Bah! Humbug! to cookie-cutter gifts (cookie cutters not included). With the wealth of local makers, artisans, and small businesses that make Arizona great, gift-giving never tasted so good. Here’s a field-notes-style guide to Arizona-made gifts for the food lover in your life.
Sock It To Ya
These stocking stuffers may be small, but they’re mighty good.
Alex Olmos Axelson, chocolatier and owner of Noi Cacao, might have made the perfect chocolate bar with his Dark Chocolate Salted Toffee Pistachio Bar ($10).
Once you go Fleur De Sel + Orange Bitters ($17) finishing salt by Arizona’s own SEE SALT, you don’t go back.
Speaking of fleur de sel, the Fleur de Sel Caramels ($7.50 each) by Scottsdale-based Super Chunk are ooh-la-la.
A Coyote Bottle Opener ($24) by Flagstaff blacksmith Cathi Borthwick of Flag Forge? Yes, please!
Iconic Cocktail Co.’s Mini Mixer Packs can spruce up any at-home cocktail.
Iconic Cocktail Co.
Drink and Be Merry
Cheers to drink companies dedicated to upping boozy and non-boozy sips.
Iconic Cocktail Co. Mini Mixer Packs ($36) add handcrafted flavor to your cocktails and mocktails. It’s like gifting your own personal mixologist.
Beer that smells like a slice of pecan pie? Sounds great. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.’s Pecan Pie Brown Ale four-pack($20) is brewed with Arizona-grown pecans. Pair it with the custom Pecan Pie Beer Soap ($12) by Siphon Draw Apothecary for major bonus points.
Shrubwell makes tart and fruity drink mixers by hand in Phoenix. With too many amazing flavors to choose from (think strawberry, basil, and peppercorn or grapefruit, sage, and hibiscus), make it easy on yourself and get the Mix & Match four-pack ($40).
LDV Winery’s 2015 Syrah paired with a stylish bag of Arizona pistachios ($78) really does say “I’m Nuts About You!”
The Desert Provisions Wild Desert pantry box set.
You’re All Set
The best thing about gift sets: All the work is done for you.
We’re wild for this Wild Desert Pantry Box ($55) from Tucson-based Desert Provisions. The package contains Wild Chiltepins, Sonoran Sea Salt, and Pinon Vinegar, and it will wow any cook.
Rise and shine with this breakfast-in-bed sampler ($59) of Hayden Flour Mills White Sonora Pancake Mix, Cartel Coffee Lab beans, Zak’s Chocolate, maple syrup, and more.
It’s official: Wine is always a cool gift, especially when it’s made by a rock star living in Arizona. But this Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards wine gift set ($199) is so much more.
Mediterra Bakehouse’s Chocolate Cherry Levain loaf.
See You at the Farmers’ Market
Way better than mall gifts, farmers’ market finds are true gems.
Joining Mediterra Bakehouse’s already stellar lineup of loaves the Chocolate Cherry Levain and Fig & Anise ($10 per loaf) is love at first sight (and bite) and an ideal addition to any holiday table.
Pasta just got oodles better thanks to Sonoran Pasta Co.’s roster of heritage and ancient grain pastas and sauces (prices vary). May we suggest the pappardelle paired with bolognese?
Breann and Ben Bowman of Simple Soda Co. in Mesa make a mean soda with real fruit juice. For instance, the Arizona Orange tastes like a real creamsicle. Available in four-packs and as singles ($3 a bottle), just keep ’em refrigerated till the big day.
Paige Poppe’s “Saguaros Eclipse” tea towel.
When Art Meets Food
We don’t need Jeff Koons for food and art to mix, just these local creations.
The only downside to Scottsdale artist Paige Poppe’s “Saguaros Eclipse” tea towel ($22) is … it’s almost too gorgeous to use.
There’s a reason Phoenix-based ceramicist Miro Chun’s Instagram has 54,000 followers. Her handmade line, Miro Made This, is sublime and available for purchase (prices vary).
Phoenix Cooks: Recipes from the City’s Finest Chefs ($32) by Christina Barrueta is a beautifully photographed ode to the dishes, recipes, and chefs putting Phoenix on the food map.
Molé Caramel popcorn from [POPPED] Artisan Popcorn in Tucson.
[POPPED] Artisan Popcorn
Gifts That Keep on Giving
Think of these as the opposite of presents you never use again.
Not sure what the best thing about giving a monthly popcorn subscription from Tucson-based [POPPED] Artisan Popcorn ($99) is? The flavors (you had us at Molé Caramel) and the fact that’s it’s vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and free of preservatives are two.
Beans really are magic, especially when they arrive on your recipient’s door each month. Local roaster Press Coffee subscriptions ($42 for three months) make this easy.
Give the gift of pizza with a four-pack of Pizzeria Bianco’s wood-fired faves ($129) delivered to your door. They ship frozen with dry ice. Just bake for pizza bliss.
Novela Coffee Roasters’ Bandera Blend is an easy get.
Novela Coffee Roasters
Last Minute but Still Totally Thoughtful
To run into a store at the last minute for a rad gift is to be human.
Honey in a can is even better than wine in a box, and Tempe-based Crockett’s Valley Honey Can ($12 at Whole Foods and Bashas’) is 100 percent pure and naturally sourced from Arizona wildflowers.
You don’t have to find a store to snag Novela Coffee Roasters’ signature Bandera Blend ($15). Delivery is free on local orders. Just say a special delivery is on the way.
Cider Corps Mango Foxtrot four-packs ($16 at AJ’s, Whole Foods, Total Wine, and the taproom) comes in cool cans with a cool story. The veteran-owned and operated business was built by Mesa brothers Jason and Josh Duren.
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