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Helping America for $64 – I’m In!

December 2nd, 2011 · 2 Brilliant Opinions · Random Things That Make Me Smile

I saw this interesting segment on  ABC news a few nights ago.  Apparently Americans spend of average $700 on Christmas shopping. ( I assumed that is per family but I might be wrong.)  If 10% of that amount (per ABC News – $64) was actually spent on an item made in America …. 200,000 new jobs would be created today… now.  I usually shy away from these “made in America” campaigns because they can come across as angry, xenophobic and I dare say a bit racist (particularly as it pertains to the Chinese.)

Now it is hard to find electronics and toys that aren’t made in China but there are quite a number of lovely items made by regular folk on Esty.com  Esty’s offices are based right here in Brooklyn, NY.  I love this blog post by  one of my Twitter buddies, about the Esty office in DUMBO.

So just in time for the holidays, here are four of my favorite “Made in the USA” shops.  All but one can be found on Esty.com.

1. For super cute headbands and fascinators for curly, natural and big hair – don’t miss Boutique de Bandeaux.  I bought this stylish fascinator a few months ago and I’m dying to wear it to a holiday party. 

2.  The weather outside is frightening … or least it will be in a few months.  For beautiful handmade hats and scarves (some with whimsical appliques) check out  Dahlia Soleil.

3.  I like jewelry and although the recession has curtailed my diamond buying habit in a big way, I still enj0y buying and wearing less expensive but gorgeous and unique designs.  I met House of Renee at the Atlantic Antic street fair last summer and I’ve been hooked on her glam earrings since.

4.  If you love natural, organic hair and skin products check out Baltimore’s own Oyin Handmade.  The adorable family behind Oyin was featured recently in O Magazine.  I love their travel size products.

Are you spending more or less than $700 on Christmas gifts this year?  Let me know if you have any great “made in America” gift ideas.  Merry. Merry.




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  • Betty Ming Liu

    thank you so much for linking to my blog post about etsy! and i love your idea of buying american — not just for the holidays but all the time. thank you for the motivation! 🙂

  • Ann

    Betty – Its hard to believe that $64 can make a difference but I love supporting small, creative businesses. I’m addicted to Esty.com and really loved your blog post about their headquarters. I’m spending less this Christmas but definitely trying to target American goods.

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