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Dec
16

The 2016 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide | Alliance for American Manufacturing

There’s something American-made for everyone on your list. The Alliance for American Manufacturing has found gifts made in every state.

Source: The 2016 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide | Alliance for American Manufacturing

There’s something American-made for everyone on your list.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is excited to officially unveil the 2016 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide, which features an array of American-made ideas from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We hope you find this list helpful, and encourage you to share it with others using the share buttons on the left side of the page.

We received hundreds of great gift ideas this year from the Made in America movement. In making our selections, we tried to pick a variety of gifts that are also easy-to-purchase and at reasonable price points. If you don’t see your idea on the list, don’t worry — we’ll roll out additional picks on the blog throughout December.

Thank you for Keeping it Made in America this holiday season.

-Team AAM

Alabama: The New York Times dubbed zkano founder Gina Locklear the “Sock Queen of Alabama,” and for good reason. The organic sock company is located in Fort Payne, which was known as the Sock Capital of the World until offshoring sent jobs overseas. Locklear drew on her family’s own sock making history to launch zkano in 2008, proving you can still keep it Made in America. 

Alaska: When Robert and Anita Shane quit smoking in 2010, they found they needed a hobby. That hobby turned into the Alaska Rug Company, which sells doormats, throw rugs, bowls and other household decorations that are made out of old Alaskan fishing line and rope. 

Arizona: Heirloom quality wallets, belts, bracelets and other keepsakes from Ezra Arthur are “artifacts worth of discovery — from father to son, passed down from one generation to the next.” The company uses century-old equipment to make its goods at its facility in Phoenix’s warehouse district. 

Arkansas:

Ozark Beard Company

 Ozark Beard Company wants to change the way most people look at beardsmen, from “a bunch of lazy unkept dudes” to men proud to “REP THE BEARD!” OBC’s beard oils are made from natural ingredients and designed to keep beards looking healthy. 

California: The husband and wife team of Dana and Melanie Harvey started their company, aptly named Harvey’swhile restoring a classic car. Dana came up with the idea of making a handbag for Melanie using the car’s leftover seatbelts, and today the company sells a variety of fashionable accessories. 

Bonus stocking stuffer idea: Clean up your dog’s, um, mess with Poop Bags, which are made from plant-based materials and are commercially compostable.

Blast from the past: Looking for a safe and eco-friendly gift for your little one? Green Toys made our 2013 guide and remain a great option for kids. 

Colorado: 

Vortic Watch Co.

Watches were regularly Made in America up until the mid-20th century, and many of those pieces are still ticking today. Enter the Vortic Watch Co., which salvages vintage pocket watches and transforms them into heirloom-quality pieces.

Connecticut: Comedian Jay Leno is a fan of toolmaker Chapman Manufacturing, which creates all of its products from American-made materials. The company’s Model 5575 56-piece Master Screwdriver Set makes a great gift.

Delaware: Hockessin’s Creations Gallery offers unique American-made handcrafted gifts, furniture and more for home and office. Don’t live in the First State? Check out the store’s online catalog.

Florida: The Today Show, New York Magazine and Style network have all featured products from Abella Skin Care. Dr. Eliana Belmonte, who founded the company in 1999, recommends the ColorShade SPF 35 sunscreen, which offers broad spectrum protection, is paba-free and is available in four shades to compliment any skin type.

Georgia: Children’s clothing manufacturer The Bailey Boys creates everything from T-shirts to heirloom-quality special occasion pieces at its 22,000-square-foot facility in Baxley. Find a retailer near you.

Hawaii: The Aloha State is well-known for surfing, and for 25 years, Kazuma has been manufacturing surfboards at its factory in Haiku. The company also takes custom online orders for those who can’t make it to the island.

Idaho: Blacksmith Hoyt Buck wanted to find a way to temper steel to hold an edge longer. His approach helped create Buck Knives, which manufacturers its outdoor knives in the Gem State and is officially licensed by the Boy Scouts of America.

Illinois: 

Dearborn Denim

While most major denim manufacturing has moved overseas, Dearborn Denim makes its products at its workshop in Chicago, using cotton sourced from Texas. The jeans are affordable, too, priced at $45 a pair.

Bonus Member of Congress pick: Still excited that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series? Check out the baseball bats sold by Ridgway-based Dinger Bats, recommended by Rep. John Shimkus and used by a slew of Major League players.

Indiana: Looking for a custom case for your smartphone? Elkhart-based Carved creates elegant wood cases in a 100-year-old renovated dress factory. The company’s cases have been featured in publications like Esquire, Gizmodo and Cnet.

Iowa: Any new parent will tell you a baby monitor is a must-have for the nursery, but it can be tough to effectively mount one on the wall. Enter new dad Gerald Beranek, who created a handy monitor shelf called the VuSee to solve this problem. The VuSee led Beranek to start BeraTek Industries, which now makes a range of products.

Bonus stocking stuffer idea: A reader calls the hand-made items created by Kaleidoscopes to You “absolutely brilliant.”

Kansas: Bob Werts launched Waxman Candles in 1969 after ordering a $5 hobby kit from a local community college. Based in Lawrence, the company also has a location in Chicago.

Bonus stocking stuffer idea: Simone Chickenbone makes eco-friendly health and beauty products like Chicken Poop Lip Junk, which can be found at retailers such as Whole Foods Market and Tractor Supply Company. 

Kentucky: 

Polly Singer

The Kentucky Derby is still months away, but get ready now by ordering a signature item from Polly Singer. The company also makes hats for brides, parties and gala events.

Louisiana: Artist Mignon Faget launched her namesake jewelry company to capture the spirit of her hometown of New Orleans, and her pieces often draw inspiration from the city’s natural and architectural forms.

Maine: Since 1912, L.L. Bean has made its beloved Original L.L. Bean Boot in the Pine Tree State. While the retailer doesn’t make all of its products in Maine, its trademark boots, along with socks and a handful of other items, are still Maine-made.

Bonus gift idea: Stay warm this winter with scarves, jackets, pullovers and more from American Roots, which we profiled earlier this year.

Maryland: Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro and Neal Schon are among the artists who have partnered with Paul Reed Smith Guitars, which manufactures high-quality instruments at its factory in Stevensville. 

Massachusetts: Looking for a festive holiday card this season? Dalton-based Crane & Co. offers a range of elegant cards and stationary to celebrate the season (or any upcoming occasion).

Michigan: Ironwood-based Stormy Kromer is named after its founder George “Stormy” Kromer, a locomotive worker who lost his cap at work one day in 1903 and asked his wife, Ida, to stitch a new one. Soon, Stormy Kromer’s fellow engineers wanted a cap of their own, and the Kromers opened up their own store. Today, the company makes a variety of cold weather gear.

Minnesota:

Oh Baby!

Boutique owner Mary Lauer designs, crafts and produces Oh Baby! Line of infant clothes in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Every item, from rompers to bibs and receiving blankets, is machine washable.

Bonus staff pick: AAM’s Jennifer Drudge recommends Faribault Woolen Mill Co., which has been manufacturing blankets, throws, scarves and other accessories for nearly 150 years. The company uses century-old machinery in its “new” mill, which was built in 1892.

Mississippi: The four Woods brothers — Peter, Joseph, Arthur and Sandy — pooled their money in 1998 to open up a pottery on Fortune Avenue in Mound Bayou. Today, Peter’s Pottery sells bowls, candlesticks, tableware, vases and other specialty items.

Bonus Member of Congress pick: Rep. Gregg Harper recommends the Mississippi Gift Company, which offers a range of Mississippi-made items.

Missouri: The bottle openers manufactured by Snake Bite Co. are among the classiest we’ve seen, including the Original Snake Bite, which is manufactured from American-made stainless steel, wrapped in leather and easily attaches to a key ring.

Bonus stocking stuffer idea: Kansas City’s Indigo Wild makes a variety of natural products, including Zum Bar Goat’s Milk Soap.

Montana: Missoula’s Rukavina Guitars makes custom electrics and lap steels, and also does repair work.

Blast from the past: We included Red Oxx’s award-winning Safari-Beanos Bag on our 2014 list, and it remains a great option if you are looking for a piece of durable carry-on luggage.

Nebraska: Fresh garlic adds flavor to nearly any dish, but peeling it can be tough. Enter the JellyDish Garlic Peeler, a helpful kitchen gadget that simplifies the process  — and the skins stay in the dish, making cleanup easy, too.

Nevada: Carson City’s Ribbed Tee specializes in men’s undershirts that are designed to hold up in the wash, lay flat and not bunch around the waistline or arms. The company also sells other types of T-shirts and apparel. 

New Hampshire: 

Bailey Works

The original messenger bag produced by Bailey Works in 1993 is now a classic, but the Newmarket company also sells a range of professional and casual bags that are built to last.

New Jersey: You can find Welch’s Fruit Snacks in most major grocery stores, but did you know the treats are manufactured in the Garden State by Promotion in Motion Inc.? The company also makes Sun-Maid raisins and other products.

New Mexico: Betty Tsosie created Tewa Tees to showcase Native American art from various tribes and regions throughout the United States. The company has created custom T-shirts and totes for a variety of organizations, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

New York: Don’t forget about your four-legged friends this year! Milk-Bone manufactures its signature line of dog biscuits and other treats at its plant in Buffalo.

North Carolina: Golfers Nick Price and Vijay Singh are among the top players who have used clubs designed by Bobby Price, and his company Bobby Grace Putters offers a variety of products for the golfer in your life. 

Bonus stocking stuffer idea: Whispering Willow sells sustainable, natural goods like bar soap, candles, hair care and moisturizers.

North Dakota: If you are seeking something truly unique, check out Buffalo Gals Mercantile, which sells truly one-of-a-kind items often repurposed from materials like vintage seed sacks. The Original SakHats are the company’s trademark item, and no two are exactly the same.

Ohio: Looking for an engagement ring this year? White House Brothers makes Filigree-Designed rings that are designed to look old-fashioned and romantic — and are built to last.

Bonus Member of Congress pick: Vitamix made our 2014 guide, and Rep. Jim Renacci offers the popular line of blenders as his recommendation this year.

Oklahoma:

Ashton Kelly

Ashton Kelly Candles are billed as the strongest you will ever burn. They are hand poured, triple fragranced and use high grade wax.

Blast from the past: Denim is always in style — and Round House, which made our 2014 guide, is a go-to supplier for jeans and overalls for the entire family. Fun fact: The company launched in 1903, four years before Oklahoma became a state.

Oregon: Combine function and fashion with a tote from July Nine, which sells a variety of bags, totes and packs in vibrant colors.

Bonus stocking stuffer idea: Control all those electric appliance cords behind the TV with the Aunt Wanda from Goofy Products.

Pennsylvania: When most cookware manufacturing headed overseas, All-Clad continued to manufacture many of its products at its mill in Canonsburg, including its popular All-Clad Stainless line. 

Bonus staff pick: AAM’s Mark Musho recommends the kid-friendly products from Crayola, the company most famous for its crayons. Crayola began making slate school pencils at its mill in Easton in 1900, and premiered its first box of eight crayons in 1903.

Rhode Island: Get a jumpstart on your New Year’s fitness resolution with an exercise machine from WaterRower. The equipment is functional and can be stored in an upright position no wider than a dining room chair, so it won’t clutter the room.

South Carolina: Dress up that suit with a bow tie from R. Hanauer, which also sells neckties, pocket squares, cummerbund sets and belts. 

South Dakota: Visitors to Watertown can check out The Redlin Art Center, a collection of the oil paintings and prints of artist Terry Redlin. But the center also sells a number of official prints, canvas reproductions and linen design art.

Tennessee: Nashville-based company The Lamp Store creates one-of-a-kind lighting that is sure to add a little bit of style to any room. Most of the company’s lamps sell for under $100.

Texas: 

Mizzen + Main

NFL star J.J. Watt is among the celebs who rock Mizzen + Mainwhich manufactures fashionable sportswear with function in mind. The clothes are machine-washable, wrinkle resistant and designed to handle the Texas heat. Complete your outfit with an item from Texas Hatters, the Lockhart-based company whose cowboy hats have been spotted on a slew of celebs, including former President Ronald Reagan, Willie Nelson and Chuck Norris.

Utah: Elevate your game with Gravity Dice, which are designed using advanced 3D modeling and simulation to have a perfect center of gravity. 

Vermont: Get comfortable with a button down, pair of PJs or blanket from The Vermont Flannel Company, which has made its products in East Barre for more than 20 years.

Virginia: Collared Greens sells a wide variety of men’s clothing and accessories with a bit of Southern flair, and its products are made throughout the United States, from sunglasses in Wyoming to button-down shirts in Philadelphia. But its stitched and silk belts are both Made in Virginia, and its flagship store is located in Richmond.

Washington: Seattle’s R+E Cycles has created high-quality custom bicycles since 1973 and sells its tailor-made Rodriguez and Erickson brands almost exclusively. Although the shop is a Seattle institution, about half its sales come from online orders. 

Bonus Member of Congress pick: Looking to do some home remodeling this holiday season? Rep. Denny Heck recommends Bellmont Cabinet Co., a family-owned cabinet manufacturer that sells its products across the United States.

West Virginia: The Marble King manufactures over a million marbles every day at its factory in Paden County. The company makes industrial marbles for things like filtration systems, but also sells the traditional marbles for gaming and decorative displays.

Wisconsin: 

Housekeeper Crockery

There’s a lot of manufacturing happening in the Badger State, including when it comes to cookware. We’ve profiled Housekeeper Crockery before, and the company’s 8” cast iron skillet makes for a nice gift. Another option is Tramontina USAwhich is based in Texas but manufactures many of its aluminum cookware in Manitowoc.

Gift wrapping ideaTop your presents with a bow from Cream City Ribbon, located in Milwaukee.

Bonus staff pick: AAM’s Meghan Hasse recommends baby bottles and other products from the Life Factory. Created by an integrative designer and a pediatric feeding specialist, the innovative glassware is designed to be functional, reusable, safe and eco-friendly.

Wyoming: Those with a sweet tooth will appreciate a gift from Meeteetse Chocolatier, which uses organic ingredients to create its line of artisan chocolates. It is committed to eco-friendly methods and aims to become a zero-waste business.

24
Dec
14

AAM’s 2014 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide

AAM’s 2014 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide | Alliance for American Manufacturing.

This is a re-posting of the Alliance for American Manufacturing Gift Guide for 2014. This list is a little different in that it goes state by state. This is a nice list, the only thing that I would criticize is the inclusion of food or beverages, such as Jack Daniels and cheese.

AAM’s 2014 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide

By Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch

You can even find Made in America wrapping paper! The paper above is from Rifle Paper Co’s holiday collection.

There’s something American-made for everyone on your list.

Americans will spend $720 on average for holiday gifts this year. But if each of us spent just $64 on American-made goods this season, we could create 200,000 new jobs, right here in the United States!

We know American-made options aren’t always available and sometimes take effort to find. That’s why we put together this helpful Made in America holiday gift guide. There’s something for everyone on your list — and maybe even a few items for you, too!

Alabama: For the outdoorsman on your list, Jacksonville-based Bear and Son Cutlery offers a range of knives and related products. The company, which employs about 80 workers, announced an exclusive partnership with Remington Outdoor in July.

Alaska: Keep your canine friend warm this winter with booties, vests, harnesses and other gear from Dog Booties, which creates gear designed to keep dogs protected from the elements. Also check out Happy Valley-based Shady Dog Farm, which sells a variety of stylish leashes.

Arizona: HF Coors has been producing dinnerware since 1925, and manufactures customizable mugs, plates, bowls, dishes, platters, and other dining must-haves in Tucson. You can visit the company’s factory store or order online.

Dinnerware from HF Coors.

Arkansas: Looking to rock out this holiday? Klipsch sells a variety of top-quality speakers and sound systems that are created in the Land of Opportunity.

California: Shoemaker CYDWOQ bills itself as a place “where old world craftsmanship meets modern times.” All of its shoes, bags and belts are handcrafted in Burbank.

Colorado: Fashion designer Autumn Teneyl describes her line of feminine, bohemian ensembles as “eclectic chic.” Teneyl’s company manufacturers every garment in Colorado, and is committed to eco-friendly practices.

Connecticut: A childhood classic! Wiffle Ball continues to make its popular product in the Nutmeg State decades after inventor David Mullany created the ball after watching his 12-year-old son play baseball with a plastic golf ball and broomstick in their Fairfield backyard.

Delaware: We touted the ales produced by Dogfish Head on last year’s list, but they’re so tasty we’re including them again. The company continues to grow in popularity, so you can probably find a brew at a store near you.

D.C.: Beyonce is a fan of the chic-and-unique jewelry from Rachel Pfeffer Designs. Definitely a must for any Beyonce fan on your list — or anyone who likes fun jewelry.

Florida: More than 900 employees help make North Venice-based Tervis drinkware products, which are designed to keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold. Tervis tumblers and other items are available at retailers across the country.

Georgia: These gifts are the bee’s knees! Athens-based Bee Natural’s “handcrafted, hand-signed beeswax Honeypot Luminary candleholders and lamps” are a great for anyone on your list. Or pick up some honey-based skin products from Savannah Bee Company that were recently touted by Southern Living.

Hawaii: Not all of us can head to warmer climates this holiday, but you can share a part of the islands by gifting an Aloha Shirt. Kahala is among the retailers that manufactures its shirts on the Hawaiian Islands.

Kahala’s “Shaping Room” shirt.

Idaho: Actress Alicia Silverstone is among the famous fans of skincare company Plum Hill, which offers lip balms, soaps, bath and body products, and even linen spray. Plum Hill’s gift and sampler sets should fit many on your list.

Illinois: Remember REVEAL, the unique photo frame we blogged about a few weeks back that is part of the effort to kick start local manufacturing in Chicago? The Kickstarter is still going, and by donating you’ll receive a frame (or several) that make perfect gifts.

Indiana: Designer Cinda Boomershine told us back in October that she was inspired to launch her handbag line after failing to find a travel bag that fit her on-the-go lifestyle. Her company, cinda b, employs about 125 Indiana workers and offers a variety of durable (and washable!) handbags, totes, travel bags and accessories.

Iowa: Scale Model Toys claims to be the “only major farm toy manufacturer actually assembling toys in the United States,” and sells agricultural-themed toys that will delight kids of all ages.

Kansas: Need something for that craftsman on your list? Wilde Tool founders Otto and Paul Froeschl invented their Original Angle Nose Pliers in the 1920s — and their product now the standard design for pliers around the world. Today, Wilde Tool offers a lifetime warranty on its wide variety of products.

Kentucky: It’s difficult to find Made in the USA bedding, but American Made Dorm is up to the challenge. The company launched in 2011 with the goal of selling high quality American-made bedding for college and boarding school students, but has expanded its line to include bedding for the home. Sister company Liz and Roo sells bedding for the nursery.

Louisiana: Actress Zooey Deschanel is among those who have donned a dress from jolie & elizabeth dress, which handcrafts all its garments in New Orleans. In French, Jolie means “Pretty” and Elizabeth translates “Promise” — and the company says its “Pretty Promise” is to continue to manufacture in Louisiana.

Party dresses from jolie & elizabeth.

Maine: Environmental sensitivity, human safety, and supporting local economies are among the pledges made by athletic apparel maker Atayne. The company’s running, biking, hiking and other gear is made from 100 percent recycled polyester, is free of chemicals and Made in the USA, from start to finish.

Maryland: Looking for a little spice this season? Gator Ron’s sauces and mixes are the perfect treat. The company’s Original Divine Bloody Mary Mix will add a flavor to that holiday brunch.

Massachusetts: The kids in your life will love a backpack from CBHStudio. The company’s backpacks, lunch totes and other accessories are sturdy and easy to clean.

Michigan: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Shinola is transforming Detroit by manufacturing watches, leather goods, and even bicycles in the heart of the Motor City. Now the company is even going to make its watch dials in Detroit. The company’s watches are on the pricey side, but come with a limited lifetime guarantee.

Minnesota: St. Paul’s J.W. Hulme Co. says it’s been part of the Maker Movement since its launch in 1905. The company offers stylish leather goods for both men and women, and its never-out-of-style duffel bag makes the perfect gift. Like Shinola watches, the duffels are a bit expensive — but designed to last, with a lifetime guarantee.

J.W. Hulme Co.’s small duffle bag.

Mississippi: Send your friends and family a taste of the south with a gift basket from the Mississippi Gift Company, which offers a range of food and gifts from the Magnolia State.

Missouri: Songbird Essentials sells bird feeders, bird feeders and nesting boxes ideal for backyard bird watching. The company says 95 percent of its products are manufactured domestically.

Montana: The holidays typically require travel, and so does the new year as people set new resolutions. Make sure your soon-to-be traveler is prepared with a Red Oxx Safari-Beanos Bag.

Nebraska: For the budding athletes in your life, Bison makes basketball, volleyball, soccer, and football gear in Lincoln.

Nevada: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but you can take the Made in Nevada Space Pen anywhere. The company’s pens — which write upside down! — were recently featured as part of the This Built America series.

New Hampshire: Who doesn’t enjoy bird watching? Make sure your bird watcher has the ultimate show with Duncraft’s Sky Cafe (no squirrels allowed!).

New Jersey: However you celebrate the holidays, chances are you’ll need some ice to keep your beverages cool. Mr. Ice Bucket is ideal for this task, and the company also sells wine accessories, all of which make great gifts.

New Mexico: Know someone who loved the show Breaking Bad? They’ll be sure to love this Los Pollos Hermanos T-shirt. You can also check out the entire Made in New Mexico site for gift ideas from the Land of Enchantment.

New York: While most top designers have shipped production overseas, Nanette Lepore remains committed to producing most of her contemporary label in Manhattan’s Garment District. Lepore’s garments are perfect for the fashionista on your list.

North Carolina: Socks make the best stocking stuffers, so be sure to add Farm to Feet socks to your holiday gift list. Along with being American-made, the socks are produced with 100 percent American-made materials.

Socks from Farm to Feet.

North Dakota: Add a statement piece to your summer dinnerware. Davy Pottery is one of only two full-time potters in North Dakota.

Ohio: Decades after Vitamix founder William G. “Papa” Barnard invented the infomercial to demonstrate the power of his new blender, the company is still producing its products in the United States (and with at least 70 percent American components). Perfect for the foodie on your list.

Oklahoma: Denim is always in style — and Round House is a go-to supplier for jeans and overalls for the entire family. Fun fact: The company launched in 1903, four years before Oklahoma became a state.

Oregon: For the special guy in your life, check out Portland’s Fieldworks Supply Company, which makes small-batch, hand-made shave and grooming products. The signature ingredient is Bentonite clay, which Fieldworks says is the “perfect carrier for our beneficial oils and plant extracts” and also “great at naturally drawing away grime.”

Pennsylvania: Everybody loves the Slinky! It’s the perfect gift for any age — from childhood to office life. The original Slinky is still manufactured at the company’s 40-person Hollidaysburg plant.

Rhode Island: Right out of Santa’s workshop! Seven Acre Toys produces unique natural, wooden toys that are sure to delight the kiddos on your list.

South Carolina: Gifts for your pet from Paw Paws USA. ‘Cause Lassie could use a little sass in her step.

South Dakota: Jewelry is always a go-to gift, and All Black Hills Gold Jewelry has you covered. The perfection of detail requires that artists spend from one to eight hours creating a single piece. The exquisite tri-color gold jewelry is custom made in Rapid City.

Tennessee: It’s time for toast! Jack Daniels is the oldest registered distillery in the United States. It’s not scotch.  It’s not whiskey.  It’s Jack. Cheers.

Texas:  Justin Boots has been making boots since 1879. The company says its products are “a salute to the spirit of independence, hard work, and honest-to-god authenticity of the people who pull on our boots everyday.”

Utah: The messenger bags handcrafted by Ogden Made are ideal for carrying books, clothes, papers or anything else — and they’re designed to last. The company notes: “We don’t make bags with a useful life, we make bags that will be useful throughout your life.”

Vermont:  “Stuffed with love” by a “Bear Crew” of about 170 year-round employees, Vermont Teddy Bears will delight anyone on your list.

The Vintage Christmas Bear.

Virginia: Employing organic farming and fair trade suppliers whenever possible, Valley Green Naturals produces soaps and more than 30 skin, hair and body care products free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens and petrochemicals.

Washington: Snowboarders Mike Olson and Pete Saari founded Mervin Manufacturing in 1977, and the company still builds snowboards and skateboards in Carlsborg.

West Virginia:  Blenko Glass has been in business since 1893 and is now considered is an American institution. Blenko’s functional glassware, art glass, mouth blown sheet glass, dalle de verre and other  products all make for perfect gifts.

Wisconsin: Along with NFL titles, the most famous item from the Badger State is cheese, and you can find plenty of assortments. Oh, and by the way — the famous Cheesehead also is Made in Wisconsin.

Wyoming: Alexis Drake jewelry and accessories are handcrafted wearable artwork that couples the artist’s western heritage with style, wearability, and simple elegance.

Taylor Garland and Meghan Sullivan contributed to this post.

 

 

25
Nov
14

Christmas Ideas Made In USA – 2014

Having troubles trying to find just the right gift this Christmas. Well here are a few ideas and they are all Made in the USA.

The lining of these denim shirts have been dyed in wine, in fact dyed in Robert Mondavi Private Select Red Wine. Crawford Denim is a small batch apparel company that has made these denim shirts exclusively for Robert Mondavi. Here is the website for Crawford Denim. Price $135.

Vintage Shirt by Crawford Denim

Vintage Shirt by Crawford Denim

The next item is a little impractical but the perfect gift for that baseball crazy person. This is a large baseball glove chair made out of leather – and made by one of the largest baseball glove manufacturers. The glove can be found at the find.com or Hammacher Schlemmer. The chairs measure 44″ x 39″ x 29″. Price $6,200.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide Leather Chair

Rawlings Heart of the Hide Leather Chair

The next item is more affordable. These candleholders are reminiscent of the ones used by Colonialists. They are perfect for tea-light candles. The price for each is $25.95. Found at Garrett Wade.

Brass and Copper candleholders

Brass and Copper candleholders

Since this is blog about clothing made in USA, we can’t forget about clothing. This dress is from Clover Canyon and found at Bloomingdale’s. Price $227.50.

Clover Canyon Floral Sheath Dress

Clover Canyon Floral Sheath Dress

Last year, I had shown some Made in USA apparel from Orvis. Orvis probably has the best variety of leather belts made in the USA (boot makers make many leather belts made in USA but they are fairly similar to each other) This year Orvis has introduced the G-1 Naval Aviator Flight Jacket, the most recognized leather flight jacket ever produced. Originally developed by the U.S. Navy in the 1940s. it remains in active service to this day. This is made in New York City, New York. Price $650.

G-1 Naval Aviator Jacket by Orvis

G-1 Naval Aviator Jacket
by Orvis

One of the most difficult things to find are women’s shoes and boots made in the USA. That is because less than 1% of all women’s shoes are made in the USA. There is a great shoe company that makes quality shoes for women and they are all made in the USA. The company is called Munro and this model is Dylan boots. Price $253.

Dylan Boots by Munro

Dylan Boots by Munro

Here is a very unique gift from Orvis. They are called Invincible extra socks. They are designed to survive 20,000 abrasion cycles in laboratory testing. Made in Vermont of the finest merino wool for softness, moisture management, and odor control, blended with nylon and Lycra for strength, durability, and resiliency. Orvis also carries four different type of invincible socks – extra heather wool-blend, athletic, boot, and cotton socks. Three pairs for $49.

Invincible Extra Socks by Orvis

Invincible Extra Socks by Orvis

Another difficult item to find made in the USA is ironically the baseball cap. Baseball is supposed to be the national pasttime, but manufacturing of the caps is a national past time. At the present time manufacturing is outsourced 99.5% of the time. The exception is Stormy Kromer. Stormy Kromer is a hat maker and on-line only. They made these baseball caps for the company, 1816. Price $40.

Stormy Kromer Curveball baseball hat for 1816

Stormy Kromer Curveball baseball hat for 1816

 

Blankets and Throws are great on those cold wintry nights. Faribault makes blankets and throws still made in the USA. The stadium blankets are 100% moth proof. There are many patterns and not just the collegiate ones.

Faribault Stadium Wool Blanket

Faribault Stadium Wool Blanket

Winter is here, anyways it feels like winter. And it is time for new gloves. This is a fine pair of deerskin gloves made in the USA by Tough Gloves, found on the website: leatheronline.com. Have a Merry Christmas and buy American.

 

Tough Gloves American Classics - Winter Deerskin

Tough Gloves American Classics – Winter Deerskin




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