Top 5 places in Scottsdale for unique gifts

When another candle or beer mug won’t do, when you need a hostess gift or to shop for the person who remembered you but you forgot them, try a museum gift shop or an artist market for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.

Here are five places that offer distinctive finds for friends and family.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art — Black Friday

The Scottsdale Museum of Art Store@SMoCA offers extended hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Nov. 28, with deep discounts. Shoppers can receive 60 percent off on creative gifts, art books, home decorations, artist-made jewelry and ceramics. Purchases are tax-free and support SMoCA’s programs. The Store@SMoCA is at 7374 E. Second St.

Details: smoca.org.

Small Business Saturday Artists Market

Next door to the museum is the Store at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, which invites customers to support Arizona artists on Saturday, Nov. 29. From 1 to 8 p.m., the center will feature the works of 20 Arizona artists showcasing jewelry, home furnishings, imaginative toys, ceramics, greeting cards and limited edition prints. Proceeds benefit the non-profit. Shoppers can meet the artists and participate in a raffle. The Store is at 7380 E. Second St.

Details: www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/visit/the-store.

Artisan Markets in Scottsdale

This weekly art festival always has something never seen before and is the ideal place to ensure you never come empty handed to a holiday party.

Most Thursdays, the collection of Valley artists can be found from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Scottsdale Waterfront, 7134 E. Stetson Drive. On Sundays, the market is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7, however, the market is hosting its Fifth Avenue Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Up to 70 artists working in mediums of glass, wearable art, pottery, soaps, wood and photography can be found on Fifth Avenue between Craftsman Court and Goldwater Boulevard.

Details: artisanmarketsaz.com.

Thunderbird Artists’ Annual Waterfront Fine Art Wine Festival

Glass blowers, clay sculptors, painters and music by guitarist Esteban highlight this three-day event at the pedestrian walkway of Scottsdale Waterfront and SouthBridge.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7. More than 100 artists will exhibit and guitarist Esteban and his daughter, violinist Teresa Joy, will perform.

Several wineries will showcase local, national and international wines. For $10, patrons receive an engraved souvenir glass with six tasting tickets. Additional tickets are $1.

Admission is $3, free for age 17 and younger.

Details: 480-837-5637 or ThunderbirdArtists.com.

Heard Museum’s Ornament Marketplace

The Heard Museum North in Scottsdale may have closed this year, but Northeast Valley residents can continue the tradition of the museum’s Ornament Marketplace on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 28-30.

The Heard Museum in Phoenix offers hand-crafted Native ornaments priced between $10-$40. Shoppers can choose from ornaments of carved wood, miniature baskets, pottery, beads and wreaths amid live music performances across the three days.

The marketplace is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28-29, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30. The museum is at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, at the Encanto Boulevard stop on Metro light rail.

Details: heard.org.

Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2014/11/26/top-places-scottsdale-unique-gifts/70054758/