The St. Louis Gift Guide

I’ve teamed up with various brands around town and the Midwest Influencer Network to share some of STL’s most unique gift ideas! 

It is December, so if you’re still planning your holiday presents, you need to get started now. Instead of exclusively shopping huge chain stores or websites, try supporting the St. Louis economy with gifts from local businesses. No matter the recipient, there are great ideas below. All you have to do is decide who you’re shopping for!

The St. Louis

For the Girlie-Girl…

Did your childhood bestie always want to be Baby when you played Spice Girls? She’s the ultimate girlie-girl, so get her something equally charming and feminine. These Gold Filigree Leaf Earrings from Simply Lovely Handmade are 14k gold-filled and 100% ladylike.

Gold Filigree Leaf Earrings 1

For the Daredevil…

You’ve seen her fall off a skateboard, crash a bicycle, and miss more jumps than you can count. Get her adrenaline going with an activity that keeps you tethered to safety: zip-lining with Go Ape. Grab a gift card and have her head to Creve Coeur Park for a day spent (safely) in the trees.

Go Ape 6

For the Alternative Babe…

She’s was the first one in your group to try dark lipstick, and you know she’s got a pair of Docs somewhere in her closet. Give this alt babe an item from CLR-MNSTR, like this handmade VICTROLA ‘An Arrow Moto Jacket.’ Added perk: The store’s catchphrase is “Be the best or die.” There’s an eerie compliment in there for the recipient, and she’s bound to love it.

An Arrow Moto Jacket

For the All-Natural…

She shops exclusively at the farmers’ market and craft fairs, and is bothered that you keep asking her to big-name shops for coffee dates. Grab her an item, like this luxe Timeless Vitamin C Reconstruction Serum, from local beauty company Blissoma. Its raw and organic composition delivers anti-aging results without being harsh to the skin.

Timeless Vitamin C Reconstruction Serum

For the Rock Star…

Is she in a band? Does she like bands? Is she a geologist? Does she adore the raw stone trend? Either way, this statement Empire Necklace by Beltshazzar Jewels is sure to be her favorite gift of the season. The black leather bar connecting the rock and the antique chain adds the perfect amount of edge.

Empire Necklace

For the One Always Mentioning Brunch…

She loves brunch, and is never too hungover to get dolled up at 8 a.m. She simply loves waking up early on Sundays and meeting her gal pals at the local diner or bakery or other brunch-serving establishment, and she keeps inviting you. Help her shake up her routine with a gift card to Hiro Asian Kitchen. This downtown eatery calls itself an ‘Asian comfort restaurant’ and offers lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, all featuring an Asian flair.

Hiro Koren Fried Chicken & Waffles

For the Customization Queen…

St. Louis is known for monograms. As a city, we’re a little nuts about them. For the friend who already has the customized necklace, water bottle, and vinyl car sticker, try this Personalized Engraved Cuff Ring by Lateef Accessories. This is a funky twist on the classic customized piece, and can be made to feature names or short statements.

Personalized Engraved Ring

For the Foodie…

There’s a reason the Central West End is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike, and it’s not just the amazing architecture. The area is full of fabulous food, including standout eatery Scape American Bistro. Grab a $100 holiday gift card and get $20 to test the new menu; then, use said gift card to try things as mouthwatering as this Red Velvet Bread Pudding (cheesecake gelato, chocolate sauce, New Orleans praline bark… wow.) Bon appétit!

Red Velvet Bread Pudding 1

For the Art-Adoring…

She doesn’t buy her jewelry at nationwide discount chains; instead, she selects artisan pieces that tell stories and elevate her outfits. This amethyst and driftwood statement necklace — entitled “Wild Calm” by Elle M. for SahGol Jewelry Co. — will be her new favorite accessory.

Amethyst & Driftwood Piece 1

For the Hair Daredevil…

She is sporting a new ‘do every time you see her. Whether it’s blunt bangs, a bold hue, or the perfect pixie, she pulls off all hair trends and loves to try new looks. Grab her a gift card to downtown salon Thirteenth & Washington, where its talented staff and beautiful space are sure to leave her feeling some mane-inspiration. Image consulting is also available through this multitasking organization.


And remember… “Don’t ship it — Sprint It!”

SprintShip offers local same-day delivery in St. Louis, meaning you can have these gifts ‘sprinted’ to your place. Why pay shipping when ‘sprints’ are only $7.95 per delivery? Check out the full list of ‘sprintable’ shops on their website.


Happy shopping!

This post was published in collaboration with the Midwest Influencer Network and all mentioned brands. While I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own. Follow #ALIVEHoliday for a month of festive tips, inspirations and events.

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