With the continued challenges of shipping delays and the continued trend of local pride, consumers and retailers are seeing the benefits of made-in-the-USA gifts, as well as those that display American pride. From decades-old brands to new manufacturers starting out with a few products, the gift and homeware industry is rife with suppliers with distinctly American roots. GDA editors have worked hard to highlight some of these stories with their monthly American Made product features and have walked away, so to speak, with their own business. This week the team rounded up some of their favorite patriotic products. Here’s a bit about each and what makes them so distinctly American.
Lenise Willis’ Pick: A Shopping Bag with Texas Pride
One of the busiest sections of the Ivystone Atlanta showroom during the winter market was El Arroyo. The Tex-Mex restaurant has gone viral in the past couple of years for its marquee signs, and now its ornaments, market bags, coffee mugs and other giftware adorned with the same phrases have drawn even more industry attention. present. My market bag, which reads: “Commas are important. More tequila. No, more tequila” had shoppers at the market and even fellow travelers at the airport stopping me in my tracks to comment The Austin-based company has definitely mastered gifts that make consumers laugh and exudes both Texas pride and a playful (and marketable) sense of humor that’s sure to captivate your customers. Texas will be even happier supporting a local small business with a very nice brand.
#GDAfindoftheday: A Doggone Cute Pet Medal
P. Graham Dunn was born in Dalton, Ohio in the 1970s, and remained there for more than 40 years, expanding his product line from a one-man operation to a 250,000 square foot manufacturing facility with a 20 000 – retail store per square foot. This dog-friendly tag, which reads “fur-ever friend,” is made at this same facility. With plenty of room to add identifying information, this made in the USA tag is perfect for anyone looking to let the world know how much their furry friend means to them.
Adelaide Elliott’s Pick: A Candle That Brings SoCal Vibes Wherever She Goes
One of the places where I discovered tons of products over the last year was the video sharing app TikTok. I found my pick of products this week, Los Angeles-based and born PF Candle Co., there too. Made from 100% domestically grown soy wax with a cotton wick, this company caught my eye with a video about its California production facility and clean-burning ingredients. I was sold on the business after picking up a candle in PF Candle Co.’s original scent – Teakwood & Tobacco. Light and woody, the candle smells clean with hints of leather and orange and never gets too overpowering or hot no matter how long it burns. The amber jar, brass lid, and simplistic label make every candle, regardless of scent, cute enough to display throughout my home.
Lenise Willis, editor; Anne-Marie Earl, editor-in-chief; and Alex Herring, editor; make up the editorial team of Gifts & Decorative Accessories. The team keeps abreast of the latest product trends, market launches, consumer insights and trade news to keep retailers up to date with what’s happening in the giftware industry. With reports from the GDA team, retailers are able to increase customer engagement, diversify their product line, and more.