2023 St. Louis Mom Favorite Things Guide


‘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!

The Wine and Cheese Place

I love buying hostess gifts there – the customer service is top-notch! They’re knowledgeable, and there are unique and local options at all price points. They also have the option to order online to pick up any necessities you may need for your holiday gatherings, including cheeseboards, wine, non-alcoholic options, and more! – Jennedy Lombard

There She Goes Boutique

There She Goes boutique in Rock Hill is a one-stop shop for all the things you need for any occasion- clothes, accessories, jewelry, cute glassware, and shoes! – Katy Ferguson

Chouteau Candle Company

Chouteau Candle Company is a locally owned and operated candle company. I love how the scents represent various St. Louis neighborhoods! – Heather Jacobson

Mod on Trend

I love Mod on Trend’s apparel and accessories – they have fun and trendy clothes that won’t break the bank! – Natalie Kalmar

Candle Fusion Studio

The Candle Fusion Studio is such a unique experience! Not only can you purchase local scents such as Gooey Butter Cake, but you can also create your own candle from over 100+ scents. Personally, I love the Gooey Butter Cake candle— it’s a St. Louis staple dessert, and the scent is spot on! – Danielle Sawyer

Made with Love, Lauren

Lauren does quality work! Her earrings are classy, lightweight, and versatile and always vary based on the season. – Kristi Denner


Surcee is a new mom-owned local small business! Need the perfect small, thoughtful gift? Surcee specializes in unique party favors and small gifts, just because! Each item is hand-picked and carefully curated. Perfect for gift-giving this holiday season! – Anna Beck

Story Seven

Story Seven is a quintessential home decor and accessories shop nestled in the heart of downtown Webster Groves! You’ll always find the perfect gift here and some gorgeous home accents, too. – Diana Waldman


I love this shop so much! Classic, capsule wardrobe and accessories that are chic and timeless. High-quality items that are long-lasting. I love talking about motherhood and life with Julia, the owner, every time I visit – she is the sweetest! – Trina Harger

Collections by Joya

Joya is one of my all-time favorites! The pieces are made by women for women and I love what they represent. It’s a beautiful business with amazing items! – Jennifer Karrasch

RF Home Co.

RF Home Co. is a local gem! They have so many beautiful home finds. Their shop is huge- you will love wandering through discovering beautiful décor, apparel, artwork, jewelry, and more. – Candice Meyer

Cozy Shop and Saint Charles Foodie Tour

I love all things Historic Main Street Saint Charles, and I love supporting the many local businesses along this cute, bumpy road. Two of my favorite ladies are owners of Cozy Shop and Saint Charles Foodie Tours. Cozy Shop offers a variety of unique gifts designed and made in the Midwest! Saint Charles Foodie Tours offers an awesome experience that merges the history and food of Historic Main Street during a two-hour guided tour. – Angie Mitchell

The Painted Tree

The Painted Tree in Ballwin is the sweetest collection of boutiques under one roof! From accessories to clothing to home decor and everything in between, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list this year. – Christina Johans
The Painted Tree has so many unique local vendors. I find something new every time I visit. I love the quality and styles of earrings Made with Love, Lauren has! – Trisha Stanley

Two Chicks Vintage Marketplace

I love shopping at Two Chicks Vintage Market because they have a great selection of vintage and new products curated or created by local artists, small business owners, and home crafters. It’s a great one-stop shop to find unique items and hidden gems you literally can’t find anywhere else, vintage and newly created alike! The snow globe was even created with upcycled materials! I love walking around and finding something special, knowing I’m supporting local businesses. I hope you find a unique treasure for you or a loved one this holiday! – Nicole Powell

The Annex

The Annex is one of my favorite gems in Webster. You can enjoy a drink from their coffee bar while shopping floor-to-ceiling specialty food items both local and beyond. Their food is also great, and they have a fabulous covered back patio to enjoy on sunny days. – Haley Strebler

Mississippi Mud Pottery

I wanted to choose something from the Illinois side this year and have always loved the pottery from Mississippi Mud. After roaming the store, I landed on a soup mug with an STL Mom color scheme. Who can’t use a nice warm cup of soup this time of year? And I threw in one of our favorite Thompson’s Farm soups, as well. – Marlena Renner

A Home in Bloom

I loved that this was a way for a mom to create something beautiful for her home without the pressure of “messing up.” The kit comes with all the instructions to create the piece. It will look so cute framed through the holiday and spring. The maker, A Home in Bloom, has a booth at RF Home Co and also has pressed flower classes and creates pressed flower wedding bouquet works of art! She is adding pressed flower kits to her RF home booth soon! I was so excited to share the gift of beauty and a peaceful activity . You can follow along with Amy’s journey at @ahomeinbloom on IG! – Abby Klosterhoff

Dharma and Dwell

A woman-owned local business that provides an approachable and affordable option for household refillables and sustainable swaps. – Mandi Tuhro

The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit is my absolute favorite local small business! I could spend hours there enjoying the seasonal decor, the gorgeous home furnishings, the perfectly curated spaces, and, of course, the local flair they always keep in stock. A must-visit! – Rebekah Coste

Joys Collective Market

Located on historic Main Street in St. Charles, I chose Joys because they work with and sell items from over 50 local makers and designers. They offer clothing, accessories, home decor, and more! – Kalyn Harris

Lindwedel Jewelers | Headband from RF Home Co.

The jeweler has a range of items from everyday to fine jewelry. The headband is adorable and the vendor has lots of cute items like it and jewelry. I love the variety at RF Home Co! – Katie Vondera