Local Gifts for Everyone on Your Christmas List

One of the major perks of living in Kansas City? You can truly find something made locally for anyone on your shopping list.

We recruited KC’s blogger darling, super mom and style extraordinaire Meg Cusick to put together the ultimate locally sourced gift guide.

1. For your bestie

EB jewelry and accessories

All photos by Meg Cusick.

All photos by Meg Cusick.


EB jewelry and accessories will delight all tastes with it’s sleek and classic designs. From earrings and leather bags, to colorful scarfs that add a statement to your everyday look, EB accessories are a perfect gift for your bestie for the restie!

2. For the Fur Babies & Pet parents

Locally made pet treats and baked goods

Our furry friends need a little holiday love too! I think we all can agree that the best way into our pets hearts… are through their stomachs! Brookside Barkery located in the Brookside Shops has not only the largest selection of natural pet foods in Kansas City - but also has an entire bakery glass case full of cookies, cakes, and other baked goods made especially for man’s best friend! Pick up some new toys and a special treat for Fido next time you are in Brookside.

3. For the plant lover (who doesn’t have a green thumb)


Plant from Family Tree Nursery

There are those of us who could plant and tend an entire garden and grow enough tomatoes and zucchini to share with their entire family… and there are those of us (ahem… like yours truly) who can’t manage to keep one orchid plant alive… yet would still love the company of some greenery around the house! Family Tree Nursery inside of Made in KC Marketplace has several options for those of us without a green thumb. Have you ever heard of an air plant? {Yeah thats a thing!} You will also find a wide variety of succulents, which again, will prove to live a long, green life with little care and maintenance!

4. For the Sports Fanatic:

Kansas City tee or accessory


As the Chiefs continue to display their glory week after week- what better time than now for pretty much EVERYONE to own a Kansas City tee, sweatshirt, hat (or all of the above!) With so many brands and styles to choose from, you can pick up a Kansas City clothing or accessory item for every member of the family! From baby onesies, to kids and adults sizes, Made in KC has it covered!

5. For the Cook

Local-fare inspired cookbooks

There are so many great cookbooks that showcase local Kansas City flavors and recipes: gift it to a local friend who already has an appreciation for Kansas City fare - or spread the KC food love to a relative who lives in Florida. Made in KC has a variety of cookbooks and books about local food: from BBQ recipe books, to a Kansas City food biography, to a collection of favorite recipes from Kansas City’s best chefs and cooks.

6. For the Hardworking Woman in your Life:


SkinKC bath bomb or sugar scrub

With a ton of natural, locally made skincare, and bath & body products, it won’t take you long to browse and find the perfect gift of relaxation inside Skin KC. Located in the Brookside shops, this shop will make you feel relaxed the moment you step inside. Make your own little gift set by pairing a few products like a bath bomb, sugar scrub, and moisturizer to gift the hard working woman in your life - your mom, your sister, or a coworker, etc!

7. For the kiddos

Kansas City kids book

Goodnight Moon and Brown Bear, Brown Bear are necessary classics that should belong in every child’s book collection - but how special to give your child a book about their local community! “This is Kansas City”, “It’s a Sunny Life”, and the Chiefs “ABC’s and 123’s” are great picture book options that share familiar scenes in and around Kansas City that all kids will love. Or pick up a coloring book that will have your child coloring in pictures of local sites like The Kauffman Center, Union Station, and more!

8. For the Jetsetter

Leather Card Holder/ Luggage tag

Do you have that one friend who is always traveling? Gift them with! Sandlot Goods wallet, passport holder, or journal! Sandlot has a wide variety of high quality hand made leather goods, made right here in Kansas City. Check out there selection at Made in KC marketplace

9.  For the person who has everything already:


A custom made portrait from Kr Design

Everyone has that person on their list that is impossible to buy for. Maybe they have all the gadgets, and miscellaneous items that for anyone else would be the perfect present.. or maybe they are just hard to impress! The key to gifting the person who has everything already is something a little more personalized and special. Katie of KR Original Art  is a local Kansas Citian who makes custom portraits of everything from home portraits…. to family portraits..to stadium portraits for the sports fan and everything in between! Check out Katie’s Instagram account @kr.original.art to see a portfolio of all her work. All she needs is a photo of the subject and she will turn it into a beautiful work of art that will knock that impossible-to-buy-for person off their feet!

10. The best last minute gift..for anyone really:


Locally made candle

The holiday season is busy for everyone - and I am sure we have all found ourselves in the position where we have to last minute scramble to pick up something for a friend or coworker because we didn’t think of it earlier. Made in KC has a large selection of candles made by local candlemakers: from Lake to Kansas City Candle Co. to 5b and Co. Candlemakers and more! Peruse the selection to find your favorite scent, wrap it up and you’ll by on your way with a thoughtful gift in no time!