Tuesday, January 29, 2013

VDay Gifts for Him: Made in USA

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Guess what: all of the above gifts are less than $150!  Actually, I intended this list to include all items under $100 each, but the Allen Edmond shoes were just too beautiful handsome to leave off the list.

There's something for just about everyone on this list or it's a great start list if these things aren't your guy's cup of tea.  If your guy doesn't like beer, but he is in touch with his inner geek, then I highly suggest anyone of the posters from Pop Chart Labs. Not only are they made in Brooklyn, but they're made with vegetable dyes so they are also vegan friendly.  I've purchased three separate posters from Pop Chart Labs and each of the guys who received the posters were thrilled.  Even my brother-in-law loved his diagram of movie monsters and he's a tough cookie to please.

Men's wallets are one of those items where a few dollars can be invested because unlike women, who tend to have hundreds multiple purses, men tend to only have a few wallets.  At least that's how the guys in my life operate.  The bifold wallet is a classic and the one above from J.W. Hulme. Co is an American staple and is actually guaranteed for life.  When was the last time you bought something and it came with a lifetime guarantee?

Side note: I've found soapstone whiskey stones that are made in the USA everywhere from Restoration Hardware, Crate & Barrel (linked above), to World Market.  I would have never in a million years guessed to look for things made in the USA at World Market, but I was pleasantly surprised to find they do carry quite a few things made domestically in the states.  However, I did find that searching for "Made in USA" yielded zero search results, so search for "made in United States."

Two things that are one this list that I think would work for almost every gift situation:  stationary and cologne.    In these days of texts, instagram, Facebook, etc there is still a need and desire for the handwritten word. The hubs could leave me a post-it note (also made in the USA) and I'd swoon.  If you want something a little fancier than a post-it note then head on over to Crane & Co. for a fantastic selection of stationary that is all made in the USA.  If paper products are a no-go, then go the smelly route and buy a new fragrance. I never even realized that many of today's colognes and perfumes are actually made in the USA.

Valentine's Day gifts for the guys - piece of cake.  Yes, guys love cake too! 


  1. Awesome post! I'm always looking for great things made in the USA. I see no reason to buy elsewhere when there are so many cool and innovative things made right here. Sure, a little more expensive at times but the quality can't be beat!

    Love the wallet you found - guaranteed for life is awesome! Have you checked out the SlimFold wallet? I'm definitely grabbing one of those for my man this Valentine's Day. Also, I've found that Field Notes and Green Field Paper make cool made in USA stationary and notebooks.

    1. Thanks for the tips. I'm trying more and more every day to buy things that are made in the USA. It's difficult, but it I actually find I buy less "stuff" and more high quality pieces.

  2. It's always hard shopping for a man - love these gift ideas! xo, Julie

    1. Thanks for stopping by! My hubs is actually pretty easy to shop for and I'm insanely lucky. I can always buy him another pair of Allen Edmond shoes or another baseball item for his mancave.