No matter who you're buying a present for, looking for the perfect gift for someone can make holiday shopping quite tedious, but if you're traveling to Arizona and want to bring back a souvenir for someone or you need a gift for someone who lives there, you'll find a number of unique gifts only available in the state that are sure to delight.
From tickets to events and concerts to specialty Arizona wines and candies, the Grand Canyon State offers visitors the chance to take home a part of the magic that makes the state so unique, perfect for holiday, birthday, or special occasion gifts.
Arizona has professional men's and women's basketball, baseball, football, hockey, arena football, professional golf, professional tennis, and spring training baseball.
If you're shopping for a loved one who loves sports, consider buying them a ticket to a home game for one of Arizona's many sports teams:
Parts of Arizona have a surprisingly accommodating soil and environments for vineyards, and wine production has soared in recent years across much of the state, with vineyards north of Phoenix in Verde Valley, south of Tucson in Sonoita, or east of Tucson in Willcox.
You can visit wineries in Southern Arizona or take a wine tasting trip to Central or Northern Arizona to try out some of their vintages and pick up a bottle (or take someone with you) as a gift. If you don't want to taste them before you buy them, you can also find Arizona wines at groceries stores like Whole Foods or at local wine shops.
Fairytale Brownies has 12 different flavors of brownies that you can arrange in various sizes of gift packages for all occasions, and they even have kosher brownies!
You can order online, from the catalog, or visit their physical location in Phoenix or stop by AJ's Fine Foods, which also carries these delectable treats. The benefit of going to the Phoenix location, though, is that you get to try each flavor for yourself before ordering them for others.
A ride in a hot air balloon is a unique and beautiful experience, especially when it comes to flying high above the Grand Canyon State (or the Grand Canyon itself), and Arizona has a ton of options for this gift of adventure: champagne flights, breakfast flights, sunset flights, flights with Jeep tours, and more. The best part is that you don't have to schedule the flight when purchasing the gift certificate—the recipients of your gift can do that for themselves.
There are so many shows and concerts going on in the Valley all year long, including opera concerts, ballet recitals, and various symphonies, so if you're shopping for an Arizona resident, there's no shortage of tickets you can get for them to enjoy well after the holidays have passed. Check the Phoenix concert calendar to see the wide variety of performances offered here, and buy your special someone a ticket to one of the great shows coming to Phoenix in the near future.
Pedego Electric Bikes come in ten models, multiple sizes, two styles (classic and step-thru), and dozens of color combinations to suit every personality. Some examples include 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 percent off accessories for one year after purchase. Pedego Scottsdale can also 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 also available, either for a two-hour ride or an all-day ride. Pedego Scottsdale offers self-guided tours of Papago Park, Tempe Town Lake, the canal, and various other locations.
Arizona Lottery tickets make great stocking stuffers, birthday card inserts, or office gifts.
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.
Buying an Arizona State Parks annual pass is an economical idea that gives families opportunities to get out into the outdoors and create memories together. Many state parks are just hours from urban areas and offer diverse and fascinating ecosystems for recreation or exploring the history of Arizona.
You can purchase an annual pass online at Arizona State Parks' website. The pass allows day entrance for up to four adults and includes all the parks except weekends and holidays at the western Arizona coast parks along the Colorado River.
Just about every restaurant in town, from fast food to the most elegant gourmet dining establishment, offers gift certificates. Here are 15 restaurants that have discounted gift certificates available for purchase online.
For foodies who live in the state, all year long there are culinary events, where attendees taste delicious meals and listen to live music while sipping on specialty cocktails. Tickets to a food tasting or culinary festival make great gifts, so find a foodie event in Greater Phoenix, and buy your loved one a pass to experience the art of cooking.
A day of relaxation at a local spa makes a wonderful gift, and Arizona is full of great luxury spa experiences, including a number of natural hot springs with wellness retreat centers nearby.
Four-star spas in Arizona include Aji Spa in Phoenix, The Centre for Well Being in Scottsdale, the Sanctuary Spa in Paradise Valley, the Spa at Omni Tucson National in Tucson, and the Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana, each of which offers the option of buying a gift pass for a full day of spa service.