There are SO many reasons to shop local in Fountain Hills for the holidays! Studies show that independent, locally owned businesses tend to put more of the money they earn into purchasing goods and services from other locally owned businesses continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. They are more likely to be vested in our community. Furthermore, locally owned businesses make our community unique. So instead of going on auto-pilot doing holiday shopping online or at the mall, we wanted to pull together a Fountain Hills Holiday Gift Guide highlighting local artists, entrepreneurs and business owners (perhaps introducing you to some that you might not know about) in the spirit of “keeping it local” for the holidays.
A big thanks to our Guide Sponsor – Fabulous Rehabs
For the Kids
Did you know that Cheryl’s Boutique now carries unique children’s wear and accessories from local Fountain Hills designers? There you’ll find adorable reversible dresses from Sue Kelly, handmade camoflauge bibs and burp cloths, and personalized children’s pillows and dog bandanas made by a local grandmother.
Looking for something with a little Arizona flair? Check out the reversible, drool-proof bib bandanas ($12) from local mom Chantel Yurdakol, owner of By Chanti. Also, check out By Chanti’s Etsy shop for items such as these adorable and intricately detailed crochet cardigan sets and super cute and cozy flannel receiving blankets. Everything is handmade with love!!
Lisa Price, mother of four, is the owner behind Priceless Designs. She offers adorable headpieces and accessories for your little girl. She is a top seller on Etsy due to the quality of her product and reasonable prices. One of our favorites, is her 3-in-1 pacifier holder clip which converts to a hair clip and toddler necklace ($18).
McDowell Mountain Cycles
For toddlers, McDowell Mountain Cycles offers Kicksters (made by Trek) balance bikes ($149). These are no-pedals, low-saddle starter bicycle for toddlers aged 20 months and up. The low saddle lets little legs reach the ground and zoom along, which allows children to learn to balance instinctively, early, and to never need training wheels.
Fountain Hills has its share of talented artists, and Brandon Holmes is no exception. If you missed our article about Brandon, you can read it here. As a former Navy AirCrewman, he was inspired by the expansive industrial machinery that surrounded him. He later honed his talent at the Art Institute of California, and has become known for his hyperrealistic pieces consisting of white charcoal on blackboard paint. Check out some of his available pieces below (ranging from $500-900). He also does custom artwork. For inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Tuso Fine Art
Want something truly unique and one of a kind? Consider purchasing original art work from Amy Tuso Fine Art. From vibrant abstract pieces to botanical landscapes, Amy’s work appeals to many different tastes and price points. Amy works from her studio in Fountain Hills, and can be seen by appointment.
Fountain Hills Artists Gallery
Take a peek at the beautiful fine art, jewelry, and gift items available at the Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, and sold directly from the artists. Located at 16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains. 480-836-9919.
Fountain Hills Theater
You don’t want to miss “A Christmas Carol – The Musical” playing at Fountain Hills Theater from Dec 5-21 ($20/adult, $15/youth). Buy your tickets here.
Enticing Icing is owned by new mom, Andrea Phillips, who has a huge following in Fountain Hills for her incredible cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, etc. We first tasted Andrea’s pumpkin cream cheese cupcake with salted caramel at the Fall Family and Friends Pot Luck, and still can’t stop talking about it. Special flavors she is offering for the holidays are pumpkin, gingerbread, peppermint mocha, and eggnog. Cupcakes are $20-30/dozen. Holiday special: If you purchase a holiday cake, you get a dozen free cupcakes! To place an order contact Andrea at email@example.com or 740-502-0696.
Goodies Galore will be selling their delicious, homemade holiday cookie plates ($15) with an assortment of 14 or more cookies including: chocolate chip walnut, sugar, chocolate & vanilla swirl, and oatmeal & golden raisin. Read our post about Goodies Galore and its owner. Orders can be customized if received before 12/12. Visit their new location next to Gridley’s. 16820 E Avenue of the Fountains. Tues-Sat 11-5. 480-816-5887.
Legendary chocolatier, Jacques Torres, raved over Chocofin’s fine chocolates. Now owners, Lou and Denise Mirabella, are creating their own chocolate from cacao beans. So what better time to pick up a beautiful box of 12 chocolates ($16.95) for the holidays? 13404 N La Montana Dr. 480-836-7444.
Fountain Hills Farmers Market
Fountain Hills Farmers Market is a great choice for foodie holiday gifts. You cannot go wrong with a pie sampler or our favorite Pecan Someone Your Own Size pie from One More Bite Bakery. Toffee Break’s delectable, buttery milk chocolate and dark chocolate toffee comes in various sizes ($8-12) for gift giving. Made by Bees has local raw honey as well as uniquely southwest flavored jams like cherry jalapeno (perfect with goat cheese and crackers). And Go Lb. Salt has a unique gift set for the barbeque expert in the family, handmade wood salt boxes, as well as specialty “rim-licks” for your margartitas, mojitos, bloody marys, and martinis. Try bacon chocolate bliss! Avenue of the Fountains. Thursdays 11-5.
Fabulous Rehabs is the perfect place to pick up a unique piece of rehabbed furniture or small decorative item for someone special. If you are feeling creative, take a class and create a unique piece of your own. If you have a DIYer on your gift list, pick up some specialty paint they will be sure to appreciate. 11881 North Saguaro Blvd Suite 1 / 480.656.6401
Don’t miss out on their upcoming events – the perfect chance to get some holiday shopping done!
Open House – Sun, Dec 13th 11 am – 4 pm
Vintage style Christmas Ornaments, Christmas decorations, home decor gifts and free wrapping! Hourly giveaways! Free cookies and coffee!
Men’s Holiday Shopping Nights – Tues, Dec 9th and Fri, Dec 19th
The experts at Fabulous Rehabs will help you select a gift for your special someone. Complimentary gift wrapping and refreshments! Please RSVP 480.656.6401
Put A Handle on Your Candle
Put a Handle on Your Candle – Perfect for gift-giving are the gorgeous, hand-poured candles by Deonne Bayliss at Put a Handle on Your Candle, a shop that has been in Fountain Hills since 2000. Our favorite scents are creme brulee and desert morning. You can also find all-natural, hand made body butters, soaps, scrubs, and lotions. 17020 E Enterprise Dr. 480-816-3575
For essential oils, butters, and natural remedy blends, check out Fleur Terre for items such as deep sleep and divine tranquility blends.
Looking for cruelty-free, non-toxic personal and home care products? Check out Ava Anderson’s gift sets for babies, women, and men.
Scottsdale Spa & Holistic Massage Therapy
Scottsdale Spa & Holistic Massage Therapy – located at Copperwynd in Fountain Hills
A gift card of $100 can provide your loved one with a 60 minute Relaxing Massage or be applied toward any of the spa treatments. Want to splurge? The Relax to the Max package provides a 2 hour massage therapy designed for the ultimate massage experience and deep relaxation. (much needed after the oftentimes stressful holiday season.) Check their website “Spa Deals” page for Holiday deals and discounts. They plan to put their specials up soon!
Created by local mother and entrepreneur, Cara Cerutti Holmes, the SmarterGarter is a hands-free alternative to carrying a bulky bag. Wear it as a garter purse, boot pocket, or yoga mat pocket, it easily stores your keys, smart phone, and credit cards.
Holiday lockets are now available at Origami Owl! We also love their lanyard necklaces that makes wearing your work ID more stylish.
Fountain Hills is home to some of the most stunning golf courses in AZ. If a golfer is on your gift list, treat him or her to a round at one of these amazing courses: Desert Canyon Golf Club www.desertcanyongolf.com, Eagle Mountain Golf Club www.eaglemtn.com, or Sunridge Canyon Golf Club. For a full list of golf courses in and around Fountain Hills visit Experience Fountain Hills.
McDowell Mountain Cycles
MMC also carries Townie’s, made by Electra ($300-500). They are a great around-town, fun bicycle, and come in a whole rainbow of colors. They are easy to maneuver for anybody, come in Men’s and Women’s styles, and offer a variety of gearing options, from single speed, to 21 speeds to handle our hills! Don’t forget about their wide array of clothing and accessories ranging from technical bike wear for men and women to casual bike-culture clothing. Located at 11879 N. Saguaro Blvd. Near Sapporo Di Italia Restaurant, the building with the big orange stripe! Open 10AM-7PM Monday to Friday, 10AM-5PM Saturday
Pixie Power – for the running women in town, Alissa Costello designs special and unique running shirts perfect for racing season!
This I Heart Fountain Hills Guide is Sponsored by:
Transforming Trash to Treasure
Fabulous Rehabs is a local Fountain Hills shop offering specialty home decor paints and finishes by American Paint Company, instructional classes and hand painted furniture and decorative items. Learn how to use the specialty paints and finishes to create a one of a kind piece or shop our store for pieces that are already finished for you. Classes are forming now, so call to reserve your spot!