Favorite Things Guide 2020
This year is coming to an end and 2021 [quite frankly] can’t come soon enough. We wanted to finish the year with a little positivity by publishing our Favorite Things! Some of these items are from local companies, some are just great products or companies we love to work with. But all of them would make great gifts for loved ones or for yourself!
THE DRY BAR
THE DRYBAR is known for getting our hair ready for a big night out in a lovely stress-free environment. But they also have the best products and gift sets. The products and packaging are so colorful and fun plus they work fabulously when we have to try and tame our own hair in our own home.
PAX PHILOMENA is a local Arizona clothing company that creates beautiful dresses, kaftans, loungewear and even masks (so 2020!) all in vibrant and unique prints. The clothing line is perfect for resort lounging or just feeling fabulous in comfortable and colorful clothing.
MADE BY MARY JEWELRY
MADE BY MARY is a jewelry company with beautifully simple pieces that embodies what’s meaningful to each of us. We really love how delicate each design is and how we can customize and layer to our own style.
LIGHT + BARK CANDLE CO
UNIIK PILLOWS sells adorable seasonal pillows made by a mom and daughter team. They make the most eclectic throw pillow covers all here locally in Phoenix. We love the unique styles available. Adding some seasonal celebration to our homes is so easy with super fun throw pillows!
KEEBOS CROSSBODY PHONE
KEEBOS CROSSBODY PHONE CASE Sometimes it is just too much trying to juggle our keys, coffee and our phone! We love anything that frees up our hands from having to carry all the things. The Keebos phone case is an easy way to look stylish and keep track of our phone. The case can be worn crossbody or as a necklace, plus they have an add on wallet to easily carry the essentials.
BUBBLEGUM SHOES is an online boutique selling fun jelly shoes, witty t-shirts and stylish clothing. The style is great for all ages and created for all different types of women. Everyone can have fun with their variety of styles and colors and feel comfortable at the same time.
ERGOPOUCH BAMBOO ROBE
ERGOPOUCH MATCHY BAMBOO ROBE This gorgeous and luxuriously soft bamboo viscose robe is available in three prints. This is ideal for night feeds and lounging at home. It features big pockets so we can store everything from the spare pacifier, burp cloths and lip balm. We really just want everything we wear to be this soft!
ALWAYS GIVING WATER BOTTLES
FILL IT FORWARD- ALWAYS GIVING COLECTION This sustainable water bottle is perfect for the environmentally conscious, active family member or friend passionate about giving back and staying hydrated. $5 of every purchase goes toward water, sanitation and hygiene programs in your selected location. With each refreshing refill, Fill it Forward will continue to donate clean water to those who need it most, aiming to raise $100,000 for its charity partners this holiday season.
MAHO SHADES is the premium southern sunglass brand taking the southwest by storm. Their airstream pop-up shop is currently located at Scottsdale Fashion Square. You will find gorgeous sunglasses with unmatched performance and incredible quality polarized lenses.
GIFTOLOGY GIFT STORE
GIFT-OLOGY is one of our very favorite, go-to local shops for all things gifts. They always have the cutest, must-have items. We love shopping for hostess gifts, holiday finds and new things for ourselves. This year everyone is going to want to gift these Katie Loxton Reed Diffusers (which are packaged perfectly already for gifting), this hand sanitizer from Touchland, and this perfect Arizona shaped charcuterie board. We love shopping at Gift-ology, we always find something exciting and new every time we go.
Food, Dining & Drinks
CIDER CORPS COMPANY
CIDER CORPS Arizona Craft Ciders Add a locally made hard cider to your boozy holiday gift list this year. Try a four-pack of the Cider Corps Mango Foxtrot! This blend of mango and rose hips received a gold medal at the 2019 U.S. Open Cider Championships. All the flavors are available for purchase at Cider Corps’ taproom in Downtown Mesa, AJ’s, Whole Foods and Total Wine. Cider Corps also has online ordering for delivery within the Phoenix-Metro area.
MORNING SQUEEZE knows coffee and brunch vibes can go a long way. The groovy breakfast and lunch spot has been serving mix of classic diner dishes with modern brunch favs since 2013. It now offers weekday catering of its most popular comfort foods and even has free delivery to addresses within five miles of its Tempe and Scottsdale locations. How fun to have a fabulous holiday breakfast to-go box ready for your family brunch! Add on a mimosa kit for extra festivities.
KITCHEN UNITED MIX is the only destination that allows foodie fans to order meals for pick-up and delivery from multiple restaurants on a single bill. Time-starved millennials, picky eaters, and adventurous taste buds no longer have to compromise. At the Scottsdale location, enjoy eats from 12+ restaurants including Grimaldi’s, Mr. Mesquite, Island Loco and more! We love that we can get sushi, Mexican and pizza all in one order.
BLACK BEAR DINER
BLACK BEAR DINER This year is Black Bear Diner’s 25th anniversary! Serving good old-fashioned family food, Black Bear Diner invites you to feed your inner bear with comfort food classics like chicken fried steak – enjoy it with breakfast sides like hash browns, eggs and a gigantic biscuit. They also offer “Little Less” items for smaller appetites. Breakfast served all day!
THREE PEAKS ULTRA-PREMIUM MANUKA HONEY
THREE PEAKS MANUKA HONEY This healing honey is known as one of the best honeys in the world, Manuka Honey contains over 200 compounds not found in other honeys. Three Peaks Ultra-Premium honey is created in the heart of New Zealand, in the remote hills of the volcanic central plateau. We use this honey to help boost our immune system and to help control seasonal allergies. It is also our go-to remedy for those dry coughs that seem to linger for too long in the Winter months. Three Peaks is also available for purchase at Amazon.
SMARTYPANTS VITAMINS has all of your vitamin needs available for kids, adults and even your pets. Since this is the year that hand sanitizer and face masks are going to be the top stocking stuffers, we will be adding vitamins to that list too. We all need to do everything we can to stay healthy and help those in our family stay well too!
Baby & Kids Gifts
CODI ROBOT provides screen-less, interactive entertainment for your child (12months+)! Codi is an educational robot that provides children with over 200 fully curated, classic songs and stories and even encourages good habits (like brushing teeth or cleaning) to provide developmental support outside of the classroom.
LOVEVERY DEVELOPMENTAL TOYS
LOVEVERY are play products that are designed by child development experts to be exactly what children need at each stage. The subscription based toy company sends you age appropriate children’s toys every 2-3 months to keep your child engaged and developing appropriately. What a perfect present for a new mom-to-be!
EVEL KNIEVEL TOY
EVEL KNIEVEL is a blast from the past with this children’s stunting toy. Evel Knievel, the man, the myth, the legend is back and ready to get kids (and their parents) excited about stunts, jumps and flips all over again. We love this throw back to our childhood!
POSH PEANUT BOUTIQUE
POSH PEANUT offers adorable online clothing that uses Päpook® Bamboo. The fabric is super soft, lightweight & eco-friendly. The little one in your life will look like a fashionista in these cute designs and vibrant patterns. They also sell women’s lounge wear and family matching sets.
SCEN-TIES will bring back your 80’s smelly sticker vibes with the stretch and sniff hair ties. They are available in seven different scents — Brownie, Strawberry, Vanilla Cupcake, Cotton Candy, Sour Apple, Bubblegum, and Watermelon, and the fragrance lasts for up to a year. They make great stocking stuffers. Scen-ties also sells stretch and sniff masks to keep your kiddos safe and comfortable.
PEDIPED SHOES are the best shoes for your little one learning to walk. Pediped shoes are created for the long-term development of your children’s feet. They have been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for creating shoes that promote healthy foot development, plus they are really cute for your growing kiddo.
ADVENT CALENDARS give kids something to look forward to as they count down the days to Christmas. Joyin’s interactive advent calendars keep kids busy with something to open every single day! Choose from crafts and cars to building blocks and makeup sets and more. These also make great gifts for the day of Christmas or our secret trick is to keep these on hand for long road trips and plane rides.
MAM BABY PRODUCTS are the standard setting in baby products. MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on six continents. MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets are all available to purchase online.
Gosili Silicone Products are fantastic for the whole family. Everyone in our house has their own Gosili silicone travel mug for their morning hot chocolate (them) or coffee (me). These chilly early mornings are made so much better with our to-go cups filled and ready to head out the door.
All of the companies listed in this guide provided product for us to giveaway to our contributors to celebrate all that they do for Scottsdale Moms. Thank you to each and every company for working with Scottsdale Moms on this project and throughout the year.