What do you get the kid or adult in your life who has everything? Seek unique made-in-the-metro gifts sure to wow or inspire! Take a look at some of our favorites:
High tech toys made by metro kids
Earlier this year we brought you the story of 10 Norman middle school students working with mentors through Loveworks Leadership to create a line of augmented reality wristband toys. Since, these talented tweens presented their prototype at the New York International Toy Fair, raised more than $20,000 to fund product creation and officially released Wristworld in local stores and online in October.
The wristbands create holographic game
experiences when scanned with the Wristworld mobile app. Designed for ages 6 through 14, the safe-content-for-kids game allows users to explore lands, solve puzzles and defeat enemies. Working with Trifecta Communications, the middle schoolers were responsible for the coding, designing, engineering and marketing behind the products.
At $7.99 per bracelet or $24.99 for the full set of four, this low-cost gift is sure to make a big impact on the high-tech tweens and teens in your life.
Wings wows with handmade gifts
Wings enhances the lives of metro adults with developmental disabilities by providing job training and post-high school educational opportunities. The nonprofit’s 59 members, spanning ages from 19 to 62, participate in classes ranging from volunteer service to health and wellness to enhance skills and engage in the community.
As part of culinary and art production classes, Wings members create unique gift items like hand rolled, cut and glazed Oklahoma ornaments, artistic greeting cards and homemade dog treats and soap. The nonprofit accepts donations for the products, each tagged with a suggested amount ranging from $5 to $45. Proceeds benefit Wings and its members, allowing them to continue their personal growth journeys and support many other nonprofit organizations throughout the state. Wings members assemble hygiene kits for the homeless, bake muffins for foster families, make baby blankets for low income families and donate their homemade dog treats to area animal shelters.
Purchase locally-made products with a purpose at 13700 N. Eastern Ave., Edmond, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tempt taste buds with locally-made products
Dale Rogers Training Center is a vocational and employment center for adults with developmental disabilities providing paid training, work opportunities and connection to competitive community employment. The organization’s gift shop allows members to support themselves and hone interests and abilities, while also offering high quality products to the public.
The shop’s best seller is the Prairie Spices Gift Set, four popular blends made through a partnership with Cedar Hills Seasonings in Edmond. The same line also includes salsa and dip mixes, all perfect as a hostess, teacher or colleague gift. Dale Rogers workers also craft notecards, apply nameplates to custom art glass and stock private-label coffees, with Snickerdoodle Prairie Coffee a top choice. Prettily packaged gift baskets with an assortment of products make impressive individual or corporate gifts.
Make a big impact on the foodies on your list and help keep Oklahoma adults with developmental disabilities employed by shopping at www.drtc.org/shop or 2501 N. Utah Ave., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.