Holiday shopping is in full swing. Selecting the perfect gift for family members and friends is no simple task, and there is always that tricky name on the list for whom you never know what to buy. Not to worry, the Show-Me State has something for everyone. Choose from these Missouri-made products and start checking off names.
For the college student:
The Normal Brand: This quickly growing St. Louis-based clothing line features versatile and durable items inspired by the Midwest, designed to be "normal." Choose from shirts, pants, outerwear, hats and accessories for men and women, made to be classic yet comfortable.
Must-have gift: Garrett Weekend Bag
One Canoe Two: How better to stay organized this semester than with planners, notepads and calendars? Find this and much more at One Canoe Two, an illustration and letterpress studio with designs stemming from the natural beauty of the Midwest. Order online or visit the One Canoe Two Paperie in Fulton.
Must-have gift: 2019 Wise Words Planner
For the coffee lover:
Lakota Coffee Company: Located in downtown Columbia, Lakota has been roasting their own coffee beans in-house for more than 25 years. Enjoy coffee varieties with a bold taste and refreshing aroma due to their small-batch, low temperature roasting. Find mugs, tea accoutrements and coffee brewing supplies perfect for gifting.
Must-have gift: Coffee of the Month Club
Parengo Coffee: Brewing coffee in a variety of interesting ways, Parengo Coffee now has two locations in Sikeston. Order a single-origin roast ground fresh and prepared as a pour over or ask the barista to brew your coffee with a siphon, Chemex, Kalita Wave or Aeropress. Offering t-shirts, travel mugs, and coffee paraphernalia, the shop has presents sure to please any coffee-lover.
Must-have gift: Cold Brew Kit
For the craft beer lover:
Beer Paws: Celebrate both your love for craft beer and your furry, four-legged friend. Beer Paws incorporates the best tastes of delicious beer and barley flavoring into their 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 your choice of a brewery, winery or distillery tour – or all three! You can also book a personally tailored private tour.
Must-have gift: Barley Bus Tours Gift Card
For the chocolate lover:
Askinosie Chocolate: With an incredible story and an even better business practice, Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield is dedicated to Fair Trade, resulting in a direct relationship with the farmers from whom they purchase their chocolate beans. Each package can be traced back to its origin farm, which makes for a fun, local gift for the chocolate lover.
Must-have gift: Chalk-Late Box
Christopher Elbow: Almost too beautiful to eat and located in Kansas City, Christopher Elbow's signature chocolate collections feature a flavorful array of gourmet artisan chocolates, from buttery caramels to creamy ganache. Choose one of the mouth-watering assortments for stocking stuffers or a boss's gift.
Must-have gift: Signature Chocolate Gift Tower
For the experience seeker:
Missouri Botanical Garden Garden Glow: Take your loved ones to Garden Glow this year for an unforgettable and affordable holiday experience. The Missouri Botanical Garden is illuminated with more than one million colored lights throughout the grounds. Perfect for Christmas card photos, the Garden also celebrates with holiday music, food and other seasonal festivities for everyone. Tickets include admission to the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show!
Don't Miss: Family Night on Wednesdays, Nov. 21 and 28 and Dec. 5 and 12.
Big Cedar Lodge: At Big Cedar Lodge, unlimited activities are coupled with unforgettable, picturesque views of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake. From bonfires, horseback riding and cave touring to relaxing at the spa with your special someone, there is something for everyone all winter long.
Buying the perfect gift for that special someone may seem like an impossible task. Fortunately, the Show-Me State has a variety of unique and thoughtful options. This year be sure to shop local for Missouri-made items for everyone on your list.