Monday, December 2, 2013

Buy union, buy Made in America (or Canada) this holiday season

We know we don't have to remind you to shop at Costco, buy union-made beer and ship your holiday packages by UPS. And if you're looking for a specific union-made product, Labor 411 is the place to go.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has two -- count 'em -- two stores from which you can buy union-made Teamster gear. The Team Fund store offers Teamster Power golf shirts, Teamster flip flops, Teamster earrings and even a Teamster trailer hitch cover. The Teamsterwear store offers a variety of apparel, from "Feel the Strength" infant one-pieces to "I Love Teamsters night shirts to the 'I'm A Friend of Hoffa' collection.

The ManufactureThis blog also offers 51 ideas for gifts that were made in America. Some of them are a little over the top -- an Airstream trailer is beyond most budgets -- but it's a fun list, with an item for each state.

Here are some of our favorites:
  • Idaho: For much of the country the cold weather has settled in, Balm Shot lip balm makes for a useful little gift. The balm’s shotgun shell exterior is designed to stay put in pockets.
  • Nebraska: Bison makes basketball, volleyball, soccer and football gear in Lincoln. Some perfect gifts for the budding athletes in your life!
  • Oregon: For all your friends and family in danger of getting snowed in this winter, Pendelton Woolen Mills makes beautiful blankets that are perfect for staying warm on the couch and binge-watching television.
  • Wisconsin: For either the Packers fan or cheese lover in your life, Foamation’s cheesehead hats and sombreros.
Read the whole list here.