St. Louis Mom 2022 Favorite Things Guide

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‘Tis the season to shop local! The St. Louis Mom team recently gathered for a holiday Favorite Things party and exchanged gifts from St. Louis-owned businesses! We love these products so much, we couldn’t resist sharing them with you in the hopes they might be helpful in your holiday shopping! Here’s why our writers chose these products and businesses … in their own words!

Everyday Fancy Candle in Winter Birch Scent

“Not only do these candles offer the most amazing scents that fit perfectly with every season, they’re created and poured by a fellow sweet mom whose kids go to the same school as mine, so I know for a fact that these candles are poured locally with a mother’s love!” – Jessica Hendricks

Woodberry Soaps Gift Box

“I picked up one of their soaps this fall at Missouri’s Best at the Botanical Gardens and loved it. So I wanted to share. They have clean ingredients. They are made in Missouri and are absolutely gorgeous.” – Marlena Renner

GLOW Candle Co. | The Saint Nic Candle

“The perfect candle to burn all holiday season! A blend of pine, fir, and balsam, this hand-poured candle is made from eco-friendly soy wax. The perfect hostess gift. Available directly through GLOW Candle Co. or at local gift shops like Union Studio.” – Colleen Fitzsimmons-Wiviott

Holiday Sock Advent Calendar and Honey Blossom Lotion | Milk and Honey Store

“Milk and Honey is a gem in West County! You can drink a mimosa while you shop for beautiful Holiday gifts, jewelry, and other specialty items. The staff is so kind and helpful. Check their Facebook page for fun events and specials throughout the year.” – Candice Meyer

Snute Glass | Slim Thinsulator

“This THINsulator is amazing! Snute Glass is an STL-owned company, and they have hit the nail on the head with this slender design that doesn’t compare with anything else on the market— we have tried a few 😉 . It’s extremely lightweight, low-profile, doesn’t sweat, and it keeps canned drinks cold for hours! You can even serve regular drinks directly out of the thinsulator to keep beverages hot or cold. So versatile! They have a variety of designs and colors in different sizes that can be personalized for the perfect gift you didn’t know you needed! Nothing compares. Give a SNUTE Glass!”  – Kristi Denner

St. Louis Sweatshirt | Do Me A Favor

“I love shopping with Dee from Do Me a Favor. She has the cutest items. She has so many St. Louis designs. Dee is passionate about small business and her work is impeccable! Be sure to check her out this holiday season!” – Abby Klosterhoff

BathHouse | Soapery Bundle

“At BathHouse, you can create your own bundles of hand-made soaps, lotions, scrubs, and bath bombs. You can even mix and match scents! They have the best aromas— Cardamom and White Chocolate is my favorite holiday scent. Plus, a stroll down Main Street Saint Charles is always a bonus during the holiday season.” – Danielle Sawyer

Metal Jingle Bell Garland | Kimber Sansone Design

“I think it’s a beautiful addition to any festive holiday home! Made out of metal, this jingle bell garland had a good finish that goes well with any decor style! It can be used on staircases, trees, or mantles for an easy and stylish festive display!” – Allison Field

BrüMate Slim Can Cooler | The Initial Design

“The Initial Design in Webster is a great shop to pop in for a quick gift (hostess/teacher/thank you/etc.) or to get something more personalized (baby and graduation gifts). They also have a ton of STL-themed gifts. I love this slim can cooler for keeping those seltzers cold! And they come in all sorts of fun (and sophisticated!) colors and designs.” – Amy Sanders

Christmas Light Cup Set | Less Bitter, More Glitter

“Because who WOULDN’T want these and consider them to be favorites?!?!? I love the colors and shine, and they make even the most mundane drinks super cute and festive.” – Meg Smidt

Custom Local Gift Basket | Tale to Table

“I love purchasing gifts from Tale to Table. They have a shop full of local products, with some handmade food items as well. The owners will help you curate a basket that is perfect for the person you’re shopping for! You can also purchase food classes for a fun night out gift!” – Haley Strebler

Christmas Earrings and Winter Frost Candle | The Cat's Meow

“Cat’s Meow is such a wonderful gift boutique. The owner, Catherine, started embroidery out of her dining room and moved to a storefront in Des Peres. Not only are there great personalized gifts, but thoughtful and great quality items for any walk of life.” – Steph Hampton
 

Adam Foster + Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation Collaboration Heart Bracelet

“We love supporting this amazing foundation that helps so many deserving heart families but also has the cutest shop and accessories!”
– Kate Stacy

Bath Product Bundle | Maven Bath & Candle Co

“The owner is amazing! The store is adorable and filled with wonderful soaps, body scrubs, and candles.”
Trynai Braselman
 

Polymer Clay Earrings | Made with Love, Lauren

“Lauren has such fun polymer clay earrings. Her designs change seasonally, so you’ll always find something new to love. You can order from her website for the latest offerings or stop by Painted Tree Boutiques in Ballwin to view a curated selection. Catch social media for other pop-up locations around the area.”
Trisha Stanley and Stephanie Enger-Moreland

Ceramic Christmas Platter | The Cat's Meow

“I love this gift boutique! They really have something for everyone and items you don’t see everywhere. I thought this platter was great for Christmas, subtle and beautiful.” – Katie Vondera

Reindeer Enamel Earrings | The White Rabbit

“I love whimsical earrings all year round, but particularly during the holiday season — they’re a fun reminder to embrace my inner child and not take myself too seriously! No matter what is on your agenda, you can’t be too stressed out wearing reindeer earrings.” –  Diana Waldman

Pink Hand Knit Beanie | Curate by Nehring Design

“Curate by Nehring Design is a brand new local storefront that offers housewares (think decor, throw pillows, pottery) and hand crafted items from local artisans.” – Mandi Tuhro

Embroidered Camouflage Zipper Bag | Gin & Kin

“Gin & Kin is a female-owned, small local business providing personalization and monogramming to any item you can dream!” – Mandi Tuhro
 

Cranberry Jubilee Looseleaf Tea and Tea Towel | Fezziwigs

“Fezziwigs is one of my favorite spots in O’Fallon’s “Downtown District.” We stop there regularly for loose leaf teas.Cranberry Jubilee is my favorite and Dickens Manor is my husband’s! They also always have cute home decor items and gifts. In addition, they regularly host cooking and tasting classes and events that make the best date nights or girls’ nights!” – Rachel Hodges
 

Assorted Popcorn | Chef's Shoppe

“This is a great place to shop for the foodie in your life! There’s a great selection of popcorn, candy, kitchen gadgets, and seasonings.” – Amber Marshall
 

Festive Earrings | Story Seven

“The most beautiful shop in downtown Webster Groves! A perfect place to grab a thoughtful gift for someone. I love that they gift wrap, too!” – Lauren Cappell

Decorative Winter Village House | The White Rabbit

“I just loved the whimsy of this sparkly winter house! It can blend with many types of holiday decor. I chose the green, but they had several other colors and sizes to choose from. I picked another one to take home for myself. The customer service in The White Rabbit is just lovely, helpful, and present, but left me space to wander and shop around leisurely!” – Jennedy Lombard

Cozy Winter Apparel | FR & Company

“I love this small business. The owner, Ashley, carefully curates the perfect gifting items, accessories, and clothing with all sizes and ages in mind. The goal is to carry something for every woman no matter what stage in life they’re in. She truly cares about her customers and wants to make your shopping experience a positive one. She’ll help you pick out the perfect outfit with no pressure to purchase if you don’t feel your very best. As a bonus – she always makes sure the store layout is stroller-friendly, and each dressing room has an actual door and chair, which makes them comfy for nursing your babe!” – Christina Johans

Simpatico Hobnail Candle | K. Hall Studio

“I love everything that K. Hall Studio creates! From the coziest candles to the most luxurious home fragrances, skincare, soaps, and some apparel and decor, there is something for everyone at K. Hall! Each line from their house of brands is incredibly unique. For the holidays, I love the reindeer and snow scents from the Simpatico line or fir and grapefruit from Barr-Co. They also have some great stocking stuffers! Don’t miss their bath bombs, either!” – Rebekah Coste
 

St. Charles Gift Bundle

“These awesome items are from some of my fave people! Some of our St. Charles gems. All, with the exception of Cork & Rind, are owned by women! *Cork & Rind is owned by a sweet couple.
 
Cozy Shop sells Midwest-made and designed items! The owner, Lydia, is a great entrepreneur who runs a retail shop, art studio, and sells wholesale. She finds time to do a lot for our community, as well.
 
Cork & Rind is nestled in our sweet community and makes a great gathering place. They offer fun tastings and classes throughout the year. Their selection of specialty cheeses, wines, and more is fabulous. Happy hours are offered.
 
FR&Co sells awesome quality women’s apparel! There’s always something new, hip, and unique.
 
Lucille Baking Co. looks good and tastes good! Maria creates magic and shares her grandma’s recipes with us each time she bakes. She does it all: custom cookies, biscottis, pies, cannolis, and so much more! She is always willing and ready to prepare a special treat for any occasion.”

Hostess Gifts | April's on Main

“Located on historic Main Street in St. Charles, April’s on Main is any hostess’s dream. From specialty cocktail napkins, stemware, place settings, and seasonal tablescape ideas—it makes the perfect stop to look for something special to wow your guests before you entertain. I stopped in as newer customer and was immediately wowed by their friendliness, attention to detail and ability to help craft the perfect gift whether for yourself or a special person in your life.” – Caitlin Ladd
 
 

Ornament Diffuser and Decorative Dish | Sweet Boutique

Sweet Boutique is the kind of place you visit when you need a gift for ANYONE. Because they literally have something for everyone, even babies and children. In a cute little storefront in Clayton, it’s worth the visit!

Assorted Holiday Breads and Baked Goods | The Daily Bread

The Daily Bread is a Kirkwood favorite! Located right on Manchester Road, it is the best spot for an easy soup, salad, or sandwich. But if you know anything about me, you know I’m really going for their homemade breads and sweets! They just expanded to include even more bakery items from decorated sugar cookies, vegan cookies, and my favorite quick breads and muffins. Such a find!
 

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