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10 Gifts That Are Real Keepers

Buying gifts for other people is always a little tricky. If you're struggling to pick the right present, try one of these local gifts. They're keepers!

Cero's Candy Chocolate Keeper

Cero's Candy

Cero's Candies offers delicious, high-quality and local candy. A Wichita tradition for over 130 years, the shop offers a blend of original recipes from when the store opened to more modern additions to the Cero's Candies collection.

Featuring mouth-watering truffles, peanut brittle, nut clusters and more, Cero's is a great place to satisfy your sweet tooth! 

When you visit Cero's, you can watch as the chocolatiers work to create delicious specialty items. This chocolate Keeper from Cero's takes local candy a step further! 

Miniature Keeper

Miniature Keeper

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The Mid-American All-Indian Center offers a Keeper Loves ICT class that makes a perfect gift! The class allows participants to choose either a 12-inch or 17-inch tall Keeper of the Plains to paint.

The class, taught by Michelle Sutton, Will be held on Friday, Jan. 13  from 7-9 p.m. Registrants must be 21 years of age or older. The event is BYOB, but the Mid-American All-Indian Center will provide the rest. Learn more here.

The Mid-American All-Indian Center is the only facility of its kind in the state of Kansas. Dedicated solely to preserving and promoting the rich cultural history of American Indians, the Center hosts events like Powwows where tribes from all over the country are represented.

Keeper Couture

A Wichita Wardrobe

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Wicked Stitch, located at 1719 N. Rock Rd., specializes in embroidery, screen printing, gifts and more.

The store has all kinds of locally-themed apparel including shirts and hats with the Wichita flag, Shocker Pride, and of course, the Keeper of the Plains. 

Mixed into all of the Wichita-centric products are a variety of witty and seasonal designs. Custom orders are welcome. Wicked Stitch also does a lot of sports team and business attire.

This is a great way to have a personal gift made locally! See Wicked Stitch online

Keeper Creations

Keeper Creations

As iconic as the Keeper is, it’s only natural that it would be the subject of a great many local works of art.

If you’ve ever attended a Final Friday (Downtown art crawl on the last Friday of each month), you’ve likely seen some beautiful artistic representations of Wichita’s beloved Keeper. From canvas paintings to photography prints, there are plenty of options created by Wichita artists for all tastes!

CityArts, located in Old Town Square offers a wide variety of locally-made pieces in all kinds of media. If you're looking for a work of Art that's a Keeper, you'll have plenty of options!

Keeper of the Socks

ICT Socks

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It’s nearly 2017, and visible socks are no longer reserved for grandpas. Bright colored and heavily patterned socks have gained a lot of popularity recently. Now, thanks to ICTSocks.com, you can wear your Wichita pride wherever you go.

With Keeper socks, Joyland socks, and several variations of Wichita flag socks, this online retailer is exactly what Wichitans have been waiting for.

Check out the ICTSocks inventory online. They also carry state pride, collegiate and team-themed socks. It’s definitely worth a look. You won’t regret it.

Custom Keeper Skateboard Deck

Kansas-Themed Skateboard

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A small, independent skateboard company based out of Wichita, Free State Skateboards highlights a wide variety of unique skateboard decks designed with themes that relate to the state of Kansas, many of which are specific to Wichita.

Some of the company’s most popular designs feature the Keeper of the Plains, Iconic Wichita signs like Joyland and Jack’s Hamburgers, and representations of Wichita as the Air Capital.

This is a great gift option for the skater who likes to ride local! Learn more about Free State Skateboards here.

Keeper Clothing

Wichita Themed

Ten15 Clothing is a Wichita-based retailer of local merchandise, with a focus on Wichita clothing, music, vinyl graphics and more.

Though the store is not officially open yet, those interested can sign up to receive progress updates on the opening via email at their website.

Canvas Keeper Painting Class

Canvas Painting Class

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The Keeper of the Plains is a common subject at group painting facilities like Paint the Towne and Pinot’s Palette. For a gift that offers a fun experience and a keepsake to remember it by, try gifting a gift certificate to one of these local places to take a painting class together. Different paintings are available at different times.

Paint the Towne has locations in both east and west Wichita and in Hays, so you're never too far from a great time! In addition to gifting, paint parties are perfect for events birthdays (child or adult!) bachelorette parties, team building events and more. Learn more about Paint the Towne here.

Pinot's Palette offers a similar experience, guiding participants through their paintings step by step! Sip your favorite beverage while you create your masterpiece! guests must be 18 years or older to attend and at least 21 years old to consume alcohol. For a schedule of events at Pinot’s Palette, click here.

Hand-crafted Keeper Jewelry

Hand-crafted Jewelry

Based in Haysville, KS, The 5th Treasure produces handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry.

At The 5th Treasure, pairing beautiful pieces with significant personal details is key. Personalization options are endless, and the customer can even help come up with the design of their piece. That means you can personalize with almost anything you want, from initials, names and dates to bible verses, quotes, and locations!

The 5th Treasure crafts very local pieces of jewelry, too. Check out this awesome Keeper necklace! More information on The 5th Treasure is available here.

Keeper Decor

Workroom

The Workroom is a one stop shop for all your home decor needs. Providing the Wichita community with custom sewing services for window treatments, bedding, pillows and more. The Workroom also carries a selection of home furnishings and accessories, ranging from custom-made furniture to fine art.

The retail shop features products made by Wichita area artists and artisans, unique vintage finds and accessories you won't find anywhere else, and custom Workroom Original products. Our goal is to offer unmatched service and quality, in an environment that offers inspiration and education. Take a look at The Workroom.

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