Love is in the air in Kansas City.
Go ahead, look around. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it seems like smitten couples are suddenly everywhere, gazing into each other’s eyes.
There’s also another type of love all around you. It’s hot and sweaty hometown pride. Kansas City has been dubbed the coolest city in America and let’s be real, we’ve earned that title. The Kansas City Royals made us world champions, emerging startups are gaining national attention, and our local artistic and culinary talents are putting us on the map.
So this Valentine’s Day, we ask only one thing of you: Think outside the box of chocolates. Step away from the chain stores and embrace local businesses.
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To help you out, we’ve put together a guide to find just the right Valentine’s Day gift, no matter what type of relationship you’re in.
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You just started dating, and that might make Valentine’s Day seem a little awkward, since you barely know each other. But it doesn’t have to be. Before you reach for that generic teddy bear with the red bow at the drugstore, check out this list first.
I love you like I love Kansas City
We get it. You’re that couple. You wear matching Charlie Hustle KC T-shirts. You’re familiar faces at Children’s Mercy Park. You know the Kansas City barbecue scene like the back of your hand. Here are a few KC-obsessed gift ideas you can thank us for later.
Roses are Red Violets are Blue Sugar is Sweet And I want to see you naked
We’d write a description about your relationship here, but we can see you’re, um, busy.
I want you to meet my dysfunctional family
Congratulations, you’re out of the “are we or aren’t we?” stage of dating. You leave your toothbrush at his place and he doesn’t freak out. You call her “baby” in public. It’s adorable. Here are a few gifts to solidify that transforming stage of your relationship.
“You’re a schmoopie!” “No, you’re a schmoopie!”
You two are so sweet you give us a toothache. You finish each other’s sentences. You snuggle while binge-watching all the hottest shows on Netflix. We might roll our eyes at you, but we secretly want to be you. You might think you know each other so well, you don’t need the slightest advice on gift-giving this year. But these gems might change your mind.
You know it’s serious when you want to share wine with someone for the next six months. Show your commitment by signing up for the 6 for 60 Club, which offers a variety of wine, whether you’re into white or red.
Underdog also features several other club options, such as Champagne, whiskey or chocolate.
$60 at Underdog Wine Co., 319 E. 55th St., underdogwinekc.com