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Judy Hedding

5 Local Arizona Gift Ideas

By December 1, 2012

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Many people are looking for ways to support local Arizona companies in their gift giving this year. Recently, I received an email from Charles wherein he describes his dilemma:
My friends live in Phoenix.... What I try to do is send gifts from local sources but run into the problem of not knowing enough local suppliers that can deal with international requests. I live in England UK and love to visit Phoenix almost every year. However what I need is to discover things like, gift suppliers that can take an order and deliver locally or restaurants that can accept paid for bookings so I can treat my friends. All by orders on the net or phone via credit card payment. Any suggestions please.
I suggested to Charles that most restaurants (and spas, too) have gift certificates or gift cards that can be mailed directly to a recipient. Still, I was inspired to find some local gift ideas where people from outside AZ could arrange to have a gift delivered to Arizona friends and family. I found quite a few! Here is my first installment.

Fairytale Brownies

"Twenty years later, Fairytale Brownies are still hand-baked in the company's cozy yet ultra-modern kitchen. Every brownie, cookie, truffle and bar is hand-packed with care in attractive and ergonomically sensible packaging - the product of Eileen's appreciation of art and David's focus on the end user experience. All shipments come with the company's unconditional guarantee and are backed by personalized customer care..."

You'll want to know:
Brownies are kosher. There are 12 brownie flavors: Original, Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Cream Cheese, Espresso Nib, Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Pecan, Raspberry Swirl, Toffee Crunch, Walnut and White Chocolate. Cookies, truffles, sugar-free items also available.

How to order:

  • Online, including non-U.S billing addresses.
  • Ships worldwide.
  • Available in select markets and specialty stores.
  • Retail location in Phoenix.

Ten Places to Buy Chocolate in Greater Phoenix

Queen Creek Olive Mill

"As a local, sustainable farm we produce Arizona's only extra virgin olive oil. For more than a decade we have been experimenting with different olive varieties to establish which varieties grow best in the Arizona desert. Our grove is home to over 16 different varieties with the Frantoio, Grappolo, Pendolino, Maurino, Moraiolo, Coratina, Taggiasca and Mission as the primary varieties planted."

You'll want to know:
Olive groves are pesticide free. In addition to edible products, you can purchase bath and body products, apparel and treats for pets.

How to order:
  • Online, including non-U.S billing addresses.
  • Ships worldwide.
  • Original location in Queen Creek; Oils & Olives at Kierland Commons and Biltmore Fashion Park.

Take a Tour of Queen Creek Olive Mill

Sphinx Date Ranch Ranch

"We have been sending our one-of-a-kind gourmet gifts since 1951. You can depend on us to make your gift giving and entertaining a pleasurable and meaningful experience."/P>

You'll want to know:
Products include wine and beer; dried fruit and nuts; honeys, jams and syrups; salsas sauces and spices; candies.

How to order:
  • Online, including non-U.S billing addresses. One shipping address per order.
  • Ships worldwide.
  • Visit the store at 3039 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Carnival of Illusion

"The Carnival of Illusion Parlour Show presents national quality magic in an old-world setting and is limited to just a few dozen guests. Carnival of Illusion is Vaudeville Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La!"

You'll want to know:
This show takes place at The Arizona Biltmore in central Phoenix on Saturday nights. If you're looking for a gift idea for someone in the Tucson area, they also perform at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Alvernon. The best way to give one of these shows as a gift is to purchase a Gift Certificate. Best for ages 13 and up.

How to order:
  • Tickets for specific dates and Gift Certificates sold online, including non-U.S billing addresses. On the first page for purchasing, enter the name, email and phone of the recipient. On the second page use the purchaser's name with the credit card and the tickets or gift certificate will be emailed to the recipient with their name.

Read my review of Carnival of Illusion

100 Years, 100 Chefs, 100 Recipes

"Features 100 recipes from restaurants all across Arizona, shining a spotlight on Arizona's culinary prowess. Not only does the cookbook offer a variety of recipes, but it also acts as a local directory, including an index of all the restaurants as well as a listing of Arizona's vineyards. This centennial cookbook is an ideal gift for anyone out of state thinking of visiting, or looking for a reason to visit Arizona."

You'll want to know:
In 2012 Arizona celebrated 100 years of statehood. This book has been designated as an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission. The book can be shipped to U.S. addresses only.

How to order:
  • Online, including non-U.S billing addresses, via PayPal account or through PayPal with a credit card.

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