Category Archives: Gifts

Sharp-Looking Aprons by Koda Organics: Made in USA

I came home this evening and Kathy showed me an apron she purchased as a gift from Koda Organics. Koda was founded by Mario Matos, who, if you take a moment to read the company bio, started-off working in a sewing factory and went on to create Chameleon USA. Koda is an offshoot of that company and what sets it apart is the use of organic materials. Everything is handmade in Koda’s Georgia facility.The apron Kathy purchased was called the “Wescott,” which is made from a combination of 100 % organic cotton and organic vegetable-tanned leather. It came in attractive packaging, perfect if you want to send a direct gift.The Apron is very sturdy and Koda Organic uses rivets and grommets to provide added strength in key areas.

 They come in a variety of styles from full bib to a short bistro style and can be ordered in a wide array of colors.Most aprons feature at least one pocket or multiple storage compartments. The full size  apron has comfortable load-bearing cross-over back-straps that really allow you to dial in the fit.The Tanoak bistro apron shown above is made from full grain leather.

Looking for a more personalized apron? They can add your name and a logo for a nominal charge.

According to Kathy, her only suggestion to Koda Organics would be to offer a petite size for short-waisted women. She would not be able to wear the apron herself, because the chest section is too long for her torso. Other than that, we both really like the design and quality.

Regards,

Paul

 

Rare Sale at The Grommet: 20% Off Sitewide September 15 Only!

We’ve been writing about The Grommet for a long time because of the large number of fun, unusual American-Made products they carry. One thing they don’t have: a lot of promotional discounts, so you’ll want to jump on their one-day Thank-You Sale on Friday, September 15. You’ll get 20% sitewide and you won’t need a coupon code. Here are some of our favorite products:

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!repast3 The hand-crafted Repast Ravioli Rolling Pin produces perfect little pillows of pasta that won’t break open during cooking.Whether towing it behind a canoe or floating it in the pool, you will love grabbing cold drinks and food from the CreekKooler.Do you have a special place in your heart for a certain waterside location? The lake house you played in as a child, the site of the bayside cafe where you got engaged, the harbor where your 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 you appreciate your beer, The Cap Trap line of products will let you 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.imageThe Swurfer and is a crazy-fun-looking swing developed by a surfer to prepare his kids for riding the waves.imageThey’re colorful, they’re rugged and they let your kids assemble giant-sized dinosaur skeletons! What could be better? Check out these Boneyard Pets.These fish-inspired knives and corkscrews are perfect for the outdoorsy person.Motorcycle riders love these little Guardian Bells, since they are considered good luck charms.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.This Maine-made Brahm’s Mount herringbone blanket is great for snuggling and is rugged enough to pass to the next generation.And finally, Cutting boards from Brooklyn Butcher Block will make your cooking and grilling even more enjoyable.
Regards, Kathy

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.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!

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