American-made-holiday-gifts I'm really not an early Christmas shopper.  In fact I'm not a shopper at all.  When the kids were little they used to like to holiday shop at the local craft fair… that was fun.  But the boys are teenagers now and I can't imagine getting them to do that anymore.  A couple times in recent years, I was able to convince Ken and the boys to make an overnight holiday shopping trip to Boston where we wandered around downtown and at the Wrentham Mall picking up a few gifts. I enjoyed that but the kids seem to have outgrown any kind of activity that involves parents.



Anyway… yesterday in the office, Dennis floated the idea of buying only American made things for Christmas presents.  Pretty cool idea, don't you think? 







Brattleboro-farmers-market But the thing is, this is shopping we can't leave till the last minute.  It will take a bit of research and planning.  Isn't it ironic that many American made gifts would have to be purchased online and shipped here from across the country, whereas imports are available anytime, in every store in town, at a moment's notice?

So at Vermont Woods Studios we'll plan to start our shopping now and share our research with you as we go.  Saturday I tagged along with Annette at the Brattleboro Farmer's Market.  That's probably a reasonable place to start… maple syrup, handmade pottery, wooden bowls. 

Why not join us in our "Buy American Made" Holiday Gifts Challenge?  If you have gift suggestions, pass them along in the comment section below or send photos and links and we'll post here or on our Facebook page.

They say that if each of us in the USA spent just $3.33 on American made goods, that would generate 10,000 jobs… a pretty decent Christmas present in itself, I say.

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5 thoughts on “Join Our “Buy American Made” Holiday Shopping Challenge

  1. “American Made” is not new to our family – for many years we give each other hand-made gifts, be it a knitted scarf, hand-crafted ceramic or wooden item made at home or school, or a baked item. We try to find clever ways to out-do ourselves from previous years! It’s challenging, but very rewarding!

  2. So glad to have come across your blog. I love that your supporting American made products and services. It’s nice to find others that are willing to go out of there way to try and make a difference. Can’t wait to see what’s next. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I really like the “Buy American Made” Holiday Shopping Challenge!
    a good place to start for additional gift ideas. We are working hard to make shopping for Made In USA products easy… we might be the perfect place for last minute shoppers. 🙂

  4. I am so thrilled that the ‘Buy American Made’ is
    getting such a great start. I am older and remember when we were not allowed to buy Asia productions. I went online today and ordered
    $40.00 from a company that makes hand and head warmers for my grandson in Afghanistan for Christmas. I felt like shouting.And at times when I am browsing in stores and see something with Made In America stamped on it i call attention to it and get several others to purchase it.


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