St. Louis is frankly spoiled when it comes to local kitchen and food shops: The city is home to a wide array of small local shops stocking everything from handmade knives and other essential kitchen tools to locally made cocktail shrubs, chocolate bars, cheese, fresh bread and grass-fed beef. Whether you're looking for the perfect holiday gift or just stocking up your own pantry, it's never been easier to shop local.

Liz Miller is editor in chief of Feast Magazine.

Heather Riske is the digital director at Feast.

Nancy Stiles is a freelance writer based in St. Louis.