10 Best Christmas Shopping Destinations in Tucson

Everyone knows that Tucson is a ruggedly beautiful city known for its pristine deserts and cultural attractions. But did you know this desert metropolis is also a shopper's paradise?

If you don't believe us, check out La Encantada. Located in the city's swanky foothills area, this two-story, open-air plaza is a great place to shop this holiday season. You'll find independent boutiques and high-end retailers like Tiffany & Col, Louis Vuitton, Cole Haan, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Bluemercury, Apple and St. John.

One of the biggest shopping destinations in the city is Tucson Mall, home to major department stores like Macy's, Dillard's, JC Penney's and Sear's. Now, if you're looking for a truly unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member, Tucson has several independent shops where you can find uncommon wares.

For the favorite kid in your life, stop by Yikes Toys and Gift-O-Rama. It's home to a well-curated selection of novelty gifts, educational toys and books. 

If you're looking for a unique Tucson-made gift, head to the city's historic west side to browse the wares at Mercado San Agustin, which is the city's only public market. The shopping center preserves the look and feel of the city's earliest markets, and features an eclectic selection of locally made artisanal products and goods. 



Located on Tucson's scenic far northwest side, the Foothills Mall offers a diverse selection of shops and department stores in an attractive setting. There are more than 90 stores for window shopping, browsing or bargain hunting, including a...  Read More

Yikes Toys


This independent Tucson toy store is not just for kids. Adults will delight in the novelty gifts and specialty items to be found at Yikes Toys and Gift-o-Rama. Spend the afternoon browsing the racks and see what unique treasure you dig up....  Read More



Located in a convenient midtown Tucson location, El Con Mall has gone through its share of ups and downs over the years. The good news that the shopping center has recently gone under extensive renovation, and the facelift has been good for...  Read More

Lost Barrio


The Lost Barrio--as the name implies--is a small, colorful shopping district tucked away in a nondescript neighborhood south of the University of Arizona. This small but vibrant shopping district features 13 locally owned stores carrying fine...  Read More

Old Town Artisans


You're sure to find some great gift ideas among the shopping areas in this 1850s adobe building. Each room offers unique items from specialty vendors, and regions around the world are represented, especially the southwestern US, Latin America...  Read More



Mercado San Agustin is a charming marketplace and outdoor shopping center located in Tucson's historic west side. The shopping center is patterned after a traditional outdoor Mexican marketplace, but this local shopping destination is 100...  Read More



La Encantada is one of Tucson's most upscale shopping and dining districts. Spanish-style architecture, manicured courtyards, and sweeping staircases make for a gracious shopping expedition at this foothills-area destination. This open-air,...  Read More



Over 100 shops line the streets of Fourth Avenue in Tucson, including boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, sundry shops, and more. This is your one-stop destination for funky fashion, unique decor and gift items, and that perfect souvenir from...  Read More

North Tucson


Tucson Mall is the city's leading retail destination and the largest shopping center in Southern Arizona. Major department stores include Macy's, Dillard's, JC Penney's and Sear's. There is also a Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana...  Read More



Park Place Mall is a two-story mall located in midtown Tucson. The mall features over 100 stores and services to choose from, including a Macy's, Dillard's, Sear's, Abercrombie & Fitch, Charlotte Russe, Charlotte Russe, Chico's, Toy Planet,...  Read More


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Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

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