Gifts of the City

In the past couple of years, locals have become obsessed with showing off their pride in Tulsa, purchasing by the dozen Louis & Cluck’s “I Heart Tulsa” T-shirts and any other locally-made goods they can get their hands on.
Chances are, you know someone who either (A) loves Tulsa and wants to show it, (B) should love Tulsa and want to show it or (C) lives out of town among people who have not heard of Tulsa but likes the novelty of Tulsa-themed apparel and accessories.
For all of the above on your list, area boutiques are carrying Oklahoma- and Tulsa-themed and made in Oklahoma/Tulsa products that are sure to make great gifts this holiday season.
At Dwelling Spaces, 119 S. Detroit Ave., owner Mary Beth Babcock has become a connoisseur of all things local. She was the first to carry Louis & Cluck’s clever tees, and she’s even started her own line of clothing and accessories called Okie Grown, which features T-shirts for adults, kids and babies, key chains and, new on shelves, wallets.
She carries a line of Tulsa and Oklahoma wood plagues, coin purses and mouse pads by Found Images. And Dwelling Spaces is never short on locally crafted jewelry, purses, clothes and toys.
Available as of Nov. 11 is the Fearless Freaks’ (aka Oklahoma-based band The Flaming Lips) new film Christmas on Mars, the majority of which was shot in and Oklahoma City warehouse.
Put this on your list: Oklahoma: A Portrait of America. This coffee table book, written by Libby Bender, designed by Carl Brune and photographed by Scott Raffe, is an ode to Oklahoma, to its “stereotypes and surprises,” according to the book’s jacket notes.
“(Oklahoma) is an old place, shaped by millennia of wind and rain and sun. Yet it is still a young and raw and evolving territory, a mosaic that morphed into a state just one hundred years ago.”
The book is $49.95 and its authors will be at Dwelling Spaces Dec. 6 for a book signing.
Adorning one of Dwelling Spaces’ walls are 23×27-inch framed prints of some of the photos from the book, on sale for $350. Babcock said customers may order any of the photos in the book as framed prints for the same price.
Over at Miss Jackson’s, 1974 Utica Square, locals can find not only high-end designer handbags and home d√?cor, but also a bevy of Tulsa- and Oklahoma-inspired goods.
Cat Studio, though not an Oklahoma-based company, offers embroidered throw pillows ($139), tea towels ($18), tote bags ($162) and glasses ($45 for four) bearing the word “Oklahoma” and designs representing our state.
Maya Brenner’s Oklahoma drop necklace is simple and delicate ($150), and Jack Frank’s Fantastic Tulsa Films I and II, which offer video footage of Tulsa portrayed in different films, are available for $24.95. (These are also available at Dwelling Spaces and Tulsa Treasures, along with Frank’s newest video, released just last month, Tulsa Deco: A Tour of Art Deco Buildings, about $25.)
Put this on your list: The Tulsa snow globe (pictured on cover) features such notable local monuments and architecture as the Golden Driller, Boston Avenue Church, BOk Tower, Philtower, Union Depot and Philbrook Museum of Art. Price is $39.50. ?′
You can’t shop for Oklahoma-inspired gifts without paying visit to Tulsa Treasures and Lyon’s Indian Store, next door to one another at 411 and 401 E. 11th St.
Co-owner Janie Lyon said that, while many of the items available for purchase are not made in Oklahoma, nearly everything is symbolic of Oklahoma and of Native America.
At Tulsa Treasures, you can pick up Downtown Tulsa Unlimited’s 2009 ornament ($17), which features the BOK Arena. Also available is Celebrating Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Centennial Photographic Survey ($60) and, for the kids, a “Pet Tornado” for $6.
At Lyon’s Indian Store, customers can choose from handmade beaded ornaments and jewelry, leather moccasins, Native American music CDs, books by local authors and more.
Put this on your list: Cherokee effigy pottery, handmade by Oklahoman P.J. Gilliam Stewart. The pottery, which is small and comes in the shape of birds, fish and turtles, were traditionally used as medicine bowls or to contain water or grain. They represent the history of the Cherokee people, long life and prosperity. Prices range from $30 to $60.

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