Selecting the perfect gift for family members and friends is no simple task. A made-in-Missouri product, gift certificate or a Show-Me State “experience” 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 and designed to be “normal.” Choose from classic and comfortable shirts, pants, outerwear, hats and accessories for men and women.
Gift idea: A 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:2022 Calendar or 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 – you can’t miss the airplane perched atop the roof of the flagship shop. In addition to coffee beans, the shop’s 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: Roasterie Thermal French Press
For the craft beer drinker
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 Certificate
For the chocolate connoisseur
Askinosie Chocolate: In addition to making 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 cocoa 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 up-and-coming chef
Hermann Wurst Haus: A much-loved deli and market in historic downtown Hermann, the Hermann Wurst Haus has a wide selection of handcrafted sausages and bratwurst and hosts classes that teach the art of sausage making.
Gift idea: Wurst Classes Gift Certificate
Green Dirt Farm: Using sustainable farming practices, Green Dirt Farm makes award-winning sheep’s milk cheese. Tours of the farm, located near Weston, give guests a glimpse into the operation of the farm while the café features Green Dirt Farm products and local artisanal foods.
Gift idea: Special Event, such as a cheese tasting or farm-to-table dinner
For the animal lover
Kansas City Zoo: World-class exhibits and exciting programs await visitors to the Kansas City Zoo. The 202-acre sanctuary provides educational opportunities, interactive experiences and animal encounters to demonstrate the importance of conservation and help families learn about the diverse cultures and animals of the world.
Gift idea: Family Membership
Wild Rose Equine Center: Horse enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy, including trail rides and horseback riding lessons, at Wild Rose Equine Center in Dearborn. The scenic views from the trail can be enjoyed by riders of all experience levels.
Gift idea: Trail Ride
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. More than a million multi-colored lights decorate the garden during the holiday season.
Gift idea: Special Event or Concert
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. Plan a trip for someone special in your life.
Gift idea: Weekend Getaway