1. Local Wine: There are some incredible Baja Arizona wineries that continue to produce exceptional wine year after year. Amongst are favorite local vineyards are Callaghan Vineyards, Dos Cabezas WineWorks, Merkin Vineyards, Sand-Reckoner Vineyards, and Pillsbury Wine Company (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg). Head to a local liquor store (Plaza Liquors and the Feast wine shop are known to carry a great selection of Arizona wines) to pick up a bottle for the oenophile in your life. Prices vary.
2. Native Seeds/SEARCH Membership: Gardeners and food lovers alike will adore a membership to Native Seeds/SEARCH. Native Seeds/SEARCH members receive a plethora of benefits, such as 10% off all product purchases and access to heirloom seeds that are low in supply. The cost of membership also helps to support the nonprofit organization’s work improving crop diversity. It’s a win-win! Buy a membership on the Native Seeds/SEARCH website. $20 and up.
3. Dinnerware from HF Coors: What better way is there to eat locally grown food than on locally made dinnerware? Last year, HF Coors products were voted the “best locally made gifts in the state of Arizona” by Travel and Leisure Magazine. With their wide array of colorful patterns, we’re not surprised! Peruse many patterns and colors on the HF Coors website. Prices vary.
4. Gift Cards to Time Market and the Food Conspiracy Co-op: Have you seen the huge array of local food and drinks at Time Market and the Food Conspiracy Co-op? Grab a few gift cards to these local markets and let your friends go to town on local produce, hot sauce, and beer. Time Market gift cards can be found in the store or on their website for $25 and up. Food Conspiracy Co-op gift cards can be purchased in the store or over the phone for various prices.
5. Whiskey Del Bac Dorado from Hamilton Distillers: One sip of this mesquite-smoked whiskey will remind the drinker of home (that is, if their home is Baja Arizona). It’s the perfect gift for your high school friend who made the mistake of moving away after graduation, your whiskey-loving sister, or the host of your next holiday party. Check out the Hamilton Distillers website to see where you can find a bottle. $49.99
6. Tucson CSA Membership: Like the Jelly of the Month Club, this gift keeps on giving–but it will be much more appreciated. Buy your local-veggie-lover a subscription to Tucson CSA and they’ll receive six weeks of local, seasonal produce from nearby farms. Head to the Tucson CSA website to subscribe. $132 and up.
7. Edible Baja Arizona Back Issues: Do you have an Edible Baja Arizona fanatic in your life? (It’s okay–we do, too.) Help them complete their collection by buying eBA issues from months, seasons, and even years ago. See the full selection of back issues on our website. $10 and up.
8. Downtown Tucson eGift Card: Having options is a wonderful thing. Instead of buying gift cards to big box retailers this year, give the gift of supporting local. This Downtown Tucson eGift Card can be used at over 70 downtown restaurants, shops, and theaters. Check out the list of participants and buy your gift cards on the Downtown Tucson Partnership website.
9. Unprocessed by Megan Kimble: From the former editor of Edible Baja Arizona comes Unprocessed, a “narrative of Megan’s extraordinary year, in which she milled wheat, extracted salt from the sea, milked a goat, slaughtered a sheep, and more—all while she was a busy, broke city-dweller.” This is a must-read for anybody interested in local food and the impact it has on our lives and our community. Find Unprocessed at Antigone Books or online. $15.99
10. Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living by Desert Harvesters: Seven years after the release of EAT Mesquite! A Cookbook, Desert Harvesters is back with even more recipes for desert dwellers. This comprehensive and approachable cookbook is the perfect introduction to native Sonoran Desert foods. Learn how to use the plants growing right in your backyard to make crackers, tamales, lemonade, and more! Check out the Desert Harvesters website to see where you can track down a copy. $35