Where To Get The Best Local Holiday Gifts
It’s almost December, and the holidays are a’coming. If you’re starting to panic or struggling with present ideas for friends and family, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a quick list of some great local spots for all your gift giving needs. It’s helpful in supporting these Arizona businesses and helps you get your shopping done, all at the same time!
Frances is a staple on the local shopping scene. The charming boutique is helmed by owner Georgeanne Bryant and offers a variety of unique items like jewelry, clothing and home essentials. There’s also a significant focus on Arizona-themed gifts. Additionally, every Saturday up until Christmas, Frances will host a holiday market from noon to 4 p.m. with local makers selling their goods in the front of the store. Check Frances’ Instagram to get the latest on which vendors will be there on which days. Frances is located at 10 W Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.279.5467; www.shopfrancesboutique.com
Speaking of holiday markets featuring local artisans, check out the 2020 Socially Distanced Holiday Market on Grand Avenue taking place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until just before Christmas. Vendors will take turns every week showing off their wares, from paper goods to jewelry, flowers, pet portraits and more. Masks are required for all attendees, and you can find the market in the parking lot for Bragg’s Pie Factory. Bragg’s Pie Factory is located at 1301 Grand Avenue, #8, Phoenix; 602.391.4016; https://www.facebook.com/events/593126301405951
If you get down to Tucson or live there, stop by Tucson Botanical Gardens. While the beautiful gardens are obviously the main attraction, the gift shop on your way out is not to be missed, and it houses goods and art from many local artisans and businesses. There’s a wide array of garden items, clothes, kitchen goods, books, fun and educational toys and more. Each purchase supports the programs and missions of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, so that’s bound to make you feel good too. The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is also known for its gift shop where you can purchase items like seeds, prickly pear, cactus-themed water bottles and tea towels, vases and tote bags. Shop online as well if you don’t feel like venturing out. The Tucson Botanical Gardens are located at 150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson; 520.326.9686; www.tucsonbotanical.org. The Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix; 480.526.8890; www.dbg.org
For your loved ones that enjoy food, the Sphinx Date Co. is a great place to check out. Not only does the shop have a plethora of different types of dates (which can be purchased on their own or as part of a gift tray or box), there are pantry items from various Arizona food makers in the form of hot sauce, honey, beans, spices, chocolate, wine and more. Sphinx Date Co. also has pre-made gift baskets — choose from beer and wine, dried fruit and nuts and Arizona gifts. If you purchase on their website, look out for special shipping offers and holiday promotions or visit the store in person. Sphinx Date Co. is located at 3039 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.941.2261; www.sphinxdateranch.com
We can’t say enough about the delicious eats at La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria, but did you know about its curated general store and funky, unique items? There’s not only food-related gifts to be had but also clothing, books, toys, candles, and tumblers, just to name a few. The displays are packed with offerings sure to please your mom, dad, sibling and the family dog, and you can also grab a coffee or bite to eat at the same time. La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria is located at 4410 N 40th Street, Phoenix; 602.840.7777; www.lagrandeorangegrocery.com