My, have we had fun with this series. I’ve been collecting my favorite American made gifts under $30 for quite a while. This is the fourth one we’ve published, so by my count, that’s 120 affordable Made in USA gifts. Don’t miss Tracey’s, Angie’s, and Jill’s lists.
30 American Made Gifts Under $30: Sarah’s Picks
My go-to pick this year is basically anything from Mouth.com, a site which supports indie food, drink, and tasty gifts from American makers. Who wouldn’t be excited by this artisan s’mores kit, made in SanFrancisco, featuring hand crafted chocolate graham crackers, gourmet peppermint marshmallows, and milk chocolate peppermint bark? There are plenty more where that came from. If you need an idea, you’ll find it here at any price point.
Gifts for your BFFs
One of my BFF’s gave these bangles to me for my birthday and I am hooked. I wore them to the Martha Stewart American Made Summit and took pages of notes during a panel discussion with the Alex & Ani founder and execs about their experiences manufacturing in Rhode Island. Inspiring! Each Eco friendly jewelry piece comes with a charm infused with meaning: a wish, a remembrance of good times together… and once you have one, you’ll want to collect more.
On Halloween I spotted this image on the Cow Tales Instagram page with the suggestion of stirring the soft cream and caramel sticks into coffee. Oh. Em. Gee!! Imagine my dismay when the neighborhood kids snatched with glee every one of the three cases of Maryland made Cow Tales I’d bought for the occasion. I’ve had this stunt on my mind ever since. For friends, teacher gifts, etc., I’m planning to buy a bunch of Cow Tales minis and pack them in half pint mason jars with a festive ribbon and a note about the coffee idea.
Our beauty editor Angie turned me on to these gift sets as ideal American made gifts to keep on hand. They are affordable, indulgent, a gift for tweens to grandmas, and available at a variety of price points. They always have special edition packaging for holidays and they are easy to find in a pinch at Target or your local pharmacy store.
There are several American Made nail polish brands. Essie is my personal favorite and I get especially excited about their seasonal collections. This seasonal cube is a luxury your loved one might not splurge for herself, but makes a really affordable American made gift for you.
Anyone from the Detroit area knows that Sanders’ Hot Fudge is The Best, in an a class of its own. I’m not going to debate it with you. It’s just a fact. If you don’t believe me, you can try it or leave it for me. These four jars are a reasonably priced gift that will let your loved ones enjoy many, many of the best hot fudge sundaes ever. I’m actually pretty excited to find that this Michigan made gift set is available on Amazon.
Gifts for the Girl on the Go
I carry my Tervis water bottle almost everywhere with me. I take it to tennis matches where I have to be careful to not put too much ice in. They are so well insulated that I’ve run out of water when the ice didn’t melt! These Florida made bottles, with an easy to drink from spout and a lifetime guarantee will be treasured by anyone you give it to. To be festive, try filling it with Hershey kisses.
I’ve been known to fill one of these mini totes with a batch of homemade cookies or a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers… anything really. I love to give this as a gift because I know that the ones we have around our house get used non-stop, in a million different ways, and will last forever. Rugged and made in Maine.
I have this flat iron case. I love being able to put my flat iron away when it is still hot. I feel so smooth when I just have to grab the neat case, cords contained, while I’m packing for travel. This is a nice gift for someone who has everything, because they probably don’t have a flat iron case and if they do, it is probably not this nice. With an accessory like this, you can’t go wrong picking one of Cinda b’s fun patterns.
Badger’s sleep balm is one of my teen daughter’s favorite products. Loaded with lavender and other essential oils, it induces immediate relaxation when you put it on your temples. One tin of it lasts forever which may be why she and I have been sharing the same tin for years. I love it for travel, but she keeps it on her nightstand to use every night and doesn’t like it when I swipe it.
Gifts for the Guys
My son received one of these Maine made wallets as a birthday gift a year ago and I have one of Flowfold’s tote bags. We are avid sailors so I love the looks of these products made from reclaimed sail cloth. They make me think of city chic and summer all at once. This one is very lightweight and basic – just the way guys like it.
We have featured Alabama made Zkano organic socks a few times and recently published an interview with the founder that was just inspiring. There are a number of sources for Made in USA socks, but these are my favorite for everyday weight, excellent fitting socks. They are a bit of a splurge so they would make a gift or stocking stuffer that is appreciated for a long time to come.
We met the women from Wild Ophelia at the BlogHer conference in Chicago a couple of years ago and, out of all the American produced chocolate out there, this brand has just stuck with me. The flavors, the colors, the name, the celebration of American farms and artisans… stack a few of these bars up and tie it with a ribbon. Done. Perfect gift for anyone.
Gifts for the Young Adult
I don’t carry a big purse – just a wristlet with my phone and wallet. My daughter is the same way. I’ve been eyeing this preppy little number made in Maine by Sea Bags. I think this would make a sweet gift for any young woman on your list.
I discovered Postali jewelry through The Grommet. Their colorful designs based on postage stamps caught my eye. I’ve been dreaming of a necklace with a stamp charm from every country I’ve ever visited, but they really started to add up! However, these American flag earrings are an affordable, all-American accessory.
One year, someone gave me a mix in a jar. I appreciated it when I got it, and I enjoyed it again when we pulled it out on a snowy day in January, and then I loved it again when we got to eat the treats it yielded. The next year, I decided to make a batch of them for gifts. Let me tell you, they are not as simple as they seem. Packing everything in with the layers is tricky, then there’s the decoration and instructions tag. I’m pretty happy to buy and gift these this year.
I got a chance to try some of Popsations’ flavors last summer and they immediately inspired me to start my holiday list. This company makes delectable dessert popcorn flavors that are packaged in festive red and white gift packaging. This is an ideal gift for… oh… anyone! It would be top of my list for an office gift exchange when you need something affordable, American made, and gender neutral.
Gifts for Tweens/Teens
I might buy a few of these for my tweens/teens, but in truth, I just think they are so cute. Cord management is a perennial problem. Let’s admit that most of our tech is made overseas, but we can make a point to find tech accessories that are made in the USA. These are the most fun.
This is another tech accessory that I love. They sent me a sample a few years ago and since then, I’ve bought them for myself, my family, and as gifts. Delaware-based DecalGirl makes graphic skins in a seemingly infinite range of designs, for every gadget you own. These are not cases. They are vinyl skins that adhere to your laptop, tablet, phone, etc and look good while protecting from scratches. One year, we gave our kids our old laptops for Christmas, but we cleared them off, cleaned them up, and applied new DecalGirl skins in designs they would love. I don’t think the kids had any idea that they weren’t new. And they still think they have the coolest laptops in town.
Gifts for Kids
K’NEX are my go-to toy for birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, anything for school-age kids. They are gender neutral. They can be found at places like Costco and Target. And since Legos have really become intricate model-building sets, I have come to appreciate how open ended K’NEX building is. I’ve also noticed that the things they build with Pennsylvania-made K’NEX usually have elements of motion in them, which is different from Lego building. I’m always glad to add to our collection or someone else’s.
When I need a reasonably priced kid gift for a school or scout troop gift exchange, I have turned time and again to the classic toys made in Pennsylvania by Channel Craft. I picked up this boomerang for a middle school pollyanna at my local REI store. You can also find them in national park and museum gift stores when your kids are begging for a souvenir (my kids aren’t the only ones who do that, right?). I can’t believe what nice, affordable gifts for kids these are.
Gift for the Dog
Here is another item that I received as a sample, didn’t know I even wanted it, tried it, loved it, can’t live without it, have recommended it to countless people who have stopped me to ask about it. Now I’m suggesting it to you as a reasonably-priced American made gift for dogs and dog lovers. This leash has a bungee built in to it which has two results: 1) when your dog is walking next to you, the leash is short so it doesn’t drop down and get tangled in his legs. 2) when he lunges forward to check out that pretty poodle across the street, he feels the stretch, hopefully slowing him down before he reaches the literal end of his leash, making it more comfortable on your arms. This leash is constructed of tough stuff, still looking brand new after a year or more of wear.
Gifts for the Home
There are a lot of American made candles, but these are my favorite. I discovered them when creator Amy Vance sent me some samples a couple of years ago and I now keep some on hand for gifts. You have to get your hands on these to fully appreciate them, but let me tell you, Amy is an olfactory artist. These candles are all about the power of scent memory. She collects aromas associated with each state and blends them into a memory trip. Each candle is packaged in a beautiful container with a map, Amy’s remembrances from that state, an sometimes even a bonus recipe or tidbit of information. These are real treasures for a nice price.
What can I say, these miniature versions of Fiesta’s iconic pitchers are just plain cute. Fiesta sent me a yellow one a few years ago and it keeps a shelf in my kitchen looking cheery. Sometimes I use it for cream on a breakfast tray. Sometimes I stick some herbs or flowers in it, but mostly it is just a colorful bit of Americana in my kitchen.
I have a story to tell about this product. The first time I saw it on Tom Bihn’s website, I laughed at it. I wondered who needed a travel tray to hold their phone and pen on the road. It seemed totally unnecessary. Then they sent me one as a sample. (Yes, I’m lucky enough to get a lot of samples, but I really only recommend “stuff we love” so it is helpful to get first hand experience with products I’ve never seen in stores.) In any event, I am here to tell you that I now use this item every day of the year at home and never travel without it. It sits like shown in the picture, on my desk, corralling all of my cables, headphones, and other little tech parts. When I travel, I unplug, tuck the ends in the bag, flip the sides up and pull the drawstring so everything is safely contained in the pouch. I arrive at my destination, flip the tray open, and I am ready to work. No winding, no fighting the mess of wires. They are allowed to be messy – inside this travel tray. I love this product and I’m sure the one I have will last me forever.
Beau Monde Organics is an advertiser on this site and I have long admired their beautiful scarves. When I recently checked out their website, I was delighted to see this reasonably priced lavender sachet. I wrote above how much my daughter likes lavender to help her wind down in the evening. I think this would make a thoughtful gift for almost anyone in your life. They could put it under their pillow, on their night table, or in the drawer where they keep their pajamas.
Gifts for the Entertainer
I always keep packs of beverage napkins on hand to take as hostess gifts. They are always welcome in a stocking. They make cocktail hour feel like a party, and they come in so many pretty and fun designs. I have been looking for an American Made source for a while and recently discovered these ones, made in New Orleans by Alexa Pulitzer. They were just what I was looking for.
This one is simple. I love Mason Jars. I love cocktails. When I saw this set that makes a shaker out of a jar, I was in love with the elemental elegance of it. I’ll be giving this one as a gift soon. Assembled in Brooklyn by W&P Design.
I’m big on consumable gifts. I like to give baskets or sets that are a little bit of an indulgence, maybe a little fancier than what someone would buy for themselves. Stonewall Kitchen’s jams, sauces, salsas, pancake mixes and more have served me well many times, especially for shipping to loved ones out of town.
Stationery is another one of those little luxuries that is nice to have on hand. You almost can’t have too many sets in your drawer to choose from. There are so many fabulous designs to choose from. It is an elegant gift for any occasion. I’m excited to have found these American made stationery sets by Elum.
You’ve read this entire list and you are still looking for MORE affordable American made gifts? Seriously?! Just kidding. We know that choosing gifts is very personal, plus there are so many really wonderful products made in the USA. I could have gone on and on… but do check out Tracey’s, Angie’s, and Jill’s lists.
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