One-stops for two of our favorite things

To eat or to shop first. That is the question when you're at the Blue Willow. (You can shop before and after your meal.) The entryway gift shop is stuffed with eclectic items and a large and funny assortment of greeting cards.

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If you still have Christmas shopping to finish up, but aren't quite sure what to get, we've got a suggestion. 

Hit the gift shops. 

Gift shops have plenty of unique items sure to delight even the family member who has it all. 

Here are 13 Tucson gift shops with plenty of local flair. (Please note holidays may affect these hours.)

Blue Willow Restaurant and Gift Shop

The gift shop at Blue Willow has a giant collection of cactus products. Everything from saguaro mugs to dog toys and yolk separators can be found here. Prices rage from inexpensive to kind of expensive. 

This restaurant has the cutest gift shop. Lots of jewelry, cards, garden goodies and sweet office accessories. 

Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

More info: Visit bluewillowtucson.com or call 520-327-7577.

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

The planetarium's gift shop is out of this world — especially if you're shopping for a science lover or future astronaut. There are a lot of science-y toys, books and other nifty finds on everything from traveling to Mars or digging up sparkly minerals. 

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.. 

More info: Visit flandrau.org or call 520-621-4516.

Green Valley Pecan Company Store

The gift shop for this pecan orchard has lots of locally-made treats. Get chocolate-covered pecans variety pack to sample pecans tossed in brittle or honey-roasted. 

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. . 

More info: Visit greenvalleypecan.com or call 520-791-2062. 

Deco Museum Store

Deco, which was formerly on Broadway, has antiques, art, jewelry and other gifts in the lobby of the Ignite Sign Art Museum. The museum, which opens on Wednesday, has more than 250 signs, clocks and other pieces. The tickets are $15 and are available through Tucsonmod.com.

The shop at Ignite Sign Art Museum has tiny versions of iconic Tucson signs and lots of quirky, vintage items. 

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

More info: Visit ignitemuseum.com or call 520-319-0888.

Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures 

Children examine a handcrafted winter scene at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures.

Fittingly, this is a tiny gift shop with books, toys and souvenirs. Lots of miniatures and whimsy for sale here, especially for the kiddos. 

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

More info: Visit theminitimemachine.org or call 520-881-0606.

MOCA Tucson

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson has a gift shop with funky souvenirs highlighting recent exhibitions and artsy jewelry, cards and even beauty products by local makers and artists. 

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 

More info: Visit moca-tucson.org or call 520-624-5019

National Parks Store

Aiden Greenwald, whose family was visiting from Chicago, checks out a book from the store's children's section.

Shopping here supports national parks on this side of the country. This store is all about the Southwest with its desert-inspired cookbooks, history books, cactus plushies and Native American art and jewelry. 

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More info: Visit wnpa.org/national-parks-store or call 520-622-6014.

Native Seeds/SEARCH

Tohono O'odham lentils, left, and peas from Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson. 

This local nonprofit preserves local seeds to promote biodiversity. At the shop, you can buy native seeds, books, food items and even some beauty products. All of it is super local. 

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

More info: Visit nativeseeds.org or call 520-622-5561.

Tucson Botanical Gardens

A variety of items are on display at the gift shop at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way. The Gift Shop features herbal remedies, cookbooks, literature, clothing, jewelry, teas, toys, gardening tools, seeds, hats and more

You'll find lots of odds and ends for both your garden and your home here. Plus, art, books and toys — much of it sourced from local artists and vendors. 

Hours: Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours extended to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

More info: Visit tucsonbotanical.org or call 520-326-9686 Ext. 16.

Tucson Museum of Art

Shop for cards, jewelry, arts, books on artists and plenty of other gifty knick-knacks (and higher-end pieces, too). 

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

More info: Visit tucsonmuseumofart.org or call 520-624-2333.

Tohono Chul

You'll find cacti, pottery, local goodies and other artsy items in these gift shops. 

Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More info: Visit tohonochul.org or call 520-742-6455.

United Nations Association of Southern Arizona Center

Shop the UNICEF store for last-minute gifts, especially if you'd like to combine holiday shopping with charitable giving.

This shop supports United Nations programs and carries a wide range of international products from journals to folk art to clothing.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Also open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays through December. 

More info: Visit unasatucson.org or call 520-881-7060


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