The coffee table book for the baseball town
After 29 years, the Royals took us all the way back to the World Series, and The Kansas City Star was there to cover every single strike and home run. Capture the celebratory spirit with “Royals 2014,” a 96-page collection of The Star’s coverage of the historic season and postseason. The book, $19.95, can be pre-ordered at thekansascitystore.com. Books will ship toward the end of November.
The KC hoodie
Our city is bursting with brands that let us wear our pride (Charlie Hustle, BunkerMade, Ocean & Sea, Raygun and more), but here’s one you may not have in your closet: the unisex KC Hoodie, $48, by Normal Human. It’s cotton and perfect for staying cozy, in red, gray and navy. Normal Human, 827 Westport Road, is a screen-printing and retail shop specializing in gear and housewares made in KC. nrmlhmn.com
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The hometown onesie
For the baby in your life, Sandlot Goods has an adorable onesie ($22), perfect for the newest Kansas Citian you know. With “Made in KC” across the front, this gray cotton cutie has a vintage wash and makes a loud and proud statement. There are also T-shirt versions for kids ($24) and adults ($30). Sandlot Goods specializes in handmade leather goods, but lucky for us the place dabbles in tees and accessories, too. You can find styles at Westside Storey, 1701 Summit St. sandlotgoods.com
The “I Heart KC” socks
Holiday shopping isn’t complete without at least one gift that is not only awesome but affordable. Enter the “I Heart KC” socks by Sock 101. These light-blue socks feature navy blue hearts with “KC” written in white and are meant to celebrate our explosive Royals postseason. You can pre-order a pair for $12, making them the perfect present for white elephant, secret Santa and every gift exchange you’re invited to. There are also red and yellow versions ($12) for your favorite Chiefs fan and a Visit KC edition ($12.50). And head over to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., and buy a Monarchs pair ($15) to benefit the museum. sock101.com
The Kansas City carryall
We all know about the classic KC Baldwin hats celebrated by fashion mags, but Baldwin also offers a more subtle way to give props to your favorite Midwest city: the Market Bag ($68). Created in collaboration with L.A.-based Apolis, a custom-printed KC logo graces the front of this casual, cool bag. Find it at Standard Style or Baldwin on the Plaza. baldwindenim.com
The team spirit bling
If you want to give a gift that is both luxurious and lets you cheer on your favorite team, Helzberg has you covered with a collection of Royals and Chiefs watches for men and women ($60-$150). Our top picks: the black ion-plated stainless steel Kansas City Royals watch for men, with the official team logo on the dial, and the Kansas City Chiefs charm bracelet watch for women — it’s a subtle and sweet way to dress up Red Fridays. helzberg.com