Gift Shopping

There are still a few more weeks until Christmas, so there’s time to make your holiday a Made in the USA/Fair Trade one.

Collectively, we spend millions of dollars on gifts this time of year. Imagine the impact we can have if we all buy more of those gifts from local, US, or union sources.

Here’s a few tips for buying Made in the the USA gifts for your loved ones.

1) If you have something specific in mind, try good old fashioned internet jeanssearching for whatever that item plus “made in the usa.”   It’s easy!

2) Read closely, and look at each product description.  Sometimes a company will have some of their products made in America and others made overseas.

3) Email or call and ask a company where their products are made, if you can’t tell online.

4) Buy books, used or new, from Powell’s Books in Portland, OR, which is unionized. http://ilwulocal5.com/  If you go to order books online through the union’s webpage, the union gets a commission from your sale.  This seems like a great way to avoid Amazon and their terrible labor practices.

5) Use one of the following resources to find a great gift:

Made in the USA Challenge: http://madeinusachallenge.com/

USA Love List: http://www.usalovelist.com/

Union made stocking stuffers: http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Other-News/Made-in-America-Holiday-Gift-and-Stocking-Stuffer-Guide

Labor 411 Union Made gift guide: http://labor411.org/product-spotlight/650-holiday-gift-guide-pt-1

6) Get a spa or massage certificate or a restaurant gift certificate so you can keep your dollars local.

7) Check out local craft fairs! Most of the time you can meet the person who made the gift right then and there.  I have found some beautiful gifts at craft fairs.

Happy holidays!

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