Hey, we all know there are plenty of popular products that are made outside of the United States. Heck, a lot of favorite gifts this year will be at least partially manufactured in other countries. While you certainly don’t need to rush to your gift stash and toss out anything that isn’t stamped with the red, white, and blue, it’s a pretty worthwhile endeavor to fill out your gift list this year with some awesome American-made products. Generally speaking, purchasing American-made products is better for the environment (shorter shipping journey), better for workers (fairer wages), and often just plain better made. So if you’re looking to go above and beyond this holiday season, take a quick look at these great gift ideas, all of which are — you guessed it — made in America.
Field Company Cast Iron Skillet – $100
It seems as though nearly everyone has a foodie or aspiring chef on their to-gift list. And yet, between all the As-Seen-On-TV Kitchen Gadgets and luxury cookware sets, it can be hard to find a gift for the cook in your life that a) actually works, b) is versatile, and c) won’t completely break the bank. When you find yourself in this particular pickle, sticking with a high quality classic is a pretty safe bet – and The Field Company’s Field Skillet hits all the right marks. It’s a pre-seasoned cast iron skillet, so it’s a practical necessity for any kitchen worth its salt (and a well-stocked cookery can never have too many!) It’s made from a blend of recycled and new iron and is designed to be almost startlingly lightweight (it weighs less than a 13-inch Macbook Pro), with a buttery-smooth cooking surface that can handle anything you throw on it without any sticky, burnt messes. Plus, it rings in at a cool hundy, so you won’t have to take out that second mortgage just to please the recipient’s palate.
American Kitchen Cookware Cast Aluminum Griddle – $125
Another culinary gift that will make super-chefs merry this year is this cast aluminum griddle from American Kitchen Cookware. With a 12-inch cooking surface, this baby has plenty of room for steaks, veggies, burgers, and anything else you want to get a good sear on without pulling out the propane. Plus, the extra-thick cast aluminum is incredibly lightweight and designed to heat quickly and consistently, while the surface stays clean with an interior and exterior non-stick coating. Toss in a few wide ridges for those mouth-watering sear marks and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect indoor grilling gift that keeps on giving, any time of the year. For other, non-U.S. focused indoor grill-pans, here are our favorites.
Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Oversized Buffalo Check Blanket – $200
The weather outside may get a little frightful, but luckily this time of year ‘tis also the season for all things warm and cozy. Faribault Woolen Mill Company specializes in beautiful wool blankets, throws, scarves, and accessories that are all handmade in their historic 150-year-old Minnesota mill. Faribault promises quality and comfort with every product they make, and this blanket — along with matching shams — certainly deliver. Both are made with 100 percent wool, which is not only renewable, but also has a natural stain-resistant protective layer and reacts to changes in body temperature to help its wearer maintain a serene balance of toastiness all winter, all while the oversized buffalo check pattern recalls serene winter cabins and chilly urban evenings. If you’re looking to give the gift of pure wintertime serenity, look no further.
STATE Sunglasses – $381-429
Give the gift of looking fly as hell. State is one of very few eye-wear manufacturers in the United States and they take their unique position quite seriously. Each pair of their sunglasses takes nearly two weeks and over 75 lovingly executed steps to make at State’s Chicago factory, with American pride elegantly wrapped into each detail. The frames are carefully designed to ensure a comfortable fit and are subtly stamped with State’s pyramid logo: 21 stacked dots that represent Illinois, the nation’s 21rst state. Plus, every style pays a nod to its good old hometown with a name borrowed from a Windy City Street. We’re especially partial to the Clark style, which uses a bold, aviator-inspired frame and a gradient of contrasting colors to pay homage to mirthful Sox and Cubs broadcasting legend Harry Caray. The stylish sunnies are finished off with scratch-resistant Zeiss lenses that provide 100-percent UVA and UVB protection.
Filson Boots – $390
If you’ve got a hiking enthusiast to shop for, then you may just have the perfect opportunity to gift something that will knock their socks off…or keep them snugly in place. No matter where the trek-lover in your life plans to step out for their next big adventure, you know they’ll need a trusty pair of boots to keep them moving comfortably. These crag-ready boots from Seattle-based Filson & Wisconsin-born Danner are fully loaded with super breathable Gore-Tex linings and tough Vibram soles for intense traction. They’re built to give all day support and the strong full-grain leather and oil finish Tin Cloth exterior is easy to wipe or brush down after a day out on the trails.
11 Industries Dopp Kits – $75
A good dopp kit is a beautiful traveling companion. If your shopping list includes someone with mad wanderlust or someone whose career involves a heavy dose of plane-hopping, this waxed canvas kit from 11 Industries is a handsome goodie they’ll never want to leave home without again. Six interior pockets make it a breeze to carry and organize a hearty mix of grooming essentials so nothing important ever has to be left behind at home again. The kit is available in three exterior colors — sharp navy, classic black, and handsome soft sage — each with their own complimentary pop of color on the interior.
Fox River Socks – $16
Deep in the heart of winter, when the landscape is snowy and calm, and the full freeze of the season has settled in, there’s an extra special satisfaction in sliding one’s chilly toes into warm, fluffy socks. Fox River manufactures impeccably designed socks in their increasingly eco-conscious Iowa mill, and their Norsk style is sure to be warmly received by anyone who can really savor the slow thaw of wintertime toe-cicles. The 80-percent Ragg wool blend is extra absorbent and keeps toes toasty while still remaining breathable. The nylon-reinforced heels and toes are ultra durable and elastic ribbed cuffs keep them nice and comfortable.
Aviator Nation Trekker Hooded Puffer Jacket – $650
If someone you know will be hitting the slopes this season, why not hook them up with a high-quality coat that is durable enough to pound the powder while oozing pure, cool retro California style. The Trekker Hooded Puffer Jacket from Aviator Nation is bursting with their signature West Coast style, from its water-repellent colorblock fabric to the cozy flannel interior. A shearling-lined hood and prima loft insulation provide ample warmth and protection from the harsh winter elements, and bold throwback color choices make each jacket a full-on fashion statement.
Skida Alpine Hats – $36
Each and every one of Skida’s signature line of hats is proudly hand-sewn in Vermont, taking inspiration for their function and design from the local ski community. With a variety of stylishly whimsical patterns and colors to choose from — including such soul-warming little treasures as Forest Funk, Fishy Fish, and Tealy Dan — you can find a happy holiday gift for just about anyone on your list. We’re particularly fond of the Bearenstein Alpine Hat, made with velvety soft mid-weight fleece and insulated for extra coziness on cold days. It’s moisture-wicking and strong enough to combat chilly winds, making it equally great for snowsports, cold-weather walks, and everyday wear. Add in the pure charm of the rustic winter-woodsy bear print and it’s an affordable, functional, and festively fun gift worth giving.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Summit Pack – $175
Hyperlite appreciates the simple, powerful pleasure of outdoor adventuring, so they don’t overload their high performance gear with a lot of fancy fads. Instead, they break every product down to the essentials and create unvarnished, straight-forward, sleek designs that hone in on what really matters to the passionate backpacker. Their Summit Pack is a minimalist pack that can hold plenty of essentials and still tuck securely into a larger hiking pack. The compact size doesn’t come at a loss of features, though — it also boasts a simple roll-top closure, an ultralight hip-belt, external cords and daisy chains for additional gear storage, and a fully sealed main body. With a simple design and just the right combination of features, this little wonder pack will light up the holidays for the adventure-seekers on your list.
Dodocase Device Folios and Accessories – $24-125
When Dodocase launched in 2010, they were on a mission to transport the delicate, lovingly hands-on craft of bookbinding into the ever-changing world of digital devices. Today, they offer a huge range of device cases and accessories (including beautiful new versions for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X), each handmade in San Francisco. Their gorgeous and dapper folio cases are the perfect gift for tablet-wielding professionals and creatives on your Holiday Nice List. Every single case has its own entirely unique, hand-crafted character, and durable materials like American-made book cloth and premium leather make for a case that is as long-lasting as it is handsome.
Field Notes Quarterly Editions – $13-20
“American Made” is essentially bound into every book that Field Notes dreams up and prints out. The Chicago-based brand takes aesthetic inspiration from American agricultural promotional memo books that co-founder Aaron Draplin has collected for years. Each season, Field Notes releases a new limited Quarterly Edition – a set of their illustrious memo books that can take design inspiration from sources ranging from exam Blue Books to the good old American campfire to the moon itself. This fall’s edition takes its cues from 1860s New York style Dime Novels, resulting in a book that is bursting with both character and function, from its warm dusty-orange exterior to its sturdy pages and delicately sewn bindings. Other equally charming Quarterly Editions can still be purchased, including one of our favorite picks, the Workshop Companion: a set of six books, each of which focuses on a specific DIY discipline ranging from Wood Working and Automotive to Painting and Plumbing. With cheery-bright covers and sturdy dot-graph paper, this set is ready to collect all of your favorite DIY enthusiast’s great ideas.
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