Well, believe it or not, 2020 is almost over—finally! And with the end of the year comes holiday shopping. Whether you’re shopping for loved ones or just trying to use up your year-end bonus, Kansas City has tons of local shops to choose from. Yes, Amazon is quick and easy and cheap, and Target has everything under the sun, but by shopping local, you’re supporting neighbors and friends and ensuring that those tiny little neighborhood shops can live to see another day. From Westwood to Fairway to Prairie Village to Waldo to Brookside to River Market, here are some of the best local shops Kansas City has to offer.
Jewelry. Yes, this is a women’s boutique Corinth Square with lots of cute clothing options, but the jewelry is what stands out to me. This Corinth boutique is owned by two of my amazing girlfriends! In addition to a great selection of jeans (AG & Mother), In Clover has tons of fabulous tops, coats, tanks, t-shirts & dresses and the most unique & gorgeous scarves, hats, earrings, necklaces & bracelets that make perfect gifts.
Right in Fairway, Kansas, Parisian chic meets California cool at Clairvaux. Check out shoes, handbags, accessories, sweaters, and tops with the promise of great service and style. And free shipping if you spend more than $250, which is easy to do with so many fashionable choices.
Located down in River Market, Kate KC has casual wardrobe staples and one-on-one private shopping appointments for a little extra assistance and encouragement. You can also find novelty items like candles and lip balm and greeting cards and more. And yes, masks. And best of all, their website has online shopping options.
In addition to lots of great gift ideas on their website, Mer-Sea takes great pride in their cozy sweaters, scarves, and wraps, which are perfect for this chilly weather that’s settling into KC. Add some hand-poured candles, lotions, washes, and scrubs to your cart to get the full Mer-Sea experience.
If there’s ever been a Kansas City store that screams local, it’s Halls. Taking up over 60,000 square feet in Crown Center, Halls has endured decades of ebbs and flows in the economy and always seems to come out on top. You can find a huge range of lavish products and an elevated, yet traditional, shopping experience.
Brookside Toy & Science
Not only could my kids spend all day in here, I could spend all day in here! With a variety of old-school wooden toys that you’ll recall from your childhood along with hip and trendy toys that all the kids are raving about nowadays, you’ll find something for even the pickiest children on your shopping list. And located right in Brookside, it’s central to almost every holiday shopper.
Nickel & Suede
And if accessories are your thing, check out Nickel & Suede. Specializing in statement jewelry made of lightweight leather, N&S is located on The Plaza, but with locations in Liberty and Dallas. They make and ship each item in Kansas City, along with a sense of empowerment as they encourage women to try new styles and trends.
Another Brookside gem, Skin KC is the place to go for everything skin. Addictive scents and healing lotions, creams, and scrubs will keep you coming back year after year for the perfect gift for mom, coworkers, teachers, friends, and holiday hostesses.
Hand & Land
If you’re looking to become the “best gift giver”—something I aspire to be every year—Hand & Land is the place for non-toxic sustainable products that are good for our bodies and the planet. From deodorants to hand soaps to laundry detergents to shampoos and conditioners to incense to beauty tools and more, this little shop at 32nd and Gillham has a treat for everyone on your list.
For all the sports fans on your list! Rally House has jerseys, knit hats, face masks, baseball caps, t-shirts, sweats, and more for just about every team in every league, conference, and division. With locations on The Plaza, Leawood, Olathe, Independence, Topeka, Wichita, Mission, Lenexa, Lawrence, and many, many more…
And if you’re searching for local apparel showing off our fine city, Charlie Hustle has it all! Sweatpants, t-shirts, hats, onesies, facemasks, Chiefs, Royals, Jayhawks, coozies, every last detail to complete your Kansas City gift-giving.
Made in KC
And for those passionate Kansas Citians on your gift list, Made in KC has everything you could dream of related to Paris of the Plains. From t-shirts and socks to Christmas ornaments, glasses and mugs to lotions and soaps to BBQ rubs and sauces. You can even send your Kansas City transplant friends a KC care package!
Located in River Market, Houndstooth is a men’s suit and tailor shop with more than 600 fabric choices imported from England and Italy. Their experienced tailors will guide you through the first and second and third fittings, allowing you to pick the fabric, lining, and other details. You can also choose from custom-made shirts, vests, trousers, and topcoats.
Keep the local economy booming, start shopping! We can beat this pandemic with our dollars. Just don’t forget to wear a mask. And if you need help with your career, check out our website at https://www.chiefofstaffkc.com.
Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh