The Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center, known as ALAC, is more than just a gallery and performance space. There’s also an amazing “Tiendita,” or little shop, with everything from paintings and ceramics to bags and clothing. Many of the items are handmade by local artists and all purchases support the legacy of Latino arts in Downtown Phoenix.
Home of the Arizona Love brand, Bunky is all about local pride, and is hands-down one of the best places to find unique looks by local designers. Browse Bunky’s online shop (which includes a perfectly curated gift guide), or check out the store on First Street, just south of McDowell Road. From earrings and socks to hand-poured candles and tiny potted succulents (perfect for your co-worker’s desk), Bunky has the cutest (and coolest) gifts of the season.
Treat someone you love to a salon experience in their very own home. Located on the ground floor of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix (on the west side of the building), Downtown Salon sells a variety of natural hair and beauty products including Kevin Murphy, which are made from renewable resources, pure essential oils and plant extracts. Besides being amazing for your hair, Kevin Murphy haircare smells amazing, and is perfect for the sustainability-minded person on your list.
Featuring cute (and super soft) graphic tees, sunglasses, trucker hats and more, you’ll be grateful you found this fun little apparel store on Central Avenue, right next to the Deli Tavern. Specializing in custom screen printing, it’s a great place to get matching gear for family reunions, company outings and personalizing your sports team pride.
Like the name says, MADE features handmade local items you really can’t find anywhere else. Located in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Artists’ District, it’s a great place to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts including jewelry, pottery, books, clothing and more. From kids to grandparents, it has a little something for everyone.
At 98 years young, Michael Strong has been in business since 1950 and brings a ton of heart and soul into the work he does. As a master jeweler, he can do almost any job, from custom rings to watch repair, and has a great inventory. From authentic turquoise and semi-precious gemstones to refurbished jewelry, there are a lot of affordable options, even in the $50 and under range.
This is so much more than your neighborhood floral store. Owner Belen Santander is an accomplished graphic designer and painter, and has lots of original artwork as well as Latin American folk art, furniture, handbags, and the widest selection of plants in Downtown Phoenix. Located on Monroe Street, right next to Cornish Pasty Co., One of a Kind has lots of gifts under $20, and is a great place to shop for that creative person on your list.
Every holiday season, owner Perry Monge puts together an amazing array of Aveda gift boxes, bags and bundles at phenomenal prices. Gift wrapped in paper handmade in Nepal, these gifts are not only beautiful, but sustainable too. If you’ve never tried Aveda products, stop in and try some samples (and try not to get hooked). The company really pioneered the holistic beauty trend, and has always championed environmental responsibility. Perry Monge Salon Spa is located on the west side of CityScape Phoenix, second floor.
Serving downtown for the past 20 years, Jaime Laza and his wife Margie really add a personalized touch to the work they do. You can pretty much name what you’re looking for, and they can help you find it. As a full-service jeweler, Jaime specializes in jewelry and watch repair, and custom jobs like engagement rings, keepsakes and awards. But Renaissance also carries charm bracelets, pearls, lockets, silver earrings and pendant sets — which are perfect holiday gifts. It’s located on the ground floor of Orpheum Lofts on the south side of the building.
For those hard-to-shop-for teens, tweens and millennials, Urban Outfitters has a great assortment of crowd-pleasing gifts. It’s not just clothes either — from furry sloth pillows to unicorn mugs, there’s an amazing selection of funky homegoods and furniture; plus jewelry, candles and so much more. Make sure to check out both floors of Urban Outfitters, located on the west side CityScape Phoenix.