Before you peruse Father’s Day cards with fish, golf, and beer themes, check out these ideas for gifts from companies that produce their products in America.
Update Dad’s grill situation with a Weber grill or Weber accessories. Most Weber grills are made in Palatine, Illinois (though some gas grills are made overseas). The Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is highly-rated and perfect for the charcoal-beginner. For an experienced griller, up his game with a Weber smoker. Target has a variety of Weber products and I’ve been very happy with their shipping lately.
Chesapeake Bay Candles
You may think of candles as more of a Mother’s Day gift, but hear me out. Dad is probably tired of being surrounded by feminine and sweet scents. Chesapeake Bay Candles, made in Whatley, Massachusetts, have several masculine scents. I like Leather Oak, Coastal Driftwood and Sweet Tobacco (think memories of Grandpa, not cigarettes).
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
Foodie dads will love this classic 12-inch skillet. Lodge is based in South Pittsburg, Tennessee and founded in 1896. If Dad already has a favorite skillet, try this dutch oven. Side note: My favorite way to cook a steak comes from Mike Broomhead in our book, If You’re Gonna Be Dumb, You Better Be Tough: Lessons from My Life with Bulls, Protestors, and Politicians.
Liberty Junkies’ Made in America Collection
For freedom-loving dads who make dad jokes, you can’t go wrong with these American-made t-shirts. Liberty Junkies was created by political and culture commentator Julie Borowski. One thing to note is that because of COVID-19, there may be shipping delays. No worries though, just print out a picture and tell him it’s on the way!
Lasko Fans have plants in Texas, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. It should be noted that some parts for some of the models come from overseas, but all are assembled in the USA. This model that includes a remote and nighttime setting is perfect for the dad who always has an eye on the thermostat.
Woobies Shoes is based in Dallas, Texas and veteran owned and operated. I really love these stylish camo “Operators.” From the description: “Here Special Forces meets Skate. The OPERATORS are an all-around badass shoe that is specialized for skate, style, comfort, and anything worth living for. We bring you the highest quality and functionality for the value.”
Flags of Valor
A friend told me about this company and it inspired me to make this list. The company’s description says it all: “Flags of Valor — a veteran owned, veteran operated, and veteran made company — has been driven by three ideals: veterans are our strength, made in America still matters, and giving back is essential.” Products include wooden flags, wood coasters, cutting boards, and more. I really love this Phantom Fury wooden flag that “commemorates the bravery of the servicemen who took part in the fierce action to retake Fallujah, Iraq in November 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Another fun gift idea is this flag kit so Dad can help the kids build a flag and teach them about the importance of American values and freedom.
L.L. Bean’s Made in the USA Products
While we wait for other companies (AMAZON, PLEASE!) to allow sorting by where a product is made, L.L. Bean is a good place to start. The company is based in Freeport, Maine. The All-Weather Adirondack chairs are great for relaxing as temperatures finally warm up. For outdoorsy dads, this backpack will come in handy. I also love these old-school outdoor games like horseshoes and croquet.
Based in Garwood, New Jersey, I learned about RevMark after they were featured by Mike Rowe. I love their markers and they came in handy during my recent move. The quality is great and feature something I can’t believe no other pen or marker company has done before — clips that are reversed so an uncapped marker doesn’t fall off and ruin whatever it lands on! If Dad is a Mike Rowe fan too, check out their MikeRoweWorks collection.
All products come from their 1.8 million square-foot facility in Katy, Texas. If you’re picturing the classic red or blue and white coolers from childhood, they’ve come a long way. This hard-sided model will help dad look forward to lugging all that stuff to the beach. If Dad is a coffee drinker, check out this stainless steal tumbler.
This company sells grooming products for men and is owned and operated by a veteran. All products are produced in small-batches in America. The packaging is cool and no one will accuse him of being a metrosexual or hipster. You have to love the scent titles, such as The Traditionalist, Modern Caveman, Operator, Smells Like Freedom, and Sexaay.
Relic Wood makes a variety of wood products in Taylorsville, North Carolina. They do lots of custom products but be sure to look under the QuickShip in-stock product list in order to get in time for Father’s Day.
Wolverine Boots and Shoes
Another company I learned about from Mike Rowe is Wolverine, a Michigan-based leather boots and shoe company, founded over 130 years ago. Another great reason to love this company is that they support the trades with Project Bootstrap. Check out their new arrivals, which put an end to the myth that you can’t get affordable (and better quality) products made in America.
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