Each year I present many gift ideas to help ease your shopping pain! Some gifts work all year long, for birthdays, graduations, thank you gifts and such:
Here are some unique gift ideas that will only be offered for the winter holidays in 2016. Rather than spend a lot of time at holiday boutiques looking for that one-of-a-kind special something, one of these might make someone on your Christmas list very happy!
Check back often. I continue to add items until right before Christmas. Note: Prices mentioned do not include tax or tips, where applicable.
Sugar Plum Perfection
This facial at Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics in Scottsdale will consist of an enzyme made from plum purée, raw honey, calendula, Arctic berry and red currant along with any additional Ayurvedic and organic ingredients appropriate for my individual clients skincare needs. It also includes a complimentary consultation and a hand-mixed mask hand mixed made especially for the client’s specific skin conditions. Rejuvena’s esthetician Kimberly Smith says she formulated the Sugar Plum Perfection Facial because plums help oxygenate your skin by increasing micro-circulation, raw honey contains probiotics and trace minerals that heal your skin, Arctic berry is a rare form of an exfoliating and brightening powerhouse and will have a significant effect on texture, and ... holidays can be stressful! Appintment required, $125 for one hour treatment, good during December 2016.
More information: Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics
The Gift of Tamales
Here in the valley, one of the most popular and loved places around town to find tamales this time of year is Los Sombreros in Scottsdale. They offer several different flavors of tamales this holiday season, great to serve at a holiday event, they make a great gift. Flavors: Beef Picadillo with Mole Sauce; Chicken Picadillo; Green Corn; Rajas & Cheese; Tomatillo Chicken; Chipotle Pork; Spicy Pork; Red Chile Beef; Chorizo & Black Bean; Pineapple & Raisin; Canela (Cinnamon); Chocolate. $34.95/dozen (1 flavor); $36.95/dozen (2 flavors); $39.95/dozen (1 of each flavor); $24.95 Dessert packet with 9 tamales, 3 flavors. Los Sombreros holiday tamales will be available for order until December 20, 2016. Please call to place an order. Order must be prepaid and made 72 hours prior pick up.
More information: Los Sombreros
Backyard barbecue experts and grill masters will appreciate these stocking stuffers: BBQ Sauce Beer Bottle (Regular or Spicy) for $7.95, a BBQ Sauce Jug (Regular or Spicy) for $15, or a BBQ Sauce 5 oz. Bottle (Regular or Spicy) for $3.95. Available at both Bobby Q locations in Phoenix and Mesa.
More information: Bobby Q Great Steaks and BBQ.
The metalsmiths at Moonage in Phoenix, Kelli Van and Tyler Greene, create affordable quality handmade jewelry that is inspired by the Arizona Desert including items like the “Cacti Love Ring” ($38) and the “Southwest Cuff Set” ($85). Moonage also collaborates with fellow local artists to carry products like soy candles, greeting cards and small prints. You'll find their permanent pop-up shop within Roosevelt Row’s resident food hall and event venue, DeSoto Central Market.
A Holiday Glow
The new Winter Berry Glow is a pampering treatment at Boulders Resort & Spa in Carefree to give the skin a luminous, glistening look for the holiday season. The 80-minute facial begins with a rejuvenating exfoliation followed by oxygenating toners along with skin tightening peptides essentials. The skin is refreshed and awakened with a blend of arctic berries, lingonberry seed oil and hibiscus seed extract. Fragrant Hibiscus accessories provide instant firming and tightening properties that take the appearance of the skin to the next level while Sugar Plum and Cranberry supply vital anti-oxidants. Spa guests can relax with a berry mimosa, and reveal luminous glistening skin this holiday season. The cost of a 50-minute Winter Berry Glow is $155 and for 80 minutes the cost is $220.
For the Beer Lovers
Christmas Crowlers from Padre Murphy's in Glendale. These 32 oz decorated crowler cans (with a to: and from: space for names) make great stocking stuffers and can be filled with any of Padre Murphy's 47 craft drafts. Price: $10.
The third largest vineyard in the state, Carlson Creek Vineyard, has their holiday favorites 2013 Sweet Adeline Riesling ($19/bottle), 2015 Rosé ($21/bottle) and 2014 Mourvèdre ($28/bottle), along with their flagship wine, the 2013 Rule of Three, a red blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre ($28/bottle). Shop online or purchase at their tasting room in Scottsdale.
Do Some Good and Give Coffee
When you give the gift of Beneficial Beans products, all proceeds benefit adults with autism. Coffee lovers on your list? Beneficial Beans coffee is available in Signature, Dark or Espresso roasts and monthly subscriptions are available. Find a retail outlet or order online.
Laser Cut States and Faces
A husband and wife team in Gilbert makes quality reclaimed wood burned decor and laser cut wood gifts at their business, LetterCraft. There are handmade signs, walls, furniture, coasters, coat racks, ornaments, keychains, magents, puzzles, and more, all out of wood that has been repurposed. Popular holiday items include state cutouts and ornaments of famous faces (Justin Bieber? Einstein? Donald Trump?). Unique items for $5 and up.
OdySea Aquarium Holiday Gift Offer
Offering $50 off the price of a Family Annual Pass and $25 off the price of an Individual Annual Pass during the month of December 2016. Annual passes include unlimited visits to OdySea Aquarium, special entrance with no waiting at the ticket window, invitation to special events throughout the year, discount at the gift shop and café. The cost of a Family Annual Pass starts at $229.95 and the cost of an Individual Annual Pass is $149. More about OdySea Aquarium.
A Gift That Gives Back to the Community
Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development, held a national children’s book writing contest and published its first-ever children’s book called Up Up Up. For each copy sold, the organization will provide one to a child in need, plus proceeds from the book help fund early literacy programs in Arizona. Written by Phoebe Fox and illustrated by Michael Hale, both Valley residents, Up Up Up follows the journey of ten animals on their way up to a party on the 10th floor. As the guests board the elevator, something happens that causes them to take an unexpected detour. The simple text and humorous illustrations blend perfectly to create a charming book for very young readers (birth to age 3). Order online or pick one up in Phoenix at 2850 N. 24th Street.