'Tis the Season to Buy Local!
BUY LOCAL MONTH: NOVEMBER 25 - JANUARY 1
Buy Local Month is Local First Arizona's annual holiday campaign to help you find the best local businesses for your holiday needs and remind Arizonans about the importance of local businesses to our communities and economy. We've put together gift guides, compiled holiday events, and collected offers and discounts from dozens of local businesses across the state. Join the celebration and buy local for the holidays!
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO BUY LOCAL
Sign the pledge below to join the community of Localists who are shifting their spending for the holiday season.
CELEBRATE BUY LOCAL MONTH: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Local First AZ Members: Sign Up Here
How You Can Make a Difference this Holiday Season
With collective holiday spending in America projected to exceed $650 billion (National Retail Federation), spending your money with local businesses can have a huge impact. Celebrate Buy Local Month with Local First Arizona by shifting as much of your holiday spending on gift giving, celebrations, and other necessities to local businesses. For every dollar that you spend with a local business from a national chain, up to four times more money will stay to circulate in the local economy to create jobs and prosperity in communities across Arizona.
What's Your Impact? Watch Our 1-Minute Video:
Understand your holiday shopping impact: Read Kimber's opinion piece in the Arizona Republic.
Take Action: Spread the Word
Click on any of the messages below to post to your social media and help spread the importance of shopping locally for the holidays!
Want more? Check out our Buy Local Month promotional toolkit for graphics, tweets, and more.
Local First Arizona Holiday Gift Picks
Check out Local First Arizona's top picks for the holidays that will make any Localist happy:
At just $20 per year, the Localist membership from Local First Arizona is an extremely affordable way to share your passion for Arizona with a loved one. As a Localist, you will receive special invitations and access to unique opportunities throughout the year, all while supporting local businesses along the way.
downtown tucson gift card
Good at any of the 70+ participating Downtown business, the Downtown Tucson eGift Card allows you to treat all of Downtown as one experience, so rather than choosing between the many gift-worthy businesses in Downtown, you can buy an eGift Card for your loved ones and let them enjoy. Photo: Fed By Threads
Devour Phoenix Gift Card
The Devour Phoenix eGift Card equals access to over 30 of the best local restaurant locations in the Valley. This gift card is instantly redeemable and offers a great opportunity to introduce those new to Phoenix’s innovative and award-winning dining scene, or please your favorite foodie friend. Buy $100, get $25 free (Dec. 19 - Jan. 1)! Photo: Joyride Taco House
Bonus Gift Ideas:
We're planning some great food-focused events in early 2017, including the Savor Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival in Tucson (February 4, 2017) and the Devour Culinary Classic in Phoenix (February 26 - March 5, 2017). Tickets would make a great gift for any of your foodie friends!
Buy Local Month Events
Celebrate Buy Local Month with these Local First Arizona events:
The holiday season is right around the corner, but don't worry, we're here to help with your shopping plans. The 2017 Flagstaff Holiday Shopping Passport is here! Shop in your favorite downtown businesses from Black Friday until New Years Day, and enter to win great prizes!
Skip the online and big box shopping this holiday season! Let Local First Arizona help you find meaningful and unique holiday gifts and holiday celebration needs at independently owned businesses. Shop local this season and explore Verde Valley retail locations with the Verde Valley Holiday Shopping Passport.
Join Local First Arizona and Clarkdale Kayak Company and Boat House Bar & Grill for an evening networking opportunity and the drawing of the 9 Verde Valley Holiday Shopping Passport winners!
More Events to Celebrate Locally
Check back for upcoming holiday events that will get you in the local spirit. Events will be updated frequently, so check back for more!
Buy Local Month News
See what's happening for this year's Buy Local Month:
Let Local First Arizona help you find meaningful and unique holiday gifts and holiday celebration needs at independently owned businesses with the Holiday Shopping Passport.
The 2017 Flagstaff Holiday Shopping Passport is here! Shop in your favorite downtown businesses until New Years Day, and enter to win great prizes.
In partnership with Local First Arizona, the "Shop Local First Showcase" is a quarterly program that spotlights shopping opportunities, special promotions, events, or celebrations hosted by area local businesses. It's an exciting way to spread the "shop local" message throughout the region and to promote the locally-owned businesses that we all love and which contribute to a vibrant, diverse community.
We all know what a struggle it can be to complete your holiday shopping. Not only do you want to keep the price low but you also don’t want to travel to a million and a half different shops because Uncle Tim likes books but Aunt Vanessa collects ornaments. Add on top of that trying to make sure your money recirculates in the community by shopping locally and you are now paralyzed with fear. However, what if I told you there was one local shop where you can get every item on your diverse list ARIZONA MADE?
Have you seen the Santa Claus outside the Arizona Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale? To the town's old timers, we remember it mounted on top of Town Hall. Since then, this 59-year-old Santa Claus has done his fair share of traveling throughout the town.
In conjunction with December Locals' Night and in the spirit of the holiday season, the Downtown Business Alliance (DBA) is hosting a Luminaria Stroll from 5 - 8 p.m. in downtown Flagstaff. Hand decorated by children who have been attending DBA's winter movie series, thousands of luminaria bags will be lit up and will line the streets of downtown. Enjoy a fun, festive evening with serenading musicians, holiday window displays, and special Locals' Night discounts all while strolling along the magnificently lit sidewalks of historic downtown.
Understanding that the holidays are a busy time for everyone, Local First Arizona member The Fairfax Companies offers several great Ideas and services for you and your loved ones this season.
We believe that you can make any Localist happy with one of these five "Certified Local" gift picks.
Gift giving season is here, and if you know a frequent customer of the Downtown area, your list just got easier. The Downtown Tucson Partnership and Local First Arizona partnered with InstaGift to create the Downtown Tucson Gift Card. Good at over 70 participating Downtown business, this eGift Card allows you to treat all of Downtown as one experience. Rather than choosing between the many businesses in Downtown, simply buy an eGift Card for your friends, family, customers and clients and let them do the choosing.
Looking for More?
Search the Local First Arizona local business directory for nearly 3,000 local businesses across the state for all of your holiday shopping needs!