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5 More Arizona Gift Ideas for 2012

By December 12, 2012

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Last week I came up with some ideas for gift-giving that could be ordered online that had the added feature of supporting local businesses. Several of those were food-related, and I know that I have already pretty much had my fill of cookies and chocolates. So, my focus this week is on recreation. Well, one of these ideas is about food recreation and education, but that counts!

Day Trips for Locals and Visitors

"Sedona has unparalleled red rock scenery, great shops, outdoor activities and more. Of course, if you are interested in vortexes, Sedona is the place for you! Of course, the Grand Canyon is magnificent, and if this is your only opportunity to be close by, I highly encourage you to visit this natural wonder."

You'll want to know:
These tours are arranged through City Discovery, a leading provider of sightseeing tours and travel experiences worldwide.

How to order:

  • Buy tickets for yourself and your visitors, or buy a gift certificate.
  • Ships worldwide.
  • Available in select markets and specialty stores.

Sedona Photo Gallery
Elevation of Sedona
Sedona Pink Jeep Tour
Grand Canyon Getaway
Grand Canyon Getaway

Scottsdale Jean Company

How about a gift of a Spirtihood for a woman, or Saxx Underwear for a man? "Scottsdale Jean Company features the largest selection you'll find anywhere for men and women, including designer jeans, tops, dresses and casual clothing, in addition to a sunglass shop, UGG's footwear & the full line of Kiehl's skin, hair and body care products."

You'll want to know:
E-Gift Cards, personalized E-Gift Certificates, are sent via email and can be used on the website or in-store.

How to order:

  • Online, including non-U.S billing addresses.
  • At the store, located at The Shops at Gainey Village, 8787 Scottsdale Rd. #124, Scottsdale.

Cooking Lessons at SmartKitchen.com

"SmartKitchen.com educates, online at your convenience, and within your budget in a similar fashion but with video & text lessons that lead to a hands on 'Practical Application' of the information covered."

You'll want to know:
SmartKitchen.com is a membership system headquartered in Scottsdale that allows people to learn how to cook at their own pace, online, with lessons, video, practical exercises that a member can access own their own schedule. Beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons offered. This program does not offer culinary degrees.

How to order:

  • Buy a gift membership, starting at $9.99 per month. A one-year membership is $99.
  • Order online, including non-U.S billing addresses.

Recreational Cooking Classes
Get a Culinary Degree
Free Recipes from Local Chefs

Arizona State Parks Pass

"An Arizona State Parks Standard or Premium Annual Pass is a great gift for yourself or a friend. All proceeds from the Gift Catalog directly support Arizona State Parks."

You'll want to know:
Any two individuals may put their names on the pass. The Standard Annual Pass allows day-use access at all Arizona State Parks for pass holder and up to three additional adults in the same vehicle, with the exception of weekends (Friday-Sunday) and state holidays from April 1st to October 31st at the River Parks (Lake Havasu, Cattail Cove, Buckskin Mountain, and River Island). The pass does not allow the use of camping facilities, and additional fees may apply for attractions at the park. It's good for one year. $75 plus $5 handling charge.

How to order:

  • Print out an order form.
  • Call 1-888-498-0037 (Arizona) or 1-888-498-0036 (out-of-state) and have your credit card ready.
  • Fax an order form to 602-364-1518.

Things To Do on New Year's Day, includes First Day Hikes
Boyce Thompson Arboretum [Video]
Tonto Natural Bridge

Arizona Renaissance Festival

"The Arizona Renaissance Festival is one of the largest of the Renaissance events in the nation because it is really five Festivals all rolled into a giant, costumed fantasy village..."

You'll want to know:
You can order General Admission tickets and they will be good for any day that the Arizona Renaissance Festival is open (weekends and President's Day). Your gift recipient can choose their own date to attend. Tickets for The Pleasure Feast must be purchased for a specific date and time. Parking at the event is free.

How to order:

  • Online
  • Print out the tickets and have them mailed to you to send to the lucky gift recipient, or forward the email to them with the ticket link.

All About the Arizona Renaissance Festival
Arizona Renaissance Festival [Video]
Review: Pleasure Feast
Map and Directions

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