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 local shopping spots, gift suggestions, and experience gift ideas.
Bradley Fair brings together a little bit of everything wonderful that Wichita has to offer, from local businesses, artists and entrepreneurs to that trademark hospitality that makes everyone feel at home in the heartland. Their eclectic collection of more than 40 businesses includes everything from local boutiques and eateries to beloved national retailers you can’t find anywhere else in the region. The iconic fountain, inviting open-air plaza and full schedule of signature events make Bradley Fair a true destination for spending the day, bringing the whole crew, and creating memories you’ll cherish.
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 Guest Services Monday through Friday, 11 AM – 1 PM and Saturday, 11 AM – 4 PM. Extended hours begin November 26: Monday through Wednesday 11 AM – 1 PM and Thursday through Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM.
Black Label Candle Co is a handcrafted home fragrance brand based in Wichita, KS. All of their candles + sprays are made with only the highest quality ingredients which means non-toxic, eco-friendly products you can feel good about. They love to brand ourselves as “Affordable Luxury” because we are high-end and budget-friendly.
Go to Gift Items: Jars are the most popular item year-round. Tins are popular for gift exchanges, teacher gifts and are super easy to travel with. For the people in your life who can’t get enough candles, the monthly I AM Affirmation subscription box makes a thoughtful + fun gift.
The EstieSets mission is simple: to make parents’ lives easier and to do it affordably. Life is crazy enough with a baby, so there’s no need to add the stress of trying to find a lost sock or spend tons of money on something they will grow out of in what feels like seconds. With EstieSets they hope to always succeed at both! EstieSets can stay together forever, like BFFs. From baby, to laundry, to drawer, and back to baby! No need to ever separate unless you want.
Go-To Gift Item: The gray set is their most popular item. It is so versatile, they could go with any occasion and is gender-neutral!
The tastiest gourmet gift options made right here in Wichita. They make gift baskets, customizable popcorn tins, popcorn ball treats, fudge, gourmet rice crispies, chocolate dipped pretzels, and more!
Go-To Gift Items: 1 gallon tins range from $16-$22 depending on what flavor you choose to put inside. Each time the tin is brought back, it can be refilled at 50% off the original price! There are many different flavor and tin style options available.
HTeaO offers freshly brewed tea featuring more than 25 flavors of the best 100% broadleaf iced tea. All of their tea is brewed with double-pass reverse osmosis water and is available by cup, mini gallon, half gallon or gallon sizes. Come inside, and you can sample any – or all! – of the sweet and unsweet iced teas! Then top your drinks off with some of our fresh fruit and enjoy! In addition to world class tea, they offer the best bagged ice, both crushed and cubed! They are also your local YETI retailer merchandising the full line of YETI, Hydro Flask, and Pelican products.
Go-To Gift Items: Gallons made with any of their 25+ sweet and unsweet iced teas, gift cards, YETI mugs/cups/coolers, Hydro Flask, Pelican, tons of treats and snacks… HTeaO has everything you will need for those teacher gifts, gift exchanges, holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, or yourself – a one-stop-holiday-shop!
Ways To Play offers high quality backyard play sets, made-in-America in-ground basketball goals by Goalsetter and Goalrilla, as well as trampolines with innovative technology by Springfree. They proudly serve Wichita, KS and the surrounding area and offer installation on all the outdoor playsets, basketball hoops, and trampolines they carry with our in-house crew. Stop by the store or call to see how they can make your backyard the place to play!
Go-To Gift Items: Ways To Play also carries outdoor and tailgating games such as pro sport and collegiate corn hole, washer toss, hook & ring, as well as smaller desk top versions.
Avery & Grey is a local, mom-owned business offering handmade hair accessories and curated gifts and apparel for babies, children, and women. They believe in giving power to the girls – the power to choose accessories that make them feel confident, accessories that allow them to sparkle every day. They are also passionate about stocking items from mostly women-owned businesses from across the country and have loved the opportunity to showcase them inside of Love of Character at Bradley Fair this year in addition to the website.
Go-To Gift Items: Holiday Pajamas, Festive Tees and Sweatshirts, Bows and Accessories
Founded in 2016 by Jennifer McDonald, Jenny Dawn Cellars has grown from the dream of an at-home winemaker into Wichita’s first urban winery. In 2017, Jenny Dawn Cellars established a working partnership with a wine facilitator in Napa, California. In 2019, Jenny Dawn Cellars opened a winery and tasting room in the heart of downtown Wichita located at Union Station. Jennifer now crafts and bottles her wines on-site, with grapes and juice sourced from the finest growers in California and Kansas.
Jenny Dawn Cellars winery and tasting room at Union Station offers wine, charcuterie and small bites, venue rentals, private wine tastings, wine locker memberships, and Winuecation – a monthly educational class.
Go-To Gift Items: The Jenny Dawn Cellars Life is So Sweet Holiday Basket contains a bottle of Jenny Dawn Cellars Red Wine Blend, a Jenny Dawn Cellars wine tumbler, Ghirardelli Chocolate, a holiday candle, a wine corkscrew, and a succulent. This basket is the perfect gift for a teacher, friend, family member or yourself.
Clifton Collective is a collective of makers and gifts made in the Midwest and beyond! Find everything from your favorite candle and jewelry to kids tees, cards, drinkware and a pop up clothing boutique. As Wichita’s go-to destination for goods, gifts, apparel, find just about anything for your favorite someone at CC!
Go-To Gift Items: Their most sought after items that would be perfect for teachers, gift exchanges, best friends, coworkers (or yourself!) are candles, jewelry, drinkware, stickers and apparel! They have a selection of homewares, kids items and apothecary to take care of everyone on your list.
Salon Brands has been a local family-owned full-service salon and retail store for more than 30 years. They have 4 Wichita area locations including East Central, West St., Tyler Rd., and Derby that are all open to the public! They proudly sell over 90 professional beauty brands including Matrix, Pureology, Amika, and more. Be sure to become a loyalty member to receive rewards & special discounts and check out our upcoming in-store and online sales for even more holiday shopping savings! They also offer curbside pickup at all locations for your shopping convenience.
Go-To Gift Items: Great stocking stuffers include gift cards for products or salon services, earrings from the boutique, travel-size hair products, and more! Shop bigger gift items like product gift packs, men’s clipper sets, blow dryers, flat irons, wavers, and other specialty styling tools online or in-store. They also offer e-cards to make shopping even easier!
Julie Devore is a SAHM who loves art and jewelry and has creatively mixed the two! From her unique home decor to fashionable jewelry, she has something for everyone! Julie has two daughters that have inspired her kids line, Frankie and Harriett. There you will find earrings, necklaces and bracelets that will make any kid feel fashionable and fancy!
Go to Gift Items: Earrings, bracelets, coasters, decorative trays and trinket jars
Leslie Coffee Co., named the #7 Coffee Shop in the US by Food & Wine Magazine in 2019, is a locally, woman-owned business specializing in delicious coffee and yummy food. Their menu includes traditional espresso drinks, toasts, and biscuit sandwiches, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options and delicious drinks for coffee-lover and non-coffee drinkers alike. They make a lot in-house— like syrups and all of their pastries—sourcing many ingredients from local producers including Phil’s Farm, Hildebrand Farms Dairy, and Crust & Crumb. They work with coffee roasters across the country including Mother Tongue Coffee (Oakland, CA), Bolt Coffee (Providence, RI), Gimme! Coffee (Ithaca, NY), and Sweet Bloom (Denver, CO).
Go to Gift Items: They offer gift cards in any amount, whole bean coffee (ground upon request), loose leaf tea, travel mugs and coffee mugs, and t-shirts. Gift cards make great stocking stuffers!
Paint the Towne offers guided paint parties for kids and adults at their East (Harry and Rock) or West (Central and Ridge) locations. They provide everything needed to paint, you bring the food, drinks, and friends! The $8 to-go paint kits are a big hit for at home parties any time of year!
Go to Gift Items: Their $8 to-go paint kits are the perfect gift with hundreds of designs to choose from, or buy a gift card to purchase kits online!
The Sedgwick County Zoo is the number one outdoor family attraction in Kansas, featuring more than 3,000 animals of nearly 400 different species. Take a walk on the wild side as you journey through nearly every continent and get to know the animals that live there. Welcome to the WILD life!
Go-To Gift Items: Family Memberships (gift packages go on sale on Black Friday), Wild Encounters, Stuffed Animals, Animal-themed toys, puzzles, books, and gifts.
At the Museum Store, not only will you find quality gifts filled with inspiration and educational value, you also, through your purchases, directly support the Wichita Art Museum’s ongoing mission to enrich lives and build community.
Go-To Gift Items: They have a great selection of children’s toys and art supplies to spark creativity. They feature jewelry from Kansas artisans plus accessories, blown glass, and ceramics.
Towne East Square is the largest retail shopping destination in central Kansas anchored by Dillard’s, Von Maur, and JCPenney. This fashionable center offers a variety of shopping options with more than 85 popular retail stores such as Aerie, Coach, H&M, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, and Tilly’s. In addition, shoppers enjoy a variety of delicious dining options like Old Chicago Pizza &Taproom, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Charley’s Philly Steaks, and more.
Go-To Gift Items: From the hottest styles at H&M to classic handbags from Coach, Towne East Square has it all! For those who are hard to buy for, our SIMON gift cards are the way to go. SIMON gift cards can be used at any of our 85+ retailers or anywhere that accepts major credit cards. Gift cards can be purchased at Guest Services located in the mall management office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5p.m. Please visit the Towne East Square website for a complete list of extended holiday hours.
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!
Room Esscentials, a home fragrance brand, consists of hand-poured candles using an all-natural organic coconut wax. These beautiful aromas are birthed from complex fragrance blends carefully formulated to support sustainability and modern living. Each scented product is handcrafted and packaged with love in Wichita, Kansas.
Go-To Gift Items: Top-selling Signature Collection scents are Saffron Leaf, Cognac Smoke, and Hinoki. Whether at home or at the office, Room Esscentials is guaranteed to set the tone in your spaces. Stay tuned for new holiday fragrances Balsam, The Cabins, and Frost Berry coming soon!
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 membership gift bag today! Includes a family membership, coffee mug, and other stocking stuffers from our Botanica gift shop!
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 enjoys being a part of the arts community here in Wichita and the surrounding area. They support many professional, educational, amateur, and youth music and arts organizations with donations, grants, scholarships, program advertisement, and time. 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: A few gift items available this holiday season include the Casio CDPS150 Portable Digital Piano, Casio CDPS350 Portable Digital Piano, Casio CTS1 Portable Keyboard, and Casio Celviano AP-470!
Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center, is Kansas’ Premier Science Center, inspiring a deeper interest in science and technology through creative and fun experiences for all. Enjoy interactive exhibits, live science shows, hands-on STEM demonstrations, dome theater shows and special programming throughout the year.
Go-To Gift Items: Membership is the ultimate holiday go-to gift. Unlimited museum visits, discounts on programming and member perks make this a gift that keeps on giving.
We all know someone with roots in Wichita that moved out of state. Here’s your chance to show your loved one not only that you’re thinking of them, but also how much the community has changed since they moved. Order the “Boomerang Box”, a gift box full of locally-made goods with materials showcasing development, new businesses, public art and more. Let’s help Wichita natives realize it’s the perfect time to come back.