10 Valley stores to find unique holiday gifts
If you’re looking for unique holiday gifts, visit one of these 10 boutiques or stores in the Valley to find one-of-a-kind items for everyone on your list—for the fashion and beauty enthusiast, proud Arizonan, avid reader or adventurer.
MADE Art Boutique
Established in 2005 in the heart of downtown Phoenix and part of Roosevelt Row’s Art District, MADE Art Boutique carries one-of-a-kind items created by more than 100 local artists. The 700 sq. ft. space contains a wide array of products, from jewelry displayed on one wall, an assortment of Arizona-themed and unique t-shirts, shelves filled with ceramics and more, you’re sure to find special gifts, all made in Arizona. Their inventory is always changing, so stop in and discover their curated selection of items.
Boasting high-quality products from women’s and men’s apparel, baby, home, jewelry and the AZ Souvenir shop featuring items inspired by Arizona, Frances has been voted
“Best Boutique in Phoenix” by Phoenix New Times since 2006. Arizonans and visitors will enjoy products proudly featuring cacti, the Arizona state flag and Southwestern-inspired landscapes, and be sure to check out their keychains, pins and office accessories all adorned with the beloved cacti. The boutique also hosts “Crafeteria,” a yearly event on Dec. 7 that showcases many of Arizona’s best independent crafters and artists.
Zenned Out Jewelry
Handcrafted by women in Tempe, soul-centered Zenned Out Jewelry creates earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings with meaning individualized to each woman. According to their website, their jewelry is meant to help pave a path to open discussion about spirituality and create a space where women can express their beliefs, hopes and inspirations. For a unique and thoughtful gift, Zenned Out creates jewelry featuring Zodiac signs, Chakra, and moon phase designs, and customizable products with point crystal, gemstones, rune charms and personal engraved messages all created with care and impeccable attention to detail.
State Forty Eight
The instantly-recognizable brand State Forty Eight have established themselves as a true representation of Arizona, keeping their signature logo on most products. They also partner with many companies and organizations throughout Arizona, proudly designing apparel unique to who they partner with for a customizable shirt you won’t find anywhere else. With tank tops, shirts, hoodies, and hats in a variety of designs and colors, choosing just one gift will be a tough choice.
Jar of Buttons
Eclectic is the first word that comes to mind seeing Jar of Buttons’ unique and quirky buttons, magnets, enamel pins and stickers with food and plant puns and pop culture references that have a voice all their own. “Guac this way” with guacamole, “Sweet cheezus” with grilled cheese, and “Anything is pastable” with spaghetti, are just a few examples of the fun gift possibilities. Pop culture references include Gracie in “Miss Congeniality,” Ferris in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and Amber in “Clueless.” Show your Arizona pride on your jacket, backpack, fridge, car or laptop with one of Jar of Buttons’ Arizona-themed pins, buttons, patches, magnets, stickers and keychains that include cacti and a colorful Arizona sunset.
Changing Hands Bookstore
For the book enthusiast in your life, the local gem with locations in Tempe and Phoenix has an array of new, used and sale books including biographies, fiction, nonfiction and more. In addition, each location has a unique assortment of various gifts including bookmarks, journals, stationery and more to complement a growing library or office, or to get one started. They also have bath and body products, candles, kitchen accessories, pottery, toys and more. If the gift recipient is more particular with what they want, a gift certificate is a great option, that way they can pick out their treasured finds themselves.
Named after the local strawberry hedgehog cactus, the Phoenix-based soap shop and vegan boutique creates handcrafted vegan bath and body products. Their body care items include beard oil, golden milk healing spices, whipped body creme, and soaps with uplifting scents like ginger peach, almond oatmeal and bamboo detox. You can purchase their soaps at their Phoenix location, online or at one of these Valley retailers.
Bass Pro Shops
If you have a friend or family member that’s always heading outdoors, Bass Pro Shops has their name on it. With the Bass Pro Shops location in Mesa and Cabela’s in Glendale, and the ability to order online, finding a useful gift for the outdoors enthusiast in your life has never been easier. From camping, hunting, fishing and boating gear, apparel and shoes, housewares and nature-inspired home decor plus toys and gifts, there’s something people of all ages on your list will love.
Since 1997, Cowtown Skateboards has sold quality skateboards with a variety of designs along with parts, protective gear and accessories. A great gift for the seasoned skateboarder or someone who’s just getting started, choose from a range of colorful decks that will suit every type of skater’s personality for a great skate every time. They also sell apparel including men’s, women’s, youth and accessories at all four Valley locations.
The Phoenix boutique has an array of home decor, cards, apparel and more all handcrafted by artists such as jewelry and apothecary for women and wallets and grooming items for men. You can find baby and kids’ gifts including toys, rattles and books and home decor items like cactus sun catchers for outdoors, mugs and kitchen accessories and candles, to cards and books.
If you’re looking to get your holiday gift shopping done in one place, check out the Tempe Festival of the Arts on Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 featuring 350+ artist booths with hand-made artwork
and Phoestivus on Dec. 13 and 20, with almost 150 local vendors selling their items.