In preparation for the next round of Phoestivus on December 12th from 4 to 8:30 p.m., we assembled a list of some of our favorite finds and must grab classics in our quest to shop local this holiday season. If you head on over to Phoenix Public Market and can make it past the food trucks and beer garden, you might just get your Christmas shopping done. See what we've come up with and let us know if we've missed any great gifts.
Poppa Maize Popcorn Forget the corny tin full of popcorn, or if you insist on keeping the tin, fill it with some better popcorn. Poppa Maize has unique flavors like chile y lime, smores and toasted coconut, but they also have a cravably Christmas flavored assortment with white chocolate, peppermint, dried cranberries and pistachios.
All the Wei Chocolate Pack If you've ever had these locally-made, vegan chocolates by Wei, you'll know why it's such a great gift or even stocking stuffer. The rich, dark chocolate combined with things like Himalayan pink salt, lavender essence, chai and chili make for a decadent experience. Gift packs are available, but at $30 for 24 pieces, the All the Wei chocolate pack is the most coco bang for your Christmas buck.
DeCio Pastas Handmade in Tempe by an ex-Scottsdale Culinary Institute instructor, Scott Morrison, this Durum Semolina wheat pasta comes in all different styles, flavors and colors. Some of our favorites are the lemon orzo, tri-chili fiesta rotini and saffron linguine.
Smart Cookie's Nerdy Gingerbread Man Geek chic is in, if you haven't noticed, and the existence of a nerd-themed bakery proves it. This holiday season Smart Cookie bakery is cooking up some truly adorable gingerbread men with nerdy frosting glasses. Give one to that co-worker that spends World of Warcraft all day at his desk or to your ex-mathlete little sister.
Grate Roots' Horseradish Pack Be careful-- Grate Roots' horseradish packs a punch, or do we mean kick. Anyways, while not everyone is mad about horseradish, it's been secretly adding flavor to tons of comfort foods, even mashed potatoes, for years. The natural, beet, cranberry and citrus flavors are sure to bring your favorite little chef's recipes to a whole new level.
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Elevenses Crumpets These classic pastries are perfect for that tea-obsessed or uber-feminine love in your life. Propose a romantic tea party with these bad boys and you're sure to get a good response. After all, time together is a better thing to give than crummy jewelry, right?
Awesome Cookie Co. Cookie Jars Easily giveable, fully shippable and freshly baked, the brand new Awesome Cookie Co. is a real contender in the holiday cookie market. Baked with love in small batches, Awesome's cookies come in flavors like cranberry oatmeal and Ghiradelli double chocolate chip. Oddly enough, they kind of taste like adult Cookie Crisp, but we already want another jar.