by Brandon Tietz
Buying gifts can be tough. On the one hand, you don’t want to go the generic gift-card route. That’s one step away from putting cash in an envelope. On the other, you don’t want to be so over-the-top that your friend winds up in culinary classes for eight weeks simply because they mentioned once that they wished they knew how to cook. Stick with the basics, something you know they’ll use that plays off their personality. Here are seven ideas to help you out on your trek.
Good luck, and happy holidays!
For the sports fan: Royals apparel. They’re finally World Series champions again after 30 years. Let’s milk that for all it’s worth. Freelance Brand Clothing has some of the best designs I’ve seen. They’re also based right here in KC. Price: $32-$42. Find a local store at freelanceclothing.com.
For the gamer: Up-Down is one of Kansas City’s newest gems. Situated in the Crossroads District, this old-school arcade is full of nostalgia, libations, and (finally) good food. Wrapping up about $50 worth of tokens is sure to bring a smile to your friend’s face. updownkc.com
For Drinky McDrinkerson: It’s hard to pick out booze as a gift, because most people drink what they can afford – not what they really want. This is where you come in to save the day. For example, your buddy might go for Jack Daniels normally. Try wrapping up a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black. Just figure out what they normally drink and take it up a couple notches. Price: $50-$150. Gomers.com. See also: The Unfiltered Tour and Smokestack Tour of the Boulevard Brewing Co. $20 each. Boulevard.com
For Mr. “I’m going get back into the gym:” Fitbit. The first step to getting healthy is being conscious of your own health, and this device delivers that in spades. The base model tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. Starts at $90. Find a local store at fitbit.com.
For the artsy type: Why, oh why has no one heard of Society6.com? This seemingly endless resource of awesomeness sells everything from canvas prints to iPhone cases, all done by some of the best artists working today. The biggest risk of shopping on this site is you’ll end up buying a ton of stuff for yourself. Price: Possibly your entire paycheck. Society6.com
For the carnivore: Omaha Steaks, baby. Nothing says, “You’re my bro” like a few cuts of USDA Prime shipped right to your friend’s door. It’s the perfect excuse to fire up the grill during the dead of winter. Gift packages start at $40. Omahasteaks.com. A local KC favorite is McGonigle’s Market, which can ship USDA beef, or stop by the local market to pick up that perfect selection or gift card in any amount. 1307 W. 79th St., Kansas City, or McGonigles.com.
For the comic book nerd: Following up the cult hit “Fight Club,” the story of Tyler Durden continues in this limited run 10-issue series “Fight Club 2.” All issues are available on the Things From Another World website if you want to save yourself a trip to the comic book store. Price: $40.