The holiday shopping season is officially underway! To help you find truly special gifts for friends and family, we’ve compiled a few ideas for stocking stuffers, corporate “thank you” gifts, and even something for the person who has everything!
Some items are made in Kansas and others are unique ideas for people who like to garden, cook, bake, eat, and drink… So, pretty much everyone!
Made in Kansas
We love the convenience of shopping online, but it’s nice when you can find something that’s a little closer to home. Here are some ways that shopping local for the holidays can be fun and convenient, too!
- Farmers markets: While winter isn’t prime farmers market season, many of them do operate during special holiday hours. Or, you can reach out directly to see if individual farms have hours of operation for retail — many do! In addition to grabbing meats, condiments and baked goods (perfect for entertaining!), you can find lots of homemade and handmade items. Gift shopping and grocery shopping in one fell swoop? Yes, please!
- From the Land of Kansas: This is a great resource to find Kansas-made goods year-round. But we especially love it during holiday season when you can get gift baskets chock full of Kansas items! The deadline for ordering gift baskets for the holidays is Dec. 10. They also feature individual items for sale.
- Kansas Originals: Etsy is great for finding unique gifts, but what about unique Kansas gifts? Try Kansas Originals! They highlight arts, crafts and foods from Kansas.
- Travel Kansas: Discovering Kansas isn’t just for tourists. This time of year many towns have special holiday festivals with food, shopping, activities and even parades. Plan a day trip and combine sightseeing and shopping. Or, simply search for shops and products by location.
For Food and Land Lovers
A Meat Thermometer for the Digital Age
Want to get a gadget for the grillmaster in your life? Meet Meater. This high-tech wireless meat thermometer comes with an app that will alert your smartphone when dinner is perfectly done. Take the guesswork out of cooking the perfect steak, chicken, roast or whatever sumptuous cut of meat tickles your fancy. $69
Grow Your Own Cocktails
Know someone who’s into gardening and mixology? This kit might be the just ticket. From counter to cocktail, you can grow and mix six different plants to add a signature touch of flavor to cocktails. It’s the perfect thing for anyone with a green thumb who also fancies a fine drink. $12
A fun, interactive gift for all ages that’s also edible? Sign us up! Even picky eaters can’t resist trying something they’ve grown themselves. And with mushrooms, they can see — and taste — the fruits of their labor in almost no time!
(You’ll notice the box says non-GMO, but did you know there aren’t any GMO mushrooms on the market?)
Get hands-on for a special date night, girls night or simply foster someone’s love of cooking with a class. Whether you live near a major city with a specialized school (the Culinary Center of Kansas City, anyone?) , or someplace smaller, you can likely find some fun, interactive classes nearby. Local restaurants, grocery stores and markets, community colleges and continuing education centers — these are just a few places that may offer classes. There are so many, we can’t link to just one! So, try an online search to find cooking classes near you.
Silicone Glove Pot Holders
Have you ever held on to a set of quilted potholders just a bit too long? From heat getting through to pots and pans slipping, after a while they just don’t do the trick. Silicone glove potholders are an everyday indulgence you didn’t know you needed (but you do!). Durable and non-skid, this little item can make a big difference in the kitchen — even for those who don’t love to cook!
Since December isn’t a prime time to find gardening supplies, and since the gardener in your life probably already has a set of gloves, tools and a caddy, consider giving a little something to keep gardening in their heart during the holidays. From tiny gardening tools to glass greenhouses, an ornament reminder of their favorite hobby is sure to delight!
Custom Tea Towels
We’re big fans of gifts that are useful. Who couldn’t use a dishtowel? Sure, this doesn’t sound like a very exciting gift, but get one customized and you’ve got a personal — and useful! — gift for family and friends. Simply upload a photo of grandma’s famous cinnamon roll recipe or your most-requested potluck dip on almost any custom printing website or Etsy for a truly original gift.
Did you know there’s a tradition in Iceland of giving books on Christmas Eve? Perhaps the reader on your list would be happy to curl up with a good book about gardening or farming! We’ve compiled a couple lists of agriculture-related titles for kids and adults. Get some ideas here and here.
This is a personal favorite because it makes winter feel like spring. Plus, it’s something the whole family can enjoy! Watch the roots develop, see the plant grow and enjoy the sweet scent.