There’s something so satisfying about giving a gift that was made locally. We have rounded up a few of our favorite things that we love to give, because they are made in Hays or they benefit some very special places. Enjoy!
Hays, Kansas Ornament
Bethesda Place is a Christian home in Hays for men with disabilities. The men of Bethesda take pride in their woodworking crafts and usually offer their items for sale around the holiday season. You can find this ornament year-round at the Welcome Center at 2700 Vine Street. While the Welcome Center is currently closed to the public, if you call ahead, our staff is happy to pop out and help you with a transaction. You can also shop our online store at the Visit Hays Website.
Let It Rise Bread Mix
Mixed and packaged here in Hays, this bread mix only needs a can of soda or beer added to turn into something truly delicious. With a variety of flavors like Dill, Garlic, Sweet, and Jalapeno, it’s hard to pick just one. You can pick up a bag at the Paisley Pear Wine Bar, Bistro & Market, or have it shipped from their online store – along with other Kansas-made goodies – at the Paisley Pear Website.
PoPt! Gourmet Popcorn
Offering 60 gourmet flavors from Toffee Almond to Jalapeno Ranch, a gift tin of PoPt! Popcorn is sure to please. The PoPt! location in Hays is a true candy store with a wide variety of retro candies, jellybeans, and taffy, along with the frosted nuts and fudge made in-house. There’s even an option to gift a “Popcorn of the Month” subscription! See more drool-inducing options on their online store PoPt! Website.
A Growler of Award-winning Beer from Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.
Visitors stop in from all over the country to try the craft beer you can only get in Hays. Boasting multiple awards from the Great American Beer Festival, Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing offers both tasty brews and a delicious lunch and dinner menu. Pair a growler with a gift card – or some Lb. Brewing merch – and you’ve got a winner. See options at their Lb Brewing Co. Website.
Original art from the Hays Arts Center Gift Shop
If you’re looking for a truly one-of-a-kind gift, look no further than the Hays Arts Center at 112 E. 11th Street. The HAC houses a large gallery space, as well as a gift shop with original art pieces for sale, including decorative and functional ceramics, paintings, prints, art glass, sculpture, and jewelry. Enjoy the current exhibition while you’re there! Hays Arts Council Website
Cans of "Awesomeness" From Defiance Brewing Co.
Defiance Brewing Co. beers are all brewed and canned right here in Hays. The brewers are known for trying out new and unexpected flavors at their taproom at 2050 E. Hwy 40. Call ahead and pick up an order of the latest ale, fruity gose, stout, or hard seltzer, along with a T-shirt with one of the coolest Kansas logos of all time: Defiance Brewing Co. Website.
Old Fashioned Stick Matches from Be Made Mercantile
The talented ladies of Be Made make these custom colorful matches in-house. Seasonal themes make them a fitting gift for any occasion, and the vintage packaging design is half the fun! Treat yourself to a trip to their beautiful two-level store in a restored historic building on Main Street in Downtown Hays or find items online at
the Be Made Mercantile Website.
Honey from Jensen Farms
The Jensen family believes that “health is wealth and we are what we eat!” Their local honey is harvested from their own honeybees at their family farm. In addition, the Jensens grow fresh mushrooms at their restaurant, Professor’s Classic Sandwich Shop, and throw them into everything from taco salads to stir-fry. The honey lemonade alone is worth the trip! Stop by for lunch and pick up some farm-fresh deliciousness to share. Professor's Website
Blueberry Pinot Noir from Resurrection Vineyard
Resurrection Vineyard is a 5th generation family farm that was recently repurposed from a dairy farm to a winery. The “Wine Tasting in a Basket” includes a variety of 5 of the wines made at Resurrection. Group tastings and gift basket purchases are currently available at the farm by appointment. If you can’t make it to the farm, you can always stop in Paisley Pear Wine Bar, Bistro & Market for a glass or pick up a bottle at Kaiser Liquor stores, Steinert Liquor, or 8th Street Liquor in Hays. Contact them through their Resurrection Vineyard Facebook page.
Family Pass to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History
From Hays souvenirs and jewelry to toys and books for all ages, you’re sure to find something for the science lover on your list. For a gift that keeps on giving, a Sternberg Museum family pass – only $65 – gives a family free admission to the Sternberg for a year, as well as free admission to 350 participating science museums around the world! Membership passes and other items can be purchased online at their Sternberg Museum Website.
Fort Hays Memorial Lantern
For the person who has everything, give them a chance to light up the night at Historic Fort Hays’ Christmas Past event. For your $90 donation, a tin candle lantern will be purchased with a personalized name plate for the special someone of your choice. These lanterns will eventually replace the paper bag luminaries used during the Christmas event, providing better lighting, while also being true to the time period. Though the event won’t take place in 2020 (thanks, COVID), we look forward to next year, when volunteers and visitors will celebrate with fried apples, hot cider, and homemade cookies. Find hours and contact info at Fort Hays State Historic Site.