Top 5 Places in Scottsdale for Unique Gifts


  • Guitarist Esteban performs at the Thunderbird Artists Waterfront festival
  • The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Art Center hosts a small craft market
  • The Heard Museum announces the times and days of the annual ornament market

When another candle or beer mug won’t do, when you need a hostess gift or to buy for the person who remembered you but forgot, try a museum gift shop or artists’ market for unique holiday gifts.

Here are five places that offer distinctive finds for friends and family.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art – Black Friday

The Scottsdale Museum of Art Store @ SMoCA has extended hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays. November 28, with significant discounts. Buyers can receive 60% off creative gifts, art books, home decorations, jewelry, and artist ceramics. Purchases are tax free and support SMoCA programs. The Store @ SMoCA is at 7374 E. Second St.

Details: smoca.org.

Small Business Saturday Artists Market

Next to the museum is the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts store, which invites patrons to support Arizona artists on Saturday, November 29. From 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., the center will showcase the works of 20 artists from Arizona featuring jewelry, home furnishings, imaginative toys, ceramics, greeting cards and limited edition prints. The profits go to the association. Buyers can meet the artists and participate in a raffle. The store is at 7380 E. Second St.

Details: www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/visit/the-store.

Craft Markets in Scottsdale

This weekly art festival always has something never seen before and is the perfect place to make sure you never come empty-handed to a holiday party.

Most Thursdays, the Valley Artist Collection can be found from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Scottsdale Waterfront, 7134 E. Stetson Drive. On Sunday, the market is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From Friday to Sunday, December 5-7, however, the market hosts its Fifth Avenue Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on December 5 and 6 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 7. Up to 70 artists working in the mediums of glass, sartorial art, pottery, soap, wood and photography can be found on Fifth Avenue between Craftsman Court and Goldwater Boulevard.

Details: artisanmarketsaz.com.

Thunderbird Artists Annual Waterfront Fine Arts and Wine Festival

Glassblowers, clay sculptors, painters and the music of guitarist Esteban highlight this three-day event on the Scottsdale Waterfront and SouthBridge pedestrian bridge.

The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday, December 5 to 7. Over 100 artists will be exhibiting and guitarist Esteban and his daughter, violinist Teresa Joy, will perform.

Several cellars will showcase local, national and international wines. For $ 10, customers receive a souvenir glass engraved with six tasting tickets. Additional tickets cost $ 1.

Admission is $ 3, free for those 17 and under.

Details: 480-837-5637 or ThunderbirdArtists.com.

Heard Museum Ornament Market

The Heard Museum North in Scottsdale may have closed this year, but residents of Northeast Valley can continue the tradition of the Museum’s Ornament Market Friday through Sunday, November 28-30.

The Heard Museum in Phoenix has handcrafted native ornaments priced between $ 10 and $ 40. Buyers can choose from carved wooden ornaments, miniature baskets, pottery, beads and wreaths amid live musical performances throughout the three days.

The market is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November 28 to 29 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 30. The museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, at the Encanto Boulevard stop on the light rail.

Details: heard.org.

Unique gifts can be found at the Scottsdale Museum of Art Store @ SMoCA.


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