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.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
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