2020 Scottsdale Holiday Gift Guide

By local contributor
Christina La Porte

If you’re anything like me, the feeling of giving the perfect gift and seeing the smile on a loved one’s face as they open it, is priceless. So, whether it’s a tasty treat, a memorable experience or something hand-crafted, this list of uniquely Scottsdale finds can help with checking off everyone on your list.

 

EXPERIENTIAL GIFTS

FOR THE FOODIE

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Forget a new kitchen or grill gadget, give the gift of flavor with tickets to a special dinner at the Chef’s Kitchen and Herb Garden at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Each month, the resort hosts uniquely themed dinner parties where guests can indulge in the best and most flavorful, locally grown ingredients cooked in a live demonstration format by Executive Chef Marcos Seville. Each four-course meal is then artfully paired with the perfect wine or spirit for a fantastic feast. For more details and pricing, visit the website to find contact information.

 


FOR THE DESIGN GEEK

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It’s not a coffee table book this year! Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours specializes not only in knowing intriguing details about midcentury modern architecture throughout the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, but also leads individualized tours of artist galleries, public art pieces, studios and art museums. The design geek in your life will thank you.

 


FOR THE LITTLE ONES

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Make a day of it at Arizona Boardwalk. The campus is home to the OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, Surprise Your Eyes, Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs, a Laser + Mirror Maze and more to keep the kiddos entertained all day, plus the Polar Play Ice Bar for some fun for mom and dad. Combo tickets permit visitors into multiple attractions at a savings, so the family can stay engaged and entertained all day!

 


FOR THE ADVENTURER

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Hiking boots and outerwear are great, but the outdoorsy folks in your life won’t forget exploring the Sonoran Desert on four wheels with Stellar Adventures or on two wheels with Wild Bunch Desert Guides. Stellar Adventures leads exhilarating ATV and Desert Hummer tours, so you can kick it into high gear or sit back and let the guide do the driving, all while learning more about the desert surroundings. For the mountain biker – or hiker! – look no further than Wild Bunch Desert Guides, offering fun and educational excursions for every experience and comfort level.

 

STOCKING STUFFERS

FRESH BREWS FROM GOLDWATER BREWING CO.

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What better way to celebrate the holiday season than sipping on some locally made suds? Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Goldwater Brewing Co. offers the same great taste from the tap, in cans (perfect for that stocking). Might we suggest the Desert Rose Cactus Kolsch? Brewed with 100% organic prickly pear cactus – with a delightfully pink hue, I might add – it doesn’t get much more authentically Arizona than that.

 


CACTUS TEA TOWELS

Bring a little piece of Arizona to a loved one this holiday season by picking up one of these adorable prickly pear cacti or desert succulent tea towels at Carmen on 5th. They’re perfect for adding a little personality to the kitchen or serving ware and provide a cute reminder of the Southwest.             

 


SUPER CHUNK’S HANDMADE CARAMEL CORN

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Let a friend or family member experience the sweet taste of Scottsdale with a goodie bag of delicious handmade caramel corn. Super Chunk Sweets & Treats offers both traditional and fun flavors, like Junk Food – a caramel corn mixed with potato chips, frosted flakes, and roasted peanuts. (Pro tip: get two bags, one for them and one for you).

 


FOUR PEAKS BEARD OIL

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For the stubbly beer lover in your family, pick up a bottle of Four Peaks Beard Oil. These two-ounce bottles are filled with a blend of Four Peaks’ craft beer and skin-loving oils designed to keep facial hair healthy. They also have other stocking-size accessories like bolo ties, keychains and of course, t-shirts!

 


PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS CANDY

Take a stroll through Old Town to find the best Arizona gift – cactus candy. These prickly pear-flavored gummy treats can be found at Old Town Candy & Toys, as well as many other Old Town shops. Most shops that carry the candy also sell prickly pear syrup – the perfect addition to lemonade and margaritas or served over waffles or ice cream.

 


SWEET SAGUARO MUG

Make sure to stop by locally owned and operated boutique, Leela Market, to pick up one (or two, or three!) of the Sweet Saguaro mugs, featuring a print of an original painting by Arizona watercolor artist, Paige Poppe. The vibrant colors and unmistakably Scottsdale Saguaro cactus are sure to brighten up anyone’s morning coffee.

 

To plan your Scottsdale holiday getaway, click here!