7 Big Holiday Gifts Made by Small American Businesses
What better way to celebrate Small Business Saturday than to shop made-in-the-USA items for your loved ones
Today, supporting homegrown businesses is as easy as shopping online from your couch. So why not apply that same logic to gift giving, too? Read on to see our picks for American-made gifts that will impress recipients who want to support small business owners.
Reclaimed oak and traditional cut nails make for a bottle opener befitting a post-workshop brew. The handy tool is made at Offerman Wood Shop, an East Los Angeles collective of woodworkers. The shop, owned by actor Nick Offerman, specializes in creating sustainable items from fallen trees sourced from nearby and northern California.
About $33; Offerman Wood Shop
Retired fire hose from Oakland found a new use in the form of a handsome, sturdy firewood carrier. The Oxgut Hose Co., based in Emeryville, California, built a business model on upcycling retired fire hose into home goods such as welcome mats, stools, and draft guards.
About $120; Oxgut Hose Co.
The small glass dish looks perfectly festive holding peppermints on an end table or thumbtacks on an office desk. Glassblower Simon Pearce began his operation in Ireland and hopped across the pond to Quechee, Vermont, in the 1980s, where the glassblowing mill he built was damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Luckily for us, he was able to rebuild and keep creating glass with his centuries-old techniques.
About $32; Simon Pearce
This clear-glazed porcelain butter dish keeps butter at the perfect spreading temperature, thanks to water in the outer compartment. The understated tabletop piece is designed by Kaufmann Mercantile and hand-thrown by expert ceramists in an Oregon studio.
About $59; Kaufmann
Give the standard salt shaker a rest and put out a handsome walnut saltcellar for the tablescape. This charming find is from Grovemade, a small Portland, Oregon, workshop specializing in handcrafted items made from natural materials.
About $29; Grovemade
Give the gift of a whimsical miniature Christmas tree adorned with fresh flowers. The retailer, Leona Sue's Florist, is a Scott, Louisiana, outfit that's been in business since 1974 and is a Small Business Saturday partner.
About $99.95; Leona Sue's Florist
Give a handcrafted porcelain dish shaped like the state of Texas, or a five-piece set that perfectly mimics the Hawaiian Islands, or other offerings from The Fifty United Plates project. A successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign brought the dream of a group of friends from Wisconsin into reality. These lipped dishes are perfect for serving up state-specialty bites or containing an arrangement of succulents.
Massachusetts shown, about $80 each; Corbé