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10 gift exchange ideas from Kansas City startups

Editor’s note: Below you’ll find a list of 10 ideas for your next office or family holiday gift exchange — each from a Kansas City startup or maker. Click here to check out the rest of Startland News’ 2019 Gift Guide.

wlle drink sweater

Made by Sandlot Goods, the WLLE drink sweater uses the insulating power of wool to keep drinks cool. Click here to read more about Sandlot Goods and WLLE.

  • Price: $13
  • Where to buy: Made in KC or online
  • Maker: Chad Hickman, wlle, Sandlot Goods
  • Follow: wlleusa, sandlotgoods

Craft Beef Jerky

Craft Beer Jerky is made using local, craft beers including Boulevard’s Tank 7.

  • Price: $10
  • Where to buy: Made in KC or online
  • Maker: Danny Kueser, Chase Schaffter, Craft Beer Jerky
  • Follow: craftbeerjerky_

Positive People Posse mug

Handcrafted by local Kansas City Maker Mckenzie Grabish Stanley of Driftwood Ceramics, each mug is imperfect — just like people. Fun Fact: This product features the iconic logo of Kansas City’s Positive People Posse.

  • Price: $20
  • Where to buy: Made in KC or online
  • Maker: Mckenzie Grabish Stanley, Driftwood Ceramics, Postive People Posse
  • Follow: positivepeopleposse

Green Bee Tea Towels

With 100 designs in multiple colors and styles, Green Bee Tea Towels are hand printed on 100 percent cotton flour sack material.

  • Price: $5-$10
  • Where to buy: Midcoast Modern, Amy’s Hallmarks, online
  • Maker: Rena Krouse, Green Bee Tea Towels
  • Follow: greenbeeteatowels

Monarch wallet

A newly redesigned, slim, three-pocket, hand-sewn wallet with dual-sided push card slots produced by Sandlot Goods. Click here to learn more about Sandlot Goods and the redesign of the monarch wallet.

  • Price: $45
  • Where to buy: Made in KC or online
  • Maker: Chad Hickman, Sandlot Goods
  • Follow: sandlotgoods

‘Find Your Toddler Ambition’ book

Touting a different approach to entrepreneurship, Kansas City startup founder Jy’Juan Maze offers guidance on how leaders can find their “toddler ambition” and apply it to building a business. Click here to read a Startland News Q&A with Jy Maze.

  • Price: $13
  • Where to buy: Online
  • Maker: Jy’Juan Maze, Maze Freight Solutions, Maze Publications
  • Follow: jyjuan_n_chrg

Power Frother + Creamer

A durable, electric milk frother. Pair the Power Frother with any of Omega Power Creamer’s keto coffee creamers or the Omega Power Creamer bundle. Click here to read more about Omega Power Creamer’s relocation to Kansas City from St. Louis.

  • Price: $18-$20
  • Where to buy: Online, Walmart
  • Maker: Omega Power Creamer
  • Follow: powercreamer

Megh Makes Art yoga mat

Megh Makes Art — and yoga mats. Bold colors and the signature, Megh Knappenberger Art palette style add personality to the traditional yoga mat. Click here to read more about Knappenberger.

  • Price: N/A
  • Where to buy: Made in KC Marketplace on the Country Club Plaza
  • Maker: Megh Knappenberger, Megh Makes Art
  • Follow: meghmakesart

Made in KC Boozy Box

Each Boozy Box contains two pieces of glassware and your choice of J. Rieger and Co. whiskey, KC Wineworks wine, Amigoni Winery wine or Boulevard beer.

  • Price: $35-$65
  • Where to buy: Made in KC Marketplace on the Country Club Plaza, Made in KC Cafe downtown
  • Maker: J Rieger & Co., KC Wineworks, Amigoni Urban Winery, Boulevard Brewing Company, Made in KC
  • Follow: madeinkc_

N-Gage Grips

A Kansas City crafted solution to pain and discomfort in weight lifting. From the maker: Humans didn’t evolve to lift heavy, perfectly-straight barbells. N-Gage Grips make barbell movements more natural by putting your hands in a slightly more neutral position.

  • Price: $40
  • Where to buy: Online
  • Maker: Matt Leadbetter, N-Gage
  • Follow: ngagegrips

The Startland News 2019 Gift Guide is possible thanks to support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful.


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