With the holidays rapidly approaching, you may be like us—frantically searching for the perfect gifts for friends and family. Luckily, Tucson has tons of great gift options that are sure to delight everyone on your list.
In a year that has negatively affected so many Tucson businesses, it has never been more important to shop local! Your support this holiday season can help ensure that your favorite local businesses are able to keep their doors open during this tough time. Luckily, it has never been easier to shop local—many businesses and events have developed new online storefronts so that you can shop from the comfort of your own home.
A way to help our community and delight your loved ones with awesome gifts at the same time? Sounds like a win-win situation to us!
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite shops, events, and websites—both in-person and virtual—for you to check out this holiday season.
Previously a one-day occasion, Cultivate Tucson’s 2020 Pop Up! Shop has blossomed into a multi-week event, both in-person at the Mercado San Agustin Annex and online. Shoppers can browse an incredible selection of artisan goods from local designers, artists, makers, and small businesses. While you are welcome to stop by during the shop hours, private shopping appointments are available as well as local pick-up spots for online shoppers. Learn more.
The Blax Friday website was developed earlier this year to promote black-owned business in Arizona across all industries. Their Holla-Day Shopping guide is filled with tons of great gifts and other holiday treats, such as delivered holiday meals and desserts. As an added bonus, customers can receive additional promotions by showing their receipts from local black-owned businesses to Blax Friday’s community partners, which include Hotel Congress, Hotel McCoy, Why I Love Where I Live, and more. Learn more.
Shop Arizona Marketplace
The online Shop Arizona Marketplace was developed by Local First Arizona, a non-profit that supports and promotes local and independently owned business in the state. New products are being added all the time! Shoppers can view item collections that span across a number of businesses or visit shops specific to each business. There is even the ability to create a gift registry! Learn more.
Located on 4th Avenue, Pop Cycle is a gift shop with the goal of promoting local art made from recycled materials, re-used products and refurbished goods. They currently have an assortment of items from over 90 local artists. While their brick-and-mortar location is currently open, they are also offering curbside pickup and local doorstep delivery in Tucson! Learn more.
Mercado San Agustin
Located just west of the city center, the Mercado San Augustin is home to a variety of local shops, markets and restaurants. While you are there, check out the MSA Annex, an extension of the Mercado where shops and eateries are uniquely housed inside modified shipping containers. Learn more.
Cero, a local zero-waste shop, has developed a free recycling program for a variety of items including gift-wrapping materials! Be kind to the earth and drop off your gently used boxes and packing materials, or stop by to pick up your packing, shipping, and wrapping needs. Learn more.
Note: TYP members get a special perk at Cero. Login to the TYP Perks+ directory to take advantage.
Have a favorite spot that isn’t on this list? Be sure to leave a comment!