Not that any of us have trouble spending money…it’s just how we choose to spend it.
Through my friends at Local First Arizona I’ve learned that the more money we spend with local business, the more money ends up in our state.
So…shopping local and giving local this Christmas is what I’ve planned.
And it doesn’t have to be something material. It can be a visit over a meal too. As you know the kitchen wench and her friends and family love to eat.
Here are some ideas for you (some of these I am using and have used in the past).
Buy your bro some movie tickets. http://www.harkinstheatres.com/
Treat your aunt to some local fowl. http://hobemeats.com/
And while you’re at it you can get some monkey chip clips. http://www.changinghands.com/
Also they have seeds and fun things for your garden. http://southwestgardener.com/
Tell the boss about a new place in the hood should he be looking for something nice for his lady this Christmas. Just relocated from Glendale and is now in one of my favorite malls, Uptown Plaza. Cute holiday shirts that have Santa on them and say “hohoho!”. https://shopatmuse.com/
Almost everyone likes homemade soap. Ginger lemongrass smells so good. http://www.strawberryhedgehog.com/
Friends with allergies.
Gift them local honey (also they have olive oil, candy, jellies and overall yummy things). https://www.queencreekolivemill.com/
Mom is hard to feed. Take her out to lunch at a place she loves. http://www.yelp.com/biz/jordans-mexican-food-phoenix-2
Brother visits from Ventura. Treat him to Diavolo pizza and a kronenbourg. http://nookkitchen.com/menu/
Workmates need something sweet. The seasonal frosted sugar cookies are the best. http://barbsbakery.com/
Lunch with a friend. A handpie with turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes is not to be scoffed at. And they ship. http://www.cornishpastyco.com/?doing_wp_cron=1448209645.1587929725646972656250
It’s time to treat yourself. Lunch here is healthy and fresh. http://theherbbox.com/
Anything from Uptown Farmers Market. Local produce, seafood, meats, hot sauces, kitchen towels, handmade ceramics. http://uptownmarketaz.com/
When your family comes to visit, put them up at The Clarendon. A newly renovated hotel with a beautiful pool and restaurant on the property. http://goclarendon.com/
Gift cards for local restaurants are a winner for friends and family. Just go here and buy the denomination you want. 36 local restaurants are represented. https://devourphoenix.instagift.com/
Your besties are bread people like you. http://noblebread.com/
Your besties drinks coffee and appreciate free trade. https://www.facebook.com/atoasiscoffeeandtea
Your besties like fry bread. https://www.facebook.com/Fry-Bread-House-566153606782606/
Your besties and family appreciate local art. http://lgkcreations.com/
Your boyfriend wants a 5 1/2 quart le cruset round pot but you don’t want to pay retail. I found my ice cream maker here. https://www.theclassykitchen.com/
Dad is in the mood for a holiday drink like hot buttered rum. http://www.royalpalmshotel.com/dining/phoenix-scottsdale-bar
They sell poppers and emoticon necklaces and all around goofy stuff. http://garageboutique.com/
Treat yourself. After all this shopping you need a cocktail. The negroni is a winner. http://www.thegladly.com/
Boyfriend needs a break from the kitchen. Hummus and chicken boti will make him happy. http://www.khyberhalalfoods.com/
Brother, sis in law and nieces and nephew keep kosher. Take them to lunch. http://segalsonestop.com/
Friends who like fruity/spicy drinks. http://www.yelp.com/biz/tropical-snowflake-phoenix
Who doesn’t like a candle? Root candles and pretty flowers sold here. http://www.whitehouseflowers.com/
Yoga. After Christmas you’re going to need it. And we all know someone who is working on their girlish (fabulous?) figure. Last time I checked they were running a special for newbees $60 for 5 sessions. http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-madison-improvement-club-phoenix
Handmade pac-man cutting boards, ceramic mugs, recycled bottle wine glasses and more. And they ship! http://practical-art.com/