Every now and then I am contacted by people who are from another state but want to purchase a local gift for a friend or a loved one here. Some of these can be purchased online, so that will work! If you live in Arizona, and you are looking for a gift for someone who seems to have everything, or that you might not know too well, here are some ideas for local items that will please the Arizonan on your gift list.
Finally, some of these are suitable for people who don't live in Arizona but would like to. In other words, here are some gift ideas from anyone to anyone!
- Phoenix Movie Theater Tickets
Both Harkins and AMC have a gift card that can be used for movies and concession items. Check here to see which movie theaters are in your neighborhood. If your gift recipient likes to see foreign films or other specialty films, you'll see which movie theaters offer those films here.
- Harkins Theatres Gift Card
- AMC Entertainment Card
- Arizona Wines
Parts of Arizona have a surprisingly accommodating soil and environment for vineyards, and wine production has soared in recent years. You can visit wineries in Southern Arizona and Central/Northern Arizona and purchase them there. If you don't want to taste them before you buy them, you can find Arizona wines at local groceries like Whole Foods.
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
A ride in a hot air balloon is unique and memorable. There are champagne flights, breakfast flights, sunset flights, flights with Jeep tours, and everything in between. You don't have to schedule the flight when purchasing the gift certificate; the recipients of your gift can do that for themselves.
- Tickets to a Show or Concert
There are so many shows and concerts going on in the Valley. There's also opera, ballet, and various symphonies! Check the calendar to see the wide variety of performances offered here.
- Fairytale Brownies
Who doesn't love a brownie? Fairytale Brownies has it all — twelve different flavors of brownies that you can arrange in various sizes of gift packages for all occasions. They even have kosher brownies. You can order online, from the catalog, or visit their physical location at 4610 E. Cotton Center Boulevard in Phoenix. AJ's Fine Foods also carries them. You know, so you can try each one for yourself before you order them for others!
- Pedego Scottsdale
Pedego Electric Bikes come in 10 models, multiple sizes, two styles (classic and step-thru), and dozens of color combinations to suit every personality: the Comfort Cruiser for the relaxed canal rider, the fat tire Trail Tracker for the adventurous rider, the foldable Latch for the light traveler, and more. These bikes come complete with the "Scottsdale Purchase Advantage," which includes free scheduled maintenance and 10% off accessories for one year after purchase. Pedego Scottsdale can also drop ship bikes anywhere in the country, free of sales tax (excluding Arizona and California). If you don't want to buy the bike, but you'd rather gift a unique experience to a friend or loved one, rental gift certificates are available, either for a two-hour ride or an all-day ride. Pedego Scottsdale offers self-guided tours through Papago Park, to Tempe Town Lake, along with the canal, and other locations.
- Arizona Lottery Tickets
Arizona Lottery tickets make great sticking stuffers, birthday card stuffers, or office gifts. They are easy to mail and you are sure to find just the right number of tickets to match your budget. You can read about the various lottery ticket choices here, but the only place you can buy a legitimate Arizona lottery ticket is at a participating retailer. Most convenience stores and grocery stores have them.
- Tickets to Sporting Events
We've got professional men's and women's basketball, baseball, football, hockey, arena football, professional golf, professional tennis, spring training baseball--you name it, we've got it! If the sport you are interested in isn't selling during the season you are buying (like baseball tickets for Christmas, or Spring Training Tickets on the 4th of July) just make a nice certificate yourself with an IOU for the tickets!
- The Gift of Arizona State Parks
Buying an Arizona State Parks annual pass is an economical idea that gives families opportunities and get in the outdoors and creates family memories together. Many State Parks are just hours from urban areas and offer diverse and fascinating ecosystems for recreating, or exploring the history of Arizona. You can purchase an annual pass online at AZStateParks.com. The pass allows day entrance for up to four adults. It includes all the parks except weekends and holidays at the western Arizona coast parks along the Colorado River.
- A Day at the Spa
A day of relaxation at a local spa makes a wonderful gift. Here are some places where you can be sure that your spa lover will get the pampering she deserves.
- Restaurant Gift Certificates
Just about every restaurant in town, from fast food to the most elegant gourmet dining establishment, offers gift certificates. Here are 15 restaurants that I can recommend in various locations around town that have discounted gift certificates available that can be purchased online.
- A Culinary Adventure
All year long there are culinary events, where attendees taste and sip and listen to music. Some are indoors, some outside. Some are fancy, and sometimes flip-flops are appropriate foot attire. Some are expensive, and some are...not so expensive. Tickets to a food tasting or culinary festival make great gifts! Find a foodie event in Greater Phoenix.
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