Once you’ve put away those Thanksgiving leftovers, it suddenly hits you: The holidays are really underway. For most of us that means annual traditions, gift giving and keeping cozy as winter settles in.
Oh, and shopping.
According to the National Retail Federation, you’ll be spending around $1,048 this holiday season. This includes $659 on gifts, $227 on food and decorations. It leaves $162 for that little something extra for yourself or your family.
And thanks to the creativity of our neighbors across this country, an American made holiday season is just a handful of clicks away.
Whether you like it real (18%, according to the American Christmas Tree Association) or artificial (82%), a big part of your Christmas tree’s charm is its ornaments. To add St. Nicholas themed metal ornaments to your boughs this Christmas, check out Wendell August Forge.
This year, Hanukkah runs from sundown on December 22 through sundown on December 30. Consider a hand-made menorah from Blackthorne Forge as the centerpiece of your family’s celebration.
Kwanzaa is celebrated each year from December 26 through January 1. To replenish your Kinara, Africa Imports offers an American-made set of three green, three red, and one black candles.
And, holiday gatherings wouldn’t be complete without some football. Wilson Sporting Goodsis an essential stop before kicking off your backyard scrimmage in American made holiday style.
If a bicycle is on someone’s wish list this year, a number of American-assembled options can help you make that happen. From Dirt King USA’s tricycles to Seven Cycles’ custom mountain, racing, and endurance bikes, you’ll find a new ride for any level biker.
If you want your loved one to think of you in a pampering way all year long, consider a giving a soap subscription. The Grecian Soap Company and Dr. Squatch Soap Co . offer two different takes on the natural approach to getting clean.
We know your generosity stretches beyond your human bonds at this time of year. For the favorite canine in your life, consider a dog bedfrom West Paw Design, and if your kitty digs squeezing into small boxes—compression therapy is definitely a thing—pick up a cardboard-free cat snuggler from Whisker+Box [km12] .
And hey, if that last gift is proving incredibly elusive, we know the feeling. So head over to The White House Gift Shop to peruse an extensive assortment of products made in the USA.
Winter months mean chilly days and colder nights, even if you live in the southern reaches of the United States. Smartwool [km14] offers a variety of cozy sock styles to keep your feet warm around the clock in any time zone, .
For a layer of warmth on the sofa or in the bedroom, check out the colorful spectrum of hand- and machine-made quilts carried by QuiltBroker.
If the weather outside is frequently frightful, you’ll be hard-pressed to find footwear as reliably warm and weather resistant as L.L.Bean’s boots, one of many products manufactured in the USA by the Maine-based company.
Sometimes, you might need a little warming from the inside. For a spin on your favorite spirit, a hand-made whiskey barrel from UncommonGoods [km17] allows for some in-home aging.
The 2019 Holidays will come and go in the blink of an eye. American-made goods for an American-made holiday can help start traditions and bring festive memories that can last a lifetime.