Local First AZ Gift Giving Guide: Tempe


Local 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.



Tempe is nestled near Phoenix and can be reached within an hour depending on where you live in Phoenix, is about 2 hours from Tucson, and just over 2 hours from Flagstaff. This lively college downtown center offers a shopping and dining experience as you whittle down your Holiday Shopping List.

Mill Ave bricks from the Downtown Tempe Authority

“The local businesses in Downtown Tempe add a character that differentiates us from anyplace else in the world. These businesses are passionate about our community and they show it by getting involved and playing a deeper role than just owning and operating a business. From donations to local charities to hours of volunteer time, they repeatedly show up. That passion coupled with their individuality deserves our support all year long. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect pair of shoes to keep your stride right, ASU gear for your next game day or alumni function, or a piece of handmade jewelry from a local artist, you’re sure to be inspired by Downtown Tempe’s eclectic selection of retailers. With local retail shops that offer both every day and specialty items, Downtown Tempe offers a truly unique and urban shopping experience that you will find nowhere else.”  ~ Kate Borders, Executive Director, Downtown Tempe Authority

Holiday Event



December 4 - 6, 2015. The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine and has received the prestigious Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association.  As many as 400 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.

Local Businesses Downtown Tempe Recommended for Holiday Shopping:

Click each business name to be directed to their website!

  1. The Shoe Mill
  2. NCounter
  3. Hackett House
  4. Candy Addict
  5. Brand X/Icon
  6. Cactus Sports
  7. Churchill’s Fine Cigars
  8. The Henna Shop
  9. Critical Threat Comics
  10. Pedal Haus
  11. Divaz Boutique
  12. Here on the Corner
  13. Delice Bistro
  14. Yucatecan
  15. Desert Roots Kitchen
  16. ASU Ceramics Museum Gift Shop
  17. Nush
  18. Who is Gym? (Local author's book on Arizona Sports history)