Selecting the perfect gift for family members and friends is no simple task. A made-in-Missouri gift just might be the answer.
For the college student:
The Normal Brand: This St. Louis-based clothing line features versatile and durable items inspired by the Midwest, designed to be "normal." Choose from classic and comfortable shirts, pants, outerwear, hats and accessories for men and women.
Gift idea: Garrett Weekend Bag
1canoe2: Help the student in your life get organized with planners, notepads and calendars from 1canoe2, an illustration and letterpress studio in Fulton. Their designs reflect the natural beauty of the Midwest.
Gift idea: Weekly Planner
For the coffee lover
Lakota Coffee Company: Located in downtown Columbia, Lakota Coffee Company has been roasting coffee beans in-house for more than 25 years. Small batch, low temperature roasting creates bold flavor and a refreshing aroma. Mugs, tea accouterments and coffee brewing supplies also make perfect gifts.
Gift idea: Coffee of the Month Club
The Roasterie: Air roasting coffee in Kansas City since the 1990s, The Roasterie is a city icon with an airplane on the roof of the flagship shop. In addition to coffee beans, t-shirts, travel mugs and coffee paraphernalia are sure to please any coffee lover. Don't miss the Coffeque (coffee barbecue sauce) - after all, they are a Kansas City company.
Gift idea: Asobu Cold Brewer
For the craft beer lover:
Beer Paws: For someone who loves craft beer and their four-legged friend, Beer Paws incorporates beer and barley flavoring into dog beer and biscuit treats. You can even choose dog treats made in collaboration with your favorite Missouri brewery. Ten percent of all profits are donated to animal welfare organizations.
Barley Bus Tours: Looking for a fun, lively experience for the wine, craft beer and spirit connoisseur? Founded by two Kansas City natives, Barley Bus Tours offers a small group setting for a brewery, winery or distillery tour – or all three. You can also book a personally tailored private tour.
Gift idea: Barley Bus Tours Gift Card
For the chocolate lover:
Askinosie Chocolate: In addition to delicious chocolate, Askinosie Chocolate has an incredible story. The shop, located in Springfield, is dedicated to fair trade, resulting in a direct relationship with the farmers who grow the chocolate beans. Each package can be traced back to its origin farm.
Gift idea: Chalk-Late Box
Christopher Elbow Chocolates: Almost too beautiful to eat, Christopher Elbow Chocolates in Kansas City offers signature collections that feature an array of flavors, from buttery caramels to creamy ganache.
Gift idea: Signature Chocolate Gift Tower
For the experience seeker:
Missouri Botanical Garden: For the flower lover in your life, take a trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. The garden features historic architecture and beautiful blooms in the spring, summer and fall. During the holiday season, you'll be dazzled by than a million multi-colored lights.
Don't miss: Special events and concerts throughout the year
Big Cedar Lodge: You'll find unforgettable, picturesque views of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake plus plenty of fun at Big Cedar Lodge near Branson. It's the perfect place to plan a getaway for someone special in your life.
Don't miss: The Activity Planner