxicating. Most iconic is her AZ Love line, with an outline of The Grand Canyon State with a heart marking Phoenix’s location. 1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, bunkyboutique.com.
Butter & Fig This bath and body studio is tucked inside the Barrel + Bloom boutique in downtown Mesa. Pop in to stock up on desert-inspired body butters (aloe water and clover, desert fig and walnut, prickly pear and poppy), natural perfume oils and lip butters. Great seasonal gift sets, too. 40 N. MacDonald, Mesa, butterandfig.com.
Cosas Located in The Churchill in downtown Phoenix, this bright, colorful boutique boasts hand-picked jewelry, accessories and trinkets, all crafted by Mexican artisans and responsibly sourced by owner Julie Oberholtzer. Proceeds help support social service initiatives in Mexico, including Citac Special Needs School in Tapalpa; MexiArte, a mission supporting women prisoners in Jalisco; and Comedor de Guadalajara, a soup kitchen serving weekly meals in San Juan de Ocotan. 901 N. First St., Ste. 100, Phoenix, cosasphoenix.com.
Desert Crafted Pottery, jewelry and home goods by local artisans share shelf space with skincare products using locally sourced ingredients and coffee sourced from Old Bisbee Roasters. “My mission statement when I created this shop was to represent the desert and the desert lifestyle,” notes owner Lara Plecas. “I love that there’s such a huge maker community here. It’s what gives a city character.” 2809 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, desertcrafted.com.
For the People This Uptown furniture/decor/stationery triple threat is quite possibly the only spot in town where keen-eyed aesthetes might find Italian-designed dinosaur-shaped desk lamps alongside locally crafted pop art prints and Bauhaus-inspired jewelry. That’s all by design for shop owners Shawn Silberblatt and Chad Campbell. 5102 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, forthepeoplestore.com.
Designed by Jason Catlin, the sterling silver Landsape Cuff showcases the beauty of Arizona and the innovative vision of architect Paolo Soleri. Available in three sizes, starting at $400. (cosanti.com)
Local Treasures They’ll Love…
Soaking savants can get a kiss of refreshing peppermint rush when dropping the Hey! Hollywood! mistletoe bath bomb into the tub. Glittery green unfurls into a show of pink swirls. Available at Lush Scottsdale Fashion Square. $9 (lushusa.com)
The Wonderland Tea at Drink Me! Tea Room would make the Mad Hatter proud. Enjoy savory bites, scones and sweets with a pot of tea. Or make it tipsy with Special-Tea cocktails. From $50 (drinkmetearoom.com)
Butterfly Hoop Earrings by jewelery designer Diana Ferguson are handcrafted using glass cylinder beads, monofilament thread, neoprene and sterling silver ear wires. $188 (dianafergusonjewelrystudio.net)
The unique terroire of Carlson Creek Vineyard in Cochise County allows the winery to create Rhone-style varietals with South American flair. New this year: the 2018 Rule of Three ($33) and 2019 cabernet sauvignon ($45). (carlsoncreek.com)
Made with stunning genuine chantoyant malachite and azurite and encrusted with turquoise and Brazilian peridot and blue topaz—all from Arizona mines—this handcrafted sterling silver pendant is a terrestrial treasure. Approximately 2.75″L by 1.4″W. $1,250 (rareearthgallerycc.com)
No one can resist macarons—especially when made with all local and sustainable ingredients. Růže Cake House hand-fashions each sweet creation and can custom design sweets to your specifications. $2.75 per cookie. (ruzecakehouse.com)
Locally designed and created by Oliver Smith Jeweler, the 18-karat yellow gold Loop bracelet is set with 86 diamonds and is adjustable up to five different sizes, making it perfect for stacking. $5,950 (oliversmithjeweler.com)
Handmade prickly pear campanelle pasta ($9) is made with Arizona-grown and milled flour and juice of the cactus fruit. Pair with a bottle of 2020 Shinola ($28), a blend of sangiovese, montepulciano, dolcetto and barbera. Both are locally made by Merkin Vineyards in Cottonwood and Willcox, Ariz., respectively. (caduceus.org)
ANNA New York holiday ornaments are adorned with the words “Hope” or “Joy” and have a glistening teardrop of gold or silver and crystal encompassed by blown glass. Approximately 4″ in diameter. $65 each (maindishaz.com)
Fans of Marcellino Ristorante can enjoy their homemade Italian fare at home with a variety of gift boxes, which include pasta sauces, biscotti, imported olive oil and balsamic vinegar, items from the chef’s garden and more. Baskets are customizable for every budget. Pictured: $200. (marcellinoristorante.com)
Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award-winning ceramist Nick Bernard creates visually stunning vessels such as these tall bowls, which can be found at his Scottsdale studio, open year-round by appointment. 9″H by 6″W. $375 (nbernard.com)
Made by local ceramist Christiane Barbato, these pasta bowls in terra cotta with royal blue brush strokes evoke the sparkling blue waters of Provence. Dishwasher- and microwave-safe, they also make beautiful vessels for rice, risotto, soup or stew. 10″ in diameter. Set of four, $200 (bluedoorceramics.com)
Where To Shop Local
Frances Consistently voted one of Phoenix’s best boutiques in the Valley by PHOENIX magazine readers (it takes turns winning with Bunky Boutique), Jade Noble’s Frances stocks the cutest accessories, clothing and home decor, with a heavy slant toward local artists and craftspeople. Frances’ award-winning annual craft fair Crafeteria has showcased hundreds of Arizona makers. 10 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, francesvintage.com.
Frank Lloyd Wright Store at Taliesin West Don’t call it a gift shop. Taliesin West’s on-site store is closer to a high-end home design boutique or an art gallery than a purveyor of schlocky tchotchkes. Where else can you find a lounge chair incorporating Wright’s iconic geometry, a hand-knotted rug depicting a desert landscape and ceramic planters inspired by the seasons? 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, franklloydwright.org/shop.
Gather The cornerstone of the store is goods for the home and self. Wellness products, accessories and art handcrafted by about 50 artisans from across the state make up more than 80% of the product line. “This is all about the local artists,” owner Lauren Hillery says. “We don’t exist without them. We exist for them. And giving them a space to shine and be inspired by the desert is a beautiful thing.” 901 N. First St., Phoenix, gatherphx.com.
Hawk Salvage We’ve been waiting for a shop like this one owned by Phoenix firefighter Greg Hawk—a place where we can find vintage medical equipment, antique curio cabinets and all kinds of other things we never knew we needed, like chalk figures and old maps. Hours vary and so does the selection, which means frequent trips are advised. 1109 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, hawksalvage.com.
Kidstop Toys & Books From plush toys and picture books for infants and toddlers to science kits and card games for big kids and grown-ups, there is no “fun” stone unturned here. 6990 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, kidstoptoys.com.
Local Nomad “We’re a gifting shop, so we carry all kinds of home goods,” notes owner Lauren Danuser of the travel-inspired boutique. Local contributions include jewelry and ceramics by Tucson’s Sigfus Designs and Ursula Basinger, respectively; cards and art prints by Wicker Goddess of Tempe; and skin care lines by Crane & Carbon and M+A Naturals, both of Phoenix. Arizona-made artworks, women’s and kids’ apparel, candles and organic teas and snacks are also customer favorites. 100 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 168, Phoenix, localnomadshop.com.
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% off all premium liquor and 25% off all wine for one year. $200 (tarbellswinestore.com)
Special Selections for All Your Loved Ones…
Celebrate the Christmas season with the Holy Family. This 4-piece miniature Nativity set crafted in lustrous Nambé alloy and rich acacia wood keeps the true meaning of the season at the forefront of your holiday decor. Crèche: 6.5″H; Joseph: 5.5″H; Mary: 4″H; Baby Jesus: 2″W x 1.5″H. $79 (nambe.com)
With notes of saffron, rose and oud—one of the most expensive raw fragrance ingredients in the world—the “Curation” scent diffuser by interior designer Kristine Vowles permeates any space with a sense of opulence and comfort. $75 (theluxurylook.com)
Support local artists while building your own art collection with Practical Art’s new VIP Art Club subscription ($50 per month). Members will receive exclusive pieces, along with invites to private events. Pictured: “Desert Studies I” archival print by Shachi Kale, 12″L by 12″W. $45 (practical-art.com)
Made by hand in Arizona, fully lined bags in whimsical prints are a sporty catchall to show your esprit de Southwest. Small: 4″H by 6″W by 2″D $15; Medium: 5″H by 8″W by 3″D $22; Large: 8″6.5″H by 8″W by 4″D. $25 (suzyscrunchies.com)
Created by third-generation Tucson jeweler Sam Patania, based on a piece designed in the 1960s by his father, Frank Patania Jr., the solid sterling silver Star Pendant is set with a concave-cut round amethyst stone and suspended from an 18″ solid sterling box chain. Available in six different gem colors. 1″ in diameter. $269 (spatania.com)
Give the gift of local grapes with LDV Winery’s new vintages: the 2015 Sky Island Grenache,with aromas of rich fruit and spice, $30; 2015 petite sirah, with hints of blackberry and smokey cassis, $40; and exclusive 2015 “The Signature” petite sirah, $48 (ldvwinery.com)
Featuring silky smooth chess pieces in your choice of four colors, this minimalist chess set handmade by Matthew Szechenyi was inspired by mammatus cloud formations. Board measures 13″ square and includes a drawstring bag for easy carrying. $275 (forthepeoplestore.com)
Where To Shop Local
MADE Art Boutique One of Roosevelt Row’s most iconic and oldest shops (established in 2005) showcases an ever-changing lineup of entirely locally made goods. Stock up on ceramics, candles, cutting boards and coasters. MADE also maintains an impressive inventory of art for every budget, from $6 copper-enamel flowers to watercolor paintings and embroidery art (by owner Cindy Dach). 922 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, madephx.com.
Mae & Marie Moms and kids alike will delight in foraging for unique, cheeky and downright fashion-forward couture, shoes, jewelry and gifts in this Arcadia boutique. Owner Taucha Silk has a keen eye for style and spotting some of the best and brightest up-and-coming designer labels across the country. 3170 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, maeandmarieshop.com.
Nomada This concept from the folks behind Nonna Urban Eatery boasts a curated selection of goodies—cheese, charcuterie, oils, vinegars, fresh pasta, baking products and teas—as well as a coffee bar. Lesser-known beers and wines are offered at approachable prices. 3410 N. 24th St., Phoenix, nomadaphx.com.
Now or Never Roosevelt Row recently welcomed this one-of-a-kind boutique. Customers can find popular designers such as COMME des GARÇONS, MM6 Maison Margiela, KARA and Rachel Comey. It also has a shop-in-shop partnership with iconic Italian furniture brand Kartell. 1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, nowornever.shop.
Olivespa at Queen Creek Olive Mill Having ridden the humble olive to local culinary fame, Queen Creek Olive Mill co-owner Brenda Rea struck on the idea of capitalizing on the fruit’s moisturizing and anti-aging benefits. Her olive oil skin care products became so popular she launched the olivespa line, which has grown to include baby oil, soap, lotion, face wash, toner, lip balm and more. Gift bags and self-care packages are great values. 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek, queencreekolivemill.com/collections/olivespa-shop.
Phoenix General Phoenix General aims to be “the new general store” for chic Phoenicians who want to stock their homes with locally produced “Desert Modern” housewares, clothing, jewelry, gifts and more. Our favorites: creosote bundles, scorpion rings and Baggu bags. Two Phoenix locations, phxgeneral.com.
Practical Art Photographer Lisa Olson has created a shopping and gallery space with a 100% locally made inventory, including curios such as Aaron Voigt’s robot banks. Stock your kitchen with handmade items like Dan Basinski’s wooden utensil set and Clark Martinek’s forged iron twist cheese cutter, or adorn your body with handcrafted wooden jewelry like saguaro earrings and Arizona silhouette necklaces. 5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, practical-art.com.
Pueblo If house plant collecting is the newest basic hobby, sign us up and call us all the names you want. We’re hooked—and we’re spending far too much time loitering in Pueblo, looking for our latest fix in the form of an air plant or even something we have to stick in dirt. 1025 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, pueblo.life/phoenix.
Designed with modern architectural spaces in mind, the “Cloudscapes” print collection by fine art photographer and Arizona native Jeff Zaruba endeavors to bridge the gap between the physical and metaphysical worlds. A percentage of all proceeds is donated to Clean Air Task Force. Pictured: Cloudscape #31, 13.3″L by 20″W; 20″L by 30″W; 40″W by 60″W; or 48″L by 72″W. From $850 (jeffzaruba.com)
The Gifts Their Hearts Desire…
More than just a wallet, the full-grain leather Pocket Caddy by Ezra Arthur has compartments for cash and credit cards, plus two pouch pockets for essential small accessories. 4.25″H by 3.25″W. $60 (ezraarthur.com)
Founded by a local female entrepreneur, Roxx Vodka is distilled six times using premium high-quality grains. Available at AJ’s Fine Foods, Cellars Fine Wine & Spirits and The Liquor Vault. $26-$30 (roxxvodka.com)
Packed with local, hand-crafted pantry favorites, the Hot Stuff Gift Box is perfect for spicy food fiends. It includes Sting ‘N’ Linger XXX Salsa and Ghost Pepper spice seasoning; Arizona Spice Co. Green Ghost Dip Mix and Black Scorpion Hot Drops; and Sphinx Date Co. Hot Date Sauce. $45 (sphinxdateranch.com)
A stylish tissue box is nothing to sneeze at. Lovers of all things midcentury modern will appreciate the traditional wedge house style of this playful box cover. 4.5″H by 11.75”W by 6.25″D. $75 (stores.scottsdalearts.org)
The creation of Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest artist Robert Rivera, each hand-painted gourd ornament is signed by the artist. Approx. 3″ in diameter. $125 each. (buffalocollection.com)
This secluded Sonoran Desert oasis is so-named for its mineral hot springs, which date back 13,000 years—perfect for a weekend wellness getaway. $1,500 per night includes farm-to-table meals and activities. (castlehotsprings.com)
Distilled from gluten-free corn, Blue Clover Distillery’s artisanal, locally crafted bitters are the perfect accompaniment to a variety of spirits and liqueurs. The 250-milliliter bottles are available in three flavors: Singed Orange, Red Chile Habanero and Grapefruit Hibiscus. $16 each (bluecloverdistillery.com)
Nature enthusiasts and trail trotters alike can get their fix of the best treks in Arizona with first and second editions of PHOENIX magazine’s The Hike Book ($20-$25) and daily inspiration with the 2022 A Year of Hikes ($20) wall calendar. Or soak up the beauty of the Sonoran Desert with Phoenix Home & Garden’s 2022 Southwest Garden Calendar ($20), a compendium of beautiful plants and botanicals for every month of the year. (phgmag.com/shop)
Rosy Rings’ new limited-edition Forest candle has hints of citron, golden raspberry and shaved ginger submerged into a deep woodsy-green base of clary sage, falling leaves, Scotch pine, creamy sandal, red cedar and white musk. 9″H by 12″W by 7″D. Comes with candle plate. $275 (berridgenursery.com)
Inspired by the flora that surrounds us, Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award-winning artist Dyana Hesson’s new collection of eight blank cards and envelopes re-create four of her unforgettable Arizona wildflower canvases in brilliant detail. 6″H by 4.25″W. $15 (dyanahesson.com)
Local artist Gennaro Garcia’s “Hecho a Mano” talavera plates depict outstretched palms. “When a mother cooks, she does everything with her hands, and she carries her plate to her family,” Garcia says. “This gave me the idea of painting hands, as if someone were handing a plate of food to you.” $120 each (artegennaro.com)
Made from 0.125-inch waterjet-cut hot rolled steel, the Palm panel is one of 20 different desert flora-inspired designs. Available in two sizes: 35″H by 13.5″W and 47″H by 18″W. $250-$350 (theoxidestudio.com)
Using the finest blended pure malt whiskey from the Highland and Speyside regions of Scotland, Scotchdale is matured and sun-kissed in charred American oak bourbon barrels for a minimum of eight years. $49 (scotchdale.net)
Where To Shop Local
Queen Creek Olive Mill What started as Perry and Brenda Rea’s scrappy little olive farm has become a premier destination in Queen Creek. Become an olive expert with Olive 101, a tour around Queen Creek Olive Mill that shows how olives are grown, harvested, pressed into oil and infused with flavors such as roasted garlic. 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek, queencreekolivemill.com.
Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry Sharyn and Rebecca Seitz’s Arizona-only wares include spice mixes, pasta, grains, dried fruit, nuts, beer, wine, mead 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 Road, Scottsdale, sphinxdateranch.com.
Strawberry Hedgehog Tracy Perkins is the Valley’s doyenne of vegan products, from handmade soaps and whipped body creme to intention oils and Breathe Easy spa shower mist—all made with pure essential oils. She curates a diverse inventory of cruelty-free goods including toothpaste, shampoo, candles, jewelry, sunglasses, enamel pins, mineral makeup, snacks and even cat furniture. 1501 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, strawberryhedgehog.com.
Urbana This snug Arcadia luxury home shop has a millennial-chic aesthetic. Here, you will find floral tea sets, lacquered trays striped black and white, and brassy chandeliers festooned with glass globes. UrbAna stocks furniture, fixtures and high-end goods for every room in the house. It’s an excellent place for gifts. 5027 N. 44th St., Phoenix, urbanashop.com.
Woods & Whites Envisioned as a blend of regional and international flair, Woods & Whites is eclectic and homey, with a carefully curated collection of lifestyle items, ranging from furniture and art to jewelry, Montessori-based learning toys, kitchenwares and more. “If you saved it on Pinterest, we probably have it,” owner Deanna Zouari says. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 196, woodsandwhites.us.
Valerianne This Old Town Scottsdale gem features a fine collection of bedding, linens, towels, bathroom accessories, tableware and chic gifts. Owner Greg Harper travels the world in pursuit of the finest linens and most unique and sometimes one-of-a-kind pieces. 7033 E. First Ave., Scottsdale, valeriannescottsdale.com.