14 Ways to Gift Locally for the Holidays

BLM Banner 720x90 The holiday season is in full swing! As you're out and about looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones, remember to think Local First to find the most unique gifts and pump your dollars in to the local economy. Here are 14 ways you can make an impact and gift locally for the holidays:

1. Use the Local First Arizona directory.

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Head to the Local First Arizona directory to search over 2,500 local businesses across Arizona! Additionally, visit our Buy Local Month page for hundreds of great deals and offers from local businesses going on all month long.

2. Send a local gift basket.

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 2.03.59 PM Get this adorable gift basket from Arizona Gifts.

Looking to show you care but not sure what gift to give? Send a local gift basket filled with a variety of fun goodies!

3. Shop for the kiddos at local toy stores.

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 2.09.40 PM Get your kid a Narwhalicorn from Yikes Toy Store.

Spoil your kids with the most unique toys from local toy stores! They will certainly have some amazing toys that you've never heard of before...

4. Make your own gifts with help from local craft stores.

Tucson Clay Coop Make your own pottery at Tucson Clay Co-op!

Getting creative with your gift giving this year? Visit your local arts and crafts store to make your own gifts or purchase locally-made crafts!

5. Turn the music junkie in your life on to some new local tunes.

Zia Records Grab vinyls, CDs, and more from music stores like Zia Records.

New and used music stores offer a plethora of great gift opportunities, especially for the music lovers in your life.

6. Local art makes a thoughtful gift.

Bisbee After 5 art This piece by Kaia Thomas Fine Art for Bisbee After 5 would be great in any home! 

Arizona is home to some wonderful local artists. Stop by your local art walk and check out local artists, museums, and galleries for some great gift ideas!

7. Local memberships give the gift of local fun all year long!

DBG Desert Botanical Garden memberships give the gift of nature all year!

Giving a membership as a gift is a year-long gift of fun and adventure! The options are endless: Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens are just a few! The Local First Arizona Localist membership also promises the gift of local fun all year long!

8. Another gift that keeps on giving: a subscription to a local publication.

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 3.20.56 PM Arizona Highways will deliver beautiful Arizona photography to your home every month!

Treat your friend or family member interesting articles, amazing photography, and more delivered right to their door! There are many local periodicals and magazines to choose for every taste.

9. For the avid reader, visit your local bookstore for the newest releases.

 Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 3.51.45 PM Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has an awesome selection of new and used books!

A book is a great way to transport yourself with out actually traveling anywhere. Visit your local bookstore for a great selection of books for children, adults, and everyone in between!

10. Go local with your gift cards.

devour egift card The Devour Phoenix eGift Card gives access to over 25 delicious local restaurants!

You can get a gift card for just about anything these days. Skip the big box gift cards and go local! For dining, try the Devour Phoenix eGift Card or the Tucson Originals Gift Card.

11. Choose local treats for those with a sweet tooth.

fairy tale brownies xmas Get these delicious bites from Fairy Tale Brownies.

For the dessert lovers in your life, find some delicious local confections to meet their sweet cravings.

12. For the ladies (and gents), buy local personal care products.

fizzy bath lotions Fizzy Bella Bath Boutique offers lotions and soaps in Flagstaff.

Get some handmade and great smelling and soothing lotions, soaps, and more from local vendors.

13. Shop local online.

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Shopping online is easy. You can still shop online and shop local!

14. Visit your local mail service and supply store to ship your gifts.

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Sending packages to out-of-town friends and family? Visit your local mail service and supply stores to get everything shipped on time!