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Best Childrens Gifts Made in the America
Gifts for Children Made in the United States
Many people are proponents of buying locally. When you buy locally, you are supporting the local economy. You are keeping the jobs of the people who make the item, as well as the jobs of the people who support them, such as restaurants and day care centers. You know that these workers are treated according to the laws of the United States, so you don't have to worry about child labor and other human rights violations.
You are also supporting the national economy, since the workers who make the toys and the people who support them will now have money that they can use to spend in the locality.
Generally, you can save on shipping and customs charges. You also have items that meet the safety and compliance laws of the United States, so you can be sure what you are getting.
Searching for Made in USA Items
While we may like to buy items that are made in the USA, sometimes it is difficult to find them. I tried doing a simple search on Amazon for Made in America, but the results included companies with "American" in the name, even though the items were manufactured elsewhere. I then switched to Made in USA as a search term, but again I received items which had reviewers in the USA, and items that mentioned USA in its shipping terms.
Listed below is a list of best gifts for children that are made in the USA. I had to manually search for them. These are toys and games that I found that specifically mentioned that they were made in the USA. There are a few more, but these were the ones I particularly liked.
Best Children's Gifts Made in the USA compiled by Millionaire Tips
Tedco Sun Art Paper Kit
This kit includes paper sheets which have a UV sensitive coating, so you and your children can make sun prints. There is also an acrylic sheet used to hold down the paper. Place an object, such as a leaf, a key, or a coin onto the paper. Use the clear acrylic sheet to hold down lightweight objects. Let it sit in the sun briefly. The paper detects the ultraviolet light. Then rinse with water, and the shadow of the item appears on the paper. It comes in different sizes, including 8" X 10”, 5" x 7" and 4" x 6". It is a great way for children to learn about science by doing something artistic.
It would be a great gift for children ages 6-12, although adults will have fun with it as well.
These are lower case letters.
These are upper case letters and animals. They come with a handy bag to hold all the blocks.
Uncle Goose Alphabet Wooden Blocks
Wooden blocks are a great toy for kids as they learn their letters and form words. Even older children and adults may enjoy writing messages to each other. Once you are done with them, you may even be able to use your blocks for craft projects.
These blocks are handcrafted in Michigan from basswood. The first set pictured here are lower case letters. The other set has upper case letters and animals blocks, and comes with a handy storage bag.
The company even makes blocks with Greek letters and numbers.
The company makes a variety of products from recycled milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gasses emissions. There is a fire truck, a dump truck, a recycling truck. They also make tool sets.
There are tea sets, chef set, cookware and dining set for playing house.
For active kids, there are jump ropes
For babies, there are stacking sets and blocks.
They are kept simple, with no batteries or lights, so they let the kids use their imagination as they play with their toys. No BPA, PVC, or phthalates. They are made in California.
The original slinky is as fun as it ever was to move from one hand to another to use up nervous energy, and to watch it walk down the steps. It stretches and snaps back. It is still made in the USA. It was created by an American naval engineer, Richard James, as part of an anti-vibration device.
Tan vs. Green TimMee Plastic Army Men:
This 100 piece set of two inch toy figures bring back memories of watching Toy Story and their reconnaissance mission. There are 50 tan and 50 green soldiers that include twelve different figures. They include minesweeper, bazooka man, radio operator, 60mm mortar, light machine gunner, kneeling rifleman, flame thrower, crawling rifleman, prone rifleman, bayonet fighter, and officer with binoculars and handgun.
These toys were originally made in the 1960s by Tim Mee to depict US infantry troops with their modern weapons during the Cold War.
These would be good gifts for children from age five and up.
Chutes and Ladders
One of my favorite games when I was young was Chutes and Ladders. It is a simple game that children as well as adults can enjoy. Simply roll the dice and move your piece forward. If the piece lands on a ladder, you can climb up to advance faster. If your piece lands on a chute, you go down the chute and are farther back from the finish line. The person who gets to the top of the board the first wins. The game helps practice counting skills and taking turns. It is made by Milton Bradley. Another made in U.S.A. board game is Candy Land.
Harrisville Designs Potholder Loom
Since I am taking a weaving class, I can't skip showing you this potholder maker. This kit makes eight potholders, but you can always buy more cotton loops to make more. Children (and adults) can learn eye hand coordination, patterning, concentration, and spatial relationships, as they make useful gifts for their loved ones. The metal potholder loom measures 7" x 7".
Channel Craft TTJ Jumbo Jacks in a Classic Toy Tin
is a time-tested game that has been enjoyed for generations, and this one comes in a collectible tin box that will keep all the pieces together. It also comes with a booklet that explains the game and techniques, as well as the history. The manufacturer, Channel Craft, also makes Tiddly Winks and Marbles in their own collectible tin boxes. Jacks
Do You Know Where You Are?
This trivia board game is designed to teach you about world geography. It takes 2-6 players from age 10 and above. The 3,000 questions are a fun and entertaining way to learn about all the continents and countries in the world.
Jukem Football Card Game
This football card game can be played with two to four players, ages 8 and above. The object of the game is to outscore your opponents in touchdowns drives and by kicking field goals. You can also stop your opponents with defensive cards. Besides being a great game for football fans, it helps refresh addition and mental math skills. It takes about twenty minutes to play one game, and the cards don't take up a lot of room, so they are handy to take you on road trips, or to keep in the house to play a quick game.
3D Shrinky Dinks Trains and Tracks
Yes, Shrinky Dinks are still around and as much fun as ever. You cut out shapes out of incredible shrinking plastic, and put them in the oven to shrink. With this kit, you can assemble your finished shapes into a three dimensional train track with trains. They have other 3-D kits available also, such as sea life, dinosaurs, military aircraft, and space. They are made in the USA. They would be hot gifts for children ages 7 and up, but adults will need to supervise the baking.
Small Maple Tic-Tac-Toe
Tic-Tac-Toe is a classic game that is always fun to play. This wooden Tic-Tac-Toe game is made with New England hard maple. It comes with five red pegs and four blue pegs. There are holes drilled into the board, so the pegs don't come out, making this a great game to take with you in the car.
IlluStory Make Your Own Story Kit
Children love to make up stories, and now you can let them become published authors as children. With the kit, they write and illustrate their own story, and mail it using the prepaid envelope in the kit. Older kids can type and send in their story and illustrations online. The company will then typeset, print and return a hardcover book by mail. I think this is a great way to encourage kids to write, use their creativity, and preserve memories for years to come.
With this list, you do not have to hunt for items that are made in USA.
When you choose children's gifts that are made in USA, you support the local and national jobs and economy, ensuring compliance with human rights laws, and ensuring product safety laws. You can be proud to helping support the American economy. These are all gifts your children would love to get.