Where to Find the Perfect Gift

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

Looking for the perfect souvenir for yourself or a gift for friends or family stuck at home? Not to worry – we’ve got you covered with these unique shopping options that will ensure you’ll go home with a gift for everyone on your list.

Artistic Endeavors

The Store at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has imaginative gifts for the creative minds in your life – everything from novelty items and toys to jewelry and home furnishings.

No trip to Scottsdale is complete without a visit to Cosanti, the working studio of late architect Paolo Soleri. His famed bronze and ceramic wind-bells make the perfect gift for the artistically inclined.

If you have any budding musicians on your gift list, the store at the Musical Instrument Museum delights with all things related to the music of the world, including CDs, instruments, coffee table books, games and cultural items.

Native Traditions

Don’t miss the Heard Museum Shop, which provides authentic artwork purchased directly from the finest Native American artists. You’ll find an extensive selection of jewelry pottery, katsina dolls, books and woven baskets.

Browse the vast collection of vintage and contemporary Native American art at River Trading Post. Treasures here include antique Navajo weavings, pre-Columbian pottery, katsina dolls and jewelry.

Performances of Native Trails (most Thursdays and Saturdays, January through March) are accompanied by outstanding Native American craftsmen demonstrating and selling their art, which includes pottery, baskets and jewelry.

Western & Arizona Shops

A Scottsdale tradition for more than 80 years, Saba’s Western Wear has a wide selection of hats, boots and clothing for cowboys and cowgirls of all ages. The Saba’s Famous Texas Boots are all handcrafted.

At Scottsdale Pendleton you’ll find natural fiber clothing for men and women, as well as Pendleton’s renowned jacquard blankets.

Shades of the West specializes in Western and Native American themed gift items, including clothing and leather goods.

Foodie Finds

The brainchild of one of Scottsdale’s favorite restaurateurs, Pavle Milic, FnB Bodega offers a revolving selection of Arizona wines and locally sourced culinary gifts like custom spice blends from FnB Chef Charleen Badman.

A Scottsdale favorite since 1951, Sphinx Date Co. is known for its sweet medjool dates, locally crafted pantry goods, and Arizona wines and craft beers. Take a break on their patio and enjoy one of their famous date milkshakes!

Shopping at Queen Creek Olive Mill is as much of a treat for you as it is for your gift recipient. Sample extra virgin olive oils and traditional balsamic vinegars in flavors like pomegranate and strawberry then buy a gift set for friends.