Things to Put in a Kansas City Gift Basket

Union Station and the Kansas City skyline at dusk.
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Gift baskets are a great gift idea during the holidays or any time of year. Special clients, misplaced Kansas Citians, or favorite friends love a real taste of Kansas City. Here are the top small gifts to make that gift basket match the taste of KC

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    One thing is for sure, Kansas City does BBQ better than anyone. Many BBQ restaurants around town sell their special sauces in local grocery stores and many are available for purchase in their restaurants.

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    KC Coffee man Danny O'Neil produces some of the best beans anywhere. Where are these mouth watering beans roasted? At Kansas City's very own Roasterie Coffee. Buy their beans in your local grocer, on the Roasterie Coffee website or at The Roasterie Café.

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    Christopher Elbow, with his delectable chocolates and mouth watering confectionary masterpieces--is the top pick for Kansas City chocolate and would be a great addition to any Kansas City gift basket. By mixing and experimenting with unusual flavors and unique spices all accompanied by chic design, you can't go wrong by sending some of Kansas City's best chocolate. Don't forget a box for yourself!

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    While our hometown brew, Boulevard Beer doesn't ship its beer directly, you can find their hops in any local grocery or liquor store. You may also find Boulevard shirts, hats, and glasses on their website.

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    KC is pretty much crazy about Povitica Bread, the delicious swirled bread that has been made in Kansas City by Eastern European immigrants since they settled on Strawberry Hill in the early 1900's. With seven great flavors to choose from, you really can't go wrong adding them to any Kansas City gift basket. Pick up Povitica Bread in your local grocery store, online at ​Povitica.com or at their retail store.

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    Noted author and local legend, Charles Gusewelle was a reporter for the Kansas City Star for over 40 years. ​Author of such books as The Rufus Chronicle: Another Autumn, Another Cat at the Door, and A Paris Notebook make a great addition to any Kansas City gift basket and are all charming and heartwarming reads.

    Find Gusewelle's books at Rainy Day Bookstore, Barnes and Noble, or any local bookstore.

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    Whether you're a die-hard Mizzou fan or Rock Chalk the Jayhawk--KU and MU team merchandise are some of the hottest gift items of the season. With great records and both going to Bowl Games in 2007, any alum or fan would love to have their teams gear in a gift basket.

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    Local jazz legend Ida McBeth's website says 'Award-winning singer Ida McBeth is one of Kansas City's most enduring treasures', and this couldn't be further from the truth. With an amazing voice and a love for her hometown, Ida McBeth has been wowing listeners for decades. Find Ida's CD's at any local bookstore, on her website, IdaMcBeth.com or the American Jazz Museum at 18th and Vine.

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    Love them or loathe them, nothing says Kansas City more than Chief's football. From t-shirts and tailgating stuff to mugs, ornaments and stockings--KC Chief's red and yellow look great in any gift basket. Check out Arrowhead West on the Plaza.

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    If you're looking to spice up your gift basket, don't forget Kansas City's favorite hot sauce, Original Juan. The sizzling sauces, salsas, and dips are bottled on Kansas City's own Southwest Boulevard. Find Original Juan goodies at your local grocer, order online at OriginalJuan.com or head to their Factory Outlet and Gift Shop.