Any gift given from the heart can be appreciated by the receiver, but perhaps there are better options than a new Crock-Pot. Maybe cooking enthusiast Aunt Maude would prefer quirky tea towels, and your gardening guru friend would appreciate an artisan’s touch on a porcelain vase.
The local, handmade movement is strong in Kansas City, with a range of items from home decor to personal products. More and more shops are carrying products handmade by local artisans and some, like Mid Coast Modern, Hammerpress and Urban Provisions, carry almost all locally created merchandise.
Your support means shopkeepers and creatives have a successful holiday, while you get to sit back and enjoy the smiles from your loved ones who got one less package of socks this year.
Woodn’t You Like This? Transport your brew to holiday parties in style in a wood beer tote by Tallgrass Woodworking of Kansas City; Mid Coast Modern in the Crossroads carries them. Celebrate responsibly by protecting your furniture with coasters made from Boulevard Brewery pallets by 928 Woodworks of Kansas City and sold at Urban Provisions in the East Bottoms.
Hang It Up: Plants bring life to the indoors while the world outside hibernates. Brighten cold, dark days with a basket air plant holder by Art by Jennifer Fontanella from Mid Coast Modern. Season + Square in Brookside carries hanging baskets by Convivial Productions as well.
Whoa, Nelly! Take bar room banter to the next level with sassy or sarcastic statements on your glassware designed and printed by Easy, Tiger in the West Bottoms and Urban Provisions.
Pillow Fight: Pillows are unifiers in decor, but choosing one will be difficult. Select from a large variety made with funky fabrics to suit any personality, at Mid Coast Modern and Urban Provisions.
Show and Tell: Art is a personal preference, but proud Kansas Citians love to proclaim their city the best any way they can. You can’t go wrong giving them a Kansas City-themed print by locals Kristin Smith, Tammy Smith and Patric Giroux sold at Mid Coast Modern.
Dry Humor: Even non-crazy cat ladies will adore the whimsy of cat plant tea towels made by husband/wife team Yonder, sold at Mash Handmade. Urban Provisions also carries a host of KC-centric tea towels including one featuring the famous Scout statue, while Season + Square sells elegant tie-dyed dinner and cocktail napkins by Owl & Mouse Textile Designs.
Shades of Gray: Neutral gray looks smashing swirled with white in this marble cylinder vessel from House of de Boer, a husband/wife team of KCAI graduates. It’s a versatile gift, being a vase, a storage receptacle or simply an object of beauty and is available at Mash Handmade.
Handmade goods retailers
▪ Mid Coast Modern, 2119 Washington St., Kansas City, MidCoastModernKC.com
▪ Urban Provisions, 2616 Guinotte Ave., Kansas City; UrbanProvisionsKC.com
▪ Season + Square, 6205 Oak Street, Kansas City; SeasonandSquare.com
▪ Easy, Tiger, 1408 W. 12th St., Suite 100, Kansas City; EasyTigerCo.com
▪ Mash Handmade, 3900 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MashHandmade.com (note: Mash Handmade will close for good Dec. 24)
▪ Red Star Studios @Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St., Kansas City; RedStarStudios.org
▪ KC Urban Potters, 4 Westport Road., Kansas City; KCUrbanPotters.com
▪ Stuff, 316 W. 63rd St., Kansas City; PursueGoodStuff.com
▪ Hammerpress, 500 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, HammerPress.net
▪ Indigo Wild, 3125 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City; IndigoWild.com; handmade soaps, bath and body products and house cleaning products.
▪ Hand & Land, 11527 Ash Street, Leawood; HandandLand.com
▪ The General Store & Company, 7922 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park
▪ Made in KC, five area locations listed at MadeinKC.co