Made in Oklahoma Gift Guide | 2019
This holiday season, find a unique, Oklahoma-made present for everyone on your list. Here are some of OKL’s favorite 2019 MIO gifts!
Oklahoma Shirt Company | https://oklahomashirtcompany.com
For the proud Okie on your holiday shopping list, the Oklahoma Shirt Company might have just what you’re looking for. Like many startups, the company began in a garage. Owner Justin Lawrence was a worship leader when he received his initial order in 2013. With the help of YouTube, he assembled a makeshift screen printing setup and printed his first shirts. One job turned into two, which turned into four, and eventually the Oklahoma Shirt Company was born.
“They designed by day and printed at night,” Executive Coordinator Tess Gosser says. They also came up with the concept of a monthly shirt subscription—before subscription boxes were a craze.
Now located in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley, the Oklahoma Shirt Company’s designers come up with a new Oklahoma-themed t-shirt design each month. Subscribers are notified of the new design on the first of the month. Designs are printed in-house on a Bella Canvas shirt and shipped to subscribers. The Shirt of the Month program allows customers to skip a month, change shirt sizes, or trade any design for a past shirt. The Oklahoma Shirt Company also offers custom screen printing, embroidery and vinyl with special pricing for schools and churches.
No Man’s Land Beef Jerky | https://nmlbeefjerky.com
Founded in Oklahoma’s Panhandle, No Man’s Land Beef Jerky is a perfect stocking stuffer for the carnivore on your Christmas list. The jerky—which comes in mild, hot, and black pepper—is made from 100% USDA certified beef, and is low carb, with no sugar or fillers added.
“It’s something that everyone likes. We’ve even converted people who don’t like jerky,” owner Britt Smith, a TCEC member, says.
The business began in the back of Smith’s parents’ grocery store in 1994. In 1997, they built their first factory. No Man’s Land now has factories in Boise City and Enid, and they are about to open a new factory in Enid. Today they are among the Top 5 jerky companies in the nation.
Though the business has grown over the years, they still employ the same hands-on process to produce a high-quality, old-fashioned-style jerky.
“No Man’s Land Beef Jerky is my favorite jerky. Not only is it made in Oklahoma within 60 miles of my home, it has a unique texture and liquid smoke flavor that no other jerky has. Every time I’ve gifted it to family members in other states, they’ve loved it too,” says JuliAnn Graham, communications manager at TCEC. “They also have a program to support our troops.”
No Man’s Land will run a 10% off promotion for two weeks after Thanksgiving, and orders can be shipped with a Christmas card. See their website for more information.
Hold Fast Gear | https://holdfastgear.com
For the photographer or leather-lover, Hold Fast Gear has a number of unique, hand-crafted options. Matthew Swaggart founded the Bixby-based company in 2011. At the time he was working as a wedding photographer and realized the need for stylish and comfortable gear to carry his photography equipment.
“Everything we build is hand-made, with a lifetime, no-questions-asked guarantee,” Swaggart says.
Hold Fast’s signature product is the money maker strap—available in over-shoulder and cross-body versions. Known for its comfort, each strap can hold up to three cameras. A set of leather bags is perfect for camera gear, but removable inserts allow it to double as luggage for a weekend away. For the non-photographer the Hold Fast Gear line offers dog collars and hands-free leashes, belts and—their newest product—leather boots. A leather wallet with space for six cards, and a money clip is another popular gift item. The wallet can also attach to the camera strap.
Hold Fast Gear now has four employees who hand-craft 80% of the gear right here in Oklahoma. 100% of Hold Fast’s products are proudly made in the U.S.A.
Photography by Kendall |
For the hard-to-buy-for family member who seems to have everything, how about a photo of the kids or grandkids? Or, better yet, give the gift of a family photo session for the entire family to be part of.
If you don’t have a favorite family photographer, Kendall Brennecke, owner of Tulsa-based Photography by Kendall is available for statewide travel. A dental hygienist by day, Brennecke started taking photographs three years ago, and her hobby became an “accidental business.”
“I love capturing memories for families,” she says. “I have done some in-home sessions, but I prefer to shoot outside, usually at sunset, to highlight the rich, warm tones at that time of day.”
She says a lot of her young adult clients book holiday sessions in order to give the gift of photos to their parents and grandparents. For inquires email firstname.lastname@example.org. Brennecke says there is no travel fee for photo shoots scheduled within 100 miles of the 74133 zip code.
Alter Ecos | https://alterecos.com
For the environmentalist or outdoor enthusiast on your list, Alter Ecos offers unique gifts, hand crafted in Oklahoma by a mom and son duo. Amanda Thomas and Lincoln, 7, are avid hikers who practice leave no trace hiking. They collect any trash they find along the trail, and recycle most of what they carry out. Two years ago, they started a collection of the small pieces of glass that couldn’t be recycled. As their collection grew, they began to run out of space. One day Lincoln suggested they make something from the items they had found.
Amanda immediately got to work, literally turning trash into treasures. Now, each time they go hiking, they tag their findings with a geolocation, and they label each of their handmade creations with the GPS coordinates of where the items used were found.
“We named the business Alter Ecos because we’re taking something and giving it an alternate identity,” she says.
Popular gift items include earrings, necklaces, suncatchers, key chains and air plant holders. A favorite with kids is a bottle cap tic tac toe set. Meet Amanda and Lincoln and shop their unique, upcycled gifts at the Indie Trunk Show, December 14 at the Oklahoma City fairgrounds. Thomas says 5% of each purchase is donated to the National Park Foundation.
Bedré Chocolates | https://bedrechocolates.com
You can never go wrong with the gift of chocolate—especially gourmet, made-in-Oklahoma chocolate. Located in Davis, Bedré Fine Chocolate was purchased by the Chickasaw Nation in 2000. Their production facility utilizes state-of-the-art machinery to guarantee a superior, consistent product made with the finest ingredients.
“We use sustainable chocolate. We know where it’s coming from and the farmers who are growing it,” General Manager and chocolatier Kay Colbert says.
For the football-lover on your list, Bedré makes OU and OSU collegiate wrapped bars. Oklahoma-shaped chocolates make a great favor or stocking stuffer. Bedré has a whole line of corporate holiday gifts as well as a variety of Christmas gift baskets.
This year’s new product is Bedré’s Artisanal Popcorn, a gourmet sweet and salty glazed popcorn drizzled in either milk or dark chocolate. Another favorite at Christmastime are the handcrafted, chocolate-covered nut clusters.
“Here at Bedré Fine Chocolate, we especially love the holiday season,” Colbert says. “Christmas is a special time of year for many families, and we work to make the holidays even sweeter.”
Hoboken Coffee Roasters | http://hoboken.coffee
Coffee lovers will agree: you can’t go wrong with fresh, locally roasted beans from Hoboken Coffee. Entrepreneur couple Trey and Mallory Woods opened the Guthrie-based coffee shop in 2012, after spending a year as newlyweds in Oregon, learning everything they could about coffee. When their year was complete, they sold all their possessions, rode their bikes to Oklahoma, and poured everything they had into an empty warehouse—now a space filled with the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans and homemade pastries.
“We roast all of our own coffee. It’s going to be incredibly fresh, hand-roasted in store. Our cafe is definitely worth a trip to see,” Trey Woods says.
He adds that they offer several items that are perfect for holiday gifting. They can create gift baskets for every budget; popular basket items include coffee beans, a MiiR travel mug, insulated Simple Modern tumbler or Hoboken ceramic mug, Hoboken apparel, and a gift card. New this year are their e-gift cards: https://tinyurl.com/yhogufhu. Giving online is great; however, a trip to Hoboken—perhaps to enjoy Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas and more unique shopping in Guthrie, followed by a hot cup of coffee—is recommended.