The 2018 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide
We’ve made a list, checked it twice – and are excited to share it with everyone, naughty or nice!
The Alliance for American Manufacturing is thrilled to unveil our 2018 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide, which features picks from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As in past years, the guide includes a variety of gift ideas at every price point and shines a spotlight on companies that support U.S. jobs and the local economy. The best part? Many of the ideas come from readers like you!
We think there’s something for everyone on the list. But if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, head over to our Made in America Directory, where you can search for gift ideas by state or product type. You can also check out past gift guides, which are linked at the bottom of this year’s guide.
Happy Holidays – and happy shopping!
From the Cotton State comes the aptly named Red Land Cotton, makers of 100 percent North Alabama cotton bedding, bath towels and home décor. This family luxury linen business is entirely Alabama grown and manufactured, giving credence to “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Bonus: Earthborn Pottery produces a full line of dishes, plates and bowls that are all handmade and reflect Alabama’s natural colors, including the deep red of the fertile Alabama soil.
Apocalypse Design has been outfitting adventurous Alaskans since 1983, and its clothing and gear are made to be used in the planet’s toughest conditions. If you are looking to stay warm in below-freezing temperatures, this is a must-stop shopping site. All products are manufactured in Fairbanks.
Cheri’s Desert Harvest has an eclectic mix of affordable products ranging from skin oils harvested from the Arizona desert to fruits, syrups and mixers that will give you that Southwest desert feel and taste. Products contain no artificial flavoring, coloring or preservatives. Reader Pick
Bonus: Based in old-town Scottsdale, Giving Bracelets offers affordable leather bracelets and leather handbags. The bracelets are made from the leftover leather used to manufacture the bags, and 10 percent of each purchase goes to charity.
Bourbon & Boots, a southern lifestyle brand, creates unique gifts that are artisan-inspired and full of maker-quality craftsmanship. The company was formed as an alternative for consumers looking for unique heirloom quality gifts instead of typical mass-produced goods. Bourbon is not on the menu, but there are plenty of entertainment and whiskey- related items for the bourbon connoisseur.
In Los Angeles, Blue Platypus is creating an extraordinary line of women’s dresses and outerwear at unbelievably affordable prices. All are manufactured in the City of Angels.
Bonus: Berkeley-based Ann Marie Skin Care makes eco-friendly, all-natural skin care products that retail for less than $50. Reader Pick
Meanwhile, Tree Hut watches and wooden sunglasses are manufactured in San Francisco and are quite affordable, considering the classic designs. The watch bands and housings are American-made, but the inner workings of the watch movements are sourced offshore.
If you are the creative type or just want a specific design, you will love Little Colorado’s unfinished toddler furniture. You can customize the chairs, tables, toy boxes or bookcases for your little one, and you will be supporting a company that is American-worker friendly.
Bonus: Laura Mercer worked in New York’s fashion industry before returning home to Colorado to start her jewelry line Mercer and Jayne, which is named after two streets in NYC. Mercer’s jewelry is designed and crafted using only semi-precious stones, gold fill and sterling silver metals.
Sepe Farm, LLC is a small lamb farm in Sandy Hook that raises lamb and shears the wool to manufacture luxurious blankets, scarfs and throws. The lambs are raised stress free and eat softer grasses, which makes for a much finer wool that is used to manufacture its apparel.
Bonus: Paula Parisotto handbags are a natural and eco-friendly material derived directly from the bark of the cork oak tree. Cork, believe it or not, is soft, durable and highly-resistant to water. While the bags are handcrafted in Connecticut, the cork is sourced from Portugal. Reader Pick
Cinderella -- that would be Danielle Cinderella -- developed a line of baby accessories like baby-teething products, pacifiers, toys and jewelry after having her second child. She has, as the name of her business suggests, been Getting Sew Crafty. Her handmade products can be found at baby stores throughout the United States.
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French-American designer Eva Calonder creates vibrant patterns and turns them into accessories, home goods, art prints and greeting cards. Her company, Printed Wild, handcrafts its wares in Washington, D.C., and the materials used are eco-friendly.
Bonus: For even more unique gifts made in the nation’s capital, check out Shop Made in DC, a retail outlet in the Dupont Circle neighborhood that features the offerings of city’s many makers.
It is often difficult to find a safe place to put your refreshments or personal belongings at the beach. Yellow Dog Table of Pensacola solved this problem by creating a small plastic table that can be assembled in one minute. The table comes in an easy-to-carry pouch and retails for $20 to $30.
Bonus: 4Ocean makes unisex bracelets from recycled materials removed from the world’s oceans. Bracelets are made in Florida, and every purchase funds the removal of one-pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. Reader Pick
Tiger Woods is back, and he is doing it with Georgia-made Bridgestone golf balls. While Woods has had a long association with Nike, when the company discontinued sports equipment to concentrate on apparel, Tiger turned to Bridgestone. It seems to have served him well, as he led the British Open on the final day and won his first tournament in five years at the Tour Championship.
There are no shortages of surfboard makers in Hawaii, but Timpone Hawaii Surfboards have gained a faithful following since Jeff Timpone opened his surfboard manufacturing shop on Maui in 1989. His surfboards are eco-friendly and known for their high performance while keeping up with changes in the industry. Mahalo!
Fans of The Deadliest Catch TV show will appreciate Cordova Coolers, founded by onetime series regular Captain Scott Campbell Jr. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for, as each cooler comes loaded with features like top-mount lid latches and built-in bottle openers -- and a lifetime warranty.
Bonus: Ask any runner who’s felt it in their feet and knees after pounding the pavement, and they’ll tell you: Nearly as important as the workout is the recovery. And there are few better recovery footwear companies than Idaho-based Telic. These anatomically correct sandals will get you right in no time. Reader Pick
An excellent gift for those who are happy in the kitchen. The woodworkers at John Boos & Co. make excellent butcher blocks and cutting boards at their Effingham facility. They’re skilled at working with steel, too. Be sure to check out their shelving and countertops.
Bonus: In an unassuming building outside of Rockford, products are made that can transport you out of this world: Excellent telescopes, completely American-made. Astro-Physics, Inc. has been making telescopes and accessories since 1975, and almost every optic, gear and circuit board are made from scratch to guarantee quality.
Aardvark Straws calls itself the original paper straw, based on an 1888 patent for the first paper straw ever. Here’s a few facts about the paper drinking straws from Fort Wayne: They’re non-toxic, BPA-free, elemental chlorine-free, durable, compostable, labeled sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council… and made in America.
Bonus: From Valparaiso – Indiana’s vale of paradise – comes the second-oldest wood bat-maker in the country. The Hoosier Bat Company can customize your stick however you’d like. The company is also licensed by Major League Baseball; that’s why, over the years, you may have seen Frank Thomas or Sammy Sosa swinging a Hoosier bat.
A good, durable sock is hard to find – unless you’re familiar with Fox River, a privately-owned hosier mill in Osage, Iowa. Fox River has been making socks since 1900 and employs 200 people today. They make great-fitting, quality socks for any occasion and climate.
Bonus: Need some durable landscaping lights with a modern look? Want ’em solar-powered? YEP Lights is the product for you. This small company from Cedar Falls makes them with all kinds of designs – with a hand-drawn collection, and another for Iowa-located colleges. Reader Pick
There may not be a chocolatier as ubiquitous (and delicious) as Russell Stover, which has been satisfying sweet-tooths since 1923. These sweets are made in two Kansas facilities (Abilene and Iola), along with one in Corsicana, Texas. Find the treats at your local retailer, or visit the company’s website to locate the nearest factory outlet store.
A deck of cards is a staple item for any home, and the United States Playing Card Company makes plenty to pick from. Crafted in Kentucky and available via a family of brands, there’s an American-made deck for any scenario and occasion you can imagine.
Bonus: Do you have a bowler in your life? Get ’em ready to make a run at 300 with an Ebonite bowling ball, union-made in Hopkinsville. No sales online, unfortunately, but you can visit their site to find a pro-shop carrying Ebonite near you.
Bergeron Woodworks makes some truly unique picture frames, boxes, mirror frames and trunks from reclaimed wood, rescued from an eternity in a landfill. Each piece is its own work of art – and designer David Bergeron does custom orders, too.
Bonus: Based in the Big Easy, Tchoup makes stylish backpacks and shoulder bags from materials sourced entirely within the United States. Want a new look instead of the same old backpack? Look no further than this brand.
Rancourt & Co. started as a family business making moccasins in Lewiston in 1967. The firm changed ownership in the ’90s – but the Rancourts bought it back in 2009 to ensure the company stayed in Maine. The move paid off, and this handsewn footwear brand is still made in Lewiston.
According to its website, Treason Bag Company formed after its founders met at a Fells Point bar and became friends (and business partners) over a few glasses of whiskey. This Baltimore-based bag company is very urban chic. Check out the company’s backpacks, shoulder bags and duffels for a one-of-a-kind look.
Bonus: These jewelry pieces are truly one of a kind and out of this world. Lauren Beacham and Brittany Elbourn of Yugen design and create their jewelry in rural Maryland, coming up with some remarkable space-themed items. Reader Pick
Adirondack chairs, benches, wine and coat racks, or swings, SkiChair can make any of them out of skis, snowboards, skateboards, golf clubs, or hockey sticks … you name it. You won’t see many pieces of furniture like those that SkiChair makes, and they come with a five-year warranty.
Bonus: Not every New Balance sneaker is Made in America (check the label before buying) but the Boston-based company maintains more manufacturing in the United States than any of its competitors, as well as American-made line easily searchable on its website. Excellent and stylish shoes that are worth a look.
From toy cars to play kitchens, American Plastic Toys has you covered when it comes to toys for your kids. You can find the company’s products at major retailers, including Walmart, Family Dollar, and Walgreens. With so many places to buy, holiday shopping for your kids couldn’t be easier.
Bonus: Made in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Iverson snowshoes are unlike any other, known for their timeless quality, rustic style and respected name. From exploring woods in your own backyard to tackling mountain trails, Iverson will help you stay active in the cold winter months.
Uncle Goose’s handmade blocks are a classic gift that your kids can use to have fun and learn. Not only does Uncle Goose artistically craft traditional alphabet blocks for a variety of languages, the company offers sets with themes ranging from dinosaurs to constellations. All materials are sourced around the Great Lakes. Reader Pick
Founded in 2009 by Lacey Lybecker, A Greener Kitchen offers kitchen textiles produced from fair-trade certified, organic cotton, all designed by one of America’s eco-friendly textile artisans. These affordable textiles are durable enough to be used in any home or business.