Don’t take a chance this holiday season — shop Made in USA!
This is the eighth year that the Alliance for American Manufacturing has unveiled a gift guide highlighting Made in America products from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It’s one of the most popular things we do all year, and it’s also a learning opportunity for us, as we always discover amazing companies we hadn’t heard about before.
The guide seems especially valuable this year, as big box store shelves are unusually bare due to supply chain issues and shortages of imported products. This crisis is a reminder about why it’s so important for our national and economic security that the United States is able to make stuff right here at home.
By shopping Made in America this holiday season, you can help strengthen American manufacturing and support good factory jobs. But best of all, these American-made gift ideas are just really cool! We think there’s something for everyone on your list, but if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, check out our Made in America Directory or previous gift guides, which are linked below. And don’t forget to share the gift guide with family and friends, and on social media using the hashtag #MadeinUSAGifts.
Be sure to join us on Zoom on Monday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT for a special Cyber Monday digital event featuring some of the makers on this list! Register here.
The husband-and-wife team of Sydney and Will Hewitt oversee Coast and Cotton, which makes 100% cotton hand towels using cotton that’s grown, milled and sewn just a few hundred miles from the company’s Auburn studio. Coast and Cotton uses eco-friendly, water-based dyes to create fun, colorful patterns, including for its popular “Love My State” collection. You can find their towels online or at local shops throughout the Yellowhammer State.
Bonus: Teach your kiddos the ABCs with Y is for Y’all, a children’s book that features popular southernisms for each letter (think: B is for Bless Your Heart). Written by Kelly Kazek and illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde, the book is made in Birmingham.
Stock up for winter with Alaska-tough clothing and gear made by Nomar in Homer, Alaska. Founded in 1978, Nomar began manufacturing gear out of a converted GMC school bus that was outfitted with a barrel stove for warmth and a single commercial sewing machine. Since then, Nomar has grown to a crew of 16 employees, a 10,000-square-foot workspace, and a retail location. Rest assured you can battle blizzards in Nomar’s base-layer fleece jackets, hats and gloves.
Kids’ clothing manufacturer Alice + Ames was started by a mom of three daughters in 2015. The company’s clothes work for every facet of life, from adventuring to dancing to taking a nap. Alice + Ames dresses and rompers are handmade and use innovative designs and a sharp color palette, making them the perfect gift for this holiday season. The brand offers a wide array of ballet dresses that are perfect for the tiny dancer in your life.
Bonus: American Mule mugs are an ode to Arizona’s old copper tradition and are created by local artisans with copper sourced exclusively from the United States. These mugs look cool and have a distinct design from their copper make. They’re the perfect mug to have your favorite holiday cocktail in, or maybe even some eggnog.
Added Bonus: Dazzle Dry Nail Polish is a unique experience that isn’t gel or a gel hybrid. Instead, the company uses hypoallergenic ingredients that are free from any animal byproducts or animal testing to create a high-quality, non-toxic finish that lasts chip free for up to two weeks. Dazzle Dry is proudly made in Chandler.
There’s a growing number of Native American-owned coffee roasters out there, but this wholesaler from Fort Smith on the Oklahoma border has been at it since 2008. Native American Coffee is native-owned and operated – the proprietor is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation – and it sells its beans by the pound, “giving our customers more bang for their buck.” I’d try the Jack’d Rabbit, Black Wolf and Swan blends. Reader Pick
Bonus: Swedish company Husqvarna is an international manufacturer, but it operates a production facility in Nashville where it makes its automower for the American market. That’s right: a Roomba that mows your lawn. This is the ultimate gift for the dad who has everything.
Not only is Loyale Studio a Made in America company of fine eco-friendly, modern linens for your kitchen, dining table and washroom, its products are primarily made within the city limits of San Francisco. This woman and minority-owned company designs, manufactures and ships its sustainably made gift items in the 7 x 7-mile area that is the City by the Bay. Loyale Studio also supports local businesses by sourcing its materials locally, further reducing its carbon footprint. Reader Pick
Bonus: Selva Negra is a Los Angeles-based, Latina-founded contemporary women’s fashion label committed to ethical production and sourcing sustainable materials. All dresses, blouses, pants and sweaters are created using low-waste solutions including compostable packaging, upcycling fabric waste and small-batch production runs. Gift the gift of fashion that is environmentally produced in downtown L.A.
Added Bonus: The husband-and-wife team of Sean and Shannon Scott brought years of shoemaking experience to their Los Angeles-based COMUNITYmade shoe business. Both worked many years with the industry giants of footwear before bringing their vision back home to be Made in America. They offer both men’s and women’s premium handcrafted luxurious casual shoes, which are made of leather and vegan materials. Every purchase also includes a 20% donation to the charity of your choice. Reader Pick
Cyclists and other outdoor warriors will appreciate the functionality of Polar Bottle, which bills itself as the first-ever insulated, BPA-free sports bottle. But fans of American manufacturing will approve of the company’s commitment to local manufacturing, as all of its products are made in Boulder with USA-sourced parts. Reader Pick
Bonus: Don’t forget to get your furry companion a gift this holiday! American Dog offers an eclectic mix of dog toys that are all Made in America, perfect for playing fetch or tug of war. There’s even a line of holiday-themed toys. Reader Pick
What could be a more seasonally appropriate gift than a Warmer Upper! Warmer Upper, a veteran-owned company, has designed a Polartec Thermal Pro blanket with a patent-pending ergonomic seat wing that wraps around you to stave off the cold (bye bye, cold bottoms from stadium seats!). The company ups the ante with a removable clear-view touch-sensitive pouch that allows the user to conveniently store a phone or other personal devices. And, you can custom embroider your Warmer Upper with the logo or lettering of your choice to show your team spirit. What more could the outdoor sports spectator want!
Bonus: Look forward to warmer days with Eliza B. and Leather Man Ltd.’s Made in Essex sandals for men, women and children. And, while you’re at it, pick up an embroidered collar or leash for the dog. The sister companies also manufacture lovely leather and embroidered belts that harken to Connecticut’s maritime history. Reader Pick
Artisan Michele Buckler of Sand N Stones in Lewes creates wire-wrapped jewelry around stones, sea glass and other beach treasures, and offers a wide range of metal material from 14k gold-filled or Argentium sterling silver. You can choose a gem from the website or have her give a handcrafted look to something you already own.
Bonus: For even more precious gemstones and ethically sourced diamonds, Midwinter Company in Wilmington offers a large catalog of eye-catching rings. The company supports environmental protection and fair labor practices and creates heirloom quality pieces that are not only beautiful but kind to Mother Earth. At least 10% of profits are donated to charity.
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Get your holiday cards this year from Second Story Cards, a unique company that utilizes the creative talents of homeless men and women to craft messages and designs for their line of cards. The cardmakers actually receive 15% of each sale, and 10% of all profits are donated to homeless-focused nonprofits. What’s a better way to spread the holiday spirit than supporting this heartwarming company?
Bonus: Sarah McLaughlin got her start in jewelry in 2008 when she decided she could make her own gold necklace instead of buying one. What resulted was Sarah Cecelia Jewelry and Metal Goods, allowing her to pursue her passion and a great creative outlet for her to work with metals and create beautiful jewelry with traditional techniques and lots of love. And everything is handmade in Washington, D.C.!
If you’ve got a house cat, you’ve got more than a pet: You’ve got a roommate. And On2Pets believes you should furnish pet furniture appropriately. On2Pets makes cat condos, shelves, hammocks, scratching posts and really cool little indoor trees that will blend into your home and keep your feline friend stimulated. Reader Pick
Bonus: Lat & Lo of Neptune Beach makes delicate handcrafted jewelry working in gold and silver. A passion that started in founder Kelly McCullers’ garage has evolved into the world’s first full line of custom coordinates jewelry. That’s this company’s thing: many of its pieces can be inscribed with coordinates (latitude and longitude) making each piece a very personal one for the wearer. “Every single piece from Lat & Lo completely different than the next,” says McCullers. Consider a coordinates bracelet, necklace, ring, or a pair of earrings for a lovely holiday gift. Reader Pick
Added Bonus: Need to get your bike or skis to your next outdoor adventure, but don’t want to bolt a rack to the roof of the car? How about you take a look at SeaSucker, which sells vacuum-mounted racks. They’ll go on almost any automobile, are easy to install, and each mount is rated to hold hundreds of pounds of weight – so your gear will stay attached as you ride down the road. They’ve got marine gear too: Cup holders that can attach to your boat that can withstand the waves. Made in beautiful Bradenton. Reader Pick
When Chantel Powell found herself shuttling her son Kam between basketball and football practices, she knew that something had to be done about… the smell. But when the mother-of-three couldn’t find a store-bought deodorant she could trust, she decided to make her own, using 100% natural ingredients. Her recipe soon became a hit, and Play Pits is now a Made in Georgia specialty. This mom-and-son, Black-owned business takes pride in its commitment to chemical-free products to keep kids safe (and smelling tolerable).
Bonus: Lovelane Designs is a Savannah-based business that is much more than meets the eye. Founder and designer Lane Huerta creates whimsical dress-up clothes, including the company’s popular Super Heroes collection, that will inspire hours of pretend play. These hand-sewn, Made in the USA costumes will delight kiddos of all sizes.
Added Bonus: All American Khakis is a family-owned chain on a mission to grow manufacturing in the United States. Their khakis include a Smörgåsbord of selections, from seasonal to trendy five-inch shorts, all made in Thomson from start to finish. Reader Pick
From the far reaches of Kauai comes the unique invention of a local artisan: wooden hats. Calabash Wearable Wood uses scrap Koa wood for its line of baseball caps with wooden, bendable brims. You can also customize your order to include artistic carvings of sea turtles, waves, and a whole host of distinctive designs. All saw dusting and woodwork is Made in Hawaii.
Boise-based Geoform Designs creates one-of-a-kind, handmade ceramic vessels in small batches designed to host air plants, which do not require soil or direct sunlight to grow. Don’t have a green thumb? The company also sells jewelry and home décor.
Bonus: The metal products sold by Foster Weld make for excellent gifts, from buckles, belts, can openers and cuffs to fun signs, like the company’s National Forest Lighted Sign collection.
Added Bonus: Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for the outdoorsperson in your life? Check out Pinch, pocket kindling that’s water resistant and easy to light. Pinch burns for approximately 15 minutes, with about 2 hours of burn time in each can.
Founded by Dominican American entrepreneur Ada Rojas, Vecina Couture’s luxurious robe calls upon Old World glamour with a very New World perspective. This premium satin ankle-length robe boasts inseam side pockets, side slits, an interior tie, an attached belt that you can’t lose, and cleverly cinched cuffs to keep sleeves in place. The robe sets, which are cut and sewn in Chicago, include a matching satin headband.
Bonus: Who loves ice cream? We love ice cream! But, man, getting that ice cream out of a carton can be a serious battle. Give the gift of a perfect scoop with Happyware Company’s 100% aluminum, dishwasher-safe, premium ice cream scoop. Reader Pick
Added Bonus: Splurge-worthy State Optical Co.’s Made in Chicago eyewear is crafted through a process of more than 75 steps and hundreds of hours undertaken by one of the company’s artisans. The company offers both optical and sunwear styles. Reader Pick
Lots of people associate Indiana only with auto racing, but the Hoosier state has a proud bicycle-racing tradition too. That’s pretty evident in the quality product you get when you buy a bike part from Zipp Wheels. This brand was bought by bike component manufacturer SRAM in 2007, which makes products all over the world. Zipp products, however, are still made in Indianapolis. A little pricey? Yes, but you get what you pay for: A durable bike wheel that performs well in nearly all the elements.
Bonus: This decades-old company based in Syracuse turns landfill-bound plastic into tasteful outdoor furniture. Polywood stands behind its products so much that each comes with a 20-year warranty. We doubt you’re gonna use that warranty, though, as this stuff is durable as all heck. Chaise lounges, Adirondacks, gliders, rocking chairs: You name it, Polywood’s got it in a variety of designs. Reader Pick
Wooden signs for the home remain popular as a statement item, and you can give the gift of a favorite sentiment with a purchase of a sign made by Kendrick Home in Edgewood. The sign displays are a byproduct of the Edgewood Sawmill and are sold at many retailers throughout the United States. You can access a retailer for in-store or online purchases by clicking on the “find a retailer” page on the Kendrick website.
Bonus: The Original Udder Balm website proudly proclaims, “A great American product not stuck on a container ship somewhere.” This family-owned West Des Moines business offers what is calls liquid gold for your skin that moisturizes everything on your body from head to toe. Makes a fine stocking stuffer to keep the wintertime dry-skin blues away.
What better reflection of the Sunflower State than Wright Farms Sunflower Oil. This farm-to-table staple of Kansas sunflower oil has been used for food and skincare treatment, and is rich in Vitamin E. The Wright family has sourced all their product to their farm just outside of Bird City, where the untilled sunflowers are harvested and pressed.
Bonus: With a century’s experience, Vornado Fans herald themselves as distinct from all other fan manufacturers. On their website, each Made in USA product has a diagram that shows how each device, whether it be a heater or a circulator, works to expand airflow. Pay attention, however, to that Made in America line, designated by a flag sticker in the top corner of the product – those are the only fans that are assembled entirely outside of Wichita.
Are you a fan of chocolate? How about bourbon? Then combine your interests with Art Eatables. These aren’t the typical bourbon balls popular in the Bluegrass State. Founder Kelly Ramsey is the world’s first bourbon-certified chocolatier, and the company is famous for its Small-batch Bourbon Truffle.
Bonus: Decorate your holiday table with the classic dishware from Stoneware & Co., which first got into business in 1815. The company is one of the oldest stoneware makers in the country. In Louisville? Be sure to take a tour of Stoneware & Co.’s historic factory in the Paristown Pointe neighborhood, which includes a paint-your-own-pottery experience.
Haspel makes a variety of types of Made in USA suits, but is perhaps best known for inventing the Seersucker Suit in the early 20th century. Before then, lightweight seersucker fabric had been used mostly to make overalls worn by laborers, but Joseph Haspel Sr. formed it to make a suit, changing men’s fashion forever. Although Haspel was sold off in the 1970s, the Haspel family repurchased the company and relaunched it in New Orleans in 2014. Reader Pick
Bonus: Schoolteacher-turned-winemaker Kim Lewis launched Ole Orleans, the only Black-owned winery in New Orleans and one of just a handful in the country, in 2018. Not in the Big Easy? You can order the company’s collection of Louisiana-made wines online, and the winery even offers a quarterly wine club.
Two Little Beans & Co.’s baby booties, bibs and apparel — all handmade on the coast of Maine — promise to withstand spills, falls, and everyday messes, but with a bright, modern aesthetic influenced by the Maine coastline. The mom-owned company’s baby booties have a cozy Sherpa lining that keeps your baby’s tootsies toasty, and their bamboo terry cloth bibs feature a unique side-snap design for easy removal. Reader Pick
Bonus: The verdict is out! Clogs are the shoes of the year. Secure a Made in Portland pair for your loved one from Kurier. Kurier’s clogs, handmade from Italian and American leathers, industrial-strength thread, and premium antique brass and steel hardware, capture vintage beauty while staying true to the footwear’s intended durability and comfort. Kurier’s gorgeous leather handbags are also eminently giftable if you’re looking some additional presents (hint, hint).
Added Bonus: Elves and Angels’ playsets and dollhouses, handcrafted from locally grown and harvested Eastern White Pine and hardwoods, may be pricey, but they are built to last a lifetime. For more than 30 years, the company has been creating heirloom-quality wooden play kitchens and other playsets to spark children’s imaginations. With a lifetime guarantee on their products, you can rest assured that these sets are built to last.
Another Added Bonus: CHART Metalworks’ nautical-inspired jewelry, barware and accessories are customized to display a map, nautical chart, graphic or photo of your choosing. Layers of boater’s resin create a durable seal and magnifies the image. Every piece is designed and hand-cast in the company’s downtown Portland workshop, and all of the company’s raw materials are Made in USA.
In 2015, Words With Boards cutting boards were a finalist in the Martha Stewart AMERICAN MADE Design Contest, and later that year the custom cutting boards landed on Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things holiday list. Produced in a Baltimore wood shop and design studio, you can order lettering carved into your cutting board, lazy Susan or serving trays. The American hardwoods used are sustainably forested and for each wooden product sold a tree is planted in the United States. Reader Pick
Bonus: Created by two restaurant industry workers stuck at home during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, City Bonfires sells portable, reusable mini bonfires that rekindle memories of family gathered outdoors around an open flame. The bonfires are a 4 x 2-inch round metal tin that is filled with non-toxic soy wax. It’s a great mobile heat source and some orders even come with a ‘Smores kit. Most items are less than $30.
Half n the Bag started off as a hobby. Founder Carmen Beaton started making totes, but turned her passion into a business that offers high-quality, handmade wine bags. They’re insulated, made with designer fabrics, and completely waterproofed. Perfect for any wine lover, these are the must-have accessory to deliver wine bottles to parties this holiday season. Reader Pick
Bonus: If you’re looking for shoes this holiday season, look no further than Victory Sportswear. The Fitchburg-based company has been making shoes for everyone since the 1980s, and have shoes for running, walking, and specialized for those with orthopedic needs. Victory Sportswear shoes are made to last. Reader Pick
Added Bonus: Godspeed Co. started off with a mission: to make a shirt that can withstand anything. They make a high-quality work shirt that gets better with age and can withstand whatever grit, dirt and grime gets on it. Plus, all the fabric is sourced in the US and sewn in Fall River at a centuries-old clothing factory where the Godspeed Co. carries on Massachusetts’ textile traditions. Reader Pick
Paper Sprouts makes beautiful little handcrafted paper flowers that come embedded with actual flower seeds. So buy these creations as gift bag favors or to decorate for your next event – and then, when you’re done appreciating them, plant these paper sprouts, and grow some real flowers! Reader Pick
Bonus: Michigan gets plenty cold in the winter, and the lower Michigan looks like a mitten. It was only a matter of time before someone put this together. In 2007, someone did and the aptly named Michigan Mittens is the result. Your hands won’t get cold in these, no matter how much lake effect snow is falling. Buy a pair for the Michigander in your life. Also available for purchase are baby mittens and oven mitts. Reader Pick
Added Bonus: A startup founded during the COVID-19 pandemic, this Saginaw-based company makes steel hammers with fiberglass and hickory handles that have stick rules and common cuts so you can make measurements on the fly. “A tool belt basically in one tool,” as one reviewer put it. Most hammers come available in a variety of sizes and weights. If you’ve got someone handy on your holiday gift list, Boss Hammer has great options for you. Reader Pick
Another Added Bonus: This worker-owned company makes stylish footwear, accessories and goods from “leather and other materials otherwise destined for the landfill.” Pingree Detroit has a line of backpacks, handbags, wallets, sneakers, dog leashes, and coasters available, and every item comes with a #KnowYourMaker tag so you’ll know who actually made what you’ve purchased. If you’ve got the patience, get on the waiting list for some of their deftly crafted leather shoes – only 10 pairs custom-made per month in the Motor City. Reader Pick
Since 1990, WSI Sportswear has been tailored to meet the needs of athletes across America. Anyone who needs any sportswear can likely find it in WSI’s vast catalogue – if you’re unable to find what you’re looking for, WSI also makes custom gear at their facility in Eagen.
Bonus: Outdoorsmen and women need durable, dependable equipment to help them get from point A to point B. Frost River wants to be their champion. Their dry packs, however, are just the tip of the iceberg, with bags of all utilities – even if your adventure is going to get groceries, Frost River’s made in Red Wing leather will last well after the day is done.
Added Bonus: Don’t stop at buying American-made gifts this season; make sure that your Christmas stockings are also Made in America. Merry Stockings offers a line of customizable stockings that are manufactured in the United States. But check the label; not all of the company’s products are made stateside. Reader Pick
We’re big fans of HGTV stars Ben and Erin Napier, in part because of their dedication to Made in America products, including those sold at their Mississippi shop Laurel Mercantile. The store’s new line of American Made Flannels make for a good gift, as do the retailer’s kitchen products.
Bonus: Artifact Beard Oils and Tonics are made in Madison, the creation of an archaeologist and professor with “a fabulous beard.”
Founded during the COVID-19 pandemic to sustain employment for the workers of the Madison Flitch furniture studio, Madison Stitch has been about giving back since its beginning. Though the company started out serving the community by making thousands upon thousands of desperately needed masks at the start of the pandemic, it has switched to selling bags and other hand-stitched items made by refugees from Afghanistan and Myanmar, using locally sourced leather, linen and wood. Stitchers at the company are paid a living wage and share in 10% of all sales.
Bonus: For three generations, the Andrews family has manufactured its natural wool dusters at the same site as its family farm in the small town of Grant City, and they’re not going to mess with a good thing. The Wool Shop’s environmentally-friendly dusters celebrate the natural properties that makes wool such an excellent duster for even the most delicate of surfaces. Reader Pick
Cowboys and ranchers are not the only ones sporting hand-designed belt buckles. If you are looking for a gift for the ultimate outdoors man or woman, a Montana-themed belt buckle from Wild Horse Steel Works will surely make a Big Sky state statemen. We are all about steel here at AAM, and the craftsman at Wild Horse offers a variety of finely designed steel western and nature themes. There are also individual pieces of a small, sculptured steel art collection available.
If you’re looking for either a bag or an apron to gift this season, check out Artifact Bags. The company started in 2010 when Chris Hughes was laid off of his job and decided to pursue his passion. The bags are handmade, and designed with the highest devotion to quality, utility, and a timeless aesthetic.
Bonus: The Benson Soap Mill is run by two guys who wanted to use and repurpose discarded products from local restaurants, coffee shops, and farms. What’s followed has been a creative and unique line of soaps, bath bombs, and body wash all handcrafted at their mill. Makes for a neat stocking stuffer.
Eliminate a driving distraction: While in the car, keep your bagged stuff neat and tidy with a BagModo, the handy hook that slips conveniently over a seat’s headrest. This veteran-owned company makes its affordable product in Las Vegas. A BagModo will keep your items off the car floor so you can keep your eyes on the road. Stuff a distracted driver’s stocking with one of these today.
Aside from a brief interlude wherein his father took away his first boomerang, Victor Poulin has always found himself experimenting and creating his own boomerangs. So it’s probably no surprise he turned it into a career. Boomerangs by Vic designs, including a Batarang, are sorted by beginner, experienced, left and right-handed. Poulin also showcases his products on his website — and some legendary trick shots. Reader Pick
Bonus: Emerson Fry makes its handcrafted line of women’s clothing in small batches to minimize impact on the environment. While the company’s India collection is not sourced in America, Emerson Fry’s traditional collection is straight from New Hampshire. These fashionable pieces are made with an eco-focus in mind and a sincere effort to avoid waste in making their products. Reader Pick
K-Deer activewear makes fantastic leggings perfect for a yoga class, or really any activity, that are distinguished by their bright stripes. The Hackensack-based company seeks to accommodate bodies of all shapes and sizes, for men and women, and are made of high-quality materials that won’t lose resiliency over time. Plus, the company donates 5% of their e-commerce proceeds to communities in need! Reader Pick
Bonus: If you’re looking to give a shirt this holiday season, then you have to check out Gambert Shirts. The family-owned company has been making shirts in Newark for almost a century, and will customize their shirts with a selection of over 1,500 fabrics and countless designs. When it comes to quality and uniqueness, you can’t go wrong with their great designs and Made in America quality. Reader Pick
Added Bonus: Forget whatever new gaming device is hot this year, think about giving a gift that will get someone outside and active. Leather Head Sports makes custom balls for a wide range of sports — football, baseball, soccer, and basketball — out of high-quality materials, by hand right here in the U.S. These balls can be engraved, monogrammed, embossed, or set to any color scheme you can think of.
The Pueblo have for centuries made hand-crafted blackware and redware pottery with deep engravings. In the 20th century, Margaret Tafoya continued these traditions and became the legendary matriarch of the Santa Clara Pueblo potters. While Tafoya died in 2001, a group of artisans – including many of her 12 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren – continue to make these pieces today.
The cozy PJs made by Elizabeth Cotton have been manufactured at the same two family-owned factories in New York’s Garment District since 2005. Vogue, InStyle and Oprah magazines are among the publications that have featured the company. Reader Pick and Webinar Guest
Bonus: Hosting parties this season? Martha Stewart is a fan of Brooklyn Slate Company’s slate boards, which are perfect for displaying cheeses and other appetizers. The company sources its materials from the Vermont and New York Slate Valley, and partners with Progress Industries, a non-profit that provides support for people with developmental disabilities. Reader Pick
Added Bonus: Reusable bags cut down on plastic waste, but they can be a pain to carry around. Enter the Braceletote, the bag that’s stored inside a bracelet. Each sleeve is made from repurposed fabric, while the bag is durable recycled nylon, enough to hold two gallons of milk. A great stocking stuffer idea. Reader Pick
Boldfoot Socks are proudly 100% Made in America from the cotton itself to the final stitch, with 5% of profits going to U.S. military and veterans in need. As you might imagine, Boldfoot offers a bounty of patriotic styles, but there are plenty of options in bold, bright colors. Reader Pick
Bonus: Black-owned Darlyng & Co. got its start selling innovative teething gloves, but the company’s empire has grown to include Made in USA skin and haircare for children. You can find Darlyng & Co.’s bath and body products in Target and on Amazon, in addition to the company’s website. Check that label, though, as Darlyng & Co.’s other products may be imported.
Added Bonus: Shopping for a distinguished gentleman in your life? Add loads of style without breaking the bank with a handcrafted Made in Raleigh tie, cufflinks or pocket square from family-owned High Cotton. The company’s gentlemen’s accessories come in a wide array of styles, from classic to whimsical to suave (We’re looking at you, black velvet bowtie.). Reader Pick
This company makes livestock handling equipment – stuff like calf shelters, windbreaks, and trailer bolsters. Those aren’t exactly holiday gifts! But RB Mfg also makes tasteful, sturdy items for around the house, too: everything from boot scrubbers to flower pot hangers to benches, desks, coffee tables and coat racks. And you won’t have to look at the fine print: RB boasts that everything it sells is American-made.
Everything made by Bully Tools since the company’s founding in 1994 has been manufactured stateside, and since 2006 has been assembled by workers at a state-of-the-art facility in Steubenville. Bully Tools makes a variety of gardening tools, shovels, and snow and ice removal equipment, along with a line of specialty products. Reader Pick
Bonus: Designer Elizabeth Bourgeois sources sustainable and upcycled fabrics to make heirloom-quality clothing for Team Chipmunk. The company makes clothes for women and children, and everything is handmade.
Award-winning Cherokee artist Greg Stice has been sharing his Native American culture with customers through his family-run business Cherokee Copper for more than five years. Copper jewelry pieces that are inspired by Cherokee heritage are featured by the brand, but other fine metals are also available. The jewelry is crafted with real gemstones and pearls, and is designed to be worn every day. It’s also affordable, as most items in the catalog price out around $30.
Umbrella Collective makes colorful handbags, totes, day bags, and wallets in the Pacific Northwest. Umbrella Collective’s founder, Erin Slim, channeled her passion for nature and design into a colorful assortment of dependable products, with a razor-sharp attention to detail.
Bonus: Portland is not Portland without bucket hats – and Flipside Hats has you covered. With hats of all shades, stripes, sizes, colors, and customizable, Flipside Hats joins the ever-growing list of companies determined to produce domestically and responsibly, with zero waste and zero tolerance for cheaply made overseas goods.
Added Bonus: Despite pressure to move production overseas, the allure of cheaply made apparel had no appeal for Dehen 1920. This Portland-based company began a century ago, and has remained at its facility ever since, stitching together jackets for varsity lettermen and Harley-Davidson alike. Their 1920 selection of wool coats are great to bundle up with – or journey out into – as the winter months approach.
Brothers John Bundy Sr. and Russell T. Bundy founded USA PAN in 1959, and for decades, the company sold its durable products to the commercial baking industry. In 2009, USA PAN began making bakeware for the home that included the same features trusted by professional chefs. It’s still family-owned today. Reader Pick
Bonus: Felt and Fat’s ceramic tableware – think bowls, mugs, plates, and more – are all handmade to order in Philadelphia, and as a result can take a few weeks for production. But it’s worth the wait, as these gorgeous dishes are built to last for generations.
Added Bonus: Channel Craft has been making old-fashioned toys in the United States for four decades, from games and puzzles to the company’s line of “edu-tainment products.” Looking for unique SWAG for an upcoming conference? You can add a logo to the company’s line of kazoos, tops, and wooden whistles.
Waterproof bags and pouches are an absolute necessity for any true adventurer. Outfit the water-lover or traveler in your life with a waterproof backpack that makes going from sea to land as safe and comfortable as possible with a bag from AWA. Founded by former water sports athletes, the company’s Made in Puerto Rico bags are thoughtfully designed to include internal pockets for better accessibility and an external mesh pocket for toting water. Note: If you’re not able to read Spanish, you’ll want to use your web browser’s translation application to translate AWA’s website into English.
If you are looking for a good old-fashioned, high-quality wooden chest, jewelry box, flatware chest or humidor, American Chest Company offers handcrafted Amish pieces in genuine cherry, oak, maple or mahogany. Made from beautiful American solid woods, these heirloom-quality pieces can’t be matched by shoddy imports from overseas. Store your prized possessions in a chest that is worthy to call your precious items home.
Bonus: For more than 40 years, Colonial Mills has been crafting its collection of braided rugs, storage baskets and accessories in the Ocean State. The company is proud of its heritage of always having its products manufactured in the USA. This family-owned and operated business combines traditional and contemporary styles and boasts a motto of “Made in the USA – Always Have Been, Always Will Be.”
Holst & Lee was started by Natalie Holst, a trained jewelry maker looking for fresh and unique designs. Holst & Lee makes all of its jewelry by hand at the company’s studio, and the brand is known for using a wide range of materials like climbing rope and even leather tassels to make each piece unique. The Charleston-based designer has a lot of fans — everyone from Bella Thorne to First Lady Jill Biden has been seen wearing it, and this holiday season, you or your loved ones could too!
Bonus: You can’t forget your furry friends this holiday season — so consider grabbing something for your dog this holiday season from Paw Paws USA. The Greenville-based company started in 2003 and designs an innovative array of collars, leashes, harnesses and other pet accessories. The company uses bright colors and unique designs, all made with high-quality American manufacturing.
This Native-owned business has been making traditional Native American buffalo hide drums for 30 years. All Dakota Drum hides are hand-scraped, and each item is handpainted by Lakota artist Sonja Holy Eagle. The company also sells hide paintings, ledger art, and offers customized paintings. If you appreciate Native American artistry, visit their website or Etsy store – or, if you’re in western South Dakota, their downtown Rapid City storefront.
These giant coolers really do live up to their namesake. ORCA Coolers, known for featuring colors like flashy neon yellow and a cool hue of blue, are made in a facility in Ohio, with the final assembly at ORCA’s headquarters in Nashville. These coolers are built to last – and ready for next season’s tailgate. Reader Pick
Bonus: One of the “few remaining shirtmakers with all our production based of the USA,” Gitman Vintage is a Tennessee continuation of a 90-year tradition. Gitman’s apparel ranges from festive to formal, featuring chalk buttons, double-tracked stitching, and a well-tailored fit that brings the charm of the past into balance with the appeal of the present. Looking to the future, Gitman hopes that manufacturers will return to the United States – but for now, they are one brand that remains committed to sewing and selling in America. Reader Pick
Theresa and Ron Miskin have been raising bison for nearly 30 years, and spent the past decade creating a supply chain that links small mills, local designers and ranches. The result is the Buffalo Wool Company, which offers a line of wool products like socks, gloves, hats, knitwear, footwear and more. Reader Pick
Bonus: RealSteel uses 100% American-made steel to make its line of home decor. While the company offers a variety of pre-made products — including Christmas decorations — it also can make custom items, which typically are ready within 15 days. Reader Pick
Added Bonus: Little Goodall started back in 2010, when Molly Goodall’s 2-year-old son kept getting earaches. The doctor recommended covering up his ears in the cold weather, but little Carter refused to wear hats or other coverings. So Goodall created a hooded coat that doubled as a lion costume, which Carter adored. Goodall started selling similar coats, and a new business was born.
Fashion designer and entrepreneur Jaela is only 20, but she’s already launched a successful fashion line called Jaejudo. Jaela got her start during the COVID-19 pandemic, when she started thrifting tapestries and turning them into wearable items like pants. Today, the youthful brand has grown to include a strong following on social media sites like Instagram and Tik Tok.
Danforth Pewter’s history stretches all the way to 1775. For nearly a century, the Danforth family made pewter their lifeblood. But then, in the late 19th century, Chinese imports popularized cheap porcelain and glass, and pewter fell out of favor. The Danforth family’s pewter tradition came to a close in 1873… or so it seemed. In 1975, Fred Danforth decided that he would revive the business and apprenticed with artisans to restore his family’s tradition. Today, the company is on solid ground and offers oh so many giftable goods at a variety price-points, from holiday ornaments to photo frames to jewelry to keyrings — all made of timeless pewter handcrafted in Middlebury, Vt.
Bonus: Mike Rainville founded Maple Landmark as a child in the 1970s, but what was once a woodworking hobby quickly became a toymaking empire, with roughly 40 employees and decades-worth of experience crafting wooden toys. Today, Maple Landmark is renowned for its durability and toy safety. The company’s signature NameTrains, wooden letters styled as train cars than can move down a track, remain one of its most popular items. It’s easy to see why! Reader Pick
As a child, Meanwhile Back on the Farm co-founder Heather Harris sewed scrunchies and duffel bags to sell at farmer markets alongside her mother’s homemade bread stall. As an adult, she left her family’s farm to work with bag designers in Boston and New York City, but returned to Lynchburg, Va., to raise her family. There, her husband and Meanwhile Back on the Farm co-founder, Bobby Harris, encouraged her to design her own bags. He then applied his expertise in manufacturing to bring Heather’s vision to reality. Today, the couple runs a thriving business selling classically stylish bags made of vegetable tanned leather, waxed canvas and Liberty of London fabrics. Reader Pick
Bonus: Maybe you’re looking for a gear organizer that can withstand the rigors of an epic outdoors adventure, or just for the trials of a family trip — whatever your need, Blue Ridge Overland’s (BROG) soft storage and modular gear organizers have you covered. Manufactured in Bedford, BROG’s gear is meant to withstand the toughest of use and comes with a rugged lifetime guarantee. If you’re searching for a gift for the compulsive organizer or outdoors lover in your life, this is the place to look! You’ll find pouches galore on the company’s website, all with inventive storage solutions, like their headrest-mounted first-aid kit. Let BROG help you “reach your maximum organization potential.”
Added Bonus: If you’re in Northern Virginia, you’ll be able to quickly complete your holiday shopping at the Shop Made in VA store in Old Town Alexandria, which celebrated its grand opening just this November. Founded by serial entrepreneurs and maker champions Stacey Price and Michael Babin, whose Shop Made in DC venture has grown to include five locations, Shop Made in VA showcases a curated collection of makers from across the state. Drop by the storefront or visit their online shop to find everything from tea towels to gourmet foods to kid’s clothing, all proudly Made in Virginia.
After college, Seattle native Sukie Jefferson traveled to places like Brazil and Tanzania. She came back to the states and settled in Los Angeles, where she found herself wanting to channel some of the “aromatic essence” of her travels into candles. Jefferson eventually returned to Seattle, launching Sukie’s Candle Co., which is a member of Seattle Made. The Black-owned business offers a variety of made-to-order, individually hand-poured vegan soy candles, with no toxins, additives, dyes or pollutants. Reader Pick and Webinar Guest
Bonus: Eighth Generation is a Seattle-based textile manufacturer operated by the Snoqualmie Tribe, which employs native artists from around the country to design items like socks, scarves and jewelry. There are some lovely items worth your time in those categories, but you’ve really got to check out Eighth Generation’s flagship item: Its luxurious and beautiful wool blankets and their unique design patterns. Our favorite is the Confluence, featuring a pattern designed by a Tsimshian artist. Like Sukie’s Candle Co., Eighth Generation is also a member of Seattle Made. Reader Pick
Added Bonus: Decent Exposures has been making extremely comfortable cotton underwear, designed by women for women, since 1986. This company is very conscious about its manufacturing decisions: It was a recent finalist for an annual award acknowledging ethical supply chain practices. Check out their lines of bras, bottoms, swimwear, activewear and everyday wear. Made in Seattle. Reader Pick
Malden-based J. Q. Dickinson Salt dates back to 1817, when the Dickinson family got their start making salt — and by 1851 they were dubbed the “best salt in the world” at the London World Fair. Today, the family owned business is still going strong and continues to focus on conservation and quality products, all harvested by hand. Give a salty gift this holiday season with their gift baskets containing a variety of salt-inspired products.
Bonus: Wild Mountain Soap Company makes a wide variety of soaps, lotions, candles, shampoos, and other great products that would make an excellent stocking stuffer. This Fayetteville-based company even makes shampoos for dogs, all right here in the United States.
Show your state pride with a state shaped skillet made by American Skillet Company. This woman-owned brand earned recognition from Martha Stewart, who selected it as one of her inaugural “American Made Awards” in 2012. Each of the company’s cast iron skillets are hand crafted and pre-seasoned — and Made in Wisconsin from start to finish. Reader Pick
Bonus: He may be 87, but retired science teacher Wayne Stroessner is still hard at work, making each of his timeless wooden bowls and other pieces by hand. You can find Wayne’s Woodcraft on Etsy. Reader Pick
The Range Leather Company in Laramie hand makes a variety of bags, purses, totes, wallets, hats and even jewelry using America’s finest full grain Horween leather. Each product is designed to wear in, not wear out. There are plenty of gift items for men and women, and all products come with a lifetime guarantee.
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AAM’s Cathalijne Adams, Jeff Bonior, Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch, Stockton Grunewald, Matt Heller, and Matt McMullan authored the 2021 AAM Made in America Holiday Gift Guide. Special thanks to Kieran Daly and Maria Gallagher at Winking Fish for creating this year’s collection of gift guide graphics.
Full Disclosure: The Made in America Holiday Gift Guide is intended to highlight companies that support American jobs and that make great products in the United States. We rely on the companies listed to provide accurate information regarding their domestic operations and their products. Each company featured is individually responsible for labeling and advertising their products according to applicable standards, such as the Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in USA” standard or California’s “Made in USA” labeling law. We do not review individual products for compliance or claim that because a company is listed in the guide that their products comply with specific labeling or advertising standards. Our focus is on supporting companies that create American jobs.
For more on the Federal Trade Commission’s standards for “Made in USA” claims and California’s “Made in USA” labeling law, please also read this guest post by Dustin Painter and Kristi Wolff of Kelly Drye & Warren, LLP.