Last Minute Local Shopping

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Stick with me kids, and your last minute holiday shopping will be a cinch! The holidays are a perfect opportunity to support local because there’s nothing cooler than hometown and handmade. Gift giving is an art, and the local makers and purveyors in our community make it easy to wow with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. From baby books to craft cocktail bitters, vegan soaps to vintage gems, keep reading to find a few of my favorite neighborhood spots that will suit all of your sugarplum gift-giving dreams.

Neighborhood Markets
In case you missed it last week, it’s back for round two on Thursday, December 21st from 5-10 p.m. The Phoestivus market features locally grown and produced gifts for holiday giving from 150+ local vendors.
721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

But first, come hang with the Local Lily (no agenda) Social Club at Coach House in Old Town Scottsdale from 5-7and then hit the market on the way home. Win win. Click here for deets

6th St. Market
The market is a weekly event on Sundays from 11am – 4pm at 6th Street Park (with FREE parking at the City Hall Garage) featuring 44+ vendors offering local and handmade goods, live music, coffee and breakfast items. They’ll be back on January 7th, so you can get a super thoughtful gift for the people you forgot. Oops.
24 E. 6th St., Tempe

Sure-Fire Local Shops
Changing Hands Bookstore
Where else can you get celebrity cookbooks, quirky gifts, smart stuff for kids, wind chimes for grandma and growlers to boot?!  It’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ll find a gift for anybody on your list.
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe
300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix

For an authentic Arizona gift – visit a shop that sells the handcrafted bronze windbells that the late Paolo Soleri is so well known for. Proceeds from this gift will go to support the Cosanti Foundation’s work so you can feel good about your purchase while getting to know the work of one of Arizona’s most famous architects.
6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Paradise Valley

Practical Art
Like a local arts festival, but permanent. Practical Art features 100% locally-made wares in wood, fiber, ceramic, glass, metal, and up-cycled materials. All of the work they sell is produced by Arizona artisans, everything from kitchen tools to home and office items, soap, clothing, furniture, jewelry…the list of local goodness goes on and on.
5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

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