With the ease of internet shopping and same day delivery, the fun of holiday shopping has started to elude us. Why not change all of that this year by shopping small? We have compiled a list of 7 KC | OP shops that feature local, handcrafted, and unique items that you will be hard pressed to find on Amazon. Visiting OP means you could win gift giving this year. Because who doesn’t want to earn the gift giving crown this holiday season?
A Downtown Overland Park staple, The General Store + Co. is a local mercantile that carries items that have a practical, everyday use as well as goods that make great gifts. A set of coasters inscribed with mistaken song lyrics should be on everyone’s list. Everything you’ll find is thoughtfully curated from local makers with good design top of mind. Even if you go in without a vision, you are sure to leave with a great gift.
For the dapper gentleman, this is a must stop to keep a wardrobe on point. Houndstooth features custom suits, sports coats, as well as all the accessories to go along. Hop on the KC Streetcar and take a ride to the City Market stop in River Market, which happens to be just across the street from Houndstooth. These accessories are sure to turn heads when worn.
For all the guys out there, let me cut to the chase. This is a women’s boutique, so you aren’t going to find anything for yourself here. HOWEVER, if you are shopping for a woman that loves staying fashionable and up on the latest trends, this is your place. Kindred, located in Oak Park Mall, features clothes, accessories for your wardrobe, as well as tons of great accessories for the home.
Walking into Golden and Pine is like walking into West Elm, except that everything you are looking at has been handcrafted. Just pick up the tag when you find the perfect throw for your mom, or vase for your sister, and you will see exactly who made it and where it came from. You can be the person who gives a gift with a story behind it this year.
Located in the East Crossroads, Normal Human is a must if you are looking for original, hand printed apparel, wares, and prints. Since their screen printing studio is in the same space as the shop, you can take a peek and see how all the merchandise is printed. If you are shopping for someone with a sense of humor, be sure to gift one of their shirts paired with a snarky card. Nothing says happy holidays more than a card that reads, “Here’s a folded piece of paper I bought to tell you something that I could just say out loud.”
Head on down to Prairiefire and stop in to one of Made in KC’s metro shops. Made in KC features work from over 200 local makers, giving them a way to reach customers throughout KC | OP. Stop by and you will find goods by popular local makers such as Nickel and Suede, Ampersand Studio, and Sandlot Goods. Now this is a way to shop local in more ways than one!
We all have that aspiring chef or baker on our list (Cheers to you, Aunt Margaret!). Let The Culinary Center of Kansas City take out the guesswork. Browse the cutting boards, spices, knives, and many other useful kitchen gadgets. Are you lost in a kitchen? Feel free to ask for advice from a professional chef on staff to ensure you pick out the right gift.