Attention, last-minute shoppers. This is it. You have two days to get your gifts together for Christmas. (And just until sundown Tuesday for the end of Hanukkah.)
Don’t give into gift cards and cash just yet. You can do this. I have a few standby presents that will work in a pinch: a Baldwin hat, the Normal Human sweatshirt, Charlie Hustle tees and my newest find, Doc Lerner’s creamy Face & Body Lotion. And Santa, you can definitely pick me up that Red Dirt Shop leather clutch. It funds a year of clean water for someone in need. See, I’m nice.
Other fast finds:
For Secret Santa
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If you’re looking for the cool and local twist on a Christmas sweater, Raygun has you covered with its Kansas City holiday T-shirts ($21) and sweatshirts ($35). Instead of typical ugly-sweater busy patterns, this design features a shuttlecock, KC logos, snowflakes and the states of Missouri and Kansas. This is the perfect Secret Santa, White Elephant gift for a Kansas City lover.
Raygun, 1803 Baltimore Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Regular hours resume after Christmas. raygunsite.com
For the hostess
This is the week of dinner parties and all kinds of gatherings. If you like to show up with a treat for your favorite holiday hostess like I do, Indigo Wild makes the smell-good gifts that have big sentiment but are easy on the pockets.
The Zum minibar set ($9.50), a trio of tiny soaps (Frankincense & Myrrh, Jingle Zum and Zum Jolly) is a fun little gift. Top it off with the double-mint shea butter lip balm ($6.50 for two) and grab a few extra to dress up gift cards and the like.
Indigo Wild, 3125 Wyandotte St., is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 10 a.m. to noon on Christmas Eve. indigowild.com
For your co-worker
When in doubt, sweets usually are a safe bet. Plus, they’re quick and easy, and we’ve got plenty of options: Christopher Elbow, Panache, Garza’s and more. But the seasonal selection at André’s Chocolates made me feel like a kid again.
They have a carousel of giant gingerbread cookies dipped and decorated with chocolate in the shapes of reindeer, angels and more. But I keep it classic and go with Santa ($5.50). And for your favorite office mate, there’s a Marzipan Santa ($11.50) built entirely out of the sugar, honey and almond confection.
There’s plenty to choose from at André’s, 5018 Main St. Regular hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. They’re open till 4 on Christmas Eve. In Leawood, 4929 W. 119th St., the hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. andreschocolates.com
For the lady in your life
Special deliveries always make a gal feel special. If you’re still scrambling for ideas for that lady in your life — whether she’s your mom, your sister or a crush — VelvetCrate puts together gift boxes that send a universal message of love and pampering. The delivery service ships them directly to the recipient’s door.
The Holiday crate ($50) features a festive Thymes Gingerbread Candle, delectable FunkyChunky Sea Salt Caramel popcorn mix and lush Lollia Wish Finest Perfumed Soap. If you want your gift to arrive Christmas Eve, order it by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. velvetcrate.com
For your neighbor
I never thought about what Westport smells like — patchouli, wine and hangovers? Maybe. But while browsing Hallmark’s posh HMK boutique I saw a Westport candle and laughed. But somehow, the scent of leather, tea and pomegranate nailed our lovely indie entertainment and shopping district. It’s got a spicy kick to it.
And Prairie Village is all soft and sweet with amber, musk and sage. Ella B. Neighborhood Candles, $28 each at HMK on the Plaza, come in scents that embody the personality of various neighborhoods, also including Brookside, the Country Club Plaza and Kansas City.
Get yours at HMK, 4710 Broadway, next to the Apple Store on the Plaza. Regular hours (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) on Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. hmk1910.com
For the beer lover
The Boulevard Dry Goods Store is beer-centric, stocked fully with Boulevard gear. There’s even a “Love Child” onesie for babies of beer drinkers. So wrong yet so right. Boulevard is a Kansas City staple; even if you aren’t a beer aficionado, there’s something admirable about the brand.
For this frosty time of the year, the Boulevard beanie with the logo diamond pattern and pom ($23) caught my eye, but if your lucky beer lover isn’t into hats, go for the Mason jars. At $4.95 apiece, you can get a whole set. And the cool thing about the jars is they don’t even have to be for drinking. You can fill them with wishes, candy or a tiny little fish. Get creative.
Boulevard Dry Goods Store, 4740 Pennsylvania Ave., is on the Plaza next to Panache. Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Regular hours resume after Christmas. store.boulevard.com
For the foodie
Westside Storey is my go-to shop for T-shirts, but it’s a hub for all things local. Kansas City Canning Co. has a gift box there that will put a smile on any foodie’s face. For $25 you get an assortment of yummy jars, including seven-pepper jelly, clementine-thyme marmalade, ancho-date butter, spiced fig and rosemary spread and balsamic pickled grapes.
But while you’re in there, check out stocking stuffers like the Sock 101 “KC” socks ($10) and a buffet of local tees ($32 each).
Westide Storey is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Christmas Eve. Regular hours resume after Christmas. thewestsidestorey.com