ShopKC 2020: Kansas City’s Local Shopping Guide

We love sharing our favorite local gifts each year, but this year the importance of shopping local is so much higher. Kansas City Mom Collective is proud to present ShopKC 2020. Whether you are shopping for your friend, your fam, the teachers (give them all the gifts this year!), your kids or someone else special, you’re sure to find something for everyone while supporting Kansas City small businesses.

Thanks to Crown Center, with three levels of local shops, for making this guide possible! They are your source for one-of-a-kind, locally owned shops.

Thank you to our sponsor

Crown Center Shops | Kansas City, Mo.

When it comes to shopping for the holidays in Kansas City, Crown Center isn’t run of the mill. You’ll love the unique finds at locally owned, one-of-a-kind stores. Whether you’re looking for a gift for your friend, parent or child, you can find all you need in one place. With holiday traditions, unique local shopping, delicious dining, can’t-miss events and dynamic attractions, Christmas memories are made at Crown Center.

Perfect for: everyone on your list.

Ashley's Artisan Cakes | Online

Hot chocolate bombs are all the rage this year, and no one has cuter options than Ashley’s Artisan Cakes! We love her unicorn bombs (pink!) and the dino bomb (green!). Check out her six pack, which means you can mix and match your favorites for $28.

Perfect for: family gifts, kids.

Bliss Books + Wine | Online

We have been making an effort to both shop local and support Black-owned businesses. With local bookshop, Bliss Books & Wine you can do both! They offer both new and used books, and special for this holiday season a great collection of children’s books.

Perfect for: kids, friends.

Boozy Botanicals | Online + Local Stores

Elevate your favorite cocktail, beverage, dish or dessert with infused syrup from Boozy Botanicals. We’re getting some for ourselves but you can gift it away, too. The Vanilla Allspice Syrup is great in rum or bourbon drinks or a creamy vodka creation. But, we also love it in coffee!

Perfect for: teachers, neighbors and girlfriends.

Carly Rae Studios | Online

Carly Rae Studio specializes in prints, ornaments, and cards with a distinct illustration style. We love the Kansas City ornament set and the vintage Santa mug art print set.

Perfect for: teachers, Kansas City relatives, girlfriends.

Charlie Hustle | Online and Local Stores

There is nothing like classic KC Heart apparel. Whether it’s sweatpants, masks,  t-shirts, hoodies, scarves and hats, this is our favorite way to show our city pride. Be sure to also check out their Arrowhead and Collegiate collections for unique fan gear.

Perfect for: the whole family.

Coffeyhouse Crafts | Online

We’re throwing a little love to KCMC team member and master maker, Coffeyhouse Crafts. Megan is hosting weekly mask flash sales on her Facebook page but she also makes excellent bows, headbands and our favorite – carseat ponchos. Once you ditch the coat and embrace the poncho, you’ll never go back.

Perfect for: kids, new babies.

The Corner Candleshop | Brookside

The Corner Candleshop (formerly 5B), has cute gifts but we can’t resist their handmade candles. Sign up for a monthly subscription box for the gift that keeps giving, grab a votive to pair with a gift card, or choose 10 votives and get 2 free for the best deal to sample their amazing scents. Our team’s favorites include Midnight Mass and Frasier Fir.

Perfect for: teachers, neighbors, girlfriends.

Crafting Brighter Futures | Online

We were excited to learn about Crafting Brighter Futures, a seasonal craft kit delivered to your door. And the best part – all profits are donated to organizations benefiting kids! Get your orders in by November 30 for the holiday craft kits. This year’s kit includes a reindeer handprint canvas and tree ornament for $20 (shipping included). Additional kits shipped to the same address are $10.

Perfect for: kids, nieces and nephews.

Fat Brain Toys | Prairiefire Overland Park + Online

Fat Brain Toys features toys that spark imagination and curiosity. You can visit their store at Prairiefire where free gift wrap is available or shop online for delivery or curbside pickup. We love the Fat Brain Collection, which features toys and games designed and developed by Fat Brain toymakers!

Perfect for: kids.

Green Bee Tea Towels | Online + Local Stores

We love the $10 tea towels from our friends at Green Bee. Choose from dozens of designs which are handprinted onto flour sack material.

Perfect for: mom, neighbors or friends.

Geo's Cheese | Waldo

We discovered Geo’s Cheese shop while making brunch boxes for our Deck the Walls event, and girls…this is PERFECT for a holiday at home. Check the out for all the cheese along with pairings of jellies, breads, meats, flavored butters, olives, crackers and more. Plus, they sell gorgeous cheese boards for your charcuterie designs.

Perfect for: family gift, friends, parents.

The General Store + Co | Downtown Overland Park + Online

The General Store + Co in downtown OP is great for some of the best unique gifts including a Mahomes Prayer Candle, Charley Harper puzzles, KC throw pillows, and other home goods. Our very favorite collection though is the Holiday 2020 ornament line which includes toilet paper, hand sanitizer and a masked Santa.

Perfect for: your partner or friends.

Jack Stack Barbecue | Ship Nationwide

Send the taste of Kansas City to relatives you can’t get together with this year. Ship barbecue sauce and rub or a full buffet of the best meats and sides. We’ve tried it and can vouch for the fact it’s just like sitting in a Jack Stack restaurant – something we all miss right now!

Perfect for: out of town relatives.

The Learning Tree | Prairie Village + Online

Skip Amazon and shop your kid’s list at The Learning Tree, which has a collection of high quality toys in Prairie Village available for shipping or curbside pickup. And a huge time saver, they will stuff your stockings for you! Send in your kids’ names, ages and likes (teens, grownups and dogs, too!) and  the staff will collect fun stuffers into a bundle for you. Starting at $50.

Perfect for: kids of all ages.

Lemon Squeezy | Online

Whether your kids love sports, mermaids or bugs, sensory kits from Lemon Squeeze are a fun, personal gift for kids. We especially love the 3 pack of mini sensory kits to get a variety of fun – perfect for stocking stuffers. Shipping is always free.

Perfect for: toddlers to elementary school kids.

Made in KC | Seven Metro Locations

Made in KC is one of our favorite stops for all the best KC pride gifts. From shirts to food + drink to home goods, you’ll find something for everyone! One of our favorites is the collection of KC books for kids by authors you’ll recognize like former Mayor Sly James or everyone’s favorite meteorologist Gary Lezak.

Perfect for: your partner, friends, out of town relatives.

Messner Bee Farm | Online

The Messner Bee Farm features products from their beloved collection of bees. Their delicious raw honey is to die for. We’re stuffing stockings this year with the raw honey and beeswax lip balm which comes in fun flavors like caramel apple spice, lavender lemonade, sugar plum fairy and hibiscus lime.

Perfect for: stocking stuffers.

The New Dime Store | Brookside + Online

The New Dime Store in Brookside is a charming collection of gifts for all ages. We love shopping in store, but they are constantly adding more products to their online site. Be sure to look at their bag collection ranging from totes to makeup bags to wine carriers.

Perfect for: girlfriends, friends.

Nickel and Suede | Liberty and Plaza Stores + Online

Our team’s favorite stop for earrings – Nickel and Suede – just opened a retail location on the Plaza, in addition to their Liberty location. We love their gift guides that range from the owner’s favorites to help for a husband to best for tweens and teens. We love everything but are partial to their classic leather

Perfect for: mom, girlfriends and teens.

Purpose Play | Online

Purpose Play is known for their sensory play events but they also offer awesome sensory play items including a monthly subscription box. We love the Littlest Christmas Baker Gingerbread Cookie Kit, which includes gingerbread KidDough, spatula, wooden rolling pin, cookie cutters and more for holiday play!

Perfect for: your kids, nieces and nephews.

Red Door Wine Store | Lee's Summit, Mo.

The Red Door Wine Store is both a retail shop and bar. Bonus: You can enjoy wine, beer, or spirits by the glass to taste before you buy!

Perfect for: hostess, teachers.

Topsy's | Online + 12 Metro Locations

Topsy’s Popcorn has been around for 60 years and is another great way to share the taste of KC. Send a tin to someone far away or pair their popcorn bags with a movie and cozy blanket for a family movie night package.

Perfect for: out of town relatives, family gifts.

Sarah is mama to 9-year-old, Henry, 6-year-old Clark and 4-year-old Lucy. After growing up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza before migrating to Johnson County. Sarah has her master’s in urban administration and is currently in the Kansas City Centurions program. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, travel (but never to the same place twice), and experience all things Kansas City!