So, a trifle late, I present you with the Simply-American 2013 Holiday gift giving list. This list is for independent Americans who did not rush to the shops like lemmings on Black Friday. No, you decided to bide your time and wait for the good stuff. Well here it is, in no particular order.
Imagine the patriotic meals you could cook using the Areaware Star Spangled Spatula. Your pancakes, sausages, eggs and even Kung Pao Chicken will be flavored with Americana if cooked with an Areaware Star Spangled Spatula.
You can also get an Areaware Star Spangled Spatula for flipping burgers on your American made Weber grill!
As recently as the 1960s, 80% of the apparel we bought in this country was made in this country. No more. These days only 3-4% of the apparel we buy is made here. But take heart. If you want to give your mum or wife clothing made by members of our extended American family, you need look no farther than Karen Kane. How about a Wrinkle Resistant Travel Sheath Dress?
A steal on the Karen Kane website for $59. Or since it is sweater season, how about a Handkerchief Hem Sweater?
On sale now at the Karen Kane site for only $58!
Ya gotta love a company that has been making suits in this country for over 120 years. Not everything HSM sells is made in the States, but their suits are made by members of our extended American family. But they must be very expensive you say. Au contraire I say. How about $394.99 for a beautiful wool suit for that special fella in your life?
And while you are at it, have a look at how Hart Schaffner Marx makes its suits.
If you want a great gift for the chef on your shopping list, get them a Lamson & Goodnow knife. Lamson & Goodnow have learned a lot about making knives over the last 175 years. A great buy right now is their Rosewood stamped 7″ Santoku knife.
#5 Tom Bihn bags
Tom makes his wide range of bags and luggage here in Seattle and they are really great. I plan on giving several friends and relations Tom’s Café messenger bag this year.
Nobody makes better shoes than Allen Edmonds and thankfully they make their shoes in Port Washington, Wisconsin. There are a myriad of Allen Edmonds shoes you could give to your husband, father or son, but you simply couldn’t go wrong giving them a beautiful pair of Naples tassel loafers, a steal at $147.
#7 Green Toys
Christmas is all about the children, so I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about wonderful gifts for the little shavers made by members of their extended American family who work for Green Toys. Green Toys produces its toys here at home and they are also very environmentally friendly company. What child wouldn’t want to play with a cool rocket ship on the morning of the 25th?
If your child is more “down to earth”, then get him or her a seaplane,
or a submarine?
Whatever Green Toy you give, you can rest assured it will be a hit.
#8 Justin Boots
If you have a friend or relation who likes to rope, ride or line dance, they will be overjoyed if you get them a pair of Justin Boots. Justin has been making cowboy boots for over a century in the U.S., and their boots are incredibly well made and wearable works of art. What lady wouldn’t want to receive a pair of Justin Turquoise Damiana boots this Christmas? Are ya kidding me?
I am not by nature a patient man. So I am not well suited to the pastime of fishing, though many of my more well-balanced friends do enjoy attempting to catch fish and then release them. In the fishing game, fly fishing seems to me the most pure form. If you have a person in your life who loves to fly fish, consider getting them a Sage rod this Christmas. Sage rods are made in my backyard, on nearby Bainbridge Island. The Approach rods seems like a good choice. With their Sage rod in hand, they can do battle with the Piscis Piscis.
That is either a fish or a small porpoise.
#10 Don’t forget the dogs!
It wouldn’t be Christmas if the doggos didn’t get some great toys Christmas morning and its even better if their treats are made here in the U.S. How about a Kong Squeezz jel Beaverbone?
Everyone needs to buy stocking stuffers, and these are made in the U.S.
No matter what American made product you give this holiday season, you will actually be giving two gifts. One to the person who gets the gift. And a second to the American worker who made the gift in the form of a job. Sounds like a great deal.
Now get shopping!