The annual Phoenix tradition of holiday shopping, airing of grievances, and festivities kicked off its two-day run on Wednesday night at the Phoenix Public Market. This year's Phoestivus features dozens of local vendors, plenty of munchies, and a beer garden.
From 4 to 8 p.m. the downtown community gathered to complain about the record winter heat and check a few more names off the Christmas shopping list. Didn't make it to the first installment of the Seinfeld-inspired event? Don't worry, we've got some highlights to help you get ready for next week.
With about 50 vendors to peruse, this year's event offers a variety of gifts for most everyone left on your Christmas list.
- We couldn't leave without picking up a letterpress broadside from Hazel & Violet ($10) and a few holiday cards (5 for $20). The design-lover on your list will appreciate the centuries old craft of hand-printed letterpress art.
- For the young family you're thinking of this Christmas season, we couldn't help but admire the handmade toys from Nina and Grapey. The unique, brightly colored monkeys would bring a smile to any child's face. More funky options include one-eyed sock monsters that come in a variety of colors and styles of apparel.
- We thought fondly of our feline-loving friends when passing by Moderncat Studio, who brought their collection of design-focused cat products to the event. For $15 and less you can pick up a beautiful and functional gift for a cat-owning co-worker of for your own furry friend.
- The true Phoenician would love to own a Phoenix landmark T-shirt featuring a variety of unmistakable Valley buildings including Hanny's department store, the Westward Ho, and Bill Johnson's Big Apple, to name a few. The designs from Retro Spectacular come on a variety of styles and colors of shirts for men, women and children.
- B. Luxe offered a selection of braided leather bracelets that screamed stocking stuffer for all the fashionable ladies out there. Starting at about $25 a piece, the bracelets come with or without studs and in a range of colors to suit any type of style.
- The monster goods from Steam Crow included plenty of limited-edition steam punk, monster art and kawaii food cuteness. For smaller gift ideas, we admired the badges, buttons and miniature prints.
- For the loveable yet self-deprecating friend (or for the unicorn you may or may not know), try checking out the Sebastien Million LLC booth with a selection of prints and cards with the funny, furry animals for which the artist has become known.
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Other popular items included:
- desert plants such as tabletop cacti
- home goods including candles, coasters and kitchen accessories
- painted tiles and pottery
- photography and art prints
- organic soaps, perfumes and home scents