December 22nd, 2012 by Kelsey Eaton
What a difference a year makes! When we initiated our Made in America Holiday Shopping Challenge last year, it was our hope that a large scale movement would begin. We hoped to get our message out in our community, and if it reached out further, all the better. A nationwide movement seemed like a long-shot dream, until ABC World News got wind of our concept. They liked the message, and helped spread it across the nation. Unfortunately, the segment aired only 5 days away from Christmas, so it left little time to participate, but at least the tradition began.
Fast forward to this fall: we have seen many new websites, blogs, and Facebook pages jump on the bandwagon helping to promote American made goods for the holidays. This figure went viral: the average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts, totaling more than $465 billion. If we spend just $64 on American made goods, 200,000 new jobs could be created. Americans were shocked by the figure, and eagerly wanted to join in on the challenge. ABC World News had people young and old across the country yelling, “We’re in,” and a full fledged, nationwide movement was created.
One question we kept hearing through out the various American made holiday campaigns was, “where do I find American made goods?”
This is where we came in. We searched the internet and our local stores to find you a variety of American made gift ideas. We pinned these gift ideas, put them on Facebook, and blogged about them. We did just about everything except parade down Main Street to make you aware of the vast amount of products that are made in America.
Here is our final wrap up of the products we featured on Facebook:
1. Crane & Co. holiday greeting cards
2. VZ Wraps reusable gift bags
3. Simon Pearce ornaments
4. DODOCASE electroic covers
5. Vermont Teddy Bear teddy bears
6. Alex and Ani bangles
7. Channellock tools
8. Vermont Flannel clothing (for dogs too)
9. Laura Zindel ceramic goods
10. Sprinbok puzzles
11. Maple Landmark Woodcraft toys
12. Warby Parker eyewear
13. Nordic Ware baking pans
14. Green Toys children toys
15. Lake Champlain Chocolates delicious treats
16. KitchenAid mixers
17. Leatherman tools
18. Tittle Tikes riding toys
19. Turtle Fur hats
20. Dogeared jewelry
21. Darn Tough socks
22. Way Out Wax candles
23. Zipfy snow sleds
24. Tervis tumblers
Thank you for joining us on this American made journey this season. We are ecstatic that our dream last year has turned into a movement supported by the whole country. We hope that this will be encouraging enough for you to continue buying American made products through out the entire year! Make 2013 the year to buy American made.