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Gifts Under $500

Every Western man needs a pair of quality boots, and Phoenix artisan David Espinoza handcrafts footwear that will please even the pickiest of cowpokes. Choose from his assortment of in-stock designs, such as these seasonally suitable Red and Black Calfskin boots, or splurge on a custom-made pair that will last a lifetime. Starting at $399. (espinozabootmaker.com)

The Gifts Their Hearts Desire…

Whether his style trends toward Wrangler or Brooks Brothers, a handmade sterling silver belt buckle will complement any outfit. This intricate piece by J.O. White (Navajo) features a coral cabochon. 2″H by 3″W. $498 (heard.org)

Ideal for students—or anyone on-the-go—the Intuitive Back Pack from Soul Carrier offers a chic, hands-free way to carry books and everyday items. Available in cowhide or black leather. 15″H by 10.5″W by 6″D. $385 (soulcarrier.com)

Hoverboards and scooters come and go, but a shiny new bike is one of Santa’s most requested gifts. Inspired by vintage bicycles for adults, the Banwood Classic features a faux leather saddle and grips, 16-inch tires, training wheels and a detachable wicker basket. Suitable for children ages 4-7. $349 (maplephoenix.com)

This handcrafted, illuminated steel movie poster marquee will transform any family room, home theater or man cave into a cinephile’s dream. Available in gold, red or black to fit every decor. 42″H by 30″W. $464 (sawandsteel.com)

Jonathan Adler’s Brass Bird Menorah puts an avian twist on a Hannukah classic. Candles sold separately. 11.75″H by 11″W by 4.5″D. $400 (phxart.org)

Step out in style in Becki Coakley’s sexy, strappy Tanaia bootie/sandal hybrid. Crafted in Italy of luxurious baby kid leather, these statement-making fuchsia 4-inch stilettos add a punch of color to her favorite little black dress. $425 (beckicoakley.com)

Every young princess deserves to be pampered, so surprise her and four of her closest friends with a mobile spa party. Mini mani-pedis, spa facials and makeup applications will make her feel like royalty. Ages 3-14. $350 (tinyblessingsparties.com)

The House of Miniature dollhouse merges storybook whimsy with modern Scandinavian design. Four spacious rooms offer luxury living for a family of Maileg mice and bunnies. Furniture and accessories available separately. 31.5″H by 28.3″W by 15.75″D. $298 (maplephoenix.com)

For the coffee connoisseur, Kinto’s industrial-style dark walnut and brass pour-over brew set is a chic alternative to traditional drip makers. Pair it with a Kinto kettle for the ultimate caffeine experience. $315/both. (woodsandwhites.us)

Hover Box Element

Phoenix-based designer Sage Aubrey’s Mini Luna handbag in vibrant Poppy updates the iconic red purse with a fun, fashionable geometric design. Crafted in Florence, Italy, of high-quality calf leather, it goes from desk to dinner with powerful panache. 9.75″H by 11″W. $495 (urbanashop.com)

This trio of candlesticks with handmade gem-shaped ceramic bases and brass tapers are sure to become a family keepsake that will grace each year’s holiday table. 7″, 11″ and 15″H by 5” in diameter. $475 (thecollectorshouse.biz)

Give the gift of experience. Mesa Arts Center offers a range of two-day classes for budding creatives, including Silkscreen Printmaking and Poster Art, taught by Phoenix illustrator Jon Arvizu. $250 (mesaartscenter.com)

Ceramist Jim Sudal offers a fresh take on his signature agave mofit with this decorative shallow bowl rendered in black stoneware clay with a silver glaze. Each piece is handthrown and signed and dated on the bottom. 18″ in diameter. $350 (jimsudalceramicdesign.com)

Handmade by artisans in Italy, the Pewter Cocktail Shaker by Match adds timeless elegance to a home bar. 8.3″H by 4″ in diameter. $375 (urbanashop.com)

The beauty of the Sonoran cacti is rendered in vivid hues in this exclusive design by Phoenix-based Pax Philomena. Made of Italian silk crepe, the Primavera Short Kaftan Dress is a must for any desert lover’s wardrobe. One size fits all. $425 (paxphilomena.com)

For the man who wants to stand out from the crowd, the Cubeline’s contemporary square silhouette, elegant black face and finely woven Milanese mesh strap exude originality and style. $288 (urbanashop.com)

Vintage Navajo rugs and baskets bring an authentic touch of the Southwest to homes near and far. Available in multiple sizes and colors. Basket shown: 3.5″H by 8.5″ in diameter. $395. Blanket shown: 40″L by 28″W. $370 (scottsdalemuseumwest.org)

Imagine your tot’s joy upon finding this charming retro-style metal peddle car beneath the tree. Fully assembled, it comes with a chrome grille, two large decorative headlights and a windshield handle. For kids ages 3-6. 19″H by 32.5″L by 17″W. $325 (corneliapark.com)

This holiday season, don’t forget our four-legged friends. The Arizona Humane Society offers two amazing opportunities that will benefit homeless puppies and kittens. The Cuddle Bunch provides a two-hour in-home visit with up to three dogs or cats, with whom you can play and snuggle to your heart’s content. Ideal for those who live in pet-free housing or for anyone who simply needs a dose of fuzzy affection. $425/two hours. For those who have everything, the Adopt-a-Kennel program honors their love of pets and helps the shelter provide medical care, food and toys. A personalized message is displayed on a kennel at the Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion for a minimum of three months. $500/three months. (azhumane.org)

Add some Southwest flair to his New Year’s Eve black-tie apparel with a turquoise tuxedo set by award-winning Navajo silversmith Connie Gaussion. Includes two cufflinks and four matching shirt studs. $300 (heard.org)

The sci-fi fan on your list will thrill to a Boxxed Raygun by Phoenix-based sculptor Elvis Kneivel. Each one-of-a-kind “urban future folk art” is handcrafted of recycled parts and displayed in a vintage wood soda crate. Approximately 12″H by 18″W by 5″D. $399 (smoca.org)

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