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14
Feb
17

10 Made in America Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Shower your special someone with American-made gifts this holiday.

Source: 10 Made in America Gifts for Valentine’s Day | Alliance for American Manufacturing

Shower your special someone with American-made gifts this holiday.

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. Do you honor Valentine’s Day gift-giving traditions but aren’t sure what to get your significant other for the holiday? We’ve picked out 10 Made in America products that will make this holiday special for you and your loved one.

1. LaLa Land: No, not the movie. If quality — and a little bit of whimsy — is something you are searching for when it comes to Valentine’s Day, look no further. Artist Brian Nash has created a line of pajamas that provide comfort and quality while sleeping that will make a great Valentine’s gift. Customers who spend $95 or more receive a free 5” x5” heart painting by Nash, who also sells Made in the USA T-shirts, hats, belts and even pet products.

2. Love+Grace: This California-based company is a luxury pajama and loungewear brand from designer Julie Zipperer, who has 20+ years experience in the loungewear industry. The brand is designed for cool, chic women who enjoy being comfortable at the same time.

3. Eco Lustre: Looking for a place to shop for cute, cool, elegant jewelry that is also affordable and environmentally friendly? Eco Lustre is the place to go. The company also provides eco-friendly gift wrap with every order, the perfect finishing touch for any gift.

4. Voluspa: Founders Traci and Troy Arntsen founded the exotic fragrance company in 1999 to create “extravagance that is effortlessly chic.” Voluspa offers a variety of gift sets, all made in Southern California. “Voluspa is truly an affordable luxury. Our ingredients for fragrance are sourced globally and are on par with fine fragrance. Not your typical mid range candle fragrance. That is why we have such a cult and celebrity following for our scents,” Traci Arntsen says.

5. Philosophy: The well-being beauty brand inspires women to look, live, and feel their best. Philosophy seeks to bridge the gap between what is offered in dermatologist offices and retail everywhere, so that all women can access the best skin-care technologies available. Philosophy also pledges to contribute 1 percent of sales to the Hope & Grace Initiative, and awards multiple financial grants each year to local organizations working to empower women through promotion of mental health and well-being.

6. Tervis: Looking for a practical Valentine’s Day gift? Tervis offers a range of Valentine’s Day-themed drinkware perfect for your sweetie — or just someone you want to celebrate this holiday. Tervis pledges to keep hot drinks hotter, cold drinks colder and is even customizable.

7. Goetze’s: Is your Valentine a caramel junky? If so, Goetze’s candy products, including Caramel Creams and Cow Tales, make the perfect gift, all while Keeping it Made in America. The company’s website also has instructions for crafting a special Candy Wreath.

8. Russell Stover: Treat the chocolate lover in your life with a box from this classic candy company. Clara and Russell Stover began making candy in the kitchen of their Denver home in 1923. Today, the company is the largest U.S. maker of boxed chocolates and operates under three principles — quality, service and value — and remain a Valentine’s Day favorite.

9. Teleflora: Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without flowers! Consider sending roses, tulips, orchids, and lilies to a special someone this holiday, all hand-delivered by a local florist.

10. Savino: Looking for an ingenious way to serve and preserve your favorite drinks with your Valentine? Look no further. Savino is the wine saver you’ve been looking for that protects wine from oxidation, allowing you to save some for later.

10
Feb
16

Valentine’s Day – Made in USA 2016

Valentine’s Day – Made in USA 2016

Soon it will be February 14th, which is Valentine’s Day. Traditionally, in the United States, it is known as a time to celebrate romantic love. Not only is it one of the busiest nights for restaurants, but it also a time for gift giving like: chocolates; teddy bears; Valentine’s Day cards; wines/champagne; and lingerie. So, this year, why not get your gifts made in the United States?

Chocolate

Chocolate has been one of the most traditional gifts on Valentine’s Day. However, recently, many of the chocolate companies have left the United States, and make their chocolate in Mexico (that means you Hersheys). There are still some companies that make chocolate in the United States such as Mars (which makes M & Ms) and Ghiradelli. And don’t forget your local chocolatiers. But the finest chocolate I have ever tasted comes from a little shop in Coloma, Michigan. The shop is called The Chocolate Garden and they make the greatest truffles, and they can be ordered on-line. I have brought these to parties or get-togethers and, soon, I noticed my friends and family are ordering these as well.

The Chocolate Garden Truffles to die for

The Chocolate Garden – Truffles to Die For

Teddy Bears

The Teddy Bear has also been a traditional Valentine’s Day gift. The Teddy Bear, named after President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt has been made in the United States for more than a century. However, like many companies, since 1980, have left the safe shores of the United States and produce teddy bears in Asia. However, there is one company that still makes their bears in the United States. It is The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, and all of the bears are hand made in Vermont, except for the giant bears.

Vermont Teddy Bear Romeo & Juliet

Vermont Teddy Bear
                 Romeo & Juliet

Valentine’s Day Cards

We have all bought Hallmark cards all of our lives. However, some of their cards are made in China, but check the label to make certain. (Each year a higher percentage of Hallmark cards are made in China. The ones wrapped in plastic are always made in China). There is a fantastic post about greeting cards made in the USA by Made in USA Challenge on January 23, 2013. Other companies include Crane & Co. Pumpernickel Press, Greenfield Paper and Maggie Quill, plus others (click the link for more links to these companies). I did find one other company called Steel Petal Greeting Cards.

Valentine's Day Postcard Circa 1910

Valentine’s Day Postcard
Circa 1910

Wines/Champagnes

Champagne and Wines are abundant in the United States, so I will not name many. For clarity sake, Champagne can not be labelled as “Champagne” if they are not grown in the Champagne area in France. therefore, they are called “Sparkling Wine”. If you want a fantastic Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wine grown and processed (in the US) from one winery, I would refer you to Domaine Carneros, which is the American off-shoot of the French company Tattinger, and ask for the Famous Gate Pinot Noir and Le Reve Sparkling Wine.

Le Reve Sparkling Wine

Le Reve
Sparkling Wine

Lingerie

Since I write about apparel, it would be remiss of me not to include lingerie. Lingerie for Valentine’s Day is traditionally red or pink, but anything sexy usually passes. This year, I will highlight a company that specializes in Retro lingerie. The company is called Pin Up Girl Clothing.

Body Briefer from Rago in black

Body Briefer from Rago in black from Pin Up Girl Clothing

Open Bottom Girdle in Red and Black by Rago

Open Bottom Girdle in Red and Black by Rago from Pin Up Girl Clothing

 

Hanky Panky, one of the very few women’s underwear manufacturers in the USA (and which can be found in numerous stores) also makes special underwear and lingerie for Valentine’s Day (see the link).

Not to be sexist, there is erotic wear for men to wear, one site is Rufskin, which like Hanky Panky show a little more on their website than your average PG-rated magazines.

Flynn, Iconic swimsuits - Rufskin

Flynn, Iconic swimsuits – Rufskin

So have a very Happy Valentine’s Day. And Buy American.

12
Feb
15

Will You Be My American-Made Valentine? | Alliance for American Manufacturing

Instead of the usual clothingmadeinusablog entry about clothing for Valentine’s Day which usually means sexy lingerie and thongs for the women and really nothing for the men, maybe boxers with hearts on them, I will skip the misogynistic subject of lingerie and thongs for a later time and instead present to you a post from the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a group dedicated to increasing manufacturing in the USA.

Will You Be My American-Made Valentine? | Alliance for American Manufacturing. Written by Ryan Lombardozzi on February 9, 2015.

valentines

Tips for making your Valentine’s Day celebration a little more American.

Whether you’ve been planning the perfect Valentine’s Day surprise since Feb. 15 last year — or you’re telling yourself that you won’t mess up another Valentine’s Day this time around — Feb. 14 always seems to sneak up on you faster than you realize.

But never fear: Scrambling to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift couldn’t be easier with our American-made options to help you plan a one-of-a-kind day for your loved one.

Candy

Valentine’s Day isn’t Valentine’s Day without that never ending supply of Sweethearts candies that seem to last all year (or a heart-shaped box of chocolates that are devoured by the next morning).

Equinox Champagne Chocolates

When one thinks of candy, your first thoughts wander to the titan of candy, Hershey’s, which makes Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kat Bars, Twizzlers, Rolos, Almond Joys and several other American-made candies produced at its factories in the United States. And Sweethearts? The tasty treats are made in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Correction: all Hershey’s products are made in Mexico – Ed.)

Of course, there are the also the much-sought-after Ghirardelli Chocolates, as well as Equinox Champagne Chocolates from Chocolate Visions. Both savory delights are Made in America, offering quality chocolate to sink your teeth into.

Looking for additional candy ideas? Check out these union-made candies.

Jewelry

Jewelry is a gift that has meaning, holding to it a memory that won’t be forgot for decades to come.

Avery Remembrance Ring

So why not take a look at the stunning Avery Remembrance Ring with Ruby from James Avery Jewelers, designed and produced in Texas.

Twig and Gemstone with Pigeon River Stones Collection

 If the cliché hearts and ruby red pieces aren’t your thing, that’s fine. Janow Metalsmithing offers semi-precious gems and stones in their Twig and Gemstone with Pigeon River Stones Collection, made in Asheville, North Carolina.

Flowers

One of the most iconic ways to say I Love You is through flowers. Whether it’s a single rose, bouquet of roses or another floral alternative with a special meaning behind it, flowers are a must on Valentine’s Day.

And while it might seem a little cliché, flowers always make an impression. As one of our friends put it: “Flowers to me are a romantic and thoughtful gesture that symbolize doing something nice for the person they love.”

Everybody now: Awwww.

While Made in America flowers seem like they would be easy to find, be sure to do your research when you visit your neighborhood florist or flower shop — you might be surprised what’s imported. Make an effort to find out where they are from and purchase domestically-grown flowers, such as the long-stem rose from the California Cut Flower Commission.

Sparkling Wine

While Champagne has to be produced in the region of Champagne, France, to technically be called Champagne, America produces plenty great sparkling wines.

2003 Domaine Chandon Etoile Tete de Cuvee

The Gayot guide to the good life lists the 2003 Domaine Chandon Étoile Tête de Cuvée as the top American sparkling wine in its top 10 feature. Produced in California, the Étoile Tête de Cuvée offers “a rich and complex offering with aromas of honey and toasted hazelnut balanced by delicate flavors of nectarine and candied ginger.”

Don Morton, AAM’s resident wine expert, also recommends:

Check out more American-made sparkling wines in the Gayot Guide to Top 10 American Sparkling Wines

Have a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

09
Feb
14

Valentine’s Day – Made in America

Soon it will be February 14th, which is Valentine’s Day. Traditionally, in the United States, it is known as a time to celebrate romantic love. Not only is it one of the busiest nights for restaurants, but it also a time for gift giving like: chocolates; teddy bears; Valentine’s Day cards; wines/champagne; and lingerie. So, this year, why not get your gifts made in the United States?

Chocolate

Chocolate has been one of the most traditional gifts on Valentine’s Day. However, recently, many of the chocolate companies have left the United States, and make their chocolate in Mexico (that means you Hersheys). There are still some companies that make chocolate in the United States such as Mars (which makes M & Ms) and Ghiradelli. And don’t forget your local chocolatiers. But the finest chocolate I have ever tasted comes from a little shop in Coloma, Michigan. The shop is called The Chocolate Garden and they make the greatest truffles, and they can be ordered on-line.

The Chocolate Garden Truffles to die for

The Chocolate Garden
Truffles to die for

Teddy Bears

The Teddy Bear has also been a traditional Valentine’s Day gift. The Teddy Bear, named after President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt has been made in the United States for more than a century. However, like many companies, since 1980, have left the safe shores of the United States and produce teddy bears in Asia. However, there is one company that still makes their bears in the United States. It is The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, and all of the bears are hand made in Vermont, except for the giant bears.

Vermont Teddy Bear Hoodie Footie Bear

Vermont Teddy Bear
Hoodie Footie Bear

Valentine’s Day Cards

We have all bought Hallmark cards all of our lives. However, some of their cards are made in China, but it appears that most are made in the USA, but check the label to make certain. (I did a quick check and most Hallmark cards are made in the USA, exception Valentine’s Day Cards).There is a fantastic post about greeting cards made in the USA by Made in USA Challenge on January 23, 2013. Other companies include Crane & Co. Pumpernickel Press, Greenfield Paper and Maggie Quill, plus others (click the link for more links to these companies). I did find one other company called Steel Petal Greeting Cards.

Valentine's Day Postcard Circa 1910

Valentine’s Day Postcard
Circa 1910

Wines/Champagnes

Champagne and Wines are abundant in the United States, so I will not name many. For clarity sake, Champagne can not be labelled as “Champagne” if they are not grown in the Champagne area in France. therefore, they are called “Sparkling Wine”. If you want a fantastic Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wine grown and processed (in the US) from one winery, I would refer you to Domaine Carneros, which is the American off-shoot of the French company Tattinger, and ask for the Famous Gate Pinot Noir and Le Reve Sparkling Wine.

Le Reve Sparkling Wine

Le Reve
Sparkling Wine

Lingerie

Since I write about apparel, it would be remiss of me not to include lingerie. Lingerie for Valentine’s Day is traditionally red or pink, but anything sexy usually passes. I will list a few companies:

Kamala Collection

Kamala collection Lace Carmella

Kamala collection
Lace Carmella

Only Hearts

Only Hearts Love Child Bralette

Only Hearts
Love Child Bralette

Only Hearts Love Child Hipster

Only Hearts
Love Child Hipster

Lady Strange

Lady Strange Valentine's Day short nighty

Lady Strange
Valentine’s Day short nighty

Hanky Panky, one of the very few women’s underwear manufacturers in the USA (and which can be found in numerous stores) also makes special underwear and lingerie for Valentine’s Day (see the link).

So have a very Happy Valentine’s Day. And Buy American.




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