Fall has officially begun, which means we've got pumpkin spice in our coffee and the holiday madness will be upon us before we know it. To get a jump on holiday shopping, we asked you to help in creating our 2017 Makers in the USA gift guide by voting for your favorite American makers in the following categories: Arts & Crafts, Children & Families, Food & Drink, Home & Garden and Clothing & Accessories. After four weeks of voting, the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the winners:
Best Home & Garden: Coco Chispa
Handmade mugs by Coco Chispa — Photo courtesy of Coco Chispa
Santa Cruz-based Coco Chispa makes a collection of mugs, plates and bowls with hand-painted and carved elements inspired by the diverse landscapes of California.
Best Food & Drink: Tennessee Moonshine Cakes
Cakes made from scratch in Chattanooga — Photo courtesy of Tennessee Moonshine Cakes
Each Tennessee Moonshine Cake is made from scratch using potent moonshine in a Chattanooga bakery. These gift-able cakes last for five months (or indefinitely in the freezer).
Best Clothing & Accessories: Lyonhart Bag Company
Lyonhart leather and waxed canvas bags — Photo courtesy of Lyonhart Bag Company
Each leather and waxed canvas bag from Lyonhart Bag Company is handmade from design to the last rivet by Niamh in her East Oakland warehouse. The bags are designed to be repaired and cared for, allowing them to last for many years.
Best Children & Families: Templeton Silver
Templeton Silver pacifier clips — Photo courtesy of Templeton Silver
Templeton Silver beaded silver pacifier clips transform into a keepsake bracelet for mom after your little one outgrows the pacifier stage. Each clip is made from naturally antimicrobial sterling silver, with 85 percent less bacteria than plastic or cloth clips.
Best Arts & Crafts: Barton Craft & Design
Fiber wall art from Barton Craft & Design — Photo courtesy of Barton Craft & Design
Emily Barton, based out of Waco, Texas, uses techniques like macrame, crocheting, knitting and weaving to handcraft fiber wall art accented with copper and wood.
Congratulations to all our winning makers!