The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!
If you’re traveling to Phoenix this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore
While you’re supporting small businesses, why not also support underserved communities? The Latinx community in Arizona has had a huge influence on the region’s culture so it’s important to give back by shopping at Latinx-owned businesses. You can do that and find books for everyone on your shopping list at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, Arizona’s only bilingual bookstore. If you know an hispanohablante or someone who is studying Spanish, they’ve got you covered. They also have plenty of English-language titles in all genres. Visit on December 5th for their holiday pop-up market in the rear parking lot.
The Heard Museum Gift Shop
Another underserved community that deserves your support is the Native community. The Heard Museum has been presenting and advancing “American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes” since 1929. And their massive gift shop (all 6,000 square feet!) is one of the ways they do that. Everything sold in the shop is hand-crafted by Native artists -both local and from across the country- and they have pieces in all price ranges.
Woman-owned Bunky Boutique specializes in clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. Their stock includes essentials like face masks, and fun extras like pins and keychains. If you head into their shop, you’ll also find housewares, games, and bath & beauty items, or stocking stuffers like stickers and paper goods!
Woman-owned Frances (named for owner Georganne Bryant’s grandmother) is a boutique that’s dedicated to ethical practices and showcasing local, independent artists. Since opening in 2006, Frances has consistently been voted “Best Boutique” by Phoenix New Times. The selection of gift items you’ll find inside has been curated to express vintage charm and includes products like home goods, jewelry, paper products, novelty, and more.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Phoenix. But did you know the Phoenix International Airport actually has a lot of boutiques and shops that carry works by local artists inside? Unfortunately, most of them are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but you may still find some last-minute gifts at:
· Arizona Highways in Terminal 3 is affiliated with Arizona Highways magazine, and has lots of state-themed gifts and books.
· Discover Arizona in Terminal 3 has more state-themed gifts and souvenirs.
· TripAdvisor in Terminal 4 has travel-related goods for the jet-setter on your shopping list.
· Indigenous in Terminal 4 carries Southwest-centric gifts.