We love sharing our favorite local gifts each year, and with shipping times and inventory a problem with ordering online this year – it’s all the more reason to shop local. Kansas City Mom Collective is proud to present ShopKC 2021. Whether you are shopping for your friend, your fam, the teachers, neighbors, 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.
Crown Center | 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.
Monster Jam | Kansas City, Mo.
Give the gift of Monster Jam this holiday season as Grave Digger, Max-D and all your favorite Monster Jam trucks roar into T-Mobile Center Jan. 14-16! Tickets are on sale now at MonsterJam.com
Perfect for: the whole family!
Alta Vista Meat Co. | Online
Give the gift of meat! Our friends at Alta Vista Meat Co. deliver the highest quality, local meat to your doorstep. Sing up for a butcher bag subscription and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Use the code KCMOMS10 for $10 off your first order.
Perfect for: husbands, local relatives.
Art in the Yard | Online
Art in the Yard, a local artist who hosts art events, also offers painting kits for the perfect gift! Folk art and mandala designs are available on 11×14 canvas. Disney princesses, and other characters also available! The kit includes paints, brushes, and paint palette. Other options are available, and special requests considered. Made to order with FREE local delivery. Message on Facebook for details.
Perfect for: kids, art-loving adults.
Beautifelt | Etsy + local stores
We love this local watercolor artist! You can find a gorgeous Shuttlecock holiday lights print in her Etsy shop but also at Made in KC stores.
Perfect for: girlfriends, mom.
Bliss Books + Wine | Online
Local bookshop Bliss Books & Wine offers both new and used books, and special for this holiday season a great collection of children’s books.
Perfect for: kids, friends.
The Black Pantry | Midtown Kansas City, Mo.
This Black-owned boutique features other Black-owned essentials in a storefront inside Made in KC Midtown. They also host pop-ups around the city to connect the community to the businesses!
Perfect for: friends, teachers and KC lovers.
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.
Brothers Toys and Collectibles | Mission
Pokémon cards, Nerf guns, and every new and vintage action figure you could imagine! Check their Facebook page for previews of new adds to the store and then go buy at their Mission store.
Perfect for: kids who love imaginary play and collecting.
Charlie Hustle | Plaza
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.
Collector's Cache | Lenexa + Online
Are you kids deep into the world of Pokémon? You won’t find a better selection of cards in the metro than Collector’s Cache in Lenexa. Established in 1988, Collector’s Cache has been a symbol of quality cards, toys, and other various collectibles. You can order online to see their full inventory and then pick up at the store.
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, especially those into the hot Dimpl toys.
Green Bee Tea Towels | Online + Local Stores
We love the $12 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.
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.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts | Kansas City, Mo.
Too much stuff in your playroom? Check out a new experience gift! The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts has many family friendly options throughout the year but we have our eye on the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film accompanied by a life orchestra or the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live show.
Perfect for: everyone who can comply with the Kauffman’s COVID polices. Please check the vaccination and testing requirements before purchasing!
KD's Books | Lee's Summit
A local bookstore specializing in children’s books, KD’s Books has been part of the Lee’s Summit community for over twenty-five years. Curbside pickup is available.
Perfect for: kids of all ages.
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.
The Little House | Prairie Village
This adorable clothing boutique aims to dress children like children and has been doing so for more than 50 years. They also have shoes, books and gifts. The Little House recently moved from their Fairway, Kan. location to the Shops at Prairie Village.
Perfect for: baby and kids who like to dress well.
Made in KC | 10 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.
Mission: Board Games | Mission
A family friendly store for learning through fun and games. Board games for all ages and tastes — classics and new releases — kids games and adult games. Proud to be a local business in Mission, KS and part of the gaming community in the Kansas City metro area.
Perfect for: the whole family.
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.
Pink Antlers | Leawood
The Holiday Collection is out at Pink Antlers — a party and gift store at Park Place. From adorable Santa cookie plates to unique decor, this is a fun place to find unique gifts or a little something for your home.
Perfect for: hostess, teachers, yourself.
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.
U.S. Toy | Overland Park, Kan.
Perfect for: kids, stocking stuffers.