51 American-made holiday gifts from around the country
Last year, right around this time, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) posted a months-worth of Made in America holiday gift ideas. We decided this year that we’d throw a bunch of ideas out at once. Below you’ll find 51 gift ideas, one from each state and DC (we couldn’t leave out our home base), which means 51 reasons you won’t be able to say “I couldn’t find anything Made in America!”
(NOTE: Next week we will re-run this list categorized. Check back soon!)
Alabama: American and English Windsor style chairs and tables made by Ashlen for the rustic decorator in your life.
Alaska: An Ulu knife from the Ulu Factory an Anchorage for the budding chef or the person who wants a “salad shop at home” experience.
Arizona: Because sometimes at holiday times a little alcohol is necessary, we present Chandler-based SanTan Brewing Company. It ships its craft beers.
Arkansas: Have a gardener or general outdoorsy type in your life? The bird feeders and baths from First Nature might make a nice addition to their yard. Bonus: Prime eligible on Amazon.
California: We’d never forget your little ones! Green Toys makes BPA-free toys from recycled materials. Their products are suitable for a variety of (younger) ages!
Colorado: For the cyclist in your life (we all have one) BOURÉ cycling clothes are designed and made in Durango.
Connecticut: Know a Game of Thrones enthusiast? They may love sipping from a pewter goblet, from Woodbury Pewter, while reading the tomes or watching the show.
D.C.: The skirts, blouses and dresses from Nana are perfect for a casual but chic professional in your life.
Delaware: Remember what we said over at Arizona? Well, why stop for one craft beer? Dogfish Head craft beers are available all over the country.
Florida: MonPetitChouBoutique makes cheese markers from up-cycled vintage silverware. Perhaps gift these with some Wisconsin Brie?
Georgia: Savannah is known for its exquisite flora, which means one thing: exceptional honey. Have a sweet tooth in your life? Savannah Bee Company’s honey may be a perfect little holiday treat.
Hawaii: We would never forget your pets! Hawaii Doggie Bakery makes and ships treats in unique local flavors (read: Poi).
Idaho: For much of the country the cold weather has settled in, Balm Shot lip balm makes for a useful little gift. The balm’s shotgun shell exterior is designed to stay put in pockets.
Illinois: The tinkers and makers on your list will love the Bionic Wrench by LoggerHead Tools.
Indiana: When Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa almost set the home run record back in 1998 -- he was using a Hoosier Bat. Get your baseball bat request in soon though, they can take up to two weeks as each is made to order.
Iowa: What’s more American popcorn? Why not make it in an American-made popcorn machine? Paragon makes one in Nevada, IA. Your friends or family don’t like popcorn? Paragon makes sno cone machines too.
Kansas: Marbles from Moon Marble are made on site at the company’s Bonner Springs facility. Moon Marble also makes wooden toys and game boards as companion items to the marbles.
Kentucky: Comfy clothes fit for the military. Campbellsville Apparel Company has been making clothes for military personnel since 2002. Its clothing is now available to civilians.
Louisiana: For the person who wants to show their love of New Orleans: Jolie & Elizabeth’s gold satin scarf bears the Fleur de Lis in black embroidery.
Maine: Top-Sider boat shoes by Sperry represent classic American-made footwear.
Maryland: Rosebud Salve, made by Rosebud Perfume Co., an over-a-century-old company, is a cult classic and a must for winter. It’s available at a host of retailers around the country.
Massachusetts: For the person cultivating their home bar, or the one who just loves to show local pride, these glass tumblrs sold by Uncommon Goods and made by Boston-based Brian Johnson display city maps etched into the glass.
Michigan: Hand crafted in Grand Rapids, McClure Tables’ shuffleboard tables offers the opportunity to enjoy a favorite cruise activity in the comfort of one’s home.
Minnesota: Fleece hammocks from Two Harbors-based Tree to Tree Hammocks are intended for both indoor and outdoor use and come in a variety of patterns and sizes. Good for both kids and adults.
Mississippi: Red Banks-based Hedge Farm makes botanically scented candles including cotton bale.
Missouri: Riverport Market presents ‘A Taste of Missouri’ gift baskets, for the people in your life looking to spice up their cooking or expand their palates.
Montana: Have a frequent traveler in your life? They might like the suit covers made by Red Oxx in Billings, which are designed to shield and protect apparel.
Nebraska: Bison makes basketball, volleyball, soccer and football gear in Lincoln. Some perfect gifts for the budding athletes in your life!
Nevada: Aztec in Carson City makes an American classic: model trains. Aztec products are only available directly, so visit the company’s website for more info on how to order.
New Hampshire: Even more for your cooking-obsessed friend or relative -- New Hampshire Bowl and Board sells hand-made, wooden culinary accoutrements. From salad bowls to cutting boards, you should find a nice addition for anyone’s kitchen.
New Jersey: A perfect gift for a lover of antiquarian books, these bookends from Linden-based Cutting Edge Industries will look great on bookshelves in homes across America.
New Mexico: Have an aspiring ranch hand in your life, or perhaps a future equestrian? Mesilia Park’s Schaefer Ranchwear has been producing garments for the ranch since 1982.
New York: Brooklyn-based urbangreen furniture creates and makes unique furnishings for stylish home decorators.
North Carolina: For the person who wants to golf with a colorful flair Seagrove-made, Precision Art Putters offers USGA regulation putters made of colorful clay composite.
North Dakota: Frack Jacks pancake mix, made by Wild Prairie Products, could lead to a lovely New Year’s Day breakfast.
Ohio: Looking for an extra special gift for the hypothetical person who has everything? An Airstream trailer is certain to blow that person away. The Jackson Center-based company makes drivable homes that are perfect for all brands of road trip lovers.
Oklahoma: For the person who knows that cooking on a grill is not synonymous with “barbecue” Head Country Barbecue sells, via its online store, spice blends and sauces.
Oregon: For all your friends and family in danger of getting snowed in this winter, Pendelton Woolen Mills makes beautiful blankets that are perfect for staying warm on the couch and binge-watching television.
Pennsylvania: Perfect for nearly anyone: the gift of chocolate. Hershey is an iconic American company making a perennial favorite.
Rhode Island: Another gift for your pet -- nautical leashes and collars made by The Fair Lead.
South Carolina: Fishing boats by Scout. Enough said, don’t ya think?
South Dakota: Vases and other pottery made by Sioux Pottery artists. Really, can you get more authentically American-made than something made by native artists? You can’t.
Tennessee: Know someone who’s trying to spruce up their living room or basement? Better than a sofa or a couch-- La-Z Boy’s twin chair is the perfect size for comfortable seating that doesn’t take up all the moving space.
Texas: Great for either a full-fledged cowboy or girl, or just your friend who loves line dancing, check out Allen’s boots.
Utah: Utah Trikes makes tricycles for adults. So if someone you know is looking to get fit in 2014, this may be the way to go.
Vermont: For people who want to stay warm on a cold winter night, or are simply looking to recreate The Night Before Christmas, Vermont Flannel has pajamas that’ll get the job done.
Virginia: Beeswax Candle Company makes some lovely candles that are certain to complete anyone’s holiday decor.
Washington: Tom Bihn makes bags with the business traveler or the hiker in mind. Know someone whose both? This might make an exceptional gift.
West Virginia: Cabin Creek Quilts has been making colorful quilts for over three decades. Not only will these keep someone warm, they’ll liven up a room.
Wisconsin: For either the Packers fan or cheese lover in your life, Foamation’s cheesehead hats and sombreros.
Wyoming: Dowd House Studios makes beautiful mugs and cups, perfect for a stylish entertainer.
Images from top: Chef Set from Green Toys, Top Sider Boat Shoe from Sperry and Vase by Sioux Pottery Artists. Each image taken from respective company's website.
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