The Best Gifts for Men

Oh December. How I love thee. How I love thee infinity more now that I live in a climate with 70 degree December days. πŸ˜€ As Christmas get’s closer, I wanted to put a few fun posts together for holiday gift giving.

Added bonus – every single item sourced below is made in the U S of A. We’re all about supporting our local economy as much as possible, so domestic is always our holiday shopping preference! Today’s post focuses on the men in our lives πŸ™‚ Here are some of the best gifts for men that I’ve rounded up.

Shop on!!

Gift Guide for Dad

Old School Men’s Bi-fold WalletΒ // Woven Silk Tie $49 // Frye Leather Conditioning Cream $9 //Β Field Note Portfolio $42 // Wood Flask $23 // Fullsteam Beer $4

Normally my list of best gifts for men (or my man) would circle around bike stuff, but after 3-years of getting him bike lights for Christmas, I thought it would be fun to switch it up with some new goodies πŸ™‚

Gift Guide for Your Man

Wigwam Rebel Fusion SocksΒ $13Β // Steiners Slim Fit Tee $18 // Kiehls Essentials for Him $31 // Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit $16 // Beer Making Kit $40

What’s on your Christmas list? I’m starting to get a jolt to my system to finish up our shopping – I can’t believe it’s only a few weeks away!

USA for Jesus’s Day

Remember our little oath to not buy anything made in China for Christmas? Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to report that we made it through the holiday season with (mostly) China free purchases! Now, since this was our first year with this little experiment, we viewed the entire process more as an educational opportunity vs. a hard core ultimatum. Our main goal was to support local economies as much as possible, by keeping our hard earned cash in our neighbors pocket vs. ya know – not our neighbor in some far away land that by the time our money mackerels make it over, the actual craftsmen gets like a half penny. No good.

Since we learned a lot during our shopping adventures, and found lots of fun new things, I thought I’d share some of our favorite American made goodies that we discovered with all of you! πŸ™‚

Gifts Made in the USA

Now we tried to buy as many local products as we could, but it’s actually kinda hard to find loot that’s not made in Chinatown. Turns out, we’ve got this whole quality of life expectation over here in the U.S. of A. where we expect people to get paid more than ten cents an hour, novel concept, right? πŸ˜‰ So when we started checking tags to see where the things we were buying were made, it was pretty rare to find one that said USA on it. With a few notable exceptions.

Like Burt’s Bees – made right here in ‘Merica, people! Burt’s Bee’s just happens to be one of my favorite chapstick companies, so I thought that was pretty darn cool.

Gifts Made in America

Another cosmetic item that I was pleasantly surprised to see with an American sticker was this nail polish I got from Ulta for both my sisters. Perhaps it’s an FDA thing or something, not sure, but a lot of the cosmetics I saw seemed to be made domestically.

Cosmetics Made in USA

This one might be cheating a bit, but my sister’s boyfriend is a beer fan, so we selected flavors from a bunch of different (mostly local, all domestic) beer manufacturers.

Craft Beer

Along with his beer, we also got him this sweet little ornament (made in Hungary, actually), from Bronner’s up in Frankenmuth. Have you ever been to that crazy place? It’s INSANE.

Hoppy Christmas

I also was on the receiving end of some pretty sweet American made gifts. Remember this? Well looks like someone (ahem, Jay’s parents) were listening because look what Mary got for Christmas!

Stone and Cloth Purse

Chic, no? It’s super sturdy, too, so I think it will definitely stand the test of time. I also got these sweet socks which have a life time (!) warranty from Darn Tough. I got a pair from both my parents and Jay and they are so, so comfortable!

Socks Made in USA

I was also able to find this light for the hubster, which is USB charging so he doesn’t have to worry about it losing juice on his ride home and not be bright enough for cars to see him (very important detail, gotta keep my man safe!). We’ve had a super difficult time finding any electronics made in the US, and this one is! It’s available at REI, if of interest. πŸ˜€

I think one of his favorite gifts this year, were these little bags made in the US out of recycled bike tires that he got from my parents. The kid can’t stop talking about the bag. He’s a little cray-cray over it.

Bike Bag Made in USA

So overall, I would say we were 90% China free this year. Granted, that doesn’t mean everything we purchased was American made, but being aware of what we were stuffing into our carts was the first step toward changing our long term shopping habits. Did anyone else try to buy local this year? What cool things did you find for loved ones on your list?


All I Want For Christmas | Made in America

Jay and I made a little pledge to ourselves that we are going to try and have a China free Christmas this year. Yes. Go ahead and burst out laughing since this feat is darn near impossible. I mean, have you taken inventory of the garb in your house? I know we have and I think like 95% of the stuff we buy new is from China. Ugghh – steep hill to climb, amigo.

Now, to not sound like a complete red-neck bigot (or blue-neck, or polkadot-neck, really … any type of bigot), I feel like I have to preface this little goal of ours a bit. I have absolutely, positively nothing against the fine craftsmen of China. But, I DO have a problem with our societies incessant race to the bottom, which I think has created a few less than ideal conditions (economically, environmentally, socially for everyone (consumer/producer/buyer/seller) involved. I’m not looking to get super political on it, but I am looking to start to change my lifestyle, in small, simple and meaningful ways. I guess we are just of the mentality that the more local we can buy something, the better.

Vintage American Flag

But until my neighbor starts making some of my needs and necessities (and want’s), I’ve set out on a little expedition to source as many things as possible from the good old stars and stripes. This week, I decided to focus on goodies for the ladies. Feast your eyes on some lovely American made loot.

American Made Christmas

1) Does it get any cuter than this? I fell hard for this sweet little tote (that also has tons of matching accessories)

2) Since was drooling over everything Stone and Cloth makes, I also had to include this wallet.

3) We’re big bike riders around here, and this handlebar bag had me at hello. Talk about some chic handlebars.

4) I think this case may win the award for cutest phone case ever, no? Love it.

5) One thing I’ve learned over time is that American made clothes are SO hard to find. Feast your eyes on this super cute blouse, 100% made in the good old U.S. of A. The shop had TONS of cute stuff, but you’ve got to be careful if you’re searching for only American made duds, since a lot of it was imported.

6) Another hard, hard thing to find for domestic products? Shoes! These cute little buggers fit the bill for me!

7) Usually all plastic stuff is imported (slight generalized but I’m prone to hyperbole), so I thought it was pretty cool that these insulated water bottles are made right here in the states.

8) Ok, confession. These earrings are from a super fancy boutique and they’re $52, which I think it crazy sauce. If you feel like splurging, be my guest, otherwise I’ve seen very similar handmade jewelry up on etsy for closer to $20, which is more my jam.