Are you planning your next Arizona vacation? Whether you’re buying them as gifts for family and friends or as a reminder of your trip, souvenirs are a must for any vacationer. However, don’t fall for those tourist traps selling tacky, overpriced magnets, and mugs. If you’re looking for the perfect souvenir or gift during your stay in Arizona, check out these top shopping spots.
The Grand Canyon
Every visitor to the Grand Canyon State needs at least one souvenir from the canyon itself, so don’t forget to stop by the Grand Canyon Conservancy’s store. You’ll find all the Grand Canyon merchandise you could want. Don’t forget to grab a picture frame to display your photo in front of the canyon.
Heard Museum Gift Shop
The Heard Museum gives visitors a unique glimpse into the culture and history of the southwest, but did you know they also have a gift shop? Bring home a hand-crafted southwestern treasure like a katsina doll, woven basket, or a piece of turquoise jewelry. The museum works with native artists, so you can be sure that you’re purchasing the real deal.
The Heritage District
Downtown Gilbert, AZ, also known as the Heritage District, is a vibrant downtown space with a variety of diverse shops and stores. Whether you’re looking for a chic boutique, an antique furniture store or a retro candy shop, you’re sure to find it in the Heritage District. How about a permanent souvenir? You can even find a tattoo shop to get that ink you’ve always wanted.
Do you prefer national retailers to cozy shops? Gilbert is also home to SanTan Village, a shopper’s paradise that boasts popular stores like Macy’s, Apple, Sephora, and White House Black Market. With a large array of dining locations, SanTan Village is also a great place for a lunch break.
Arizona Team Shops
Whether you’re rooting for the Diamondbacks, the Cardinals, or the Suns, you’ll find plenty of official sports souvenirs at Arizona’s stadium team shops. Every stadium has a team-specific store that’s accessible from outside the stadium and open to the public all week. Keep in mind that some shops may close the outside entrance an hour or two before games.
Although you can find plenty of places to shop in Arizona, the best souvenirs are the memories you will make on your trip. Don’t forget to take lots of photos and enjoy all the unique experiences that the Grand Canyon State has to offer.