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October, 2008

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In this issue: Featuring Gift & Decor Manufacturers “Made in the USA”
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These Gift & Decor Manufacturers Are Still “Made in the USA”

"In order for America to remain truly competitive in a global economy, we must invest in our workforce to stimulate small business growth. Small businesses create two-thirds of all new jobs in this country, and the vast majority of them are paying their new workers higher than the minimum wage." ---Sen. John Kerry (source)

A year ago Gift and Home Retailer News featured vendors who manufacture in the USA because at that time the news media was daily reporting a new recalls of imported goods, primarily those made in China. Thanks to all Gift and Home Retailer News readers who responded to that issue. The vendors mentioned received a great response!

Teresa Thibault, founder of Heart Gifts By Teresa, began handpainting ornaments in her North Carolina home 16 years ago.

Today, with the world focused on the downturn in financial markets, we once again take a look at manufacturers who are bucking the trend of outsourcing to overseas factories with their cheap labor. Many of these manufacturers are very small and yet they manage to be profitable while imposing quality standards and employing local people.

We once again take a look at manufacturers who are bucking the trend of outsourcing to overseas factories

One such company, Heart Gifts By Teresa, located in North Carolina, creates hand-painted, individually-packaged Christmas ornaments. They have been doing business since 1992. Like many small businesses, Teresa Thibault began her business at home and has seen it grow tremendously.

Despite decreasing show attendance, economic conditions and general consumer uncertainty, Channel Craft, maker of toys, games & puzzles, has seen an increase of 17% in the summer trade show sales from last year. Channel Craft has also seen an increase in the retailer's average order amount over last year. Retailers are expanding their selection of Channel Craft to meet the consumer's demands for USA-made goods. These factors will contribute to busy Holiday season of their crew of craftsmen and women, who have been making traditional American Pasttimes for 25 years in Charleroi, Pennsylvania.

Fiddler's Elbow has just released the new "Art for Cat Lover" collection with cat artwork by artist Sueellen Ross.

For over 35 years, Fiddler's Elbow has been designing and manufacturing USA-made, hand printed gifts in their Upstate, New York factory. Fiddler's Elbow has continued its history of licensing the most talented artists in the industry while designing and manufacturing everything from toys to doormats, kitchen textiles to totes, doorstoppers to soft sculptures and pillows to mugs. "We believe a great deal of our success can be attributed to capitalizing on the winning combination of a love for pets and an appreciation for fine art," says John Gunther, President.

Kiss Me In The Garden, Inc. produces all of its Body & Bath products in its Northridge, California facility. “Because we do it all,” says President Karen Mandell, “from the raw ingredient to the finished product, we have superior quality control and can afford to put in large amounts of the finest ingredients...and still sell them at a competitive price.” The 15-year-old company has over 100 made-in-USA products to choose from.

Coast Lamp Mfg., was established and incorporated in the state of Florida in 1955. Now, a North Carolina Corporation since 1975, located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Coast Lamp is family owned and operated. The company's products are UL listed and approved and made in the USA. The Rustic- and Western-Lifestyle-themed lamps are truly distinctive.

Quality and attentiveness to environmental impact characterize the products produced in Surrey, Maine, by The Borealis Press. Borealis says it is one of the fastest-selling lines in the industry, partly because so many of the greeting cards seem perfect for many different occasions. The first Quote UnQuote cards, which quickly became the company's best-selling product and eventually, as one person said, "changed the look of the card industry" because so many others started copying the photograph-plus-quote idea.

Since 1990, Aspen Bay Candle Company has grown from an exclusively votive and pillar-type candle manufacturer to a versatile, industry-leading, international supplier of fragrant goods. By improving on already good products and introducing innovative and sophisticated designs, Aspen Bay has filled a niche in the sale of fine home accessories, one hand-poured candle at a time. Aspen Bay's unique NEW super-refined, high temperature Soy Wax formulation simply absorbs more fragrance oil than any other candle wax available. The Starkville, Mississippi company's food-grade Soy Wax blend burns cleanly, strongly, and lasts up to twice as long as "normal" candles. The fragrances are designed in-house with the assistance of the finest perfumers from all around the world.

Wellspring, recently moved across the Susquehanna river into a larger, more modern and efficient facility in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The company which began when JoAnn van Roden wrote and marketed her first cookbook, has grown over the last 25 years to create fun and functional gifts and stationery products such as Flip Notes™, Neck Pens, Luggage Tags, Bendinis™, Party Playas™, Auto Notes™, Wiggle Pens™, Pencil Pads©, note cards, recipe books, and shopping list pads.

"Stripes Are Calling" is the name of this Specialty Liner from Scentennials.

Sunny Southern California is home to Scentennials, in business for 19 years making the fine scented drawer liners, a large selection of paper designs, colors, and beautiful perfumes that are tailored to please everyone's taste. Scentennials, a trade mark of Taiusa, Inc., uses only the finest quality papers and perfume oils available, applying generous amounts of fragrance on the paper for a long lasting scent and value.

Jeane’s Things is another family-run business, based in Warrenville, Illinois. For over 25 years, the company has prided itself on being customer-friendly and offering probably the most generous terms of sale in the industry. Almost all of their products are 100% returnable and 100% guaranteed. The company produces a variety of items for both Christmas and Everyday. All products are designed by experienced artists in the U.S. who are leaders in the gift and card industries.

Four years of comprehensive research and development preceded the recent launch of Soypure Luxury Products' all natural, made in USA, soy skincare, body care and aromatherapy collections. The New-York-City-based company's flagship product was a finalist in the HBA Global Expo 2008 Excellence in Packaging Award for prestige skincare. "We have successfully produced a natural and truly effective alternative to cosmeceuticals, painful Botox injections and surgeries, by pairing our all-natural potent, age fighting ingredients with a controlled heating device for deep delivery. The results have been astonishing," says Soypure's CEO and Founder, Michael Goldenberg, a devoted environmentalist and expert in controlled heating from 25 years in the precious metals industry.

Servants Heart not only manufacturers its products in the USA but uses local suppliers to produce some components for assembly.

Another North Carolina manufacturer is Servants Heart, which, for the past 10 years, has produced and assembled a variety of inspirational gift items. The company takes pride in working with other USA vendors to purchase components for assembling its products, thereby doing its part to provide jobs locally and elsewhere throughout the USA. The company's products, such as aprons, kitchen towels, tote bags, bibs, framed prints and all sorts of decorative pillows & monogramable items, are combined with unique, fresh artwork on gifts that are encouraging and fun to give. The line includes Baby, Tween & Teen products and General gifts that wholesale in Atlanta & Dallas markets.

The #1 Personal Care Line in the Gift Industry for 10 straight years (GiftBeat 1998-2008) Camille Beckman can be found in the quaint Boise suburb of Eagle, Idaho. The 104,000 square foot facility is heated and cooled by a natural 62-degree, year-round artesian well. The Classic Camille Beckman Line originated in 1986 and is known worldwide for the quality of its fine Glycerine Hand Therapy and soothing lotions. Today the company offers the contemporary New Generation Spa Line in addition to their Classic Fragrances and will be launching their Gardener's Hand Therapy System, Nurse's Hand Therapy System and Gardener's Hand Therapy System this fall.

"If Anything Goes Wrong Ever, We Will Fix It" is the Kay Berry Guarantee.

Saxonburg, Pennsylvania is home to Kay Berry, a leading manufacturer of quality cast stone products including sculptures, benches and a variety of garden, memorial and home accent stone designs. Kay Berry began in 1991 as a spin-off of a sales organization that served gift shops and garden centers in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. The product offering initially included cast birdfeeders and iron shepherds hooks. In 1993, the company developed its first stone products. All items are Made in the USA and guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Inserts make it possible to completely change the look of z becky brown handbags.

z becky brown of Columbia, South Carolina, makes the only handbag that will never go out of style: it can change with every outfit and every season of the year. The total look of a z becky brown handbag can be changed in just a moment by simply changing an insert. The company's collection of handbags and over 60 designer inserts allow a fresh smart look with up to the minute style. The owner of a z becky brown handbag can also personalize it and express her creative side with photos, art or needlework. Sized templates are included with each handbag. The handbags are eco-friendly; made from a renewable resource "The Natural Polymer".

Northern Alabama is home to Applelicious, maker of hand-dipped apples. Washington state apples are dipped in rum-flavored caramel, rolled in pecans and then dipped in either milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate or peanut butter chocolate. Each apple will serve 6-to-8 people. "All handmade with love the the USA, our chocolate gourmet apples are Appelicious! the gift that fits everyone," says the Dayna Blankenship of Applelicious.

Other OmegaNet Inc. clients that manufacture and/or assemble their products in the United States include Brownlow Gift (gourmet line), Crown Mulling Spices, Bay Pottery, Frankoma Pottery, Great American Puzzle Factory, The Greeting Place, Laura Leiden Calligraphy, Maison de Vie, Northridge Gardens, The Professionals, Sugar Street Weavers, and Suzy's Zoo.

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At Alexa's Angels , the special moment of gift giving motivates everything we create. Each of our expressive and inspirational jewelry products were crafted with your friends and loved ones in mind. Because what you give to the special people in your life can say so much about the sentiments you with to share.

Ann Clark Ltd.: Cookie Cutters Mixes Pet Treats Cookbooks Gift Sets Baking Kits Catalogs Turn-About-Totes cookie cutter, baking, cookies, gifts. NEW SITE!

Aspen Bay Candles: SIMPLY BETTER CANDLES! It’s a big claim, but we back it up with facts -- the Aspen Bay Candles are the best candles on the market -- a result of our continual and diligent application of superior candle science. Aspen Bay invites you to take a moment to visit our unique high quality line of candles. It is quality you can see, and most importantly, smell! Once you have experienced the superb fragrances and long burn times of our candles, we are sure you will be back again and again.

Borealis Press is one of the fastest-selling lines in the industry, partly because so many of the greeting cards seem perfect for many different occasions. Store after store reports that these cards and magnets are their top sellers, and that customers often buy several (or even a dozen or more) at a time.

Box and Wrap Your Unique Source for Wholesale Packaging! We offer Stock and Custom Packaging. Gift Boxes, Apparel Boxes, Candy Boxes, Candle Boxes, Pillow Boxes, Wine Boxes, Jewelry Boxes, Paper Shopping Bags, Plastic Shopping Bags, Gift Bags, Gift Wrap, Gift Basket Supplies and more! With our Gift packaging Selections, the Possibilities are Endless!

Brownlow produces a full line of inspirational gifts for every occasion. You will find useful and attractive home decor gifts for the kitchen, bedrooms, study and all other rooms in the house. Brownlow is well known for gourmet products, journals, gifted paper items, photo albums, photo frames, decorative sentiment plaques, a variety of stationery, many different ceramic gifts as well as a large assortment of inspirational gift books. Most products are in coordinating themes that retailers can purchase in eye-catching countertop display collections.

Camille Beckman products are as timeless and charming as the shops that sell them. The jars and bottles of the Classic Line are adorned with our signature trademark - the tiny hand-tied satin rosebud. The New Generation Spa Line was recently introduced with a whole new look. The New Generation's contemporary fragrances are reflected in their modern marbleized packaging.

Carson Home Accents: Long known for their wind chimes and outdoor accessories, Carson continues to develop exciting new styles and designs in categories like figurines, statuettes, message bars, plaques, mini-plates and table accents that are both decorative and functional.

Channel Craft For almost 25 years, Channel Craft has been manufacturing Authentic American Toys, Games and Puzzles that are "Quality Crafted" right here in the U.S.A. You'll find American Pastimes that are produced by skilled craftsmen and women to ensure aesthetic beauty, durability and great play value. Order online by October 31st, and receive FREE FREIGHT on your first web order!

Coast Lamp Manufacturing produces distinctive lamps with Rustic and Western Living themes. Many of the products feature wildlife and wilderness pursuits like snowboarding. NEW SITE!

Don Mark Lifelike puppies & kittens that actually breathe. These adorable pets offer a real pet ownership experience without the work or expense. Perfect petzzz -------the ultimate pet. We now offer 30 breeds of puppies and kittens to choose from. Visit our web site to see our entire line of petzzz plus over 180 other unique gifts and gadgets.

Expressions From The Heart: A wonderful assortment of colorful designs and heartwarming stories in this collection that are sure to bring smiles, laughs, and even tears of joy! There are collectable hearts for every holiday which makes them perfect for year-round gift giving.

Heart Gifts:Each Heart Gifts Christmas ornament is hand-painted and individually packaged in our North Carolina studio. Heart Gifts began in 1992 and today our ornaments are sold nationwide. Hand-painted Christmas Ornaments with a variety of themes. "Keepsakes for a lifetime of memories". NEW SITE!

Jeane's Things: A variety of items for both Christmas and Everyday, designed by experienced artists in the U.S. who are leaders in the gift and card industries. Most items can be personalized. Almost all of our products are 100% returnable and 100% guaranteed. NEW SITE!

Kay Berry is the leading manufacturer of quality cast stone products for the gift, garden, floral, pet and funeral industries. The product line includes sculptures, benches and a wide variety of garden, memorial and home accent stone designs. Personalization and custom engraving are available. All items are Made in the USA and guaranteed to last a lifetime.

PROUDLY MADE IN USA FOR 17 YEARS! Kiss Me In The Garden manufactures superior, high quality products made with natural, botanical ingredients designed to soothe and soften your skin. Our MONOGRAM shea butter balm program comes with 30 jars of our popular balm with an assortment of letters. The new, beautiful, metal display comes with a free tester (Orange Vanilla fragrance) and an informative sign. Please visit our wholesale site: or call us for info (800) 547-7889. Mention this ad and receive a free gift with your order of a monogram unit.

Mud Pie: Mud Pie products are now featured in three catalogs: Mud Pie Baby, Mud Pie Gift, and Mud Pie Pet. It has always been our goal to offer innovative giftware that's affordably priced and adorably packaged.

Peking Handicraft, Inc. is an international manufacturer and wholesaler specializing in home textiles, decorative accessories and giftware. The company's expertise in sourcing and manufacturing the finest products from throughout China is reflected in over two decades of experience and is recognized throughout the industry.

Plentiful Pantry Fresh ingredients dried to make quick and easy pasta dishes that rival those in the best restaurants.

Scentennials, a trade mark of Taiusa, Inc., has been producing the finest drawer liners for almost 20 years and beautiful scented waters for the past 5 years. Our attention to detail, superior quality and great packaging make our products some of the most desired on the market today. NEW SITE!

Soypure: Featuring the revolutionary anti-aging warming skincare system, the Revitalizer™, recognized at the HBA Expo 2008 Packaging Awards, Soypure Luxury Products proudly introduces all natural, made in USA, Soy Skincare, Bodycare and Aromatherapy! All products feature cruelty-free ingredients and eco-friendly packaging.

Spring Street is proud to offer the finest assortment of personal, home, and office accessories. Our extensive product lines are all theme oriented, from baby to bride and beyond. All of our gift items are hand epoxy enameled and adorned with faux jewel encrusted motifs. Many of our designs are inspired from the famed Soho district of New York City where the very real Spring Street is located.

Sunset Vista Designs: From the same creative team that brought you Care and Wonder Company; We're back with a fresh new line of the latest in home and garden decor.

Wellspring: Stationery products that help keep you organized by giving you fashion with function--wherever you are in your home, office, or on the go. Includes: Pencil Pads©, Auto Notes™, Flip Notes, Wiggle Pens™, note cards, note pads, and recipe books.

z becky brown: Change the look of your handbag in just moments by simply changing your insert. z becky brown handbags are the ultimate in custom design.