December 15, 2016

12 Gifts for People Who Really Love St. Louis

So you've put off holiday shopping just a little too long? Not to worry. We've gathered presents that any St. Louisan past or present will love -- and they've all got the local angle covered. From products made right here in the Gateway City to books that delve into the city's history or art that shows off its splendor, there's something for everyone on your list. Procrastinated too late to do your shopping online? Check out these 25 local shops with unique gifts aplenty.

We've gathered presents that any St. Louisan past or present will love -- and they've all got the local angle covered. From products made right here in the Gateway City to books that delve into the city's history or art that shows off its splendor, there's something for everyone.

Procrastinated too late to do your shopping online? Check out these 25 local shops with unique gifts aplenty.

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The Personal Gift Basket Company
It can be hard to pick just one gift for someone -- and now you don't even have to try. This local company creates gift baskets full of various goodies catered to the receiver's interests. Photo courtesy of the Personal Gift Basket Company.
The Personal Gift Basket Company

It can be hard to pick just one gift for someone -- and now you don't even have to try. This local company creates gift baskets full of various goodies catered to the receiver's interests. Photo courtesy of the Personal Gift Basket Company.
Pastaria Gifts
Gerard Craft's Pastaria isn't just a great restaurant to visit -- it's also a terrific shopping source for anyone who loves Craft's cooking or misses the chance to dine out there regularly. Get a basket of pasta for four, including the house-made noodles of your choice along with Pomodoro, Amatriciana or Bolognese sauce. Or just get a nifty Pastaria-themed T-shirt. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
Pastaria Gifts

Gerard Craft's Pastaria isn't just a great restaurant to visit -- it's also a terrific shopping source for anyone who loves Craft's cooking or misses the chance to dine out there regularly. Get a basket of pasta for four, including the house-made noodles of your choice along with Pomodoro, Amatriciana or Bolognese sauce. Or just get a nifty Pastaria-themed T-shirt. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
St. Louis Print
If you know someone who loves St. Louis -- no, really loves it -- get them this gift that captures (almost) all the things that make it awesome. This 18x24 print turns the names of favorite local businesses, parks and haunts into one big work of art. Photo courtesy of Kelly Sieckhaus Designs.
St. Louis Print

If you know someone who loves St. Louis -- no, really loves it -- get them this gift that captures (almost) all the things that make it awesome. This 18x24 print turns the names of favorite local businesses, parks and haunts into one big work of art. Photo courtesy of Kelly Sieckhaus Designs.
Chef for a Day Experience
For the ultimate food lover -- and adventure enthusiast -- STL Culinary Tours is offering a "Chef for a Day" experience. Your loved one gets a personalized chef’s jacket and a day of hands-on experience shadowing or training with one of the city's top chefs. It's not all hard work and no play -- the day ends with a six-course dinner with wine pairings for both the participant and a guest. Photo of Boundary chef Rex Hale by Mabel Suen.
Chef for a Day Experience

For the ultimate food lover -- and adventure enthusiast -- STL Culinary Tours is offering a "Chef for a Day" experience. Your loved one gets a personalized chef’s jacket and a day of hands-on experience shadowing or training with one of the city's top chefs. It's not all hard work and no play -- the day ends with a six-course dinner with wine pairings for both the participant and a guest. Photo of Boundary chef Rex Hale by Mabel Suen.
Immortal Moments in Cardinals History by Robert L. Tiemann
Do you have a friend who's a major Cardinals baseball fan? C'mon, you live in St. Louis -- of course you do. This coffee table book follows the greatest highlights throughout Cardinals history. Even a superfan is bound to learn something new. Photo courtesy of Flickr / JB Kopp.
Immortal Moments in Cardinals History by Robert L. Tiemann

Do you have a friend who's a major Cardinals baseball fan? C'mon, you live in St. Louis -- of course you do. This coffee table book follows the greatest highlights throughout Cardinals history. Even a superfan is bound to learn something new. Photo courtesy of Flickr / JB Kopp.
Mizzou Sports Through the Ages by Brendon Steenbergen
If your Missouri sports fanatic is more of the college sports variety, get them this illustrated timeline of sports at the University of Missouri. From the first days of the athletic program to Mizzou athletes who have gone on to the Olympics, this book details it all. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Jonathan Steffens.
Mizzou Sports Through the Ages by Brendon Steenbergen

If your Missouri sports fanatic is more of the college sports variety, get them this illustrated timeline of sports at the University of Missouri. From the first days of the athletic program to Mizzou athletes who have gone on to the Olympics, this book details it all. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Jonathan Steffens.
Blissoma Holistic Care and Apothecary
This local, cruelty-free personal care shop carries a wide variety of products for both men and women. We probably all could benefit from the stress relief serum (pictured) heading into the new year. Photo courtesy of Blissoma.
Blissoma Holistic Care and Apothecary

This local, cruelty-free personal care shop carries a wide variety of products for both men and women. We probably all could benefit from the stress relief serum (pictured) heading into the new year. Photo courtesy of Blissoma.
Homesick Candes
Perfect for the St. Louis ex-pat, this candle company makes candles that evoke every state. The Missouri candle "will take you back to the good ol' days in the Show Me State with hints of running river water and white hawthorne and dogwood blossoms." Christmas delivery isn't guaranteed on all new orders at this point, but the perfect gift is worth the wait, right? Photo courtesy of Instagram / christynamills.
Homesick Candes

Perfect for the St. Louis ex-pat, this candle company makes candles that evoke every state. The Missouri candle "will take you back to the good ol' days in the Show Me State with hints of running river water and white hawthorne and dogwood blossoms." Christmas delivery isn't guaranteed on all new orders at this point, but the perfect gift is worth the wait, right? Photo courtesy of Instagram / christynamills.
Colorful Characters of St. Louis by Jim Merkel
Local history lovers will get a kick out of this book, which tells the story of some of St. Louis' most interesting citizens throughout history. One such person? Percy Green, who drew attention to the lack of jobs for African Americans in the Gateway Arch construction by climbing a ladder up the side of the partially built Arch. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Francisco Diez.
Colorful Characters of St. Louis by Jim Merkel

Local history lovers will get a kick out of this book, which tells the story of some of St. Louis' most interesting citizens throughout history. One such person? Percy Green, who drew attention to the lack of jobs for African Americans in the Gateway Arch construction by climbing a ladder up the side of the partially built Arch. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Francisco Diez.
LouFest tickets
Everybody loves LouFest -- and you'll love it even more now that you can get tickets at a discount. LouFest presale tickets are on sale now for $60, and the first 100 buyers will get a "Scratch-a-Lou stocking stuffer surprise." No idea what to expect in that department, but hey, it's free. Photo by Steve Truesdell.
LouFest tickets

Everybody loves LouFest -- and you'll love it even more now that you can get tickets at a discount. LouFest presale tickets are on sale now for $60, and the first 100 buyers will get a "Scratch-a-Lou stocking stuffer surprise." No idea what to expect in that department, but hey, it's free. Photo by Steve Truesdell.