Holiday 2011 Shopping Guides

USA Love List loves the holiday season.

Oh, what a delightfully busy time of year… The planning, the decorating, the cooking, the parties, and of course, the shopping, shopping, shopping! So many of you took the time this year to seek out American-made gifts. On behalf of the companies and workers who proudly produced those gifts, thank you. Some of you turned to us for help, a gift we were glad to give. Come back in the new year, bring some friends, and we'll keep the USA Love going all year long. Now it is time for family, reflection, and relaxation. We'll be taking a break...

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Three major catalog websites make Made in USA shopping easy.

As we slide toward the holiday weekend, I want to take a moment to acknowledge three major online retailers who made it easier this year for me, personally, to find great Made in USA gifts. I wish every company and catalog did as well as these three do with labeling their products clearly by country of origin and making sure that their search engines deliver accurate results.  Cooking.com even has a “Made in USA” link on their home banner showing their customers that there really are a lot of wonderful American-made products and gifts. Cooking.com Look under “Shopping Navigation” in the left-hand light blue Navigation bar and you will find a link that says, “Made in USA.” (So simple: would this be too much to ask of every site?) Click it and you will find 115 products from great companies like Weber, Fiesta, NordicWare, and Calphalon. Red Envelope From the main page, enter “Made in USA” in the search box. The results are accurate and reliable. You will find at least three pages worth of especially lovely American-made gift items, all available with Red Envelope's well-known gift wrapping. UnCommon Goods When you visit UnCommon Goods, enter “Made in USA” in the search box. It will reveal an unbelievable selection of over 720 great items, most of which have reviews to help you evaluate their truly unique inventory. I have...

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Gift Love 2011 Recap: All of our Made in USA Holiday Gift Guides

Remember Cyber-Monday? At this busy time of year, it seems like a distant memory.  It was the day you were supposed to have ordered all of the gifts online that you didn't find in stores on Black Friday.  So by now, all of your gifts are long since selected, received, and wrapped so you are just relaxing by the fire at this point.  Oh really?  No?  Yeah, me neither. I confess that I still have a few gifts to buy and today is the day.  I also confess that I'll do anything to avoid going into stores during the...

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Gift Love List: Edible Treats from around the USA

We're getting down to the final week of the holiday shopping season. You've found all the fun gifts and hunted for deals on your best ideas. But you've always got someone on your list who is hard to buy for: the grandad who has everything, the aunt who always sends you a scarf, the college friends across the country you've been missing. In these cases, you can't go wrong with something edible: a treat they can savor if they love it or set out to share if they don't. Special food items are always a good gift. You can...

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Gift Love List: 8 great books and a DVD series will make readers believe in buying American

So you bought your loved ones gifts Made in the USA… or maybe you wanted to and it just didn't work out that way, but it is definitely something that is on your mind.  One of the best ways to share ideas and start discussions with loved ones is by giving them books on topics that are important to you.  We have selected our current favorite books and a DVD series, ready for gift giving. There is something for everyone here. John Ratzenberger's Made in America Series A video tour of the best of American products. Snuggle up for some patriotic armchair travel. Re-Made in the USA: How We Can Restore Jobs, Retool Manufacturing, and Compete with the World Read more about what buying American means for our jobs. This book makes a case for American manufacturing from a business perspective. Watch It Made In the USA Family trips on factory tours inspired this website. Incorporate a first hand view of American manufacturing wherever you go. A Year Without “Made in China”: One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy Love the cover art on this one. If you are not feeling the urge to go all American-made, start with this book. How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism Billed as “a patriot's guide to shopping”, this book is a consumer how-to guide.Buy American: The...

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