1./ 2./ 3./ 4./ 5./ 6./ 7./Dads love quality-constructed, sustainable goods. It's in their blood. Make your dad proud this holiday season by wrapping up an American-made present with his name on it. If anyone is truly going to appreciate the exquisite craftsmanship, it's your father. Papa didn't raise no fool. More gifts for your father. * image.
Remember that distinct feeling you had the day you graduated high school? Like your whole life had been waiting for this very moment to begin.
Naïvely honestly believing that anything was possible and your future was literally beckoning you forward. I came across Wildfox's Dazed and Confused Lookbook from 2009 (made in LA) and I was instantly transported back to those final days of high school, knowing that there were only three months left until everything changed. It made me think about how my 18 year-old-self envisioned my future self. Do you remember how you thought your life would be post-graduation? Take a moment to scan Wildfox's spot-on interpretation of the 70's-based cult classic, it's amazingly nostalgic. And if you know any high school students bidding their youth goodbye in the upcoming days, check out my American-made gift guide for grads.
1. Homage Womens Buckeye State $28, Made in Columbus, Ohio. 2. La Mer Collections Pyramid Stud Wrap Watch $106, Made in USA. 3. Maya Brenner State Charm Necklace $399, Made in Los Angeles. 4. Duluth Canvas Flatpack $169, Made in USA. 5. Susy Jack Ikat Lined Notebook 12, Made in New York. 6. Jagger Edge Spring Fling iPhone 4 Cover $99, Made in Los Angeles. 7. Chalkboard Globe $112, Made in USA. 8. Susy Jack Pencil Cup - Kilim $9.50, Made in New York. 9. SFK Psychedelic Camera Strap, Made in USA. 10. Joie De Vivre Banner $10, Made in USA. 11. Bowery Lane Bicycles Breukelen $695 Made in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 12. Reach for the Moon Charm Necklace $55, Made in USA. 13. Susy Jack Magnetic Clip Sets $6.50, Made in New York. 14. Uncommon Goods $20 Graduation Good Voodoo Doll, Made in USA.
While most of the pressure for Valentine's Day rests squarely on your guy's shoulders, it doesn't go unnoticed when you put a little effort into what you'll be bringing to the table. After all you don't want to end up gifting your man a heart-shaped pizza in the eleventh hour. That being said, edible gifts should not be out of the running. Regardless of how archaic the old adage may sound, it's hard to deny there isn't a little truth in finding the way to a man's heart through his stomach (gifts 2,5,7 and 11 have you covered in that arena). The rest of my suggestions are all some variation of cute, funny or romantic and (as always) all of them are made in the U.S. 1. Fifi du Vie Home Decor I Love You Greeting Card $4.50, Made in Dallas, Texas. 2. Port Chester Premium Pair Starter Domestic Beer Club $39.95, Made in USA. 3. Fifi du Vie Set of four You are my Favorite Gift Tags $2, Made in Dallas, Texas. 4. Hlaska Brass Bottle Opener $50, Made in San Fransisco, California. 5. Callie's Charleston Biscuits Two Dozen Cheese and Chive Biscuits $39.99, Made in Charleston, South Carolina. 6. Uncommon Goods Bullet Casing Cufflinks $80, Handmade in New Jersey. 7. Jeni's Lemon Frozen Yogurt Pint $12, Made in Columbus, Ohio. 8. Uncommon Goods Magnetic Collar Stays Three Pairs for $40, Made in USA. 9. Uncommon Goods Notebook Flask $24, Handcrafted in USA. 10. Ebbets Field Flannels New York Knights 1939 Cap $29, Made in USA. 11. Chocolate Says Valentine's Day Customized Milk Chocolate Candy Letters 15 piece $18.99, Made in Greenville, New Hampshire. 12. New Balance M 991 $139.99, Made in USA.
Although many of us may still be un-decking the halls from Christmas, that certainly won't stop Valentine's Day from steadily creeping up. When it comes to Valentine's Day the little things always tend to have the greatest impact, but so can dropping your beau a few helpful hints. The following gift ideas are all made in the USA, and all have a needed pinch of sappiness to reach the desired effect.
1. Fluffy Co Two-sided Heart Tote $49, Made in USA. 2. Love Ring $32, Made in Diamond Bar, California. 3. Wit and Whistle Personalized Valentine Card Decoder $5, Made in North Carolina. 4. Uncommon Goods Heart Coffee Scoop $24, Handmade in Massachusetts. 5. Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Punk Love Studs $35, Made in New York, New York. 6. Maya Brenner Straight as an Arrow Bracelet $78-$170, Made in Los Angeles, California. 7. Noodle & Boo All of My Heart Soap $15, Made in USA. 8. Simpatico Hobnail Candle $28, Made in USA. 9. ban.do Crystal Swirl Brooch Bobbi $130, Made in Los Angeles. 10. Only Hearts So Fine Lace Chemise $90, Made in USA. 11. Lily Gene Home is Where the Heart is $30, Made in California.
Dads always seem to be the easiest to shop for during the holiday season since they usually have a few practical gift ideas idling on the back burner, with no real preference in terms of brand or color. While their gifts may be easy to find, they also veer toward being somewhat boring. In an effort to find American made gifts with a little more panache for my dad this year, I may have stumbled across a veritable gift-giving gold mine for dads: Uncommon Goods.
Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace that offers creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. The site houses an array of retailers' goods, which can easily keep you occupied for the duration of the afternoon. The following pieces are among my top American made picks for dads this holiday season. There is nothing more exciting than finding the perfect gift for your father, one that is equal parts out of the box and extraordinary.
1. Dog Blueprints $185, Made in California. 2. Reclaimed Slate Cheese Board $48, Handmade in Wisconsin from recycled materials. 3. Cardboard Animal Heads $28-$58, Made of 100% recycled cardboard in Virginia. 4. Whiskey Stones and Gift Set $19.50-$58, Natural Soapstone "ice cubes" milled in Perkinsville, Vermont, by the oldest soapstone workshop in the United States. Glasses made in Slovenia & the Czech Republic. 5. Pizza Cutter $36, Handmade for lifelong use by Al Stephens in Alabama. 6. Wine Cask Artisan Board $130, Handmade in Texas. 7. Fishlights $295-$495, Handmade by Glassfire Studio artisans in Salt Lake City. 8. Real Sugar Maple Leaf Nightlight $38, Handmade in California. 9. Soda Bottle Bird Feeder Kit $10, Made in the USA. 10. Tube-Wringer $21.95, Made in the USA. 11. Wallet Pen $8-$70, Handmade in Vermont.