Tempe Shopping for the Holidays

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” definitely sounds more cheerful than “Trying to find holiday gifts for everyone on my list makes me panic.” But, have no fear! With plenty of Tempe shopping options, you’re sure to find the perfect gifts for all (and maybe even a gift or two for yourself).

At Tempe Marketplace, you’ll find everything from quaint shops such as Divaz Boutique to big box stores like Target, Cost Plus World Market and Best Buy. Many of the retailers at Tempe Marketplace have perfect gifts for those hard to shop for teenagers – Tilly’s, PacSun and Charming Charlie are a few of my favorites. If you go to Tempe Marketplace, don’t miss the nightly snowfall from November 23rd through December 31st near the District stage. Check out the Tempe Marketplace website for more holiday events. Looking for even more sweet treats? Try IT’SUGAR candy store, the location with just as many pop-culture relevant merchandise as candies of the gargantuan and regular-sized variety.

And, if you want a few sweet treats for stocking stuffers, check out Candy Addict. Visit the Downtown Tempe website for a complete list of retailers and restaurants.

Next, you can continue your shopping marathon at Arizona Mills, but be sure to check out their deals page for more information about holiday sales. With a mile of stores at amazing price points including the Nike Clearance Store, Gap Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger and H&M, Arizona Mills is sure to introduce you to some great gift ideas. After shopping, take a break in the Villa Food Hall, where you will find eateries including Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, Rainforest Cafe, Sukotto Japanese Grill and more. Also near Villa Food Hall, kids will be able to visit with Santa from now through Christmas Eve. Arizona Mills is offering extended shopping hours this season, including operating hours from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. See their website for details about Santa Claus visits and more events. And, don’t forget about the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, located inside the mall, for more stocking stuffers and gifts!

In South Tempe, Changing Hands Bookstore is a must. They carry new and used books, gift items and a great selection of children’s toys and games. From colorful coffee mugs with clever sayings to signed autobiographies, this bookseller is sure to have unique options for your literary loved ones and humor enthusiasts. In the same plaza as Changing Hands, you’ll find Lorelei Boutique. They carry awesome women’s accessories and clothing items that are both chic and bohemian at the same time, offering you even more of a widespread shopping experience.

And of course, make sure to visit IKEA in Tempe. They carry absolutely everything for homes, from kitchen cabinets to sofas to candles. They have plenty of items that would make great gifts – lamps, pillows, rugs, toys for kids, desk accessories, luggage – you name it, they’ve got it. In addition, you can plan your IKEA shopping trip around a meal at their café. They serve Swedish and American specialties that the whole family will enjoy. And, if your kids aren’t patient shoppers, you can let them play at “Smaland” while you shop.

Shopping in Tempe during the holiday season offers variety, savings, fun and excitement. Checking off everything on your shopping list really will make it the most wonderful time of the year.

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Toni Smith
Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.