My Favorite Things 16

Make the holidays happy with these local favorites

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens … or is it more Oprah’s favorite things that you’re looking for? Either way, Kansas City, and especially the Northland, has a few of my favorite things. This holiday season, find what you’re looking for at the shop around the corner instead of just online. Here are some ideas for great gifts for everyone on your Christmas or Hanukkah list.

For the men in your life, 107 Main in Parkville is more than an address, it’s a destination. Find unique gifts like this triple Edison Lamp or a hand-tooled leather wallet. Slice the apples for your Stonebreaker Whiskey and Cider cocktail on a beautiful hard wood cutting board. Stop in or call 816.210.7041 to find a gift that no one else will think of!

Santa loves cookies from the French Bee! Their holiday offerings are a tasty way to say, “You are loved”. Pictured here are shortbread cookies topped with buttercream and ‘fairy dust’, raspberry almond bars, and giant macaroons, all displayed on hand thrown pottery by Tricia Sasz of the Parkville Artisans Studio. For a full menu of cookies and classes, visit TheFrenchBeeBakery.com and ParkvilleArtStudio.com, respectively.

Make every shower a chance for luxury by upping the ante on your bath products! The Bittersweet Apothecary and Little Soap Company features more than 100 handmade products, from soap to skin care to room sprays. Find the perfect scented soap for your loved one and present it in a vintage inspired box for a perfect stocking stuffer.

Has someone been bad? Give them a lump of coal–charcoal that is! Try Bittersweet’s charcoal soap with tea tree oil for a refreshing and unexpected clean. Want more than just suds? Try the Rye Porter Soap, a collaboration with Rock and Run Brewery featuring their Rye Porter beer. Find more and store hours at BittersweetApothecary.com.

All that glitters is not gold and Nickel and Suede proves that! Although many of their selections may glimmer like metal, all of their jewelry is actually lightweight leather. With earrings that are light as a feather and cuff bracelets that are soft as silk, you’ll have the most comfortable holiday party season yet. Learn more at NickelandSuede.com.

Looking for something for your furry friend? How about a beer? You can pour one out for your canine friend if it comes from Beer Paws. This pet-centric company celebrates dog lovers and beer lovers alike. Give your pooch some doggie beer or treats made from spent grains from brewers. Or maybe your pooch wants to declare their love for their local brewery with a bottle cap collar. Beer Paws has you covered. And 10% of all sales go to animal welfare organizations. Merry Christmas to all indeed! Find them at BeerPaws.com.

If you want a little variety, then check out The Middle Kansas City in Parkville. All of the items at The Middle have one thing in common–Kansas City! Here you can find Park University attire, locally made BBQ sauce, art from local artists, KC-centric baby clothes and more. Wear your love of Kansas City with pride! TheMiddleKC.com.

To wind down your holiday shopping, stop in at Headrush Roasters for one of their seasonal lattes or take home a pound of your favorite coffee beans roasted fresh while you wait. Once you have drink in hand, gather the kiddos to read the 12 Joys of Christmas. This new take on the 12 days of Christmas leaves the French hens at home and focuses on activities that young and old can appreciate–ice skating and holiday baking among them. The book, by local author Tom Seibold and illustrated by his wife, Sheri McCulley Seibold, is available at Made in KC stores and at Amazon.com.