Here are a handful of local finds that will leave even the pickiest beaming with holiday happiness.
1. Tie Cardigan by Bobi
This rayon slub tie-up cardi, $78, is too cozy to pass on. Its neutral tone and flowing form are a stylish alternative to the dreaded (albeit ironically trendy) Christmas sweater. Find it at Bunky Boutique, 1437 N. First Street. Call 602-252-1323 for details.
2. Balenciaga and Spain
Vogue writer Hamish Bowles made an appearance at Phoenix Art Museum earlier this year, and, for any reader of the fashion bible who missed his lecture and book signing, there are still autographed copies available of his non-fiction exploration Balenciaga and Spain for $65. Snatch up a copy at 1625 N. Central Avenue, or click around the museum's web store. Call 602-257-1222 for more info.
3. Pochi Coin Purse
Frances carries these dainty, cartoonish Japanese silicone coin purses in assorted colors for $12. There's also a larger wallet available for $20 that could double as a clutch. The pop of candy color with the kisslock closure is a must-have for the accessory obsessed. Find it at 10 W. Camelback Road, or call 602-279-5467.
4 Water Bubbles Bracelet
Local jewelry designer Chadwick specializes in bold, sculptural conversation pieces. And this pewter bracelet, $95, with dangling glass beads is no exception. Beads are available in varying colors, although the red is both festive and wearable. Find it at chadwickthejeweler.com.
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5. Vintage Dress Forms
For the aspiring designer or stylist a dress form not only assists in draping and measuring, it also serves as a At $349 a piece, these dress forms are available at Retro Ranch, 4303 N. Seventh Avenue. Call 602-297-1971 for more information.
6. Turquoise Disc Necklace
Lester Abeyta, of the Santo Domingo nation, designed this graduated turquoise bead necklace, $330, with shell spacers and a silver clasp. Abeyta's parents are noted bead makers who passed down their skills to him. Find this necklace at the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue.
Avoid: Anything invovling potentially incorrect sizing
Get a lady's size wrong and, oof, you'll be in the dog house. This rule applies to shirts, dresses, skirts, sweaters, and anything else that could result in her yelling, "Oh, so you think I'm fat?!" If you do want to gift clothing to a fashionista, either go with an item that's oversize by design or do some investigating in advance. No. That doesn't mean you can ask her what her pant size is. Snoop if you must. And, if all else fails, always keep your receipt or snag a gift receipt from the shop so she can exchange the item.