Even if the females in your life are hard to buy for, you can’t go wrong with a gift that supports American workers and small businesses. From gifts for going out to working out, or cooking dinner at home, our list is full of stylish domestic-made items all under $50.
The metallic, heat-resistant lining in this pouch means you can put away your flat iron or curling iron while it’s still as hot as 400 degrees without damaging other items in your bag. The pouch holds all sizes of heat-generating hair tools, and is big enough to accommodate the cord. Spokesperson Korrie Wilhelm says the bag is 100% machine washable and makes a great gift for the woman business traveler or college student. Cost: $25.00
Handmade in Bedford, Va., at Emerson Creek Pottery, this ceramic pitcher is dishwasher safe and 100% lead free. Available in 12 different shades and patterns, the pitchers are handpainted “one stroke at a time,” according to the company. The pitchers can be used to serve hot or cold beverages and can be stored in the refrigerator. Cost: $31
Jim Miller, founder of beauty product company California North, says that this hand cream’s restorative powers come from ground-up grapeseeds, which make up a full 2% of the product’s base. “Grapeseed powder is one of the most effective antioxidants in skincare,” he says. The California-grown grapeseeds are then mixed with shea butter to make for a smooth texture. Cost: $24.50
Made in Buford, Ga., Okabashi flip flops offer massage beads on the footbed and are dishwasher safe. These 100% recyclable shoes are perfect for a day at the beach or pool, and the anti-microbial material make them a great choice for wearing in hotels or dormitory bathrooms, says spokesperson Meredith Garcia. For gift givers interested in giving back, Okabashi will be donating one pair of shoes to a homeless child for every pair of shoes sold through Jan. 1. Cost: $17.99
Although the “little black dress” may be a favorite at holiday parties, Fred Womer at Texas Jeans says that “little black jeans” work just as well. Made of 100% cotton, Texas Jeans are completely made in America, from the thread to the buttons. The black jeans come in a mid-rise with a boot-cut leg. Cost: $27.98
Handmade in San Francisco, owner Jillian Bornemann says Slainte bags are made using all locally-sourced materials. Available in recycled and organic fabrics, Slainte bags come in more than 20 different colors and styles. Pictured is the Japanese print “Mini Hip.” Cost: $29
“Give a beautiful gift and help support the honey bee population,” says Jody Crowe at Seattle-based Big Dipper Wax Works. Big Dipper uses only 100% pure beeswax, which Crowe says is never sourced from China. The company also uses 100% cotton wicks and pure essential oils to fragrance their candles. This candle burns for 60 hours and comes printed with two turtle doves. Cost: $24.00
This yoga jacket features a full zipper with side-angled seams for a flattering fit. Made from Supplex and LYCRA, the jacket is great for workouts or hiking. It comes in dark brown or sage green, and customers get free shipping on every order. Cost: $30
Earth Creations uses only naturally-dyed hemp and organic cotton sourced from the US. The triple layered Sasha Skirt comes in a “knee-skimming length” and is made of 100% organic cotton. Owner Martin Ledvina says the shirt “Flatters any body type and looks fabulous with leggings and a pair of boots.” Cost: $48
Newell, W.Va.-based Fiesta Dinnerware is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year; it is the largest pottery company in the U.S. and employs more than 1,100 people. Fiesta pieces are available in 15 different colors and come with a five-year chip replacement warranty. As with all Fiesta items, the baking pan is both microwave and dishwasher safe.
We've hand-picked 10 gifts for moms, aunts, sisters and grandmas, all proudly made in the U.S.A.