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.