Sunday, November 26, 2006

Start an American-Made Christmas Tradition

I like to enjoy each holiday as it comes along, including Thanksgiving. It’s the last bit of sanity before the winter holidays. I made my pumpkin pies, stuffed my turkey, drank wine with my friends and family. Now I take a deep breath, and turn my thoughts to snowflakes, candy canes, and stockings hung by the fireplace. (Note to elves: dust the mantel!!!)

Yesterday I finished my virtual catalog of gift ideas for the Winter Holidays...Winter Solstice, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Year...I celebrate as many of them as I can! Not to say that we should all bow down to the Gods of Consumerism, but the reality is that many of us do a lot of shopping in the month of December.

Once again, I will try to put my consumer dollars to work supporting businesses that employ American workers. Last year I managed to find American-made products for almost everyone on my list. It’s not always easy, but I enjoy a challenge. So go forth to the malls and shops and read labels. If you cannot find what you want locally, check out my Holiday Gift Catalog for ideas.

Good luck with the quest, and don’t forget to send me suggestions or tips on companies or products you find! Always remember the reason for the gift...to show your friends and family that you love them.

Stephanie, Webmaster
StillMadeinUSA.com

10 comments:

urbanwriter (lou parsons) said...

Fantastic. I have tried to do the same, using Canadian stuff as my first choice, for some time.

HighPointMart said...

Last week one of America's last Blue Jean brands decided to sell direct to the public at http://TexasJeans.com The company has been around for 35 years but refused to move any production out of the country. For the last 3 years Fox Apparel's 300 US workers have been making the US Armys new ACU Digital Pants for the war effort.

TexasJeansUSA is now up and running and many small stores will once again get a chance to sell some really REAL USA Jeans.

oldboy said...

Stephanie,
Hello and congratulations on a site, theme and attitude all well done. It renews my loyalty to see the fresh & inspiring awakening of our people in this time of conflict. I am an American and proud of it for nearly 59 years.

My sons close friend Doug Tuttle just started a small business, www.americandoug.com. It's focus is on "American Made" not just in products but in loyalty, attitude and spirit as well. He currently offers a small line of stickers and is working on a clothing line to be released soon. You might check his site out and see if you would consider adding him to you American Made list.
Thanks again!
Allen

Anonymous said...

zebulonUSA.com also has a variety of American-made products. Mostly apparel, but also bags & luggage, toys & games and a few Home & Outdoor items.
Visit http://www.zebulonusa.com/catalog/shopaff.asp?affid=4

The O'Briens said...

If you're looking for American made wrapping paper to wrap up all those great "made-in-America" presents, check out Innisbrook Wraps. A fundraiser company that works with many schools across the country, the company boasts American-made wrapping paper (their printing facility is in Greensboro, NC). Check out the site at www.innisbrook.com

pineconegifts said...

Please add www.clever-store.com and www.pineconegifts.com to your list! our store features over 200 pacific northwest artisans/crafters.
We fill every need with products made in the USA!!!!!
Handmade toys by Softoys and Country toys, and sockmonkeys by Red Ruby Baby!!!!!

Anonymous said...

hi,
im currently deployed in afganistan with about 500 soldiers that wont make it home for the holidays ad i am trying to find some companies to help me make halloween a trick or treating night for them and also i want to make some stockings for them do u know any people or companies i can contact to help me with this if o please let me know thank you for your time .

spc alderman




pvtbatman@hotmail.com

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Anonymous said...

I am looking for a toaster made in America. I found a can opener. Most US made items cost more but last much much longer!
I thank you for your site. Others wonder why a store, only made in America wouldn't work. Not enough inventory? Too many would trade cost of China junk?
Have you advertised for all companies to add to your site?
There are other sites with other US made names. The toaster? Any names I can look into? Phyllis

Anonymous said...

I am looking for a toaster made in America. I found a can opener. Most US made items cost more but last much much longer!
I thank you for your site. Others wonder why a store, only made in America wouldn't work. Not enough inventory? Too many would trade cost of China junk?
Have you advertised for all companies to add to your site?
There are other sites with other US made names. The toaster? Any names I can look into? Phyllis