Category Archives: Gifts

Brooklyn Slate: Made in USA

Brooklyn Slate Co. was founded in 2009 by Kristy Hadeka and Sean Tice. Inspiration came after visiting the slate quarry in upstate New York owned by Kristy’s family. What at first started as a simple project started to get noticed by friends and a business was born.A lot of care goes into selecting the slate pieces that they will sell.  Color (you can order black or red), thickness and finish are all considered. Pieces are  treated with a food safe mineral oil to protect the slate from staining. Even the burlap packaging has been thought-out, not just to be green, but to work with the natural look of slate. A piece of soapstone is included so you can write on the slate.I enjoy entertaining and I have no doubt that if I had a few items from Brooklyn Slate on my table that they would be noticed. There’s something really cool about offering guests a great selection of cheeses or charcuterie on a natural piece of slate. Better yet, how about setting down a fine Scotch on a slate coaster? You can even have the slate engraved.The slate items are all Made-in-the-USA as are some of the other collaboration pieces, like the coffee mugs shown above. Their speckled appearance is the result of clay mixed with ground slate. American-made items are clearly marked. The few items not marked with a country-of-origin are assumed to be imported..

Regards,

Paul

An American Jewelry Sale for Independence Day

If you like to dazzle in diamonds or shine in pearls, you probably already know that these items are not mined or harvested in the USA.  The same is true of many gems. However, the stone is just the beginning of a piece of jewelry, and you CAN buy dazzling items that are handcrafted by jewelers in the USA.

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Allurez, a jewelry-maker that manufactures in New York, is having a Fourth of July sale on American-made items. Check out some of the beautiful pieces you can buy for a loved one or -why not – yourself! The sale runs through July 5.

Regards, Kathy

 

 

We Visit Grommet Headquarters for Fathers’ Day Gift Ideas… and You Get 20% Off ‘Til Tomorrow

We recently travelled to Somerville, Ma, a suburb of Boston, to visit the Headquarters of The Grommet. This innovative business has helped to shepherd thousands of unusual products to market, including hundreds Made in the United States.Our tour guide for the visit was Nick Sozio, who walked us through the Grommet’s playful and beautiful spaces: a colorful, curved meeting room, a stylish industrial kitchen, an entryway with an antique sewing machine on display. The decor captured perfectly the combination of cool, whimsy and utility that characterizes their product line.

With Nick’s help, we have assembled a selection of American-made gifts for Father’s Day that will surely give your Dad a smile. Even better, you can get 20% off your purchase on June 5-6 by using promo code DAD17.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links above: Please do!Whether he’s towing it behind his canoe or floating it in the pool, Dad will love grabbing cold drinks and food from the CreekKooler.Does Dad have a special place in his heart for a certain waterside location? The lake house he played in as a child, the site of the bayside cafe where he proposed to your mom, the harbor where his family arrived in the USA? Now you can get a customized topographical artwork that beautifully maps these special bodies of water. We saw one of these in person and it is even more beautiful than it appears in pictures.If Dad appreciates his beer, The Cap Trap line of products will let him show it off. These laser-cut wooden maps of the USA, individual states and a variety of other fun shapes, are designed to be filled with the bottle caps of local brews. They are made in Tampa from Baltic birch plywood.These fish-inspired knives and corkscrews and perfect for the outdoorsy dad.If Dad rides a motorcycle, he’ll love these little Guardian Bells, since they are considered good luck charms among riders.The New York Times Commemorative Book is always a fun gift, since it compiles the items that were in the news on Dad’s day if birth.Dad may not know it yet, but he needs this Maine-made Brahm’s Mount herringbone blanket. He can gather the grandkids under it to read a book, snuggle with mom and have it around long enough to pass to the next generation.And finally, Cutting boards from Brooklyn Butcher Block will make dad’s cooking and grilling even more enjoyable.
Regards, Kathy

Patriotic Items and Americana at Monticello Shop: Made in USA

Monticello, the home of our third president, Thomas Jefferson, operates an interesting shop where we’ve found lots of USA-Made patriotic and presidential items, plus some appealing Americana. And it just so happens that there’s a sale going on, with 15% OFF orders of $100 or more with Coupon Code: APRAF through the end of April 2017.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!Bow ties and lapel pins made from thorns and feathers will give you a taste of old-time fashion.These long-lasting beeswax candles are Made in USA and hand-dipped as they would have been in the 1700s.

Jefferson used a revolving armchair believed to be made by New York City cabinetmaker Thomas Burling. The finely crafted replica on the left is based on that chair and is also hand-crafted in New York. Jefferson also liked the relaxed posture of his Campeachy chair, right)and its classical lines.

The Primrose Coverlet features a design popular in the USA since the early 1800s. 90” x 98”.
jefferson-ten-rulesHere are some perfect gifts for the patriot: “Jefferson’s Ten Rules to Live By” and framed copies of the words, “Life,” “Liberty,” and “Happiness.”

At 65% Off, Enlarged Family Photos Make Great Mothers’ Day Gifts!

You know what Mom and Grandma love best: YOU! So make them happy this Mother’s Day by picking their favorite family photos and turning them into beautiful wall art.Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do! As a special Mother’s Day incentive, you’ll get 65% off all Canvases from Canvas People plus FREE shipping! Order by May 7th for Mother’s DayChoose between two canvas thicknesses : the larger one looks more like a piece of professional wall art.

Regards, Kathy