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IndieFit Gift Guide

Gift Ideas Compiled by Submission from IndieFit Staff.

INDIEFIT BELIEVES THAT SHOPPING FOR FRIENDS, THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE, OR THE GUY AT WORK WHOSE NAME YOU PULLED OUT OF A HAT SHOULD BE FUN. Here’s a list of gift ideas — local products, stores, and services — that our shopping buffs at IndieFit central put together. Whether you’re a bargain shopper, a researcher, an impulse buyer, a negotiator, a loyalist, a woman with a wish list or a man on a mission, we hope this guide will get your creative juices flowing. It seems like everywhere you look you see the term “buy local” these days. Because IndieFit Magazine is 100% locally owned, it’s more than just a catch phrase to us. Shopping at local, independently owned businesses helps the whole community, whether you buy online from these local sites or at stores across the metro that carry independent local products.

Whether you pick something from our staff’s eclectic list or stay up late at night with your elves in the attic fashioning your own crafts by hand, everybody at IndieFit Central wishes you a warm and happy Holiday Season!

COMPANY:THE IMPERIAL DRIFTER

PRODUCT: CONIFER BEARD OIL

BORN IN: KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.IMPERIALDRIFTER.COM

Reading their mission statement, “Groom Regularly, Wander Naturally, and Empower Women” had me all in a lather thinking what a great gift shaving soap would make for my husband. Or maybe it was the earthy tailings of their product line, the masculine hair pomades made from raw beeswax, the beard oils in scents like trailhead and hemlock spruce, the mustache wax and shaving products that could make any guy feel like he’s the most desirable man in the room. Imperial Drifter donates a dollar from each sale to an organization that creates entrepreneurial opportunities for women in the third world. Put their Conifer Beard Oil under the fir tree this holiday and keep an eye on the mistletoe.

COMPANY: WILD WASH SOAP

PRODUCT: ROSEMARY AND PEPPERMINT SHAMPOO BAR

BORN IN: KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.WILDWASHSOAP.COM

Laura Wittmer and Mike Prentice started Wild Wash Soap company in 2014 because the ingredients in most commercially available soaps weren’t what they wanted on their skin. Their products contain absolutely no bad stuff: no synthetic chemicals, artificial scents or palm oil. Their rosemary and peppermint shampoo bar creates a rich, exhilarating lather that everyone can enjoy.

COMPANY: FOR STRANGE WOMEN PERFUME

STORE LOCATION: 115 WEST 18TH STREET, SUITE 102, KANSAS CITY, MO 64108

PRODUCT: THE EMERALD POTION AMULET IN WINTER KITTY

BORN IN: KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.FORSTRANGEWOMEN.COM

Scent alchemist and founder, Jill McKeever, is fascinated with the ability of scent to transport you emotionally to a different time and place. Her line of perfumes and botanical essences (Decadence and Debauchery, Rosehip Elixir, Southern Moongarden, London Fog Amulet, Tuberose, and many others) might take you – or the person you are buying a gift for — to a landscape somewhere deep in your subconscious. Or at least to a place in the present where you can’t ever remember smelling so fantastic. Strange Women perfumes are all created and produced in the KC Crossroads District and have been featured in Oprah Magazine, NYLON, and BUST Magazine, to name a few. They also carry a line of perfumed pendants and amulets.

COMPANY: WAXMAN CANDLES

STORE LOCATION: 609 MASSACHUSETTS STREET, LAWRENCE, KS, 66044

PRODUCT: VOTIVE CANDLES

BORN IN: LAWRENCE, KS

WEBSITE: WWW.WAXMANCANDLES.COM

KU students have been flocking to Waxman candles to buy cannabis room defoggers for decades. Nothing purifies the air better than a tall patchouli column candle. But the best thing about Waxman is their affordable variety of moodmelding votives that can be purchased in bulk. Stocking stuffers and secret Santa’s take note.

COMPANY: BIRDIES PANTIES – INTIMATE APPAREL APOTHECARY

STORE LOCATION: 116 WEST 18TH STREET, KANSAS CITY, MO, 64108

PRODUCT: PANTY OF THE MONTH CLUB

BORN IN: KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.BIRDIESPANTIES.COM

You work out hard to hone your hiney. Show it off in a pair of fancy panties from Birdie’s in the Crossroads District. The panty of the month club offers 12 different panties wrapped with a special note. If you’re buying for your honey, just make sure you get the right size! Feeling less than intimate? They also have a sock of the month club.

COMPANY: AGAINST THE GRAIN

PRODUCT: THE KC PLAZA BOWTIE

BORN IN: KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: HTTP://STORE.AGAINSTTHEGRAINBOWTIES.COM

Once upon a time, a high school student at Shawnee Mission East made a wooden bowtie and started wearing it to school dances. Now he has an online company with an awesome motto: “Lumber never looked so good.” Against the Grain bowties come in a variety of hard and soft woods and sport locally-inspired designs such as the Plaza skyline and a line of hipster cuts like the Meadowlark, Jungle Fire, Royal Wood Crown, Blossom, and Padauk. Why would you want a wooden bowtie? They don’t wrinkle and never need to be dry-cleaned.

COMPANY: LOYALTY KC

PRODUCT: KANSAS CITY T-SHIRTS

BORN IN: KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.LOYALTYKC.COM

Loyalty KC believes that Kansas City area is a land of flat prairie vistas, tumbling tumbleweeds, and a constant IV-drip of BBQ-sauce jabbed straight into pickline of the Metro. Need proof ? Check out their sports-inspired line of KC Loyalty Tees such as the “Wizard of Hoz”, “No. 5. Pinetar”, and line of Loyalty KC, Mizzouri, and Kansas City Champions to name a few. We can never have too many spirit T’s in a town with so many champions!

COMPANY: DONNA’S DRESS SHOP

STORE LOCATION: 1410 W. 39TH STREET, KANSAS CITY, MO

PRODUCT: DRESSES FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE

BORN IN: KANSAS CITY,MO

WEBSITE: WWW.DONNASDRESSSHOP.COM

Donna’s Dress Shop on 39th Street in KCMO features both vintage and new designers inspired by retro fashions. An eclectic selection of seasonal clothes and accessories, shoes and hats, scarves, glasses, jewelry, girdles. Donna’s got you covered. Buy a dress from Donna for NYE and you won’t run into anyone else with the same outfit! We guarantee it.

COMPANY: SLIK HOUND

PRODUCT: STAR WARS DOG COLLAR

BORN IN: KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.SLIKHOUND.COM

Put your dog on the cutting edge of popular culture. Slik Hound sells dogs collars with themes that would double as great lunch boxes. Wonder woman, Batgirl, Superwoman, Camo, London Plaid, American Byways, Aaarrrgghh Pirates. My grand dog, Maverick, will be getting this f or Festivus.

COMPANY:THE RUNNER’S EDGE

PRODUCT: COACHING AND TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR RUNNERS

BORN IN: SHAWNEE, KS

WEBSITE: WWW.RUNNERSEDGEKC.COM

Local running guru Eladio Valdez has helped thousands of local runners go faster, farther, and most importantly, run more injury free for over 18 years now. Valdez offers the perfect gift for the runner in your life, whether they are just getting back into running, trying to take their game to the next level, or gunning for a new milestone like a marathon or an ultra. Classes take place in a group setting. You’ll work on form and learn how to correct common biomechanical mistakes. Each week participants meet up to run iconic courses throughout the metro. No detail is left to chance: at each session the Runner’s Edge provides everything you need to run including drinks, mid-run fueling, and all the motivation you’ll need to succeed. Pick your goal: a race, a training distance, a pace, and Valdez will chart your course to success. In addition participants get a 25% discount at Gary Gribble Running.

COMPANY: PIONEERS PRESS

PRODUCT: PIONEERS PRESS GIFT CARD, TO BENEFIT THE HARD FIFTY FARM RESCUE ANIMALS

BORN IN: LANSING, KS

WEBSITE: WWW.PIONEERSPRESS.COM

Lansing’s Pioneers Press is Kansas City’s one-of-a-kind Indie press that started when former Microcosm Publishing founder Jessie Duke went “back to the land” and moved her underground press operations — and a half dozen goats — from the West Coast to Lansing, Kansas. Part homesteader and “punk farm” and part Zine publishing empire, Pioneers Press titles and authors are featured regularly in publications like Fast Company, Utne Reader, Maximum Rocknroll, and Bitch Magazine. Check out titles like “Spell Skulls and Their Uses,” “Sacred and Mysterious: Herbal Wisdom and Healing Lore for Those Who Menstruate,” and “Read Once & Destroy.”

COMPANY: ORIGINAL JUAN STORE

LOCATION: 111 SOUTHWEST BLVD, KANSAS CITY, KS

PRODUCT: FIESTA VERY BERRY CHIPOTLE MARINADE AND DIPPING SAUCE

BORN IN:KANSAS CITY, KS

WEBSITE: WWW.ORIGINALJUAN.COM

With product lines like Da’Bomb, Pain is Good and G.Love’s Special Hot Sauce, Original Juan has plenty of testosterone-inflaming goodness to choose from. Fiesta Very Berry Chipotle Marinade and Dipping Sauce is a good choice for anyone at your holiday party. The sauces are available throughout the metro, and they have a specialty shop where you can buy direct on Southwest Blvd.

COMPANY: KC CANNING COMPANY

PRODUCT: LEMON LAVENDER SHRUB

BORN IN:KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.KANSASCITYCANNINGCO.COM

What’s a “shrub”? Let me enlighten you. A shrub from the KC Canning Company is a hand-crafted, scientifically and artfully blended mixer for the mixologist (or lush) on your list. The Meyer Lemon Lavender Shrub is a great complement to gin and vodka for the holiday season. The Watermelon Habanero Shrub will transform Tom Collins into Tomas Collinsica! Find other delicious (and niftily packaged) jams, jellies, and pickles at retailers such as the Sundry, Westside Storey, Nature’s Own Health Food Market, and other locations across the metro.

COMPANY:COMMUNIVERSITY

PRODUCT:COMMUNIVERSITY GIFT CERTIFICATE

BORN IN:KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: HTTP://INFO.UMKC.EDU/GETINVOLVED/COMMU/REQUEST-CATALOG

The Kansas City Communiversity is a UMKCsponsored collection of informal classes on everything from how to buy a house to West Coast Swing dancing to personal accounting to letting horses help you through life transitions. There’s soap making, bread baking, bike fixing and elixir mixing. Learn a new language, quit smoking or get your aura read. Communiversity has classes for singles, parents, teens, kids and older folks at shops, studios, museums and community centers and schools all across the metro. New classes start in January.

COMPANY:TEA MARKET

STORE LOCATION:329 E 55TH STREET,KANSAS CITY, MO

PRODUCT:WELLNESS SAMPLER

BORN IN: KANSAS CITY,MO

WEBSITE: WWW.TEAMARKETONLINE.COM

The Tea Market is a great local online resource for an enticing line of loose-leaf and sachet teas you won’t find at the grocery store. The sampler includes organically grown Energizing, Sweet Dreams, Tummy Tamer, Flu Fighter, Detox and Totali-tea. Founder Staci Robinson is a holistic health coach and has researched and focus-tested her blends for the last ten years.

COMPANY:KC FOOD CIRCLE

PRODUCT: “EATER MEMBERSHIP”

BORN IN:KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.KCFOODCIRCLE.COM

The Kansas City Food Circle connects local farmers with local eaters. An “Eater Membership” isn’t a CSA membership; its farmto- stomach VIP card entitles you to a host of healthy benefits including the KCFC Dining Card (card holders get a 10 percent discount at restaurants in the circle). Member restaurants serve sustainably sourced, often local products.

COMPANY:SIMPLE SCIENCE JUICES

STORE LOCATION:8126 FLOYD ST,OVERLAND PARK, KS

PRODUCT: CARBON JUICE

BORN IN: OVERLAND PARK, KS

WEBSITE: WWW.SIMPLESCIENCEJUICES.COM

Simple Science Juices, located in the former Villa Capri restaurant space near downtown Overland Park, features hydraulic coldpressed juices with a minimum of mixing, which results in a more stable product with a slow oxidation rate. Sound like Breaking Bad? You betcha. The juice at Simple Science is better than Walter and Jesse’s blue, and the fact that they don’t treat their juices in any way guarantees the freshest raw experience in the KC metro. Kick off your Christmas morning with a Simple Science Juice in everyone’s stocking.

COMPANY:YOU ONLY BETTER

STORE LOCATION:600 W. 103RD ST. SUITE 104, KANSAS CITY, MO

PRODUCT:TOTAL BODY PACKAGE

BORN IN:KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.YOUONLYBETTERKC.COM

The name says it all. You Only Better provides effective, natural weight loss and wellness services like endermologie lipo massage, colonic hydrotherapy, non-injectable HCG, Sudatonic infrared body wraps and other services under supervision of Laurie Black, who has over 23 years experience in the business. These treatments really work!

COMPANY: HOBBS

STORE LOCATION:700 MASSACHUSETTS

STREET, LAWRENCE, KS

PRODUCT: STOCKING STUFFERS

BORN IN: LAWRENCE,KS

WEBSITE: WWW.HOSTOFCOOL.COM

Hobbs is hipster central for gag gifts, super cool clothing, skinny jeans, and unusual finds tailormade to impress anyone in your life who is too school for cool. Soaps, watches, barware, inflatable things, T-shirts with deep vees, Elvis Presley ties, Beatles T towels. Across the street from the Eldridge Hotel in downtown Lawrence.

COMPANY:GREEN BEE KC

PRODUCT: BUCK ANTLERSACK FLOUR TOWEL

BORN IN:KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/GREENBEEKC

Custom-made print towels by Green Bee KC are cute and cool at the same time. The buck antler handmade sack flour towel sports the majestic head of a deer in black and white print and works in both masculine and feminine kitchens whether it’s deer season or not. Buck antler’s not your thing? Try a chicken towel, a seahorse towel, or a butcher cow towel.

COMPANY:BIKE WALK KC

PRODUCT:MEMBERSHIP

BORN IN:KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.BIKEWALKKC.ORGHTTP://WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/GREENBEEKC

BikeWalkKC’s mission is to provide a unified voice for active living and to promote a healthy, safe, and accessible outdoor experience for all in a vibrant, engaged community. With student, individual, household, supporter, and elite memberships available, this gift pays dividends not only to the lucky recipient but to everyone Bike Walk KC helps in their outreach mission across the metro, especially the students in their BLAST bike safety program, their Safe Routes to School program and all the changes in how we bike and walk throughout the KC region.

COMPANY:KANSAS CITY B-CYCLE

PRODUCT:MEMBERSHIP

BORN IN:KANSAS CITY, MO

WEBSITE: WWW.KC.BCYCLE.COMHTTP://WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/GREENBEEKC

What’s not to like about those Kansas City B-cycle bikes? With stations located all across the city core, you can hop on a B-cycle and ride to a host of convenient destinations. It’s a great way to see the city from the vantage point of a bike – without owning (or hauling) your own wheels. Plus, with expansion plans to more places in the metro in the next two years, supporting them will make it easier for you to cross state lines on your own two wheels.

 

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