When picking out lasting gifts, do you often wonder if where the products were made should be a priority? We believe it should. There are so many reasons to support locally-made manufacturers; here are just a few:
The Economy. Buying locally-made supports the national economy; think of it as recycling your hard-earned cash back into your own community, where it can then support other local businesses and governments in turn.
Jobs. If demand for a certain product grows past the current capacity, the only solution for companies is to hire more people to help supply it, creating more local jobs!
Human rights. With local manufacturers, it’s far easier to be sure that you’re supporting a company that is well-versed in the laws and codes promoting safe, ethical working conditions.
The Environment. Buying within your own country not only helps reduce oil and gas emissions but greatly reduces excess packaging such as cartons, containers and plastics that are often used during long transportation.
If you’re thinking of purchasing some locally-made gifts this year, we’ve curated a little list of American-made built-to-last buys just for you!
For Her Capsule Wardrobe
This Jennifer Dress is a perfect dress to reach for during the warmer seasons. Made from moisture-wicking bamboo, it will keep you cool in the summer and holds its shape and softness throughout the years.
We love this American-made brand for not making us choose between style and sustainability. The New Blak is a woman-owned brand founded in Louisville, Kentucky focusing on slow fashion and using breathable and durable natural fabrics. We also love their zero waste approach to their business model, repurposing off cuts and producing cutting patterns that minimize fabric waste.
For Their New Home
This classic rim flatware set is the perfect gift for new home nesters. The pieces are not just beautiful to look at - they have excellent balance and weight, and are polished to a beautiful mirror finish. For added peace of mind, they come with a 25 year guarantee.
Liberty Tabletop’s entire operation is based in the United States. They are one of the only remaining flatware companies to still employ local craftsmen while using high quality, 18/10 stainless steel from US steel mills.
For His City Adventures
Made from cotton jersey fabric knit, this heavy duty t-shirt is versatile and looks good all year round.
A family-run business based in Portland, Oregon, Dehen 1920 chose durable workmanship over cheap, mass production by keeping their factory in the same city in which it was founded despite pressure to move production overseas.
For the Food Network Junkie
For the foodie in your life, you can’t go wrong with this incredibly durable Finex 5 Quart Dutch Oven. It comes with thick walls and a solid bottom to ensure even-cooking heat retention and distribution, making it the perfect pot to use for a lifetime of stews, soups and even bread!
Proudly American-made, Finex was also founded in Portland, Oregon, and each pan is still polished, seasoned and assembled by hand in the City of Roses. They’ve successfully merged the durable qualities of antique cast iron pans with modern touches such as easy-to-pour shapes and ergonomic handles.
For the Wandering Adventurer
The Wanderer is a medium-sized travel bag great for carrying all the essentials, made out of durable burly canvas with high stress seams. With a lifetime guarantee that covers craftsmanship and hardware, you’ll be certain that this bag will withstand the rigors of traveling, may it be hiking, canoeing or a weekend city break.
Born in the late 1800s, Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and backpack making company in America, providing premium handcrafted wares meticulously handcrafted by dedicated artisans who individually work on each piece.
For the Little One to Cuddle
Is there a newborn or cuddly toddler on your list this year? If so, we couldn’t suggest a more perfect lifetime gift than a teddy bear. Lots of us have kept our childhood teddies, and it’s always such a joy to pass them down a generation. Teddies are friends with whom we grow up and grow old.
The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is unique in that it guarantees all its bears for life and will fix them in their “Bear Hospital” if they have a mishap. This gorgeous cuddly bear with short, plush fur is handmade in Vermont, USA, using the softest fur they could get their paws on and 100% recycled stuffing.
For the Meal Prep Planner
The Vejibag is made out of 100% unbleached organic cotton grown and milled in the USA and sewn by a worker-owned factory in Valdese, North Carolina. This pack of three will not only keep produce fresh thanks to their innovative breathable material, but will also eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic bags ending in landfill.
The Vejibag is founded by a greenhouse owner looking for a plastic-free alternative in keeping her newly purchased produce fresh, and she took inspiration from the age-old trick of wrapping vegetables in moistened tea towels or burlap.
Still not sure? A Gift for Life Card is always a thoughtful idea.