A week ago, I mentioned how difficult it is to find products made in the US and not in China. I said I was going to challenge you to help people shop for the holidays from, if not locally, at least from the US or from whatever country my readers live in. You should have been on the hunt. Now it’s time to see what you’ve found. Here are some products I know are made in the US.
WeatherTech, located not far from us in Bolingbrook, Illinois, makes all sort of products for cars, from floor mats to license plate holders to pet barriers to keep your pets safely in the second or third row. Look into them for the man or pet owner in your life or just to keep your vehicle clean!
Many/most of Nordic Ware’s products are made in the US and they also use US ingredients whenever possible.
Buy Titleist golf balls for the golfer in your life. They’re made in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Not sure about their other products, though.
Consumer Reports had a useful article in 2013 about which products are actually made in America, a list including major brands and such stalwarts as Crayola crayons, Little Tykes toys (here’s a list of which toys are US made), Stetson hats (for over 150 years!),and other major brands just right for gift-giving. AmericansWorking.com has listings for all sorts of products made in the US as does USA Love List.
Of course, you can always shop close to home, from people who make their own products, whether food, clothes, crafts, etc. Buy local cheese, wine, craft beers, maple syrup, honey and candles made from bee’s wax, food and crafts from farmers markets, etc. and you’ll be buying from not only your own country but from local merchants and artists.
Now over to you. What can you recommend? Thanks for participating and feel free to post any other related comments or, if you sell something, to let us know what it is and where we can find it. Extra points if it’s also made from US ingredients/products (or from those in your country, if you’re not from the US.)