Finding the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones can sometimes be a daunting task. However, we believe that you can make any Localist happy with one of the following local gift picks. Many of these gifts are customizable, and most are very affordable. Plus, buying any of these gifts means that your money will stay and circulate in the local economy to support a vibrant community you're proud to call home. And isn't that the best gift of all?
Here are our top 5 "Certified Local" holiday gift picks for 2016:
1. Localist Membership
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. Pro tip: Get one for you AND your friend so you can experience all the local fun together!
2. 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.
3. 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)!
4. Tickets to the Devour Culinary Classic and Devour Week
The Devour Culinary Classic (February 26 - March 5, 2017) is the region’s premier annual culinary event. Now offering a week-long series at multiple venues in Phoenix, the events showcase the fine food and drink restaurants, producers and purveyors of Arizona while furthering metro Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of international prestige. The main event--the Devour Culinary Classic--is a weekend foodie paradise with an infinite number of food and beverage samplings. Leading up to the Classic are four unique pre-events that showcase local culinary leaders in intimate settings around the Valley. Tickets to any Devour events make a great holiday gift as tickets are already going quickly!
5. Tickets to Savor Southern Arizona Food + Wine Festival
Tucson’s culinary prestige and slow food movement has been growing each year, and now is the time to SAVOR. Indulge in the flavors of Southern Arizona’s culinary arts at the 4th Annual Southern Arizona Food and Wine Festival on February 4, 2017, surrounded by the colorful floral blooms of the Tucson Botanical Gardens. This is a great opportunity to explore what makes Tucson the United States' only UNESCO City of Gastronomy by sampling the region's best culinary fare. Early bird tickets are currently on sale through December 31, 2016, for $65, and Localist members get a 10% discount on tickets with a private discount code (email [email protected] for details).
We believe these gift ideas will make any Localist happy for the holidays, but if you're looking for more ideas, don't miss all of the Buy Local Month specials through January 1, 2017, from hundreds of local businesses across the state.