So you waited until the last minute to do your holiday shopping. That’s all right—we’re still working on ours. When shopping for friends, family and loved ones, it can be hard to find the right gift, and while we can’t tell you exactly what to get, we’d love to help point you in the right direction to get you started with a last-minute shopping guide.
Here in Flagstaff, we have a host of artists and artisans who craft one-of-a-kind, handmade art, décor, cards, toys and more, all perfect gifts for those weirdos who think with the right side of their brains.
As they say, “shop local,” so here’s our list of local shops for last-minute artistic gifts.
Re-Birthday Info Shoppe & Boutique
Location: 2 S. Beaver St., Suite 125
Holiday hours: Dec. 23 – 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Dec. 24 – 12-5 p.m.
“When I came to Flagstaff, there was this raw, free aspect that I’ve never experienced before,” said Donielle Schnepp. “There was just music all the time. Folk music to thrash metal to classical guitar, jazz, just so many different things and so many people celebrating one another and their individuality.”
Schnepp is the owner of this quiet little shop, inconspicuously tucked away in a corner suite near Single Speed Coffee Café and The Hive on the south side of downtown. The Michigan native said she fell in love with Flagstaff for its community, and since 2016 she’s been fostering that community with Re-Birthday Info Shoppe & Boutique. Specializing in all things local, Schnepp and her shop sell everything from local music on CD, cassette and vinyl to handcrafted jewelry and clothing.
Re-Birthday also serves as a venue for local musicians and artists. During the holidays, the shop will also sell chocolates, soaps, magnets, new local albums and art, and stocking stuffers galore. Handmade gift cards are also available.
Location: 13 N. San Francisco St. #104
Holiday hours: Dec. 23 – 12-8 p.m.; Dec. 24 – 12-5 p.m.
This itty bitty gift shop and art gallery sells rad stuff. No, really. Just look at their sign, which is often mistaken for the name of the shop (we did it, too).
Located in the alley behind SoSoBa and Aloha Hawaiian BBQ, Suite 104 has been providing crafty and creative trinkets, toys and knickknacks for the curious shoppers who stumble into its shop. Watch your step as you walk in, and peep all the fun jewelry, buttons, earrings made with toys and bottle caps, magnets, clocks constructed with 45 RPM records and book covers, and more, all hand-crafted by the shop’s owner. You’ll also find necklaces with Scrabble tiles and origami flowers and décor.
With local art along its walls, you’re bound to find something for the artist, collector or rad person in your life. And in case anyone is still hosting ugly sweater parties, they’ve got the ugliest of the ugliest.
Location: 109 N. Leroux St.
Holiday hours: Dec. 23 – 11a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 24 – 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Since 2016, Fool’s Gold has been offering ethically sourced, sustainably minded and unique clothing, jewelry and home décor. Co-owned and operated by Michael Murphy and Meredith Butler, the shop sources from friends and businesses who share the same sense of ethical fashion and art. When they’re not asking their friends for goods and materials, Murphy and Butler are crafting their own jewelry and décor in their in-house studio at the back of the shop.
With a background in architecture, Butler combines the architectural precision in design that could only come from working with a computer and laser cutter, and the pride she feels from using her hands to sand down, fine-tune and finish her jewelry. And when she’s crafting her art, Butler uses her background to think about how spaces intersect and how details look on a façade. She even created a collection based on Egyptian architecture.
“To me, this is its own art form,” Butler said. “You’re not looking to see what other people are doing. You’re really trying to express something that’s in you that you really need to show the world.”
Zani Cards & Gifts
Location: 107 W. Phoenix Ave.
Holiday hours: Dec. 23 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 24 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sometimes the best gift is a handwritten letter or card to catch up with an old friend or distant relative. For such occasions, Zani Cards & Gifts has got you covered. Though, if you’re sending it this late, it might show up a few days after the holiday.
For 25 years, the shop, located on Phoenix Avenue near Biff’s Bagels, has specialized in handmade gifts by local Flagstaff artists, as well as regional and national makers. Browse an array of creative cards to send to your loved one, all modestly priced. Peruse around the shop to find hand-crafted jewelry, ornaments, soaps, home décor and more.
After you’ve made your selection, an associate will help you choose from a wide variety of papers and bags to wrap your unique gift.
Bright Side Bookshop
Location: 18 N. San Francisco St.
Holiday hours: Dec. 23 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 24 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
A relatively new addition to Flagstaff’s downtown scene, Bright Side Bookshop, in just a little more than a year, has grown into a local literary hub, hosting a handful of workshops, literary readings and special events featuring local and regional authors.
“I think just the love of books and the love of knowledge and all that can come from the sharing of a book with someone is a beautiful thing. It’s almost romantic when you think about it,” said Annette Avery.
Avery, along with Lisa Lamberson and Ben Shaffer, owns Bright Side and has transformed the shop into a haven for the literature lover. With books from local, regional and national authors, a host of lifestyle, fashion and literary magazines, and distinctive literary-inspired gifts such as tote bags and T-shirts, Bright Side leaves no page unturned. While you’re there, explore its collection of vinyl and music-themed books and gifts, as well as the children’s and young adult section.
Get romantic, and give the gift of literature this year. Here are a few other local establishments to consider:
Location: 15 N. Leroux St.
Holiday hours: Dec. 24 & Dec. 25 – 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Starrlight Books on North Leroux Street in Flagstaff is a staple for many local and visiting book lovers, and specializes in older editions of your favorite literature. Nearly every inch of wall space in the tiny store is covered with shelves loaded with books of all sizes, shapes, genres and ages—new and used. Find your way to the back room and sift through its collection of vintage sci-fi and pulp fiction novels, typewriters, journals and more.
For more than 20 years, Starrlight Books has been the go-to for local and traveling bibliophiles.
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange
Location: 1520 S. Riordan Ranch St.
Holiday hours: Dec. 23 – 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Dec. 24 – 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
This year, Bookmans was voted Best Bookstore in the annual Best of Flag awards, but the entertainment exchange sells more than books. While you can spend hours and hours sorting through all its new and used books, Bookmans also sells everything from musical instruments to memorabilia to magazines of all kinds. The geek in your life is bound to find something they appreciate from this store.