'Tis the Season to Buy Local! 


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! 


Sign the pledge below to join the community of Localists who are shifting their spending for the holiday season.



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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.

If each holiday shopper shifted just 10% of their spending from national chains to independent businesses, that would add up to a huge investment in creating prosperous and vibrant communities that we are proud to call home.
— Kimber Lanning, Founder & Director, Local First Arizona

What's Your Impact? Watch Our 1-Minute Video:

The whole notion that money saved at chains drives an economy is flawed because it assumes chains are always cheaper, which isn’t true. And any savings is significantly offset by jobs eliminated as well as lost income overall.
— Kimber Lanning, Founder & Director, Local First Arizona

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:

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.

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:

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! 

Buy Local Month News

See what's happening for this year's Buy Local Month:

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!