December 8, 2011

Made in America Christmas

It's week two of the Made in America Christmas gift list! Thanks for coming by. Be sure to stop by 33 Shades of Green for her week two list! I've also discovered some great resources along the way, for more ideas be sure to check out USA Love List and This Land. I thought this fact from the ABC World News' "Made in America" series was really interesting: In the 1960s, nine out of every 10 products Americans bought for the holidays were made in America. Today easily more than half of what we buy is foreign-made.

Everything on the gift list today is under $50 and made with care right here in the states. It was hard to narrow it down, but here's the top list:

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag, starting at $19.95
These totes have been made in Maine for over 65 years. This is an American classic, a sturdy canvas tote you can use for anything. And what a perfect, personalized gift when you add monogramming. I have to admit, I am an owner of the Land's End tote and have had it for years. I just recently learned that theirs are imported, meanwhile L.L. Bean is employing people in Maine to make their totes! Not to mention the totes have a 4.8 out of 5 star rating on L.L. Bean's site. I definitely won't be buying one from Land's End again...

Hard at work making totes in Maine! Via

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Cherry Republic Gift Boxes, prices vary
The Cherry Republic is a shop in Northern Michigan that sells all cherry products, using of course Michigan cherries! The store is located in an area in Michigan that is the largest grower of cherries in the country! Their store is awesome if you ever get the chance to go, but you can get all of their products online too. The gift boxes range in price so you can find one for everyone on your list. I especially love the small ones for a hostess gift, boss, co-worker or just general cherry lover!

And these are not just a "gift box." The way they come packaged is so special and even if you only spent $15 it gives the gift a really nice touch. "Each gift box is carefully packed and includes our classic extras: a sprig of cedar greens, a fresh pinecone, a piece of Birch bark, and a handwritten gift card. Just our way of bringing a piece of Northern Michigan to every gift recipient." Also, ship any size gift box anywhere in the USA for a flat $5 shipping rate.

Little Six Gift Box (their most popular sampler), $43.70.
Contains salsa, dried cherries, choc covered cherries, cherry nut mix, cherry jam and dark chocolate covered cherry nut mix. Yum!

And for something cute and small, Jolly Gesture Gift Box, $13.90
Cherry bam jam and choc covered cherries, hard to go wrong there!

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Englady Jewelery on Etsy, prices start at $18
Etsy is always such a great place to find things made in the USA. Talk about supporting small businesses! I had a necklace very similar to the one below from Englady (it had gold instead of the copper) on my wish list last year and it is just gorgeous and really high quality. Such a unique gift too, they are made from real leaves.

Copper Aspen & Silver Birch Leaf Necklace, $42

Japanese Maple Leaf necklace, $36

Hope this inspires some Made in America buying! That's it for this week's list, see you back here for Week Three! 

See Week 1, Made in America Christmas Gift Guide here. And 33 Shades of Green has some awesome kid's ideas this week, head on over!


  1. Great pics! So cool that LL Bean still makes their totes here in the USA. I just noticed in the Land's End catalog that theirs were imported. Way to go LL Bean!

  2. Thanks for the tip about LL Bean. Etsy is one of my favorites for buying locally made, hand crafted goods. I love supporting not just American made, but also items made with love, often by stay-at-home moms! Love this special you are running with your sister.
    Sarah @ made in usa challenge

  3. Kristen: hello, I just came across your blog when I searched made in the usa. I am the owner of a website called It's a luxe e-boutique with a twist: all products are made in the usa. I am on a mission to get the mid to high end shoppers out there to realize the importance of buying made in America products. it seems as though this is important to you to! I hope you will help me spread the word about this site! More products are being loaded all the time as we find more and more that fit the style and essence of the mission! Please take a look when you have a moment. Thanks.


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