Shop Local this Holiday Season!

Today is Black Friday—a day traditionally full of impossible parking lots, devilishly long lines, and frantically frustrated customers—the symbolic first day of the holiday shopping season. We, too, love the customary kick off in search of the perfect gifts for family and friends… but we could do without the crazy! That’s why we skip the frenzy and lines of the typical big box stores, and stride worry free into Practical Art.

Relax, sip a mug of hot cocoa, and munch on a yummy treat as you peruse the fun and functional creations of over 100 local artists. At Practical Art everything is unique and hand-made! Whether you are shopping for your mother, your brother, your spouse, your friend, or your little one, we have something one-of-a-kind for everyone on your list. If you need some assistance picking out just the right present for that elusive family member or friend, check out Practical Art’s latest Holiday Gift Guide. Our fantastic staff members have put together a list of some of their favorite gift items of the season!


Lisa gift rec

Artists, Brad Towsley and Cergio Brown, have recently introduced a new line of laser-cut wood jewelry, including these amazing Phoenix earrings. They pair so well with this Street Gems necklace made from recycled plastic bottles! These are a favorite of store owner, Lisa Olson, and are sure to please localists around the valley.

If you’ve stopped by the store during pie night, you may have seen one of Richard Altenhofen’s necklace pens adorning the shoulders of our favorite baker, Karen Olson of Vonceil’s Pies. Beautiful and functional, they are the perfect writing utensil for filling out one of Jake Early’s Arizona Postcards. Buy his cards and send stunning Arizona greetings to all of your family and friends.

Sophie gift rec

Sophie May Hookhad a VERY hard time narrowing her choice down to just 2 items. But in the end decided she loves our new, edgy t-shirts by the Fortoul brothers. Their simple and stylish designs pair perfectly with the fun and funky skate-board earrings of Lisa and Devin Kelley!

Andi gift rec

Help your loved ones shake off that early morning chill with Andi Erickson’s favorite gift, tea by the gurus at Wisdom Nectar Tea. Couple this delicious tea with a hand-crafted mug by Jared Tolson, and create a wonderful, unique gift item suitable for anyone on your list!

Do you want to surprise your loved ones with one-of-a-kind gift items? Are you looking to support local this holiday season? Do you need a respite during the frantic Black Friday sales?  Are you supporting Small Business Saturday on November 27th? Do you hope to get all of your holiday shopping completed over the long weekend?  Come to Practical Art! Whether you are new to the shop, or are a long-standing friend and supporter, we can’t wait to see you!




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