Most people underestimate the power they when and how they choose to shop. And the key is – choose to shop. Supporting American workers and manufacturing is important to me, so I choose to buy Made in the USA products whenever I can. It’s not difficult to find American made products, but it does take a bit of effort. Lucky for you, I’ve put together this Made in USA Gift Ideas Guide to make it easy for you find the perfect gift for everyone on your shopping list (and support American companies and workers at the same time).
I’m a firm believer in the Ana Lappé quote, “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” I try to always make purposeful choice when I shop, including when I do gift shopping. I choose to support companies that manufacture in the US for a variety of reasons. You can read the reasons I choose to buy Made in the USA. But whatever your personal motivation is, you can find well-made unique gifts that are made right here in the US of A for everyone on your gift list.
Made in USA Gift Ideas Guide
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Proper Socks – Made from a breathable, conforming blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex, each pair of Proper Socks features a right and left sock, with targeted toe and arch support anatomically designed for each foot. Mesh fabric surrounds the toes with improved ventilation and lasting comfort, while two-ply padding throughout the heel, toe box, and side provides cushioning against everyday impact. Even with all this athletic technology built in, Proper Socks are only slightly thicker than traditional business socks. Available in your choice of six colors and patterns, Proper Socks are as good a fit for your work wardrobe as they are for your feet.
Felted Soap – A beautiful, luxurious and useful gift. It’s like a soap and washcloth all in one. Fiat Luxe is wrapped in colorful wool felt for a lovely marbled look and gentle exfoliating feel. The soap is handmade in the USA using only natural ingredients.
Spooner Boards – Stand, sit, rock, spin, slide, tilt, flip, and wobble—you name it, you can do it on a Spooner Board. Designed for use indoors or outside on almost any surface you can think of from carpet to sand, snow, dirt, gravel, grass, and even water, these balance boards are geared for people of all ages from four year olds to teenagers. Even full-grown adults can get on board. In addition to being great fun, Spooner Boards can help improve balance, coordination, gross motor skills, as well as core and leg strength and stability.
Mechanical Pencil – This gift is a “pencil for life.” It doesn’t feel like the thousands of plastic mechanical pencils that wind up in landfills each year. Solid, sleek, and seamlessly constructed, it fits so well in your hand that it practically becomes an extension of yourself. The metal mechanical pencil he designed is precisely engineered to look like one solid piece, with a practically invisible seam where the barrel and tip meet. Suited for a tablet, too, Modern Fuel comes with attachments that let you use it as a stylus. This Made in the USA marvel comes in beautiful packaging suitable for anyone in your life who likes putting pencil to paper—or stylus to screen.
ARC Portable Posture Support – ARC is an easy solution invented by a doctor-engineer team. This American-made little marvel helps align the spine, ease muscle tension, and relieve neck and back pain caused by prolonged sitting. ARC is elegantly simple. Lay on it for just 10 to 15 minutes and it can help reduce muscle tension and pain. It applies pressure to the muscles at the base of your skull via strategically placed tension point inserts. ARC is a portable back posture support, too. Sit with it behind your upper back to help maintain proper posture.
Custom Etched Glass – If you want to create personalized glasses, Susquehanna Glass Company is one of the best around. This third-generation operation has a 100+ year history of making etched glass in the USA, and they’ll memorialize your initials or the coordinates of a favorite place on mugs, rocks glasses, and wine glasses.
Wool Blankets and Throws –
These heirloom quality, 100% pure wool blankets are stain-, wrinkle-, and water-resistant and Made in the USA. These wool blankets are made as keepsakes to last for years and years.
For five generations, the Faribault Mill has spun together a tight knit community of craftspeople that take the raw wool and transform it into high quality blankets. This Minnesotan mill been around for over 150 years, using some of the same techniques and machinery that made 250,000 blankets for soldiers during WWII. The wool they use has active properties that react and adapt to changes in your body temperature. It warms you up if you’re cold and releases heat and moisture when you’re hot.
$200 and Under
Yoga By Numbers – Yoga by Numbers is a system on a mission: to b. Their approach starts with a mat that guides your alignment via pre-printed number targets. Made in the USA with the help of Jade Yoga, the mat has a non-slip, cushioned surface that’s durable, too. To help you get started with yoga and your new mat, Yoga by Numbers offers a whole suite of classes via a free app and YouTube channel. Choose from dozens of different yoga styles and ability levels. The app (for iPad with other operating systems in the works) features free and premium content, which will be continually refreshed with new classes and offerings. No need to stick to a studio’s schedule—you set your own.
Handcrafted Swingboard – Pretend you’re hitting the slopes or catching a wave—in the air. Swurfer is a standing swing designed to mimic the movement of board sports. It’s curved just like a surfboard or skateboard, with adjustable handles that add stability while you get into the swing of it. Made in the USA entirely from hard rock maple wood, the boards are super durable, and can really get moving in all directions. It’s just as fun to use as a traditional swing, too—just with a wider base.
Brentwood Deluxe Pet Bed – The orthopedic support is great for both young pups and senior pets, cushioning and protecting their active joints. Messes and pet odors are no problem since the cover is removable, washable, and replaceable, with a nontoxic waterproof lining to protect it from staining and smells. The medium Runyon pet bed is made with CertiPURUS foam and, as always, Brentwood Home uses absolutely no chemical flame retardants, heavy metals, or phthalates. And it’s Made in the USA..
If you’re not sure exactly what to give, a gift certificate from The Grommet is always a great choice. I enjoy shopping at The Grommet because they have a large selection of unique Made In America gifts.
Are you ready to finish your gift shopping right now? You can find a gift for everyone now in this Made in USA Gift Ideas Guide.