Support your home state and local artisans and local businesses by spending this holiday season shopping local for everyone on your list at these 10 locally-loved shops and stores.
The local boutique was named after the owner’s grandmother and opened in 2006. Every year since then, the store has been voted “best boutique” by Phoenix New Times. They have something for every person on your list featuring jewelry, clothing and novelty Arizona gifts.
Changing Hands is a local bookstore with two locations in the Valley and is one of the most beloved local businesses. Aside from almost every genre of books to choose from, they also offer a variety of merchandise and novelty gifts. They have handmade pottery from local Arizona artisans, kitchen accessories, journals and notepads, windc himes and more. These items are perfect if you’re looking for a white elephant gift for a gathering with friends and family or a work holiday party!
Having trouble finding the perfect gift for someone who seems to have everything? No one will ever say no to comfort. Sportiqe is a clothing brand all about comfort that has been worn by celebrities and professional athletes like David Beckham, LeBron James and Beyoncé. Pick out the comfiest hoodie, tee, or pair of joggers that catches your eye.
Frank Lloyd Wright was a famous architect who built his winter home in Scottsdale, now known as the Taliesin West. If you’re looking to give a friend a housewarming gift or know someone who loves design, anything from the Frank Lloyd Wright store would be perfect. Among the items they offer, there is a tile clock, throw blankets, glass trays, stained-glass rain chains and more.
Arizona Animal Welfare League
The state’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter is currently selling a “Rescue Brew” that you can buy here. It comes in three different blends, and the purchase of each bag amounts to life saving vaccines for one homeless pet. If you need a good book to pair with your cup of coffee, be sure to pick up this book, which is a guide to living with your dog in metro Phoenix. All proceeds go to the AAWL.
Whether you’re looking for a handcrafted card to send to out-of-state relatives or a fresh journal to start the New Year, Prickly Pear Paper is the source for your stationery needs. Husband and wife duo Lauren and Mark design beautiful cards using a hundred-year-old letterpress out of their workshop at Barnone in Gilbert, AZ.
Is there a “sneakerhead” in your family? Manor. is a specialty footwear store located in the Uptown District of Phoenix that offers more than just unique shoes. Manor. offers an apparel line that looks and feels distinctly Arizonan.
Many are contemplating their workout regiment with the New Year quickly approaching, whether it’s starting a new goal to get fit, or just wanting to work off those holiday meals. Senita Athletics is a local clothing brand creating activewear for women, by women that combines comfort with functional design.
For over 15 years, Imperial Outpost Games has been the friendly local game store to tabletop gamers in the North Valley. The shop carries all types of board games, miniature models, and resources for popular role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons.
Since 1977, Sidewalk Surfer has sold skateboard decks and shoes and is one of the local businesses with the most loyal fan base. With its own line of shirts befitting the shop’s 1970’s heritage, Sidewalk Surfer is still one of the best local skate shops to find the right gift for the roller skater or skateboarder in your life.