Christmas is not only a special time of the year to give to your loved ones and
those on your Christmas list. It's also a special opportunity to give and help
guarantee prosperity to other Americans you don't know and who aren't on your
The best way to guarantee prosperity for Christmas present and Christmas future
is to put American-made products under your Christmas tree this year.
If you're running out of ideas, or are just tired of running to the store only
to find items made in other countries, here are a few ideas you may not have
How Americans Can Buy American (second edition) is available through the end of
the year for just $10 each. I will personally ship my book to anyone on your
Christmas list for you for at this special price. Tax is included and shipping
is free. With the third edition of How Americans Can Buy American coming out in
2007, you can be sure that this special offer won't be repeated anytime soon.
If you are receiving this email, disregard the prices in the online form.
You'll be charged just $10 for each book - tax and postage paid.
You can Shop for America at www.ShopForAmerica.com - one of my favorite Buy American
websites - featuring thousands of American-made gifts. Whether it's personal
items for men, women, kids and babies, gourmet food, bath & body, or sport
& hobby (plus much, much more) you're likely to find it at ShopForAmerica's
The USA Coffee Company is also running specials. Try their 100% American-grown
coffee, or their newly-introduced Chocolate Expresso Beans!
PattonShirts.com still has quality, 100% cotton, American-made polo shirts for
the incredible price of $19.95.
For Union-made apparel and other union-made products, try the Union Jean
Company or the Union Shop.
ZebulonUSA.com always has a nice selection of apparel, toys and other
American-made products you'll love to give that special someone on your Christmas
If you're looking for a bigger gift to make a bigger impression that will save
energy and some hard-earned cash for your lucky gift recipient for years to
come, check out SETS Systems' tankless water heaters at www.Sets-Systems.com.
For something really creative, unique and new, try www.WhiteCreekTile.com.
Of course there are many other links to American-made websites at www.howtobuyamerican.com,
but here are some other individual items made in the USA (and some that are
The Simpson's Wheel of Fortune - Made in China
Rock 'm Sock 'm Robots - Made in China
Pop-O-Matic Trouble - Made in China
Ker-Plunk - Made in China
Lincoln Logs - Made in China
Nerf Footballs - Made in China
Candyland - Made in USA
Chutes & Ladders - Made in USA
Hungry Hippos - Made in USA
The Price is Right (DVD Edition) - Made in USA
A BIG foreign takeover occurred when Mattel's Wham-O got acquired by Hong
Kong-based distributor this past January (according to the Wall Street
Journal). Wham-O makes vintage toys like the Frisbee (made in China), Tracball (made in China), Hula Hoop, Superball, Boogie Board, Hacky Sack, Silly String and
Water Wiggle. I'm not sure where the other toys (Hula Hoop, etc) are made, but
the Wall Street Journal article highlighted that the new company has five
Chinese factories and 25,000 Chinese workers. An American alternative to the
Hong Kong-owned Hula Hoop would be the American-made Wave Hoop by
American-owned Maui Toys, based in Youngstown, OH.
LEGO is Denmark-owned and made in China as well.
Almost all puzzles are made in USA.
Other toys and games ideas:
NordicTrack treadmills are made in USA (I own one)
St. Pierre Horseshoes are made in USA
Here you can buy quality T-Shirts for $3 or $4 each.
Clothes for Infants and children.
Pointer Brand www.PointerBrand.com
Jeans, Denim Shorts and Jackets, Hunting Clothes, Coveralls.
Bradfield Outdoor www.BradfieldOutdoor.com
American-made outdoor clothing.
Leather Artisan www.leatherartisan.com
Leather Hand Bags, Tote Bags, Belts, Wallets, Backpacks.
Tough Traveler www.toughtraveler.com
Backpacks, Hiking Packs, Camera Bags, Duffel Bags.
My Red Wing Boots are made in USA. Until recently, if it said "Red
Wing" it was guaranteed made in USA. No more - you have to check the
label now. For 100% made-in-USA boots, visit the Weinbrenner Shoe Company
where you can find Thorogood boots and Work One boots. You can search for
dealer locations on their website.
Werner Ladders are made in USA. Louisville Ladders are made in Mexico. The price is nearly the same as I found out buying a large ladder after my home
state of Florida got pummeled by three hurricanes in 2004.
American-made artificial Christmas Trees can be found at www.ChristmasDepot.com.
Information about real Christmas Trees can be found by visiting www.ChristmasTreesMagazine.com
Roger Simmermaker is the author of "How Americans Can Buy American:
The Power of Consumer Patriotism." He also writes "Buy American
Mention of the Week" articles for his website www.howtobuyamerican.com
and is a member of the Machinists Union and National Writers Union. Roger has
been a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC and has been
quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report
among many other publications.