Russell Stover makes its sweet at 4 factories in Colorado, Kansas, and Texas, using about 2,300 folks. Photograph courtesy Russell Stover

Massive romantic getaways are doubtless not taking place for many of us this yr, however you may nonetheless mark the love-filled day whereas additionally supporting American makers and staff.

Valentine’s Day is Sunday. Perhaps it’s the monotony of the pandemic or the truth that my neighbors nonetheless have their Christmas tree of their window, however this vacation actually snuck up on me. I’m guessing that if you’re studying this weblog, you too end up scrambling to consider a last-minute present, too.

However I’ve excellent news: There are many last-minute Made in America Valentine’s Day presents on the market, a lot of which may be shipped on to the one you love or ordered for pickup at your native retailer.

Sweet

Let’s begin with the class that’s in all probability the simplest choice.

Russell Stover – well-known for making these chocolate-filled, heart-shaped containers – has been making its sweet in the USA since 1923. The corporate operates shops all through the nation, however its treats are also bought at main retailers like CVS and Goal.

Then there’s Sweethearts. America nearly misplaced this Valentine’s Day custom when the New England Confectionery Firm (NECCO) went out bankrupt in 2018, however fortunately Ohio-based Spangler Sweet (which additionally makes Dum Dums and Smarties) purchased the model. It took a number of years to get issues up-and-running, however these little containers are again this yr, even with new sayings. You could find them at native retailers, together with your native grocery chain.

In case you are searching for extra American-made sweet choices, try this listing of union-made sweet the AFL-CIO put collectively.

Flowers

That is one which looks like a reasonably simple choice, too – however it’s really not! In keeping with the Affiliation of Specialty Lower Flowers, 80% of the recent flowers bought in the USA aren’t grown in North America. That signifies that loads of these flower bouquets bought in bins at your native retailer this time of yr are imported. You could find American-grown flower choices through web sites like LocalFlowers.org and Licensed American Grown. In case you nonetheless come up brief, Bloomia and 1-800-Flowers.com are among the many on-line retailers that characteristic American-grown flowers and vegetation obtainable for quick supply.

Jewellery

There are a complete host of American-made jewellery makers; our Made in America Listing encompasses a bunch of them, and we all know there are extra on the market, particularly small, native makers. However when you want one thing fast, Alex and Ani might be a protected guess. The Rhode Island model has a Valentine’s Day part on its web site, and its stackable bracelets and different jewellery is bought at retailers throughout the nation.

Lingerie

Made in USA mainstay Hanky Panky has a complete listing of Valentine’s Day present concepts on its web site. However when you aren’t in a position to order in time for Valentine’s Day supply, retailers like Nordstrom additionally promote the model, recognized for its line of colourful lace undergarments. Amongst online-only choices, Love Ophelia presents quite a lot of sleepwear and robes; if you’re out there for one thing on the sexier aspect, try Between the Sheets.

Candles

When all else fails, candles are an ideal present thought (simply ensure you don’t depart them unattended and wreck your vacation). There are lots of Made in America candle choices on the market – from small retailers to massive manufacturers – so there’s actually no excuse to purchase one which’s imported. Yankee Candles, maybe essentially the most well-known candle firm on the market, are bought at many retailers; Amazon additionally has a complete part of Made in USA choices obtainable for quick supply (however be certain that to verify the outline to confirm the nation of origin).

Bathtub Merchandise

Like candles, soaps and tub merchandise are also a enjoyable present, and there are many Made in America manufacturers. The important thing, after all, is getting one thing fast. Olivia Care’s line of tub salts, bought at Goal, are Made in USA, in addition to being cruelty-free, paraben-free, and vegan. Burt’s Bees, which presents a complete host of easy-to-find tub and sweetness merchandise, additionally makes all of its stuff stateside. And if you’re searching for one thing a bit extra manly, Duke Cannon Provide Co. merchandise (like its Massive Ass Brick of Cleaning soap) are also American-made and may be discovered at retailers nationwide.

For extra Valentine’s Day present concepts, try earlier blogs from 2015, 2017 and 2020.



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