Local First AZ Gift Giving Guide: Ajo

2015-bannerLocal First Arizona recruited help from a number of cities in Arizona to compile a list of gift giving ideas to inspire you to think outside the (big) box this holiday season and shop locally statewide. Each gift guide is separated by city and a complete list of the cities that have a gift giving guide can be viewed here.


Ajo is in Southern Arizona and is only 2 hours from Phoenix, 2 and a half hours from Tucson, and just under 4 hours from Flagstaff. Check out these independent gift options in this town and consider a day-trip down. The Local First Business Directory - Ajo has a few more local businesses.

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The Sonoran Desert Conference Center

Give the gift of leisure with a certificate for a weekend getaway to the SDCC on the historic Curley School Campus. With a full menu of authentic cultural, artistic and outdoor experiences, whoever you send our way will have a restorative and memorable experience.

Phone: (520) 775-2565 Web: sonorandesertconferencecenter.com

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Karen Sucharski (Curley School Artist)

Unique Sonoran Desert Javelina baby pillows and/or boxed set of three mini worry javelinas. Prices are $15.00 for baby pillows and $10.00 for boxed set.

Phone:  (719) 201-1707

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aVita boutique in the Raven's Nest

This fun boutique has lots of great gifts lining the walls including clothing, Holistic products, and original art such as Day of the Dead Dolls by local artist April Stewart.

Phone: (520) 387-4948 Facebook: aVita boutique

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100 Estrella Restaurant

Get your beer loving loved one a beer tasting and tutorial with local beer guru and certified beer server Tom. Includes 7 tasters and a glass of beer. $20 for 1 or $35 for 2 (tax, gratuity not included)

Phone: (520) 387-3110 Facebook: 100 Estrella Restaurant

Oasis Café

What better place to enjoy a steaming hot peppermint hot chocolate or cappuccino than under the Spanish colonial arcades of the historic Ajo Town Plaza? With the open green space skirted by palm trees, there really is no more picturesque place to have your morning coffee or a light lunch than the Oasis Café. Gift certificates available in various denominations.

Phone: 520-387-4455 Facebook: Ajo Oasis Cafe

bloom Wellness Center

Gift Certificates are available for all services at bloom Wellness Center. Each gift certificate comes with a holiday bag and card to personalize your gift with a message.  bloom will also have a variety of retail products available to customize a gift basket for that special someone in your life.  An expert will be on location to help guide you in finding the perfect gift.  Give the gift of relaxation, stress relief and pampering all while supporting a local Ajo business that was built on love for Ajo and the belief in community enrichment.

Phone: (312)-730-3902, call Susan Facebook: bloom

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The International Sonoran Desert Alliance

For that person who has everything, sponsor a local youth in getting their GED or taking the first steps toward a new career through a vocational internship or apprenticeship. By supporting ISDA’s continuum of support you can give the gift of opportunity to some well-deserving young people looking to expand the possibilities of their future.

Phone: 520-387-6823 Web: isdanet.org

Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture Membership

For just $5 a year you can give that special someone seasonal seeds, seedlings and bags of compost as well as a bi-weekly newsletter full of recipes and best practices. If that special someone on your list has a green thumb, a membership to the Ajo CSA might be just the thing.

Web: ajocsa.com Email: [email protected]

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MikeY’s (Curley School Artist)

Memories of grandmother's fresh baked bread - but updated for the Sonoran Desert SW lifestyle - Jalapeno Bread! $5.00 per French style 1 lb. round Boule. Ajo is the only place you can get it.

E-mail: [email protected] Phone: 480.427.1619

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Ajo Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center Gift Shop

Show you’ve been somewhere unique with stocking stuffers and gifts from the Heart of the Sonoran Desert. Need a gift for foodie? How about a locally made etched glass cutting board?

Phone: 520-387-7742 Web: ajochamber.com