Kansas City is bursting with talented people mixing oils, sewing leather and pouring candles by hand—all in the name of creating something better than what came before them. We perused their wares to come up with the best holiday gifts. Check everyone off your list with these goodies (and get some for yourself too).
Goose Monkey Tees City Child KC tee, $25, goosemonkeytees.com
The only thing cuter than these super-soft tees is your favorite little love child wearing one. They’re designed and hand-printed with water-based eco-friendly inks right here in K.C., and come in grown-up sizes, too.
Janesko Crossroads Earrings, $45, janesko.com
At a crossroads on what to treat the jewelry lover on your list to this year? Right this way for a great pair of earrings. Their sleek, simple, and modern design was inspired by the eclectic arts district of Kansas City (and they’re available in sterling silver, too).
Nickel & Suede Slit Leather Cuffs, $33 each, nickelandsuede.com
These leather cuffs are perfect for anyone who craves style and comfort. Just one could pass for a stack of eight bracelets, but feels nearly undetectable on your wrist thanks to featherweight leather and a soft suede backing.
Sandlot Pocket Journal Wallet, $78 each, sandlotgoods.com
A hybrid wallet, journal, and passport case, this fits credit cards, currency, business cards, and a journal or passport. Hand-stitched in the Crossroads and available in three colors, it’s the most handsome (and handy) way to record daily meeting notes or reminders and to jot down adventures while traveling.
KC Cool Shuttlecock Briefs and Boxer Briefs, $18 each, kc-cool.com
Our unofficial award for most clever use of the Shuttlecock goes to KC Cool. If you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, these smile-inducing unisex briefs and boxer briefs are available in lots of colors.
EB Leatherworks Black Wrap Clutch, $38, HMK on the Country Club Plaza and Made in KC
A chic all-leather clutch in goes-with-everything black? This one’s sure to please. It’s even got an adjustable strap on the inside to keep small items like a pen or mascara in place. Brilliant.