During this season of gift giving my Christmas wish is that we all make a big effort to support American business and buy American made! Here is a selection of some of my favorite stylish USA made gifts to give and receive.
REWINED CANDLES– handmade in Charleston, SC. Each candle has been handcrafted from a repurposed wine bottle. The fragrances are carefully blended to mimic the flavors and aromas found in various wines and champagne. How about a Pinot Noir (aroma of fig, cranberry, leather and earth) or Champagne (white grape, honey, fresh baked bread and citrus), to name just a few.
ABAS LEATHER ACCESSORIES– made in Worcester, MA. Abas Digital Life and Neiman Marcus have partnered to offer an extensive collection of fashion technology cases. Cases for Apple, Blackberry, Samsung, Amazon Kindle and more. Available in tons of delicious colors and textures and monogramming is available too! As their tag line proclaims this truly is “The fusion of fashion and technology”.
BRAHMS MOUNT – Throws and Blankets made in Hallowell, Maine. Woven on antique shuttle looms I love everything from Brahms Mount and this year I want their cotton herringbone throw with hand twisted fringe (in apple green if you need to buy me a gift!) I am always searching for throws for my design clients and this one is truly perfect in every way. If you give one as a gift I guarantee you will want one for yourself.
SEE SCOUT SLEEP – Dog collars, leashes and beds made in New Orleans, Louisiana. For the baby…oh sorry… I mean the dog in your life these stylish accessories for our best friends are designed, printed and sewn in Loiusiana!
CRAFTY YANKEE – Lexington, MA. Nestled in the heart of historic Lexington Massachusetts this charming retail shop is just a glance away from the Minuteman Statue. The shop proprietor, Kathy Fields reminded me that New England is steeped in tradition especially during Christmas when families unpack keepsakes that have been in their families for decades or more. Adding to those collectables or starting your own tradition is a fun way to shop during the holidays. Here are three great collections available at Crafty Yankee.
Byers Choice Ltd – Figurines handcrafted in Chalfont, PA. These adorable and happy carolers are always singing and every year there are new designs to add to your collection.
The Hearts & Ivy Collection – Holiday characters made in Minneapolis, MN. If your style runs more in the contemporary direction, then these soft and beautifully made Santa, snowmen and angels will look great in your home decor.
Heirlooms by Thelma – Hand painted ornaments made in Watertown, NY. Creator Thelma Hamilton says that these ornaments are a celebration of family remembrances preserved on hand painted glass. Pick one for a new baby, best friend, or anyone special! Hand inscribed names or dates available too.
BALL & BUCK – Men’s Retail store located in Boston, MA. Another Brick and Mortar store that I really admire since everything is made in America. They have tons of stuff for guys such as shirts, belts, grooming items, denim, hats, and sporting attire to name a few categories. Great website for you to order online but if you ever get to Newbury Street in Boston you should really check out their shop.
WASSOOKEAG MOCCASINS – Handmade leather moccasins made in central Maine. How about treating the man in your life to a pair of unique handmade leather moccasins. They are constructed from supple, durable Buffalo Hide, Bullhide, or Cowhide leathers in a variety of styles such as moccasin slipper or indoor/outdoor canoe moc. All styles are available with plush deerskin lining.
ROCKNSOCKS – American made in US mills. Fun and stylish socks made from earth-friendly regenerated cotton and available in over-the-knee, knee-high, and ankle-high crew.
BEDHEAD PAJAMAS – Pajamas for the whole family made in Los Angeles, CA. For years, BedHead has been the go-to loungewear company for Hollywood ‘s best costume designers. If you’ve seen a great PJ on your favorite TV or movie character, odds are it’s BedHead. More importantly these pajamas are super comfortable and finely crafted.
FLORIDA FRUIT SHIPPERS – Grown in Florida. After the holidays and in the dead of winter what better gift then some juicy tangerines, oranges, grapefruits or my favorite the Honeybell Oranges! And since we cant be good all the time be sure and include my all time favorite treat, the chocolate dipped coconut patties…really moist and chewy and for that I will say they are very stylish!
For more information, online shopping or store locators click on any of the links above. And finally don’t forget the ever popular Gift Certificates. How about supporting your local small businesses and give a gift certificate from your favorite restaurant, boutique, nail salon, barber shop or hair salon, car wash coupons or a gym membership. How about a gift certificate from one of the businesses in this guide! When cash is in short supply in January, a gift certificate is the perfect way to enjoy a stylish purchase or a pampering service.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy, peaceful December!
(Red Boot graphic by American Artist Andy Warhol)