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Top 5 Best Places to Find a Unique Gift in Kansas City

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If you're like me, I love shopping anytime of year. But when it gets down to the nitty-gritty of holiday shopping I'm sometimes hard pressed to find that super special gift for everyone on my list. I'm always searching for something cool, thoughtful and like nothing they've ever seen (or received!) before. Forgo the gift card and head to one of these great locally owned Kansas City stores for those hard-to-find and unique gifts for the holiday season..or anytime!

1. Stuff


316 W. 63rd Street
Kansas City, Mo 64113
816.361.8222

We love Stuff-the Brookside destination that is jam-packed with unique stuff you just can't find anywhere. Owners Casey and Sloane Simmons proudly feature local and international artists, cool craftspeople, and love showing off home grown products from around the globe. Stuff in Brookside has exactly that--'stuff' for anyone on your Christmas list.

Casey Simmon's Fave 'Stuff' for 2009

  • Elle MNOP's Inital and Number handmade Sterling Silver Charms ($30 and up)
  • Locally made Kari Glass Heart Pendants ($32 and up)
  • Hand crafted Dog Tags by Hoop Dog Studios
  • Wristlet key holder ($12.50) and the Gadget Bag ($28.50)

2. Bon Bon Atelier


314 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
816.756.0855

Westport's newest resident is locally owned by sisters Emily Blodgett-Panos and Betsy Blodgett. With everything from fun shoes and handbags to jewelry and home accessories--stop in and shop for someone special on your holiday list (and maybe yourself...)

Betsy Blodgett's Top Gift Picks for 2009:

  • Vintage Inspired Aprons
  • Luster Bunny Jewlery ($12 and up)
  • Bath Fizzies ($6)
  • Coasters ($15 and up)

3. Serendipity Accents


Location:
233 S Cherry St
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 768-1818

Serendipity is defined as 'an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident'...and desirable discoveries you will find when entering this Olathe store. With home accents and housewares--you'll find a unique gift anywhere you look here.

2009 Gift Guide:

  • Locally made 'Mixture' brand bath goodies and candles (top scent: Holiday Seduction)
  • Robert Rothchild Gourmet Food and Gourmet Gift Baskets
  • Pinecone Hill PJ's
  • Festive Ornaments ($2)

4. Vintage Market


Zona Rosa Phase II, on the west side near Gymboree.
8732 N. Dixon, Kansas City, MO 64153

Located in Zona Rosa, the Vintage Market features everything from vintage goods and retro pieces to hand crafted goodies and unique gifts from local purveyors.

Owner Kim Dye's Top Picks

  • Vintage Flower Pins, ($15)
  • Urban Mining's Vintage Ornaments ($3 and up)
  • Aprons, ($39)
  • Vintage Pins ($22 and up)

5. Standard Style Boutique


447 W. 47th St. (on the Country Club Plaza)
5076 W. 119th (Town Center Plaza)
913.685.4464

This hip and chic boutique brings a little west coast over to KC. Not only do they have great jeans, Marc Jacobs and awesome shoes, they house a plethora of great gifts from candles and body wash to baby accessories and housewares.

Top Picks for Gifts 2009:

  • Pacifica French Lilac Candle ($12)
  • Chip and Pepper T's ($43)
  • Kashwere Robe ($125 and amazing)

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