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From the Arch in St. Louis to the speakeasies of Kansas City, there's historically correct and hipster fresh stuff coming out of Missouri right now — and we're pumped to share at least 5 locally made gift ideas under $50 right here in our first-ever Shop Local Guide to the Holidays.
Be sure to check out the rest of our 250 picks for made in USA holiday gifts under $50 on our new interactive US map, where you'll find our favorite locally made products by state for her, him, kids, the home, the host/hostess, stocking stuffers, even some for pets.
Fable + Lore Jewelry
Oh let us count the ways we're in love with Chelsie from St. Louis and her jewelry. For one, there's the "Hunger Games" terrarium + arrow necklace ($25). Two, there's the neon & colorblock pom poms (from $25). Three, there's the geometric wood (from $12). And on. And on. Anything Santa picks is a sure thing.
Best Made Co. First Aid Kit
Send him off to the next bachelor party safely and in style with this Moonrise Kingdom retro-camping-cool first aid kit by Best Made Co. ($45)* created in Kansas City. *Cure for hangovers not included.
Whittle Shortline Wooden Trains
For more than 15 years, right in Valley Park, Whittle has been, erm, whittling solid reforested birch hardwood into toys that "will outlast most childhoods." Skip the plastic nonsense from your local gas station (you know the one) and pick up these classic train cars, trucks & engines instead. We're partial to the US Postal Service Truck ($11) and the Amtrak Genesis Superliner 3-car set ($55).
Brick City Prints
Last year, showcasing local pride at home was all about the transit rolls. This year, it's all about the typographic maps, and Brick City does Missouri proud. Grab a St. Louis typographical neighborhood map ($30) or photo ($20) or both to create a local love gallery that will impress even the most gritty of guys (or jaded of hipsters).
FOR THE HOST
St. Louis blogger Brooke Pratt's sustainable party wares are like porn for event planners. These sweet little handpainted wooden scoops, spoons, forks, and knives are affordable and endlessly adorable. Spread some peace, joy, and cheer at your next holiday party by presenting the host with this modern vintage set of 3 scoops ($9).
Man Man & Mister Heavenly
If they like to dance, then Man Man's Life Fantastic is their new party rock playlist. If they like to brood, then Mister Heavenly's "doom wop" debut album Out of Love is their new soundtrack. Either way, they get a healthy dose of the multi-talented Honus Honus aka Ryan Kattner, one of St. Louis's own, on keyboard and vocals.
Did we miss your favorite locally made products from Missouri? Definitely share them with us in the comments, we'd love to add them to our shopping lists!
Story & main image: Copyright 2012, Shoestring LLC.
Photos: Courtesy, various retailers.