We all know major department stores have big holiday sales, but so do local stores.
Local stores also have the added bonus of being good for your conscience. They’re greener – many of their products aren’t shipped in from all over the world – and they help the local economy more than chain stores. See our recent Local First Shift Arizona article.
If you’re looking to shop local this holiday season, here’s a few Phoenix-area shops to help you on your search for the perfect Hanukkah, Christmas or Christmakkah gift.
1. Souvia Tea
Souvia Tea is stocked with more than 140 teas and gifts for tea lovers. Souvia Tea is part of Local First Arizona’s Buy Local Week that offers deals on local products from Nov. 26 to Dec. 5.
15414 N. 7th St. Ste. 8
Phoenix, Ariz. 85022
2. Natural Paws
For the month of November, Natural Paws is discounting all Web sales 10 percent and offering free shipping. Natural Paws is part of Local First Arizona’s Buy Local Week that offers deals on local products from Nov. 26 to Dec. 5.
3. Pink House Boutique
Pink House Boutique is a one-of-a-kind co-op bursting with home décor, recycled, new and vintage clothing, and much more. The boutique also features local designer Bri Bridge.
7009 N. 58th Ave.
Glendale, Ariz. 85301
4. SeeSaw Designs
Find unique stationary, prints and calendars at SeeSaw Designs.
6125 E. Indian School Road Ste. 2009
Scottsdale, Ariz. 85251
5. Embellish Home
Give the gift of embellishment from Embellish Home. The store offers everything from decorative crowns to whimsical tea towels.
5202 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, Ariz. 85014
6. Frances & 7. Smeeks
Here’s a double dose of local. Frances and Smeeks, both owned by the same woman and located on the same stretch of Camelback Road, are chalk full of everything from vintage candy to clothes to paper goods.
10 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, Ariz. 85013
14 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
8. Sphinx Ranch
For the foodie in your life, look no further than Sphinx Ranch. The shop specializes in gift baskets, but you can pick up anything from Arizona wines to chips and salsa produced locally at their store.
3039 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Ariz. 85251
9. Maria Funicello Jewelry Designs
If your gal likes to shine, check out Maria Funicello Jewelry Designs. These beautifully crafted silver pieces are sure to wow her this holiday season.
Etsy.com is the perfect place to shop several shops at a time. Just use Etsy’s Geolocator to find sellers in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Tucson and many more cities. You can find practically anything from a local seller on Etsy, from aprons to jewelry to soap to home furnishings.
Here’s a few Arizona Etsy sellers to check out:
Petite Bonfire – Sewn goods, Tucson
Wing Flash – Jewelry, Tucson
Rose & Root – Soaps, Phoenix
The Tom Kat Studio – Party supplies, Chandler
Jason Hill Design – Artwork, Phoenix
Mommy’s Little Monsters – Children’s clothing, Phoenix
Nesta Home – Home decor, Phoenix
Pink Dandy Shop – Bath and cosmetic products, Phoenix
Spinup Yarns – Yarn, Flagstaff
Red Canyon Glass – Glassware, Flagstaff
Visit Local First’s Web site for a list of local shops and Tucson shops participating in Buy Local Week.