'Tis the Season to Buy Local!
BUY LOCAL MONTH: NOVEMBER 25 - JANUARY 1
Buy Local Month is Local First Arizona's annual holiday campaign to help you find the best local businesses for your holiday needs and remind Arizonans about the importance of local businesses to our communities and economy. We've put together gift guides, compiled holiday events, and collected offers and discounts from dozens of local businesses across the state. Join the celebration and buy local for the holidays!
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO BUY LOCAL
Sign the pledge below to join the community of Localists who are shifting their spending for the holiday season.
CELEBRATE BUY LOCAL MONTH: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Local First AZ Members: Sign Up Here
How You Can Make a Difference this Holiday Season
With collective holiday spending in America projected to exceed $650 billion (National Retail Federation), spending your money with local businesses can have a huge impact. Celebrate Buy Local Month with Local First Arizona by shifting as much of your holiday spending on gift giving, celebrations, and other necessities to local businesses. For every dollar that you spend with a local business from a national chain, up to four times more money will stay to circulate in the local economy to create jobs and prosperity in communities across Arizona.
What's Your Impact? Watch Our 1-Minute Video:
Understand your holiday shopping impact: Read Kimber's opinion piece in the Arizona Republic.
Take Action: Spread the Word
Click on any of the messages below to post to your social media and help spread the importance of shopping locally for the holidays!
Want more? Check out our Buy Local Month promotional toolkit for graphics, tweets, and more.
Local First Arizona Holiday Gift Picks
Check out Local First Arizona's top picks for the holidays that will make any Localist happy:
At just $20 per year, the Localist membership from Local First Arizona is an extremely affordable way to share your passion for Arizona with a loved one. As a Localist, you will receive special invitations and access to unique opportunities throughout the year, all while supporting local businesses along the way.
downtown tucson gift card
Good at any of the 70+ participating Downtown business, the Downtown Tucson eGift Card allows you to treat all of Downtown as one experience, so rather than choosing between the many gift-worthy businesses in Downtown, you can buy an eGift Card for your loved ones and let them enjoy. Photo: Fed By Threads
Devour Phoenix Gift Card
The Devour Phoenix eGift Card equals access to over 30 of the best local restaurant locations in the Valley. This gift card is instantly redeemable and offers a great opportunity to introduce those new to Phoenix’s innovative and award-winning dining scene, or please your favorite foodie friend. Buy $100, get $25 free (Dec. 19 - Jan. 1)! Photo: Joyride Taco House
Bonus Gift Ideas:
We're planning some great food-focused events in early 2017, including the Savor Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival in Tucson (February 4, 2017) and the Devour Culinary Classic in Phoenix (February 26 - March 5, 2017). Tickets would make a great gift for any of your foodie friends!
Buy Local Month Events
Celebrate Buy Local Month with these Local First Arizona events:
Local First Arizona and the Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance are partnering up to present our annual Local Shopping Passport which makes it easy for you to plan your holiday shopping and support locally-owned businesses at the same time.
Come out to celebrate Buy Local Month with Pop-Cycle for a popup market featuring exclusive, one-of-a-kind handmade items from local artisans. Come out and see work from local artists Ashley White and Sharon Moon, and maybe find a locally made gift for a loved one!
Grab your friends and family and find that perfect gift this holiday season as you peruse this curated event of 20+ local artisans, from food and wine to art and craft.
This holiday season, join artist Carrie Levesque for a series of paper cutting workshops while you learn to create your own snowflakes for in-house decoration.
The holidays are here, and that means it's time to celebrate with friends, family, and neighbors! Join Local First and the fabulous folks of the Downtown Clifton Hotel for a one-of-a-kind viewing experience of the 22nd annual Tucson Parade of Lights. Ticket price includes reserved bleacher seating at the Downtown Clifton for parade viewing, admittance to the private viewing patio, two drinks and light appetizers. Non-alcoholic beverages and hot chocolate are also available to attendees! Proceeds benefit the Local First Arizona Foundation.
More Events to Celebrate Locally
Check back for upcoming holiday events that will get you in the local spirit. Events will be updated frequently, so check back for more!
Get in the spirit this season with the Annual Holiday Show at the Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood. Blazin’ M wranglers “deck the barn” with holiday-themed decorations, and champion yodelers, Jim and Jeanne Martin, and steel-guitar player, Bill Bassett, blend their melodic sounds and cowboy humor for a spectacular hour of holiday fun, perfect for the whole family.
Starting on Nov. 26, and continuing throughout the winter months is a new way to enjoy Downtown Chandler and cross off those places you’ve been meaning to try; The Downtown Chandler Winter Passport.
The 30th Annual Made in Clarkdale show will feature over 40 artists displaying original art, paintings, sculpture, pottery and hand-crafted items for viewing and for purchase just in time for the holidays.
Everyone’s favorite “stuffed with fluff” character takes the Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) stage December 2nd for his 21st production of A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail.
Picture with Gorilla Claus, Holiday Games, Open Jump, and fun with counselors!
The Phoestivus market features locally grown and produced gifts for holiday giving from more than 130 local vendors!
Great one of a kind Holiday Gifts by Sonoran Arts League artists.
Get ready for holiday fun in Young Arizona!
The holiday season officially kicks off the second Saturday in December with the all-day Christmas Craft Bazaar and the Parade of Lights down Main Street in the evening. These free, annual events are the perfect opportunity to find holiday gift ideas and decorations, enjoy an after-dark parade through downtown Camp Verde, and celebrate the season.
Raising Arizona Market will take place behind Worth Takeaway and will include roughly 30 venders; food, beverage and arts!
Arizona Broadway Theatre presents the annual Holiday Ladies Who Lunch, an opportunity for ladies to get together and enjoy good food and entertainment.
The Grammy® award-winning Phoenix Chorale brings its delightful tradition, A Chorale Christmas, for concerts around the Valley.
Get healthy for the holidays!
Snow Week is back this December at Arizona Science Center for seven days of science wonder. Over 60 tons of snow will blanket Heritage and Science Park's grassy hill in
Just as train tracks link distant locations, Verde Canyon Railroad forms a connection through time and space, comprised of precious memories with loved ones celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another.
Buy Local Month News
See what's happening for this year's Buy Local Month:
Have you ever wanted to create your own holiday ornament? Have you searched for a way to create a meaningful holiday tradition with your family? A local Flagstaff artist has a solution! George Averbeck has been blowing glass for more than three decades. His expertise is apparent when you step into the AZ Handmade Gallery on San Francisco St. in downtown Flagstaff. There are beautiful, hand blown ornaments, goblets, and more. You can select something just right for yourself or a loved one. Or, if you want to get even more involved, you can sign up for a class with George and go home with an ornament of your own color choice and design!
The Holidays are just around the corner and what better gift is there than original art? First Saturday Jerome Art Walk is the perfect night to start the season’s shopping for the perfect present. Twenty-one galleries and studios will be welcoming visitors with beautiful art, music and refreshments.
We've rounded up some of the best local holiday events for this coming weekend, so check out our top picks and mark your calendar!
Looking for Cyber Monday savings but want to skip the big box stores? We've rounded up some of the top Cyber Monday offers from our Local First Arizona members!
Looking for Black Friday savings but want to skip the big box stores? We've rounded up some great Black Friday offers from our Local First Arizona members!
As the holidays draw near, the anxiety of buying gifts, selecting delicious food items to serve at family and friend gatherings and finding just the right decorations can be an overwhelming task. Have no fear – local Arizona businesses have you covered!
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
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The most famous holiday hero of all?
Holiday shoppers may want to check their lists twice and think more critically about where they are spending their money.
Heart Dance Records has put together a holiday compilation CD called Christmas from the Heart and it features musicians from the all over Arizona!
Looking for More?
Search the Local First Arizona local business directory for nearly 3,000 local businesses across the state for all of your holiday shopping needs!