A Very Merry STL Holiday Gift Guide
‘Tis the season of gift giving! We’ve compiled some of our favorite St. Louis-themed gifts for all of those on your list this year – from the foodie or coffee lover to the history buff or spa junkie. As you’re shopping, don’t forget to pick up a treat or two for yourself as well – you deserve it!
For the Foodie: Fudge, fudge, FUDGE! From peanut butter to cookies and cream to dark chocolate and beyond, fresh homemade fudge from The Arch Store is a foodie’s dream. Pair it with a gift card to their favorite local restaurant, such as Pastaria, Mission Taco Joint or Annie Gunn’s.
For the Coffee Lover: Arch Travel Mug + coffee beans from a few of St. Louis’ best coffee shops and roasters, such as Sump Coffee, Rise Coffee House, Blueprint Coffee or Park Avenue Coffee (be sure to grab some delicious gooey butter cake while you’re there – you can’t go wrong with Mom’s Traditional J).
For the Home Decorator: The Gateway Arch Musical Water Globe features the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a.k.a. the Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse, and plays “The Entertainer,” a 1902 ragtime classic written in St. Louis by Scott Joplin – a necessary addition to your holiday décor.
For the Spa Junkie: Webster Groves-based KIND Soap Company’s Shea Luxe Bubble Bath, Honey Loofah Bar Soap, Natural Perfume Oils and Honey Kisses lip balm bring luxe spa treatment to the home. If you prefer the complete experience, treat your loved one to a relaxing day at the spa at The Chase Park Plaza.
For the Outdoor Enthusiast: Give the gift that keeps on giving with a membership to the Missouri Botanical Garden, which features flower shows, live music and special events throughout the year, as well as 79 acres of splendid horticultural displays, or an “America the Beautiful” National Parks Pass, a.k.a. your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country.
For the History Buff: Explore the legend, lore and spirit behind the conception and construction of the Gateway Arch in Jim Merkel’s The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats who Built The Gateway Arch, or enjoy 23 essays, 16 oral history excerpts and 200 photographs of the monument and our country’s westward expansion in The Gateway Arch: An Architectural Dream.
For the Kids: Game night, anyone? Grab some snacks and spend an evening playing the Gateway Arch Matching Game and the Home Baseball Vintage Game with the family. Work on a couple of St. Louis-themed puzzles, like this St. Louis Cardinals puzzle or the St. Louis Spirit puzzle, while you’re at it!