Today, I want to throw some attention to others that are supporting American and American workers.
As you're out Christmas shopping, please consider these businesses as much as possible.
http://www.rodongroup.com/ -- There's a great American company behind many of the plastics you use on a daily basis. The Rodon Group is that company. Ever heard of K'Nex toys? The Rodon Group makes them. If you don't have a plastics need other than buying your kids some K'Nex toys, you're doing just fine!
http://www.americanologist.com/ -- This is a story quite similar to my own. An American couple decided to make a simple goal for themselves, buy MORE American made products. Check out their website to find tons of American made products. Their challenge to you is to buy at least one gift that's made in the USA. You can do that, can't you?
http://www.madeinamericastore.com/ -- If you're short on time and don't know what to get, simply check out this website and get pre-made kits for kids, men, and women! I have to say, though, the kids kit might be perfect for everybody on your list. It's all made in the USA. This is the only brick and mortar store I know of that supports only American-made products. Checking out their store is on my to-do list. Military discount for our active duty patriots!
http://www.miaoutfitters.com/ -- Mens, womens, and kids... This is the outfitter for all your needs. Heck, they even have tailgaiting gear. Made in America is more than just a label, it's a lifestyle... and these guys will help you live that lifestyle!
http://www.jackandmarydesigns.com/ -- Jack and Mary Designs makes something that most of the country needs right now--wool sweaters, mittens, scarves, headbands, and hats. Take some time to check them out and support an awesome American company!
http://americanbenchcraft.com/ -- Leather! leather wallets, leather belts, leather cardholders, even leather dog collars. And the best part... MADE IN USA, of course! Check out these guys for quality American made leather goods.
http://www.pangrillit.com/ -- For the die-hard grilling fool in your life (aka, just about every American), this is a simply awesome tool. If you've ever grilled on one of those outdoor grills and wished it was cleaner... or if you've ever wanted a juicy flame broiled steak, but it was raining (or just too darn cold), these guys have a truly remarkable product for you. Grill all year, every year, with this great tool!
http://www.miniopener.com/ -- There's an American made story behind every American made product. The Mini Opener is no exception. This is a keychain sized tool designed to easily open those mini liquor bottles. It also helps pry open bottles and cans. Not only that, but it looks really cool!
http://www.captoolandsafety.info/ -- No matter what industry you're living or working in, safety is a major priority. Capital Tool & Safety Supply does what many other safety suppliers don't, they actually work to make you safer. Check out the website or give Mike a call at (734) 855-4840 to get American made safety supplies or information.
http://www.chelseaclock.com/ -- Luxury clocks made in the USA. This isn't your simple desk clock, these are works of art. Chelsea Clocks have been making some awesome clocks since 1897. You don't get to hang around unless you're doing something right.
https://craftedusa.com/ -- Tons of products that are made in USA... They even provide a simple way to sort all sorts of American made products by price or category. Check them out and you won't be disappointed.
http://georginaestefania.com/ -- Designer sweaters made in USA. Texas, to be exact. Georgina Estefania is an award-winning knitwear designer. If you want sweaters, dresses, shawls, and other knit accessories, here's a great place to get everything you need.
http://www.rewineddesigns.com/ -- Barb Schick is the owner and designer of reEWINEd designs. This is some truly awesome furniture made from reclaimed wine barrels. You can buy or rent these great pieces of furniture for your next hosting or party. Check out the website!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hattiedesigns -- Let's face it, if it's made in China, it's got lead in it. Kathy's website can keep all that junk off your babies. Here is some beautifully made baby goods including mittens (baby it's cold outside), blankets, burp rags, and more. This is an awesome website to check out for the babies in your life.
http://www.reignvermont.com/ -- Bags... Fabric bags, waxed canvas bags, suede bags... they've got it! They're about to launch wool bags. Help them get the new line started and support a great American business.
http://www.alfiusa.com/ -- Everybody needs new knives now and then. These are super cool knives that won't break the bank. Easy gift idea for just about anybody who has ever stepped foot in a kitchen or eaten a nice juicy steak.
http://www.allamericanclothing.com/ -- This is one website that really got me excited. Jeans--made in USA. Not many places can say that. But it's not just jeans, they've also got shirts, socks, shoes, and more. Stand out in a crowd wearing quality made American clothing!
http://www.oliverandadelaide.com/ -- Baby gifts... Children gifts... All made in America by Americans. Very unique gifts.
http://www.ibuyusmade.com/ -- "iBuyUSMade is a community dedicated to helping you find American made products and services, and to build positive thinking about our great country, the United States of America." I couldn't have said it better myself (so I didn't, I quoted their website). Barry is committed to helping Americans buy American!
http://estellagrace.com/ -- Show me a lady who doesn't appreciate a nice candle and I'll sell you some ocean front property in Arizona. Candles, soaps, dresses... This is an American company that's all about good old American simplicity.
http://www.legendaryusa.com/ -- Do me a favor and think of anybody in your life with a motorcycle... Got it, good! Now get them a new leather jacket that's made in the USA. Trust me, they'll appreciate it. For those without a bike, get them one too or take a look at everything else they have to offer. They've got mens, ladies, military, and other fashion apparel all made in the USA.
http://www.hugofnature.com/ -- Here's something for the special woman in your life. Or, if you're a woman, here's a special treat for you. Sleep and lounge wear designed to make women feel comfortable and look sexy.
http://totallyusamade.com/ -- Here is a great website that offers nothing but American-made products. Are you short on ideas, check out this website and renew your idea listing for everybody on your shopping list.
http://www.carrieparry.com/ -- Beautifully designed garments cut & sewn locally in the USA... Could it get any better than that. If you're looking for stylish and elegant clothing for gifts this here, this is a great place to start!
http://www.madeinamericasc.com/ -- Books, jewelry, musical instruments, clothing, tools, toys... they've know where to get it made in USA.
http://www.americanduffle.com/ -- American made duffle bags for the "warrior" or the "weekender." Of course, all American made!
http://www.boisepaper.com/ -- OK, so it might be getting a bit late for sending out Christmas cards, but that doesn't mean that you can prepare for the rest of the year by supporting a business that's committed to our great country. Check out the website and start looking to Boise Paper for all your paper needs... all year long!
http://wepledgemadeinusa.com/ -- "Our goal in creating this website was to help Consumers and Manufacturers stand together to create jobs and promote Economic growth." Can it be said any better than that... They just want what we all want, for more American companies to support the Americans that buy their products.
http://keepamerica.com/ -- This website sells just about every category of American-made good out there. They also sell American-made pet products. Check them out and start "creating jobs, one purchase at a time."
http://www.artisanusa.com/ -- Lights, lamps, even wall sconces... All made in the USA! Artisan crafted lighting all made in the USA... I wish I would have found this website when I was writing my book... I would have had one less thing to rant about!
http://www.usawares.com/ -- I'm going to put it straight... If you want it made in USA, this site will tell you where to get it. Just about anything and everything can be found on John's website. Support your country and a great American patriot!
http://tomatosnaps.com/ -- Is there a gardener on your shopping list this Christmas? Well, here you go. This is a simple design that will protect all your plants, not just tomato's.
http://www.photodomepins.com/ -- This is a website where you can get custom made lapel pins. If you've got a family reunion or sporting even coming up, consider making lapel pins to show your unity and support. All of their pins are made in USA.
http://marketplace.theblaze.com/ -- The Market Place at the TheBlaze.com is a website that started just before I published my first book. I love the idea of a website that supports small businesses, especially when they're American small businesses!
http://www.apbspeakers.com/ -- The APB stands for American Program Bureau. This is a listing of American speakers. Victoria Rowell recommended this site. If you need a speaker for any sort of event, check out this website.
http://www.onlyamericanmadehere.com/ -- A cross between a site for inspiration and a site for American-made products. Whether you're looking for a reason to buy American-made gifts or looking for the gifts themselves, check out this site and find what you need.
http://proudlymadeinamerica.com/ -- Not so much a place to buy American products, but a place to get inspiration. ProudlyMadeInAmerica is a blog site that will get you inspired. You can also check out some of the links for ideas and products.
http://www.usa30days.com/ -- Another site for inspiration... "We have all seen the “Made in the USA” brand. Does this brand really mean anything to people nowadays? This feature documentary, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey”, is an epic journey into the heart and soul of America. After witnessing the tragic effects caused by a factory shutdown in his hometown of Ravenswood, WV, Josh Miller takes off across the country for 30 days to discover the answer to this question."
http://madeusafdn.org/ -- More inspiration to buy USA! The Made in the USA Foundation is dedicated to promoting products manufactured in the USA, as well as products assembled in the USA.
http://www.go4madeinamerica.com/ -- Another place to go for inspiration. This website can tell you about the American manufacturers who make it and the American retailers who sell it!