My 3 year old has recently began the “I want” phase. Followed by the “But Mom, I don’t have an *insert toy of the week here*.” My standard response is that he should put it on his Christmas list. And while we’re doing our best to explain to him about delayed gratification (most of the time by singing a little “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones!), I’m also secretly making my own list for Christmas.
As I said in Made in the USA Gift Guide for the Mama, I’m trying to buy holiday gifts that are made in the States this year and I consider it a bonus if they are handmade! Honestly, my kids need nothing, but when the Grandparents are asking for ideas or Santa is checking his list, I love the idea of them receiving something that is quality made and will last through the years.
Here are a few ideas for kids that I love! I’ve suggested most of these to the elves in our lives. : )
All five of these companies offer tons of options and all of the goods are handmade! I love all of Bannor Toys choices and there is a good chance that Santa is going to bring Finn one of their amazing teethers in his stocking this year. It’s also a personal favorite just because they are located a couple hours from my hometown in Iowa. : ) Rad and Happy has some amazing quilts in addition to the one shown here. I love that she’s made a flannel and beards option that looks super cozy! Opposite of Far offers just about any mask under the sun, both of real and fantastical animals. Max has the lion mask and he loves putting it on and scaring us with his mighty roar! Salemtown Board Co. has any type of skateboard you could want and while I’m definitely not an expert, they are all beautifully crafted and look like tons of fun. Tnees Tpees is almost guaranteed to have a tee pee that will fit with the decor in your child’s room and be the perfect play space or reading nook. My personal favorite is the Archi, since the navy stripes and anchors would match Max’s nautical themed room!
Customers buying from these businesses can expect top-notch service and goods. Both Salemtown Board Co. and Bannor Toys individually hand-cut and sand their wood creations, so no two are exactly the same. All of the owners I spoke to emphasized their commitment to quality and customer service. Jessica Near, owner of Opposite of Far, said “I think of my customers as extensions of my own family, I want everyone to smile when they think of Opposite of Far and to feel proud to support my business!”
These are some of my Made in the USA favorites, but I wanted to know what these makers have on their Made in the USA wish lists! The Salemtown Team said they would love a dinner table from Holler Designs. Stacey, co-owner of Bannor Toys, said she loves Little Hip Squeaks clothing, Candelles hand-poured soy candles, Hello Lovely People‘s watercolor portraits, and Southern Adornments Ruthie Bows. Jessica from Opposite of Far is a huge fan of the Wolfe Pack from Wolfe Brothers, Tumbleweeds Handcrafted Sunglasses, Tees by Kinship Goods, and mermaid and lumberjack dolls by My Dear Hazel. I’ve already added a few of these to my list!
What are your favorite Made in the USA kids gifts???