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Enjoy! A local Christmas shopping story

Christmas is coming!

If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping and you’re worried that the gifts you want won’t arrive on time and you’re still sitting on a cargo ship in the ocean, we’ve put together some great gift ideas for you. and retailers.

Whether you prefer to buy online or in person, the ideas on this list will be a hit with your recipients.

Buy local

Local First Arizona is a useful resource for finding local businesses statewide. Local First Arizona (LFA) is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen local communities and economies by supporting, maintaining, and celebrating local businesses throughout Arizona. LFA offers an online directory of over 2,500 local and independent businesses across the state. Most of the products sold by the companies are made in Arizona. Most of the links on the blog come directly from LFA.

For the House

Twisted beeswax candles makes 100% hand-twisted beeswax candles that match your decor all year round. They even do custom orders. Their candles are 100% pure beeswax and most burn for 6 to 8 hours. They are virtually smoke-free and drip-free when turned on in a “still” environment.

Arizona Wine Media features a variety of wine-inspired print art, as well as this hardcover tabletop book, AZ Uncorked, The Arizona Wine Guide, a resource for Arizona residents to learn about the many wineries from our top. rugged country and the fabulous wines created by our winemakers.

For kids

Desert Dwellers Flash Cards – Turn learning ABCs into a fun, kid-friendly look at desert wildlife. A tarantula is described as “Fuzzy Wuzzy”, a vulture is “not a picky eater” and a hummingbird is proclaimed “Show Off!” Flash cards are a favorite with kids, from toddlers to school age. They are also considered to be one of the most effective ways to retain information, at any age.

Reading is a pleasure – Created by an educator and dyslexia specialist in Tubac and designed for children with dyslexia, this series of books uses decodable text from the early stages of literacy to ensure children can read without guessing. They offer decodable books that include reading and other activities to keep kids engaged.

Carefree Highway MKT offers unique handmade kids gifts and decorations such as these Paw print pencils. They also come in cacti and other forms.

For gourmets

Cactus Corn Variety Box includes six individually wrapped bags of Kettle Corn, Caramel Corn, Prickly Pear Kettle Corn, White Cheddar Jalapeno, Southwest Mesquite and Cheddar. BONUS: Order between November 23 and December 21, 2021, for a special “Holiday Touch”.

A blog on local gifts wouldn’t be complete without Cerreta candy company. For more than 50 years, this Glendale family business has been creating delicious chocolates and confectionery. Just browse their online store to make your mouth water! Buy in store or online.

If you’ve attended a home show in Arizona in the past 10 years you’ve seen the King of the BBQ, do you know the guy dressed as Elvis? Its Rockin ‘Rubs & Sauces Arizona Grill & Fireplace will add the right amount of rock n ‘roll to any dish.

For him and her

Rosie and Jennifer gifted these soaps for wild women gift set to a staff member. She loved Desert Aloe scent so much that she bought a few more more The Foot Spa set which includes mint pumice soap, shea butter foot scrub, shea butter foot butter and a pumice stone.

For the man who keeps his beard in perfect condition, The Barbe du Bassin Arizona-inspired home-made scents will give his beard, mustache, hair or eyebrows the nourishment it deserves.

Casa Kira’s A beautiful range of jewelry is handcrafted with fair trade and ethical materials from around the world.

Remarkable local shops

If online shopping isn’t your thing and you like to see and smell items before you buy, these local gift shops have an eclectic range of products.

Rosiebud Staff Choice

Some of the Rosiebuds (Rosie staff) also have their favorite local stores. Here are a few of their choices.

Jen’s favorites are located in Heber. “Mary Maudes is an antique dealer. At one point they had a little stall inside selling homemade jams and they were delicious. I don’t know if this is something all the time. The jam was a gift from my father who lives up there. Wild Woods has some super cute trinkets and wood carvings. I also got soaps and stuff from Windy Hills Lavender Farm. I can confirm that they have very good lavender smells.

Rochelle has a parent who makes oatmeal and lavender bath lattes, pine goat’s milk, spicy vanilla and snickerdoodle soaps, brown sugar and cinnamon body scrubs, and sugar syrup. autumn elderberry. A storefront at Cordes Junction will open, but for now, find it at Autumn elderberry syrup on Facebook.

Rosie loves Arizona vineyard gift baskets. The Romeros buy a lot of Arizona highways subscriptions for parents out of state. For those who live here or are planning a visit, an annual family gift Arizona State Park Pass with one of Roger Naylor’s books would make a nice gift. Rogers’ works include “Crazy for the Heat: Arizona Tales of Ghosts, Gumshoes and Bigfoot, Route 66” and “Boots and Burgers”. Find them on www.rogernaylor.com. If you have the opportunity to go to Tubac, you will find plenty. It’s a shopping extravaganza!

Susan lives in Tucson. “The Blue willow restaurant has the best gift shop. Lots of women on my list each year are destined to receive a gift or two from this eclectic and fun boutique. Also stay for a bite to eat. I also launch into The seasoned woman when I’m next to Baggin’s to see what’s new. Zocalo and green things has an abundance of southwest inspired treasures for the gardener on your list.

Farmers and artisans markets

There are so many ultra-creative artisans to be found at local farmer’s markets and artisans’ fairs. If you are looking for unique gifts, this is the place to find them. This list of links will help you find markets in your area.
Statewide
Flag pole
Phoenix Metro
Sedona
Sierra Vista
Tucson, Green Valley

Other ideas

the Rosie on the house’s online store has items that any DIY enthusiast would love. From tough gardening gloves, painting supplies, tools and more, our online store has your list covered!

Book of the month – Do you have a bookworm on your list? Give them the gift of surprising and engaging readings. Since 1926, a team of experts has been organizing new releases, hot topics, early authors and more and sending them to the subscriber’s home.

On a budget? Discover LFA’s gifts for Less than $ 25 page.

Gift cards

If you like simplicity, go for the gift card at local stores, restaurants and experiences. Most of the providers mentioned here offer them, as does LFA. Or go to your favorite local business and buy them. Rosie On the House also offers gift certificates through our Online Store.

the Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance Tucson Attractions Passport offers exclusive savings on southern Arizona attractions. In addition, for each book sold, one is given to a soldier stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. It is a gift that is offered more than once!

Ready, ready, shop!

We hope you enjoy purchasing these items as much as your recipients enjoy receiving them. Also remember these businesses and resources for other gift giving opportunities! For the friends and family of Rosiebuds reading this, these gift ideas will be well received. Clue, clue. Wink wink!

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