8 Kansas City-Made Gadgets Perfect For Gift Giving
Running into the same old Kansas City-themed gift ideas?
Barbecue Sauce. Sports memorabilia. Plaza gift cards. Boulevard Beer.
All are great gifts to give and receive, but at this point they're a little ... expected.
Instead, you can innovate your gift giving and stuff those stockings with Kansas City-made gadgets and gizmos, while simultaneously letting loved ones know that Kansas City is the place for entrepreneurs and inventors.
“There a ton of creative people here and innovators in this community. So as a shopper, it’s not too surprising to me,” Startland News editor Bobby Burch told host Steve Kraske on Up To Date.
Whether you want to spend $10 or $1,000 there is a gift for just about everyone on your shopping list:
For the sporty one
An activity tracker for your dog. See what time if the day your pooch is most active (probably when the mail arrives), when they rest, and compare to other dogs using the Fitbark.
Price: From $70 to $100.
The Rock 360 is a multi directional ab-roller fitness device that can pair up with your smartphone to create challenging workouts. Omniball are two-weighted, omni-directional balls that can be attached to your hands and feet to increase traditional strength training functionality.
Price: Rock 360, $60; Omniball, $70
ShotTracker is a basketball training program that combines net and wrist sensors with a smartphone app to track your workout.
Price: From $80 to $150
For the lover of luxury
Niall is a luxury watch that claims to be the only luxury watch fully made in the USA. You may recognize it as the Royal blue watch that replaced Ned Yost's Apple watch during the Royal's post-season.
Price: From $225 (watch strap) to $5,250.
Blumoo is an app and home base that controls all your devices from your smartphone, eliminating the need for multiple remotes.
For the ornery one
A modern twist on an old-fashioned rubber band gun. These are all made from wood found around the Kansas City maker's workshop and range from a simple gun to a semi-automatic rubber band launcher.
Price: From $20 to $140
For the runners of errands and doers of chores
This broom designed like a rake with curved bristles for more effective sweeping.
The MightyHandle allows you to carry multiple shopping bags at once and distribute weight evenly to make for more easy transportation.