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#1: A SOLERI BELL The architect of the dramatic new bridge over the canal at Scottsdale and Camelback roads has many other creative irons in the fire—the futuristic “city” of Arcosanti an hour north of Phoenix, for example. But the only Paolo Soleri works that may fit in a stocking are Soleri windbells, which apprentices pour and carve daily at both Arcosanti and the architect’s Phoenix-area home, Cosanti. Available in ceramic (pictured) or bronze, $28 and beyond, depending on size and complexity. Cosanti: 64th St. & Doubletree Ranch Rds., 480.948.6145

#2: WINE BY SAM PILLSBURY OR MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Before tinkering with grapes in Arizona, charismatic Sam Pillsbury was a moviemaker in New Zealand, and Maynard James Keenan was putting his rock bands (Tool, et al.) on the map. Both men now call Arizona home. Find Pillsbury Wine Company’s WildChild blends—one red, one white— and Keenan’s Arizona Stronghold Mangus red blend at Sphinx Ranch. 3039 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480.941.2261

#3: QUEEN CREEK OLIVE MILL OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR Local foodies are well-acquainted with Queen Creek Olive Mill oils and vinegars; they’re frequently name-checked on restaurant menus, and are quick sellers at farmers markets. Go to the grove to buy yours, and you’ll have anecdotes to share when you present a bottle at a dinner party. 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek, 480.888.9290

#4: ELOTE CAFE COOKBOOK BY JEFF SMEDSTAD Named after his restaurant, Elote Cafe, Jeff Smedstad’s 208-page book is packed with well-beyond-the-border Mexican recipes, explained in layman’s terms in the chef’s typically affable tone. Available at www.elotecafe.com or the restaurant, 771 Hwy. 179, Sedona, 928.203.0105