November 30, 2012
Recently we asked our employees for ideas of their favorite American made products (other than Stormy Kromer, that is!). With their input, we’ve put together a little gift guide for you to inspire your holiday shopping this season.
We’ll start with some fellow Midwestern companies. Fox River Socks, located in Osage, IA, offers a full range of warm, comfortable, functional and fun socks for all your outdoor activities. They’ve been manufacturing these fine foot covers in the Midwest since 1900. In addition, they are the manufacturer of the Original Rockford Red Heel Monkey Sock. They even offer a sock monkey kit! At just $28, the kit includes everything you need to make one sock monkey. A great project for crafters and their family!
Over in Duluth, MN, Duluth Pack has been making rugged and functional outdoor packs since 1882. Like Stormy Kromer caps, these packs are built to last and guaranteed for life. While you can’t go wrong with an Original Duluth Pack, we also love that they have added a modern twist to their traditional packs, like this Scout Pack complete with laptop sleeve.
Did you know Burt’s Bees products are made in the USA? KJ, one of our Division Managers suggested them, and on their website it states: Over 95% of our products are made right in our own manufacturing plant in Durham, NC. The rest are made by other respectable American manufacturers. They offer a wide variety of gift sets for men, women and babies too, all at a wide range of price points.
What better endorsement could you ask for than this? “I have one of these, and it’s awesome,” says Jeremy from our IT department. The Weber Q 100 portable grill packs 8,500 BTUs in a compact grill that is perfect for your next tailgate or picnic. And of course, it’s made in the USA.
And last but not least, “America’s Favorite Lip Balm”, Chapstick, is also made in the USA. Available virtually everywhere, it makes a great last-minute stocking stuffer. We’ve got a few employees who swear by it up here in the cold and dry Upper Peninsula winters.
So – what would YOU add to our American made gift guide?