Kansas City is a community bursting with makers, artists, and crafters. With the holidays quickly approaching, we've compiled a guide of over 80 local businesses throughout the metro full of unique and thoughtful gift ideas. There are so many amazing options for everyone on your list, even Aunt Ida.
Get in the holiday spirit and shop small this year. After all, nobody loves their city like Kansas City!
Handmade Crayon Letters + Shapes: "We use Crayola crayons to create our crayon letters and shapes. Therefore, they are non-toxic and safe for your children to use...for coloring and utilizing them to work on alphabet and numbers."
Paint Your Own Pottery: "Paint, Glaze & Fire is a unique Kansas City based ceramic pottery painting studio and coffee house in Overland Park that welcomes those who are interested in trying their hands at any one of a number of art projects."
Hand Made Goods for Kids: "Hand made goods for cool kiddos and grown-ups. Hazel and Ollie is inspired by my little girl, and includes decor, accessories, and custom apparel. With my shop, Hazel and Ollie (named after our two mini dachshunds), I combine my love for my little girl, Eleanor Pearl, and creating custom, hand made goodies for kids, babies, and mommas too"
Ceramics Studio: "KC Clay Guild is a nonprofit ceramic arts center. KCCG offers classes for all skill levels, open pottery studios, and workshops. KCCG offers adult and children's classes in hand-building and wheel-throwing for any ability level or age."
Embroidered Banners + Pennant Flags: "As seen in Real Simple Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV Magazine, Crate & Kids, The Glitter Guide, Buzzfeed, Mollie Makes, and many more."
Handmade Crochet Toys and Gifts: "I found that my favorite items to make were stuffed animals because they can be treasured and loved at any age. I love making custom pieces and seeing the delight on my customers’ faces when they receive something made just how they imagined."
Handcrafted Sweater Mittens: "Sully’s Softies premium handmade wool sweater mittens are created by repurposing discarded wool sweaters- keeping them out of the landfill – yay! Carefully chosen felted wool pieces are color coordinated and trims and embellishments are added for final touches. They are then DOUBLE lined with the softest of faux sherpa fleece."
Handmade Children's Goods: "I love the idea of children having unique, handmade play items that will be treasured keepsakes for years to come. I use a mixture of new & vintage fabrics to create doll & animal friends, play accessories, & whimsical embroidery hoop art."
DIY Craft Studio & Milkshake Bar: "Locally owned creative studio and milkshake bar focused on developing a creative culture and expanding a community of makers. In addition to creative projects such as paint your own pottery, crafts and a plant station, we offer gourmet milkshakes in a variety of creative flavors."
Soccer-Specific Tailgate Game: "Wobblrs, the first soccer specific tailgate game, is an exciting recreational and developmental tool for soccer fans by soccer fans."