There's nothing quite like the excitement of a child on Christmas morning. Instead of gifting this year's trendy toy or some electronic gadget that will be left forgotten in a drawer by June, consider giving the children in your life a special handmade item – and support an American maker while you're at it.
These 10 creative, heirloom-quality items are geared toward sparking the imaginations of the next generation of American makers.
1. Weekend Boot from Mason Dixon - $92 - $365
Mason Dixon crafts unstructured weekend boots and fine leather accessories that they make by hand in their Philadelphia studio. These boots are unisex and are for the entire family.
2. Frolicsome Fawn Coat from Little Goodall - $170
This woodland coat from Little Goodall is about as dear as it gets! Made from 100-percent wool felt and lined with super soft faux fur, this Fawn Coat is available in a variety of sizes and is handmade with love in Texas.
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3. Original State Rattle from Bannor Toys - $18
Show your state pride with a Bannor Toys state rattle made from solid hardwood cherry. The rattle is 100-percent organic, and is crafted from responsibly harvested woods. The durable and safe finish is made from an organic combination of flaxseed oil and local beeswax.
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4. Pink Wing Set from Lovelane - $95
Let your imagination run wild and free in this cape and hat superhero set from Lovelane. Handmade from natural cotton canvas and screen printed with child-friendly inks, this set is heirloom quality for years of play.
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5. French Terry Unisex Overalls from The Magpie Co. - $54
These overalls from The Magpie Co., made from the softest French terry, are great for boys and girls. Adjustable straps let these overalls grow along with your little one, making them a good investment.
6. "Handsome Dan" Leather Football from Leather Head Sports - $130
The Handsome Dan football, the signature item and best seller from Leather Head Sports, is made from genuine uncorrected leather designed to age beautifully and improve with use – a gift that can be passed down from one generation to the next.
7. Wooden Workbench from A Summer Afternoon - $60
A nice developmental toy from A Summer Afternoon, this workbench and tools allow for age-appropriate play as your child grows. Little ones can use their hands to turn the bolts, while older toddlers use the wrenches. These motions help your child develop motor skills and coordination.
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8. Flower Fairy Wing and Hat Set from The Wishing Elephant - $68
These flower fairy sets are heirloom quality and handmade by the folks at The Wishing Elephant. The hats are made of layers of wool felt, shaped to make the cutest little flower hat.
9. Color Swatch Baby Teether & Crinkle Toy from Prim Society - $40
The Primtone teether from Prim Society is a great baby toy for lovers of color and graphic design. The softness of the swatches is perfect for a baby learning to grasp, and the wooden rings soothe tender gums.
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10. Fox Ears + Paw Set from Opposite of Far - $44 - $46
Lots of kiddos enjoy pretending to be animals, but not all are thrilled about wearing a mask over their face. With a ribbon that ties at the back of your head, these imaginative ears and paws from Opposite of Far are designed to fit both the young and the young at heart.
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Have more people to shop for? Check out our Makers in the USA Gift Guides in the categories Home & Garden, Food & Drink, Clothing & Accessories and Arts & Crafts.