Every. Single. Year. I get caught up in the holiday shopping frenzy. Every. Single. Year. This year, I've got a plan to simplify gift giving, plan ahead, and buy American. I have to step back and ask myself, “Is it worth it to by a lot of cheap gifts, or should I invest in a few high quality and meaningful gifts?” In previous years, I found myself collecting flyers, searching online for the best deals….
thinking of all the things that my kiddos MUST HAVE. I get caught up in the thrill of low prices, and the excitement of stretching my Christmas money so that my kids can HAVE MORE GIFTS under the tree. But the longer my shopping list gets, the more I realize that my kids don't need, or even want, most of the things I have on it. And I know that like Christmases past, most of the gifts they do get will be played with for one, maybe two days, and then stuffed in a closet.
Not this year. Here's my plan. Want – Need – Wear – Read A few years ago I heard a saying that brings me back to my center, before the holiday shopping gets out of control. Instead of buying everything that I think that my kids MUST HAVE (which usually includes cheap, or useless items), I make it a goal to buy them 4 items each.
Something they WANT, something they NEED, something to WEAR, and something to READ. Following this saying not only simplifies my holiday shopping experience, but it also causes me to put more thought into what each child gets, and makes it easier for me to find American made gifts in each category.
I am not saying that it always saves me money, as I usually spend the same amount as I did before, but I do invest in higher quality items. Here are some suggestions as to what types of gifts can fit into each category, and where to find them American made.
Something They WANT Finding an item that your kiddos really WANT, that is American made can be impossible, especially for the older kids. The top items on most lists are video games, phones, tablets- all of which are NOT made in the USA.
If my kids are specific and have their hearts set on an item that I can't find American made- a Barbie doll, a specific Lego set- they will probably get the item they want.
However, if they are generic on their lists: Barbie STUFF, , , than made in the USA it is! American made suggestions for items kids of all ages WANT • American Girl and My Generation dolls are on the Christmas list of many kiddos this year. Of course, those dolls aren't made in the USA, but you can find accessories that are. are heirloom quality and come with doll shoes.
There are even matching girl size outfits too! TOYS (make sure to check our for more ideas!) • • • • • • • has a Made in USA section • • • • • • • • • ELECTRONICS • We have featured some great tech accessories and Something they NEED There are so many gift ideas that can go into this category!
This is where the accessories that go with the “want' gift can be bought American made. Does your child play a sport or have a passion for art or music? Equipment, supplies and even lessons fit here! SWAG FOR THEIR ROOM • luxury baby bedding is sewn by hand in . Bedding sets, separates and mix and match available. Save 15% on your entire order with code USALOVE. • offers high quality bedding and accessories for dorm and home.
Save 15% off with code USALOVE. • • TECH ACCESSORIES • STORAGE • (easy cleanup for Legos & small toys) • ART/SCHOOL SUPPLIES • • • • SPORTING GOODS • • (gymnastics and cheer wear) OTHER GIFT IDEAS • are from repurposed sail cloth. A Sea Bags tote bag would make a fabulous gift for that tween or tween that needs a durable bag to haul around sporting gear, or just a stylish bag for weekends visiting friends or . A long-time bestseller, the (pictured below)is a go-to gift for anyone with wanderlust, beloved for its durability, generous compartment, and bold graphic statement.
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• manufactures lead free pewter gift items for baby and kids like cup, spoons, photo frames, and tooth fairy tooth boxes. Something to WEAR This is the gift category that is never hard for me to find items for as my kiddos always seem to hit growth spurts right at this time of year!
However, there are other options besides clothing like jewelry, and personal care products. CLOTHING • is an online retailer of American made organic baby clothing and clothing for boys and girls, sizes 2t- 8. Two Crows for Joy manufactures their own line of children's clothing under the brand name Other made in USA clothing brands that Two Crows for Joy offers include , , and .
• is handmade and heirloom quality. Fairy Finery clothing will inspire creativity at play time and might even become your kiddo's favorite all day wear- especially if you have a little princess (don't miss our list of ) or knight! • offers a full line of timeless, sleepwear for babies and kids, up to size 6. Castleware clothing items were designed and created with functionality and durability in mind . Save 20% on your entire order with code USALOVE. No restrictions, no expiration.
• These mismatched that go together are a fun, colorful, and unique . They make a gift that kids toddler to teen (and adults too!) will love. • (also available in men and women sizes for teens) are made in the USA to last a long time and are available in many color choices. • organic cotton pajamas for and kids that contain no flame retardants. 20% off AND free shipping of your entire order with code USALOVE through January 31, 2019. • • • • • • • • s • Jewelry • • • • BEAUTY PRODUCTS/PERSONAL CARE • natural, non-toxic, gluten-free, vegan skin care for the special needs of young skin.
Made with love, respect and good ingredients. Save 20% off with code USALOVE through December 31, 2018. • skincare and beauty products are natural, organic, non-toxic skincare and makeup handmade in Cashmere, . Save 10% off any full size items with code USALOVE through December 31, 2018. New email subscribers can choose 4 samples and just pay shipping at MoodySisters.com/tryme.
• • • • • • • Something to READ This category can be hard to buy for online, as not all book sites share where a book is printed. We've been told that most involving color printing are not made in the USA. But I know I never need an excuse to visit my local bookstore! Here are some great ideas for the “something to read” category: BOOKS • • • • • • A gift card to a local book store A MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION • Joan, we love to feature American made fashion all over our site.
Try the Search function in the upper right hand corner. Then hit our Made in USA shopping district using the SHOP tab in the tip nav. You’ll find pre-configured searches from popular retailers. My favorite source for the biggest selection of fashionable AMerican made is Nordstrom. •
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