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Best Holiday Gifts Made In America

Updated on December 19, 2013

This Hub presents a number of gift suggestion from group of high quality American Made items form companies that produce and handle American Made products. A few of these businesses handle some high-quality imports as well.

Amish Furniture

Coaster Home Furnishings 7-Piece Mission Style Solid Hardwood Dining Table & Chairs Set
Coaster Home Furnishings 7-Piece Mission Style Solid Hardwood Dining Table & Chairs Set

Handcrafted rocking chairs in various woods, produced by Amish craftspeople.


Outstanding Craftsmanship

It's fun to shop for imported goods as special presents at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, but it's also a good idea to buy American Made goods to support our own labor force and business climate. By this I mean small businesses in America and each US State. These include artisan's shops, local high-quality crafters, Native American/First Nations, Amish, Appalachian, Shaker, and other regional and American-ethic handcrafted goods. For instance, Amish quilts and furniture are study, attractive, long-lasting and retain their value. They become heirlooms with sentimental and cash value.

In addition to the Amish craft culture, the Applachian and Great Smokies culture is admirable as well. This is not the world of Lil' Abner and moonshine stills in filmdom or Tobacco Road, but of crafting communities that produce fine arts, quilts, furniture (often without using nails), primitive artistry, and a variety of culinary gifts. The latter includes jams, jellies, preserves, chutneys, pickles of just about any fruit and vegetable, and varied relishes.

Electric Amish - Parodies in good humor benefit charities.

Barn to Be Wild
Barn to Be Wild

I thoroughly enjoyed this CD and it took a long time to wipe the tears from my eyes after listening to it! The group is like a cross between ZZ Top and Wierd Al Yankovic.


Appalachian Dulcimers

A mountain dulcimer is an enchanting gift - I purchased a CD of original dulcimer music at a Renaissance Festival and sat in the drizzle to hear the artist play for half an hour. I never noticed the rain. A dulcimer itself is an uplifting gift and many community centers often dulcimer lessons. In fact, some recreation or art centers offer a moderately priced course in which one can build and learn to play a dulcimer - what a great gift that would be for someone that could use a bit of music in life.

Native Americans in Appalachian and other American regions create their own style of wooden flute, available in speciality shops and online. CDs of this music are also available as much-appreciated gift items. In the American Southwest and California, Native American and Tex-Mex pottery is offered. In the Pacific Northwest, First Nations carving and paintings are exquisite. Texas also offers jarred chili seasonings that I have seen given at Christmas and I can testify that they are delicious.

All over America, we have gift items made in this nation. Small business owners are everywhere and we may pass them by in a frenetic life, but we can look for them. We can find furniture, paintings, wines, and handcrafted items of all sorts. Within the different cultures of our communities, we can find treasures with which to treat our friends and family members.

A link below lists over 50 Small Businesses that produce American Made items. The Comments thread includes new businesses as they add themselves.

Gibson Elvis King of Rock J-200 Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Ebony
Gibson Elvis King of Rock J-200 Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Ebony

Elvis owened many Gibson Super Jumbos, including an ebony J-200 personally customized for him by the master luthiers at Gibson. This tribute version contains the finest materials.


The Elvis Phenomenon is Still Growing

...and now I know why. Stumbling upon the fact that friends have been outstanding Elvis Tribute Artists in the past led me to begin listening to The King's music and learning about Elvis Fests in Michigan and the American South. A purely uncountable number of types of Elvis merchandise is sold in the widest price range that can be offered. Every day I hear of more Elvis fans and additional memorabilia.

While not obsessed with the phenomenon, I do have a few Elvis items myself. One is Elvis's Ultimate Gospel album on CD, featuring a cover of the Blind Boys of Alabama's number called Run On. Elvis recorded this number with his backup group of many famous artists and if I listen to it once, I'm hooked in for 10 repetitions. Its an engaging energetic number that is worth the price of the album alone.

I also have the recording of the 1968 Comeback Show. Another item of mine is a Doug Church Elvis Tribute performance album that includes La Vida Loca and covers of other popular songs first performed after Elvis's death in 1977. This album startles listeners.

You might want to present your Elvis fan - man, woman, child, or pet - with any of the gifts in the following links. Tickets to hear Doug Church or to attend the Ypsilanti Elvis Fest would be fun for fans as well. Reported to me by another tribute artist, Doug Church's voice print when performing as Elvis matched The King's fully, except for one spike during the recording.


The Best Polynesian Foods for Gift Giving

One of the finest Polynesian restaurants in the US and a National Historic Landmark in Ohio was nevertheless demolished. However, it's foods are still available from the manufacturer online and Tiki and Kahiki memorabilia are still available.

The frozen foods are so good and in such high demand, that the owners are too busy to open a new restaurant! They are created right in Gahanna, Ohio; a suburb of Columbus.

Mackinac City, Michigan
Mackinac City, Michigan | Source

Williams Cheese Store Online/In Person for Michigan Made Gifts

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(c) Patty Inglish 2010. All rights reserved. | Source

Selected Native American Gift Items


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      PC 6 years ago

      Great gift ideas & sources. It helps a lot.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Gee, that's 4 for 4! Happy holidays!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Patty, wonderful hub, thank you for all the great gift ideas. I have always been a huge fan of Amish furniture, the mountain dulcimer (I can play one pretty well), anything Appalachian, and Elvis Presley.

      Voted up, awesome and useful!

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      brandrocker 6 years ago

      Beautiful hub... It helps a lot in brainstorming. I love the ideas for Elvis fans.

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      Wahine 6 years ago from California

      I would have never thought of the unique ideas in this hub. Rated up!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Best presents in the world, I think - thanks for commenting, hello, hello!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Oh, Patty, you have written a hub about wonderful people and their craft. I love all these information. Thank you.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      I think all these gifts are really good choices this year. Native American flute is one of my favorite, and the dulcimer is very nice to hear.

      vocalcoach - Tennessee is such beautiful place and I remember the Smokey Mountains from childhood trips. I'm ready to go back. Thanks for you complements!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Where is my credit card? :-) Seriously, Patty, I found so many items here that I would like to purchase - for myself and for gifts. Stunning hub! Full of interest, facts and I love the photo of the "Smokies"...I am in Tennessee. Just a great presentation all the way around.

      No doubt about it. You are the best - thank you.

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      I love this hub. Thanks for all the American made ideas.


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      PierrePierre 6 years ago

      Nice ideas. I love the beautiful pics you share with us.

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      jessicab 6 years ago from Alabama

      Great hub Patty as always.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Some great gift giving ideas & sources! My wife is crazy about Native American music & crafts!