Its here: Christmas crunch, that last week to shop and stuff your stockings.
By JENEÉ OSTERHELDT
The Kansas City Star
The countdown anxiety can get the best of your gift mojo. Weve all been there. Youre in the store, staring at your list and nothing looks right.
Dont be defeated. Take a breath. Think about your recipient, and as selfish as it may sound, think of yourself. Sometimes your own wish list makes the best presents. It works for Oprah and Ellen. This year, I find myself giving a few purchases I liked best this year: EOS Lip Balm, Out of Print totes, Charlie Hustle tees.
Need more ideas? A few of our favorite Kansas Citians share their favorite things to give:
Louise Meyers, owner of Prydes Old Westport . From her homemade almond cakes (her mamas recipe) to specialty picks from Urban Mining and Architectural Salvage, Louise is a happy gifter. Among her faves: fruit trees from Soil Service, 7130 Troost Ave. My last name is Meyers. I grow Meyer lemon trees. Its neat to give a small live plant I like to give lemon, lime and orange trees that people can accessorize with. Its so pretty year-round. Fruit trees start at $28. SoilService.com
Monica Stevens, Mo Knows Hair . This Kansas City stylist has almost 40,000 followers on YouTube tuning in to see her hair. But her gifts go beyond that. She treats her girlfriends to certificates at Hands of Perfection, 6306 Walnut St. (manicures start at $20), where she says Shakeydra Smith is the best nail tech in town. HandsOfPerfectionOnline.com
For the gents: Jack Stack Barbecue sets, made up of sauce and rub combos. They start at $15. JackStackBBQ.com
Christopher Elbow of Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates . I often give his drinking chocolate to my friends, but the chocolatier prefers to buy bread from Fervere, 1702 Summit, near downtown. I like to give food, he says. Especially Fervere bread. I particularly like to give the cranberry almond bread. It is an awesome holiday gift. Sold through January, the loaf is made of orange zest, almonds and cranberries. $7.50 a loaf. Fervere.com
Laura Schmidt, owner of Notes to Self . Her top Christmas pick is just as thoughtful as the socks she makes. My all-time favorite gift right now is the recordable storybooks at Hallmark, she says. I got one for my nephews and chose The Little Engine That Could. As you turn the page its my voice reading the words on the page. I love gifts that really make the recipient think about the giver when they use them. Books start at $20. Hallmark.com
Jermaine Reed, city councilman. Reed buys presents that celebrate our city. He liked our idea of gifting the Charlie Hustle Negro Leagues Collection that benefits the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (CharlieHustleShop.com). And paying homage to our winning teams tops his gift list. I have to make sure that everyone is in the latest and greatest from the KC Chiefs and Sporting. Shop.KCChiefs.com, Shop.SportingKC.com