My cousin asked me the other day what kind of souvenir she could buy that would represent Phoenix. I thought about it for a minute and then decided I couldn’t think of anything. When I think of Arizona, the Grand Canyon comes to mind. When I think about Phoenix, I’m just reminded of the heat. I suppose a cheesy little cactus or an Arizona Snowglobe would have done the trick, or maybe even something sports related, but neither seemed to fit the bill. What would you consider to be a Phoenix souvenir?

9 Comments so far

  1. Karin (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 4:26 pm

    When I took souvenirs back to my friends in London, I got them Dream Catchers. I had a really hard time thinking of anything to take them as well.

  2. darin (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 5:09 pm

    I’ve always sent quirky bottles of hot sauce….you know…KICK YO’ ASS hot sauce…WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRUCTION hot sauce…MAKE OSMAMA YO’ BEYOCH FOR A NIGHT hot sauce. Makes for fun times at family gatherings.

  3. Dyanna (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 5:13 pm

    See, Darin, the problem with the hot sauce idea this past weekend is that my family’s in El Paso, TX, where there’s actual honest-to-goodness real hot sauce that makes even the “hottest” Phoenix hot sauce pale in comparison.

    Of course, if my cousin was going back to Kansas or something, that would have been a great souvenir idea! ;)

  4. Brian (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 5:32 pm

    If you want them to be reminded of the heat, buy ’em an Easy-Bake Oven. It’s just wacky enough to make it memorable.

  5. darin (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 5:58 pm

    I have an EZ Baker…it’s memorable..but can’t serve any more..than…half an infant.

  6. Devlyn (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 10:09 pm

    Few Phonecians are aware that their city is home to one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s disciples, Paolo Soleri. Mr. Soleri is the architect behind the famous Arcosanti project to build an eco-friendly city in the dessert, and the Cosanti center in Scottsdale. Part of the financing for the project comes from the sale of bronze bells. The bells are made using nearly the same technique as some of the unique structures Mr. Soleri has designed. They make a fabulous souvenir or travel gift, particularly for those interested in art and architecture. The bells are available at various places in-town, including Cosanti in Scottsdale and online.

  7. Cortland Coleman (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 12:05 am

    Anything from the Heard Museum gift shop or Taliesin West

  8. Anne (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 12:46 pm

    I do not know how much I can help you. But there is pencils, keychains,spoons,stuffed animals,(I have a stuffed squirrel from Grand Canyon),mineral or rock samples, copper samples, prickly pear jelly,prickly pear candy,…and thats all I can think of offhand. I hope it helped alittle.

  9. Ray (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 8:09 pm

    The thing that instantly comes to mind is the lucite encased scorpion. I have seen these through most of my life in giftshops all over the state. That seems to be pretty much what people who don’t live here think of it.

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