This year’s holiday season certainly doesn’t feel like last year’s socially distanced, quarantine-era Christmas. You may have more opportunities to gather with the ones you love. You might feel safer traveling. Your company party could even be back ‘on’. But there’s no denying how the restrictions placed on real-world socializing over the past 18-months have made it challenging to maintain relationships during the pandemic. Pair that with the shipping container delays and overseas shutdowns caused by COVID-19 and you might think your gift-giving options are slim.
Check out the American Wool gift guide and you won’t need to worry about shipping container delays, international manufacturing issues, or what the big box stores might already be out of — because our gift guide offers products from brands and companies that rely on stateside manufacturing using American-grown wool for everyone on your ‘nice’ list. For many, gifting in 2021 has grown beyond just an act of love on special occasions to one of empathy and a way to bridge the physical distance caused by quarantine and the celebrations missed. Take this opportunity to bring smiles to the faces of your loved ones and support everyone in the American wool industry.
This year we gathered a carefully curated collection of handpicked gifts you can find locally, and online, and we’ve broken them down into handy categories (like City Slicker and Homebody) for easy shopping!
Rancher (or Wanna Be Rancher)
WIND RIVER® CHISOLM
With a cattleman crown and a long rodeo brim, the Wind River by Bailey® Chisholm stands out as a great western hat. This quality western style is made with LiteFelt® wool that is durable, repels water, and will retain its shape for years to come. Made in the U.S.A. $96
Fresh Air Fanatic
Farm to Feet York Sock
The crew-height York features a floral pattern with contrast-color details. Sourced and made entirely in the United States, this everyday sock features half-density cushioning along the bottom of the foot for reduced fatigue, and a lightweight merino-wool knit that keeps you dry and comfortable whether you’re walking the dog or running errands around town. $20.
SUCCULENTS NEEDLE FELTING KIT
From Felted Sky: Try your hand at making these super cute succulents! Perfect for a windowsill or workspace and they never need to be watered! This is a fairly involved project with so many little leaves to make, but with the video instructions, it can be tackled even by a beginner. Felting time: about 3 hrs. per plant depending on individual felting speed. $35
Peanuts Wool Throw
Christmas-themed wool blanket featuring two Peanuts favorites: Snoopy and Woodstock!
85% Wool / 15% Cotton
Made in USA. $225.
Classic, modern fit vest made with 10.10 oz Army duck wax canvas and Pendleton® wool blanket fabric. Custom detailing throughout. Novel Ginew snaps featuring a merged design of traditional Ojibwe and Oneida symbols. $495
Wool Jersey Knit Tie
Casually refined, this smart Wool Jersey Knit Tie has a trim design with a distinctive pop of color contrast that exudes contemporary suave. Made in America of the finest Rambouillet wool for a luxurious softness. $55.
Travel Pillow Knitting Kit
Create your own travel pillow with is kit (which was inspired by a custom knit blanket made for the University of Wyoming!) Included in the kit are: 3 skeins, 1 pattern (16-20 stiches per 4 inches). Suggested needle size: US 7-9 (needles not included). $52
Stimulating and up-to-date Planet Earth political globe filled with American wool for all to learn or refresh our geography! Organic, natural and plastic-free early learning globe-ball. Unique educational and recreational gift for all ages. $30.
Vapor Skier’s Legging
150 gsm– The Vapor Skier’s Legging’s unique shin-cut length is designed with ski, fishing, and hunting boots in mind. Why do that? Well, imagine this: no more need to cram that extra fabric in or over your boot cuff, while maintaining all the benefits of Duckworth’s proprietary Vapor Wool fabric. $80
Wool pellets from Wild Valley Farms are the perfect addition to an indoor or outdoor garden because they’re able to hold 20% of their weight in water, they can wick away extra H20, they reduce the need for additives like Perlite, and they’re are all-natural and organic from 100% raw wool from U.S. ranchers. $10.
100% Wool Mattress Pad
Wool mattress pads from Homestead Wisconsin help you regulate your body temperature while sleeping. So, the old saying ‘counting sheep’ is true when you sleep on sheep! Made with love in Appleton, Wisconsin by Homestead Wisconsin. $325
The Perfect Year-Round Dog Bed
Why would we stuff a dog bed with wool? Glad you asked! Wool is one of nature’s most technically advanced fibers and has some amazing properties: 100% all-natural wool, odor resistance, stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter, can last a lifetime, anti-microbial, sustainable! Snag one of these wool-filled dog beds from MollyMutts for your favorite pooch! Starting at $75.
Anyone can buy cheap toys or plastic doo-dads at the big box store to fill stockings — but what kinds of things will your loved ones actually use (and what will you feel really good about gifting)?
We’ve got some great ideas that are American-made, with American wool that won’t break quickly or wind up in the landfill in a week. Plus, everything is $35 or under, so load up that shopping cart and don’t forget about teachers, dog walkers, neighbors, and host/hostess gifts! If you’re looking for a fun treat for yourself, don’t forget about our very own bumper sticker collection, just $9 for a set of 5!