The December Wall Street Journal magazine has a gift guide featuring things made in America. With items like a bespoke Paul Stuart suit it rather targets the upper echelons of the buying public. But it did make me think about gifts that are indeed home-grown. Here are four of my favorite brands/products that are made in the states:
North American Bear Company – This company focuses on traditional yet modern cuddly creatures for the little folks, with imaginative names being their forte: Babe Tooth, Chrismouse and Flatjack would all appeal to a child. Founded by a New Yorker and run from Chicago, this is definitely a patriotic option, as the name suggests.
John Derian Company Inc. is also mentioned in the Wall Street Journal this month, but with a range of prices to choose from, this brand is definitely worth a mention. Taking a variety of motifs, many of them naturalistic such as insects, this American designer creates beautiful decoupage objects such as paperweights and trays, which make great hostess gifts.
Zingerman’s is legendary in its home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and its fan base is growing all the time. Starting out as a deli it has now grown to a group of business such as a Bakehouse and Coffee Company. Thanks to a mail order service these fabulous foodstuffs can also be shipped across the country. Cinnful Cinnamon Rolls or the Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie Box would make wonderful gifts for a foodie.
Room & Board prides itself on the fact that more than 90% of its products are made by American craftsmen. I like the clean design aesthetic and durability of the pieces; classics of the future. This Comic Pillow, hand-sewn in Chicago, caught my eye, as did the classic Eames Rocker, still made by Herman Miller in Michigan. Both of these would make fabulous presents for some lucky design aficionado.
Not only does it feel good to receive these American products, it feels good to buy American.