Some people are difficult to buy for, and some people just have way too much stuff already. Here are five gift ideas in various price ranges for this holiday season.
5 Gift Ideas For Phoenix Residents and Visitors
1. There's no better way to enjoy Arizona than a trip to the Grand Canyon. Let someone else do the driving and settle in for a day trip from the Phoenix area's Sonoran Desert to the Red Rock area of Sedona and beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. The tour includes several Canyon viewpoints and time for rim walk and lunch on your own. The tour also stops at the Navajo Indian Reservation and historic Cameron Trading Post for shopping and views of the Painted Desert cliffs.
One and Two-Day Sedona and Grand Canyon Tours. Cost of this gift: $85 and up.
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2. Spring Training Baseball doesn't start until the end of February, but you can be sure that some of the tickets will go fast when they go on sale. We have 15 teams in the Cactus League. Every team has a different date for when tickets go on sale. Some teams will offer tickets before Christmas but most go on sale in January. In that case, you'll have to give a home-made certificate indicating what your gift is, and then you can buy the tickets when they are available.
Spring Training Tickets: How To Buy Tickets. Cost of this gift: $8 to $50 and up for two tickets.
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3. I like to give tickets to special events to people who don't need more stuff. There are several coming up that are very difficult tickets to get; they are already sold out. The Fiesta Bowl is usually sold out before the teams ever get announced, but you can try to get them online. All hard-to-get tickets are possible to obtain if you are willing to pay the price to a reputable ticket broker like TicketsNow.com. Then there are concert tours that will be coming to town, so you can buy that special someone tickets to their favorite performers.
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4. Restaurant.com Certificates are easy to give, and you can get them by email. No tax or shipping charge. That also means that you can email a certificate to your favorite Phoenix gift recipient! If you don't know what kind of restaurant they'd like, you may purchase a gift certificate instead. Remember that there are restrictions. Certificates have expiration dates, minimum purchases, may not be used on holidays, restrictions on hours (most are good for dinner only). There may be other restrictions, too.
Buy an Restaurant.com Certificate or ECard Direct. Sometimes there are sales, and you can get the certificates even cheaper using a discount code.
Cost of this gift: $10 (or less with a discount code) for a $25 certificate. Other denominations available, too.
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5. The Children's Museum of Phoenix is designed for younger kids, probably up to about 8-years-old, where they can crawl, climb, draw, build, read, slide, pedal, design, create, feel and explore. I found it charming, and if you know someone with young children or have grandchildren that are toddlers, and they just don't need more stuff, this might be a wonderful family gift.
Cost of this gift: $195 for 4 people for as many visits as they'd like for one year. Individual visits are $11 per person and gift certificates are available.
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