Best Local Finds {2018 Holiday Gift Guide}


One of our favorite things is finding new shops with fun, unique gifts that we love to give to our friends and family. It really is the best feeling when you find the perfect gift for someone on your list! And if we are really honest, we spend most of our time shopping at Target, but for holiday presents we like to find a locally owned boutique or gift shop that has fantastic items that you really can’t find anywhere else. 

Here are our favorite gifts this year and the local shop where we found them! 

I love this marble, initialed serving board so much, I bought one for myself. This is a great gift for anyone who likes to play hostess or who just likes to eat cheese off a fancy tray with their initial. I found this piece and all of these other great finds (pictured below) at UrbAna, a fantastic gift shop on 44th Street and Camelback Road. It has tons of creative gifts for people who like to entertain, must-have home decor items and gifts made from amazingly creative Arizona folks. 

Everyone I know wants this Beauty Balance Bag from Agave, the Arizona Spa! It has all of these high-end beauty products for a much reduced price of $99! Plus it is all packaged adorably and ready to go for all your gifting needs! This picture below is last quarter’s bag, but the December Beauty Balance Bag is going to be just as wonderful and we are excited to see all that is included in the release!
I found this Arizona t-shirt (in the middle below) at Dandelion Home + Gift and it is so soft and would be perfect for anyone on your shopping list who loves to lounge around in soft comfy tees and also loves our wonderful state. This shop also has great candles, decorative items and other gift ideas. Plus they are so smart to be located right next door to the new Butters Breakfast Cafe. So while you wait for your table to be ready, you get to shop for fun item for your friends or yourself.    
I always find the cutest gifts at AJ’s Fine Foods! You don’t believe me., I get it, this is a high-end grocery store. But whoever is their buyer, they do a fantastic job finding the cutest home decor, seasonal items, candles & picture frames. Seriously, I have even found the coolest bracelets and other fun jewelry in their gift section. Plus you can get the biggest China Mist iced tea and spend your time browsing through the store. And if you need a gift basket sent or the most beautiful catering trays, you can order them all at AJ’s. If anyone is shopping for me, this platter with separate sections for chili toppings is adorable. 

Giftology has tons of jewelry and home decor items too. I want to buy these Corkcicle wine glass for all my friends and I might have to pick one up for myself too. These shower bursts are going to be perfect for when cold season is in full effect (probably soon here in AZ). And these Tonic Cocktail mix-ins are a favorite (plus you are supporting a local company when you purchase these for yourself and for friends). 

Where do you visit to find unique gifts locally? Share in the comments and we will be sure to check them out. 



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