5 Favorites Made in the USA

How in the world do you pick just 5 favorites made in the USA from Bronner’s selection? All things considered, it’s a little daunting – but loads of fun!

After all, children of all ages are drawn to Bronner’s toys, books and jigsaw puzzles in section 3. No doubt, that’s a great place for me to start naming my four favorites made in the USA!

Vermont Christmas Company's Christmas gnomes puzzle open on a table with a lighted Christmas tree and fireplace with gifts on the mantel behind the puzzle. One of 5 favorites made in the USA.
Gnome puzzle (#1270982, $18.99) available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com.

Vermont Christmas Company Puzzles

I’m not sure I can put my finger on exactly what attracts me to Vermont Christmas Company’s jigsaw puzzles. But take, for example, the art in my very favorite puzzle, “Christmas Gnomes.” Indeed, the colors are crisp and vibrant, and gnomes continue to trend in popularity. But it’s the expressions of the gnomes that speak volumes. Not one pair of twinkling eyes or puckered lips is like another. Even the placement of the gnomes’ hands – tucked in pockets here, holding a lantern here, folded in rest across a coat – speaks of their various personalities.

Closeup of Vermont Christmas Company's gnome puzzle on a table in front of a lighted Christmas tree and fireplace mantel topped with wrapped gifts. One of 5 favorites made in the USA.
Gnome puzzle (#1270982, $18.99) available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com.

In short, Vermont Christmas Company’s puzzles are made today in Burlington, Vermont. Andrew Kelly and Bill Flynn, however, launched the company by introducing paper Advent calendars in the European tradition. Vermont Christmas Company’s offerings grew and today, in addition to Advent calendars, include Advent wreaths, Advent candles, Christmas cards and jigsaw puzzles. Their Nativity snow globe Advent calendar is one of my favorites!

Vermont Christmas Company’s Nativity snow globe Advent calendar.

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5 Favorites Made in the USA-CDI Corp College Ornaments

No doubt about it, CDI Corp’s colorful, acrylic college ornaments make great gifts! Started in 1997 in the basement of a suburban Chicago home, CDI Corp now operates a 16,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility.

In addition to its line of college ornaments, the company manufactures auto decals and accessories along with custom gift products. Specifically, they use only American-made raw materials in production.

Ever mindful of Chicago’s Northwest Side where they live and work, CDI Corp operates The Urban School Foundation. In brief, the nonprofit helps surrounding community schools in a variety of ways.

Beacon Design Ornaments

Closeup of jolly snowman brass ornament with 24kt gold and colorful lacquer trim and finish hanging from a tree. One of 5 favorites made in the USA.
Snowman metal ornamenthttps://www.bronners.com/jolly-snowman-metal-ornament

A U.S. veteran founded Beacon Design. a division of ChemArt, in 1976. Without a doubt, the Beacon Design team, located at headquarters in Lincoln, Rhode Island, take pride in their work. Hand craftsmen etch the ornaments from solid brass. Then they finish them in 24kt gold, rhodium silver or hand lacquer. Surely it’s the detail of the metal work and vibrant finishes that catch my eye. Their jolly snowman design is a perfect partner to my CDI Corp Central Michigan University ornaments!

5 Favorites Made in the USA-Byers Choice Carolers

Walker family Byers' Choice carolers (boy, man, woman, girl) on a white fireplace mantel. One of 5 favorites made in the USA.
Byers’ Choice Carolers available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com. (Walker boy: #1242009, $82 – Walker man: #1242007, $82 – Walker woman: #1242008, $82 – Walker girl: #1242010, $82)

Ella Fitzgerald said, “The only thing better than singing is more singing.” All things considered, perhaps that’s what draws me to Byers Choice Carolers. No doubt, it’s the joy of singing, especially carols at Christmas. Or maybe it’s the carolers’ expressive faces and stances. Or the rich reds and greens in traditional Victorian dress.

closeup of Walker family Byers' Choice carolers made in the USA (boy and man) on a white fireplace mantel
Byers’ Choice Carolers available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com. (Walker boy: #1242009, $82 – Walker man: #1242007, $82)
closeup of Walker family Byers' Choice carolers made in the USA (woman and girl) on a white fireplace mantel
Byers’ Choice Carolers available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com. (Walker woman: #1242008, $82 – Walker girl: #1242010, $82)

In any case, what started as Joyce Byers’ hobby grew into a Pennsylvania business that employs dozens of artisans today. Indeed, thousands of gift stores around the world now sell Byers Choice Carolers.

5 Favorites Made in the USA-Weaver Sleigh Bells

closeup of Santa in front of a lighted tree holding Weaver sleigh bells made in the USA
Weaver leather strap with 3 sleigh bells Also available with 4 bells, 6 bells, 12 bells, and 12 bells with buckle that can serve as a belt

If I rode with Santa in his sleigh, I simply couldn’t, without a doubt, keep my hands off his Weaver sleigh bells. I’d be ringing them all ride long! (And singing, of course!) Quality craftsmanship describes this product to a T. As a matter of fact, the strap is made of leather and the bells of brass. You’re sure to “Jingle all the way” with Weaver sleigh bells!

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