Shop local: Readers’ favorite KC spots for unique art, vintage finds and home gifts

Kansas City is teeming with great gifting options: That’s why we asked readers to send in their favorite spots to shop for gifts in the metro. We broke the results into four categories— food and drink, home goods, clothing and accessories and finally experiences.

Next up is the home goods category: all the items in your cupboard, desk, bathroom cabinet and yard that delight, soothe and inspire. From unique art pieces to vintage finds and bath and body products, we’ve assembled plenty of ideas for locally sourced household gifts.

This list is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to all the great house wares in Kansas City. Instead, we’re highlighting spots recommended by our readers and colleagues that offer a small selection of the city’s great gifting options.

Duet

Bold patterns, statement shapes and bright colors define the home decor offered by this Crossroads housewares shop. Located at 517 E. 18th Street in the Crossroads, Duet features funky, minimalist items like blob-shaped candles, brightly checkered towels, incense accessories, colorful gel pens and a mirror that looks like a face.

Eclectics Gift Gallery

This woman-owned art gallery and cooperative is managed by 10 local artists, and sells goods made by over 50. Stop in their shop at 7015 Oak Street to browse the selection of jewelry, ceramics, a large variety of fiber arts, self care products, wood pieces, fused and blown glass, cards, and many more one-of-a-kind hand-crafted works of art from off the beaten path.

Do you love browsing a big selection of goods from all the categories under the sun? Readers also recommended Painted Tree Boutiques in Overland Park as well as two bustling antique malls: River Market Antiques and Shawnee Antique Mall.

Effing Candle Co.

This local candlemaker serves up unique scents in sarcastic packaging— holiday candle varieties include ‘Drunken Elves’ and ‘Festive AF.’ You can snag one of their holiday bundles or limited edition golden vessel candles online or at their brick and mortar location at 3703 Main Street.

FETCH

Inside Fetch's West Bottom's story.
Inside Fetch's West Bottom's story.

This West Bottoms mainstay at 1101 Mulberry Street features a selection of snarky, irreverent gifts in the front half of the shop and racks of vintage clothing in the back. Great gifts include Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce prayer candles, vintage Chiefs starter coats, waxed canvas duffle bags, bold art prints, bottled cocktail mixes and eclectic gift wrap.

Flagship Books

Some say that in the digital age, there’s no better gift than a book. Flagship Books in Kansas City, Kansas offers a broad selection, from brand-new fiction to beloved classics. Check out their nonfiction selection for guides to mushroom foraging, reflections on disability justice and deep dives into the Kansas City Chiefs. The shop also features poetry, cookbooks and children’s books as well as a selection of works by Kansas City writers.

This isn’t the only great bookshop in the metro: Rainy Day Books got nominated as well. Looking to buy second hand instead? Readers also recommended Prospero’s Books in Volker for inexpensive paperbacks, records and more.

Green Utopia

This zero waste shop in Waldo sells eco-friendly products with a deeply sustainable mission. From home decor made from recycled bicycle chains to all-natural bath and body products, Green Utopia offers Kansas Citians the items they need to live a waste-free life. The shop is located at 329B E. Gregory Boulevard in Waldo, around the back of the building that houses Brookside Ceramics.

LB Body & Home

This Prairie Village business specializes in all-natural bath and body products and candles made with plastic-free packaging. Great gifts include its Body Balm moisturizer and bestselling natural lip balm to fight winter dryness. The shop’s wooden-wick candles and natural soaps also make great stocking stuffers. Shop online and enjoy free local pickup or free shipping on orders over $100.

Made in KC

DIY mini donut kits from Kansas City’s Donutology are just one of many holiday gifts available from local businesses. You can find the kits in Made in Kansas City, a marketplace for locally made goods.
DIY mini donut kits from Kansas City’s Donutology are just one of many holiday gifts available from local businesses. You can find the kits in Made in Kansas City, a marketplace for locally made goods.

This vibrant marketplace is a one-stop shop for Kansas City souveniers and other locally made items. The shop recommends holiday gifts including hand-stitched throwing balls from Yardball, KC heart snow globes, puzzles from KC Puzzle Co., ornaments made from the lights decorating Country Club Plaza and the super-popular DIY donut kit from Kansas City’s own Donutology. Made in KC has ten locations around the metro area, and you can also buy gifts online.

The Old Mango

This downtown Overland Park shop has only been open for around eight months, but has already made an impression on its neighbors. Owned and operated by former nurse Courtney Caldwell, the shop features home and garden items made by artists in Kansas City and beyond. For holiday gifting, Caldwell recommends the elegant cut paper trees, inspirational Gathered Thoughts notecards and jars filled with aromatic herbs, spices and botanicals to simmer on the stove and fill your home with holiday scents.

Lovers of home goods and garden items can also check out reader suggestions The Grove Home Interiors, J’adore Home & Garden, Family Tree Nursery and the Little Flower Shop along with its sibling, the Little Shop Next Door.

Pink Antlers

Located at Park Place Village in Leawood, this mother-and-daughters run shop offers tasteful home goods, stationery and baby items for everyone on your list. Owner Morgan recommends the shop’s holiday bell bottle stoppers, European charcuterie boards, Greek brass pepper mills or the Papa Noel dish collection as great seasonal gifts.

Pryde’s


Gifts for your favorite chef are at Pryde’s in Westport.
Gifts for your favorite chef are at Pryde’s in Westport.

This iconic Westport kitchen supply store is home to cooking, baking and serving implements for your loved one’s next culinary creation. Among the shop’s offerings are high-quality knives and saucepans, an eclectic assortment of cake stands and unusual gadgets like crepe spreaders, dough whisks and citrus juicers. Whether you’re buying for a professional chef or a passionate amateur, this unique shop has something for everyone.

If you get hungry while shopping— and it’s hard not to— check out the pies at Ashleigh’s Bake Shop located inside the store.

Sharyn Blond Linens

This upscale home goods shop sells the perfect bespoke items for lovers of fine china, crystal, linens and silver. Hand-embroidered pieces range from cocktail napkins to bedspreads, and carry on the design legacy of founder Constance Leiter. From tea towels to warm winter apparel, this shop caters to those lovers of the finer things in life.

A store named STUFF

The name says it all: this eclectic and colorful Brookside shop is packed with tableware, jewelry, linens, stationery and unique art pieces for the home and body. Their offerings include chunky glass jewelry, children’s books, colorful purses and bold ceramic wall art among countless other gift items. Take a wander around the store or browse the extensive selection online to see what catches your eye.

Textured Haus

This sophisticated home goods store features a cozy aesthetic perfect for the holiday season. Located in Zona Rosa, its selection includes trinket dishes, tile mats, cheese boards and velvet jewelry travel wraps among other elegant home items as well as a selection of furniture.

Looking for other shops with a curated selection of home goods? Readers recommended Lex Moderne for fun decorations and jewelry and Nell Hill’s for furniture and decor with a more upscale aesthetic.