Thank you to Bradley Fair and the other local businesses below for sponsoring this holiday gift guide.
Who better to receive gift ideas and recommendations from than other moms? We have compiled a mom-approved curated gift guide to help simplify your busy life and provide you with unique gift ideas for everyone on your list this holiday season!
This year is more important than ever to support local business, and as busy moms, we understand and count on convenience of online shopping, but all it takes is considering local too! Below you will find some of our favorite Wichita area shopping spots, gift suggestions, tasty treats and beverages for all of those holiday parties, and of course experience gift ideas.
Wichita Holiday Gift Ideas: Holiday Eats & Drinks, Experience Gift Ideas for the Family, and One Stop Shops for Everyone on Your List
Make this season magic at Bradley Fair, Wichita’s premier open-air destination. Between their extensive collection of local boutiques, eateries, and national favorites, Bradley Fair offers a little something for everyone on your list. But the fun doesn’t stop at shopping. Spend some time by the iconic fountain, take in the holiday lights, or stumble upon a festive event, including horse-drawn carriages, live carolers, and so much more. Merry memory making!
Go-To Gift Items: Take the guess work out of gifting with a Bradley Fair gift card, redeemable at all 40+ stores and restaurants. Gift cards are available for purchase at Love of Character during their regular business hours of Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM and Sunday 12 – 6 PM. Gift cards will also be available in the Bradley Fair Guest Services office next to Cocoa Dolce beginning November 21: Monday through Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM until December 23.
Towne East Square
Towne East Square is the largest retail shopping destination in central Kansas anchored by Dillard’s, Von Maur, JCPenney, and SCHEELS (coming summer 2023). This updated center offers a variety of shopping options with more than 85 popular retail stores such as Vans, Coach, H&M, Victoria’s Secret, and Old Navy. In addition, shoppers enjoy a variety of delicious dining options like Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Hook & Reel, Charleys Philly Steaks, and more.
Go to Gift Items: From the newest character themed merchandise at BoxLunch to stylish jewelry from Pandora, Towne East Square has something for everyone. For those who are hard to buy for, our SIMON gift cards are the way to go. SIMON gift cards can be used anywhere that credit cards are accepted.
Leslie Coffee Co.
Leslie Coffee Co., named the best coffee shop in Kansas by Food & Wine and winner of the Wichita Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award in 2022, is a locally-owned coffee shop specializing in delicious coffee and yummy food. Their menu includes traditional espresso drinks, toasts, and biscuit sandwiches. They make a lot in-house–like syrups and pastries–sourcing many ingredients from local producers including Phil’s Farm, Hildebrand Farms Dairy, and Crust & Crumb. They work with with coffee roasters across the country including Mother Tongue Coffee, Bolt Coffee, Gimme! Coffee, and Sweet Bloom.
Go-To Gift Item: We have tea and coffee beans (ground upon request) in addition to gift cards, travel mugs, coffee mugs, totes, shirts and hats!
They make and sell over 15 flavors of gourmet popcorn, fudge and old fashioned style treats and candy. They offer many different holiday gifts including tins, gift boxes, and more. They are a local, family-owned business.
Go-To Gift Items: The holiday sampler box with a small bag of 6 most popular holiday flavors or the Wichita Skyline or Kansas Sunflower tin, where you can choose your favorite flavors to put inside. Any tin purchased at their stores includes 50% off original price refills for the life of the tin.
HTeaO Wichita West (and soon East) provides more than 24 freshly brewed sweet and unsweet iced teas, with all the fruit toppings to add on that you can dream of. They have their own Double Reverse Osmosis system in stores, which is used in all of tea brewing, water and ice making (both crunchy and cubed ice). Along with their amazing tea (and coffee coming soon), they also carry YETI and Hydro Flask coolers and cups… and are stocked full with premium snacks; including Albanese gummies, Project 7 gum, Sahale nuts, and more.
Go-To Gift Items: HTeaO Wichita gift cards are a very popular item around the holidays. Perfect for friends, teachers, or anyone you want to treat. They also carry Yeti and Hydro Flasks, which make great gifts and stocking stuffers. Stay tuned for upcoming popular Thanksgiving and Christmas gallon promos for the holidays!
Tanganyika Wildlife Park
Founded in 1983 by Jim Fouts, Tanganyika Wildlife Park has grown from the dream of a young boy with a San Diego zoo guidebook into one of the largest attractions in the Midwest. In 2008, the wildlife park officially opened to the public with 15 animal exhibits and three interactive areas. As of 2022, they have 10 daily animal feeding opportunities, 12 VIP Wildlife Different Experiences, 91 rare and endangered species, and the construction of a new Safari Park scheduled for 2025 that will be over 50-acres in size. TWP offers something more than just things. They offer experiences – the gift of a lifetime with memories that will last forever.
Go-To Gift Items: The most popular gift item is the Sloth Behind the Scenes experience where you can meet, touch, feed, and learn all about sloths! Runner-up is the Swim with Penguins experience as they are the only facility in the United States offering this!
Founded in 1978 by a music educator, Senseney Music strives to provide exceptional products and services to musicians of all types and abilities with a staff containing over 200 years’ experience who are committed to helping others make music. They provide a wide variety of merchandise and services from the most respected manufacturers and publishers in the industry. Senseney Music offers band and orchestral instruments, guitars and amplifiers, percussion, acoustic and digital pianos, accessories, and printed music for choral, instrumental, vocal, piano, and guitar musicians. They also offer music lessons and on-site instrument repair services.
Go-To Gift Items: Visit Senseney Music for their annual Holiday Open House on December 10th from 9:30am-5:30pm! They will have special sales on great gift ideas, in-house entertainment throughout the day, cookies & cider, drawings for mystery box giveaways, and much more! Senseney Music is your one-stop shop for holiday gift giving ideas!
Burnell's Fine Jewelry and Design
Burnell’s Fine Jewelry And Design is a full-service jewelry store serving Wichita for 43 years! They are Wichita’s premier custom jewelers, gemologists, purveyors of the most exciting lines of fashion designer jewelry, and where locals find their perfect engagement ring and wedding bands.
Go-To Gift Items: A strong bracelet with a powerful cause! Two intertwined strands representing togetherness and strength set in sterling silver makes for an elegant, meaningful gift with proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish America ($199). Other go-to’s include a pair of two-tone gold reversible hoops for her ($549) and a timeless Shinola watch for him ($595+)!
Love of Character
Add some character to your Christmas! Love of Character fills their shelves with high quality toys, fun stocking stuffers, gifts for babies to adults. Plus they have beautiful decor that is great for you to keep or give. Need a card, tags, wrapping, or gift bag? They have those too!
Go-To Gift Items: Stuff your stockings with fun poppers, NeeDoh balls, bath bombs, or glitter jelly balls. Wooden dollhouses, train sets, car garages, and kitchen toys are classics. They also got in everyone’s favorite Maileg mice! For adults grab all the Papa Noel plates and mugs – they have more items this year!
Sedgwick County Zoo
Find something for everyone on your list at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Wild Encounters for the Adventurer, ZooPals for the Conservationist, and Zoo Memberships for the whole family!
Go-To Gift Items: In addition to Family Memberships and Wild Encounters, the Zoo Store has a large selection of books, toys, clothes, home goods, and tons of animal plush to choose from!
Exploration Place is Kansas’ premier science center, inspiring a deeper interest in science and technology through creative and fun experiences for all ages. Discover where science meets imagination as you connect to a world of wonder and opportunity on every visit.
Go-To Gift Items: Gift certificates for individual visits, gift family memberships starting at $85 for a year of unlimited admission and live science shows, Explore Store gifts and toys, including online shopping at store.exploration.org. Membership promo from Friday, November 25 – Monday, November 28: 20% off all annual memberships! Use code BlackFriday22
Nestled in the heart of Wichita sits one of Kansas’ best kept secrets–Botanica, a botanical garden and regional horticultural center. Established in 1987, Botanica Wichita has 20 acres for you to enjoy. With ever-changing scenery, educational classes for young and old, and special events to entertain and amuse, visit Botanica year-round and take advantage of all that the Gardens have to offer!
Go-To Gift Items: Make the holidays special this year, from Botanica to YOU! Purchase a family membership gift bag and get $5 off now through December 5th! Includes a family membership and other stocking stuffers from our Botanica gift shop (supplies may vary, while supplies last)!
Music Theatre Wichita
Music Theatre Wichita produces five Broadway-scale shows each year, creating incredible entertainment experiences for Wichitans at a fraction of Broadway prices. MTWichita also offers classes, camps, and performance experiences for children ages 2-18.
Go-To Gift Items: MTWichita offers options perfect for families looking to gift experiences and make memories together. Gift subscriptions and gift certificates for summer productions make great gifts and stocking stuffers. New this year, MTWichita offers e-gift cards for kids classes and camps!
Let's Go Build
Wichita’s 1-stop shop for everything LEGO®! They specialize in new & used LEGO® bricks & mini figures! Buy that set you’ve always wanted, or bring in those old Lego sets and turn them into cash. Plan your next birthday party in the amazing party room, or grab a gift card for that hard to buy for Lego enthusiast on your Christmas list!
Go-To Gift Items: Gift Cards, smaller Lego sets under $10 and build-your-own mini figures for just $4.99
2U AUTO is for the busy mom that loves the feeling of driving a clean car but doesn’t have time! They come to your house or work to detail your car inside and out so you can keep doing your thang! They have one-time services, gift cards, and monthly cleaning plans that start at only $59 on www.2uauto.com. It feels so good to keep your car clean and healthy for your family. Plus, 2U AUTO is local, uses sustainable cleaning practices and a woman-owned business!
Go-To Gift Items: They have gift cards for sale at www.2uauto.com. Gift cards are 10% off for any card over $75. These cards are good for any 2U AUTO detail service.
We would love to be included in you no -profit giving guide. Passageways provides hope and a hand-up to military veterans who are homeless or near homeless. Our website: http://www.passagewaysltd.org
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