The average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion, the National Retail Federation estimates. If that money was spent entirely on US made products it would create 4.6 million jobs. But it doesn’t even have to be that big. If each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs.
I’ve been following ABC News segments on Made in America goods for some time now, and the quote above really struck me. So I thought, “I have a blog with a few readers, maybe they’d be willing to buy an American made gift or two this holiday season?” After all, aren’t gifts a little better when they can do something for your community or your country?
For a partial list of American made gift ideas, click here. From toys to glassware, from jeans to golf balls, the list has it all. It also has some of Belle’s favorite brands like Hanky Panky, True Religion, Dogeared and Philosophy.
So what do you say? Are you willing to buy a few American made gifts this holiday season? If so, check back this afternoon for a few co-worker gifts that are Made in America. And watch all week, for more home grown gifts.