Good Giving: 25 Under $25


Welcome to the 2010 Well Spent holiday gift guide. I’m trying something a little different this year: 25 gifts, all socially responsible, and all under $25. Small things, but (hopefully) a bit more substantive and enduring than your typical stocking stuffers. Here’s to a healthy and sane holiday season.


O’Connell’s Grosgrain Ribbon Watch Straps
100% nylon grosgrain
Made in USA
Best Price: $12.00 – $18.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at O’Connell’s


Rules for My Unborn Son
Publisher’s description: “Boys need rules. One man’s instructions for raising a thoughtful, adventurous, honest, hardworking, self-reliant, well-dressed, well-read, well-mannered young gentleman.”
Best Price: $10.19 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Amazon.com


Amana Woolen Mill Tartan Scarves
100% wool
Woven, cut and sewn in Iowa
Best Price: $16.95 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Amana Woolen Mill


Blomus Stainless Steel Business Card Holders
Stainless steel
Made in Germany
Best Price: $10.07 – $13.75 (PRE-SHIPPING) at PureModern


QEDman shave stick
All-natural
Handcrafted in small batches in Rhode Island
Best Price: $9.95 – $13.50 (PRE-SHIPPING) at QEDusa


North Star Glove Co. Lined Leather Gloves
Domestically sourced leathers
Cut and sewn in Washington
Best Price: $12.00 – $24.33 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Western Glove Store


Archival Clothing Webbing Belt
British mil-grade cotton webbing
Horween Chromexcel leather tip
Solid brass hardware
Cut and sewn in Oregon
Best Price: $24.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Archival Clothing


Woodlore Aromatic Cedar Closet Accessories
Sustainably harvested American Cedar
Brass hardware
Recycled packaging
Made in USA
Best Price: $9.34 – $22.09 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Meijer


ICU Eyewear Recycled Sunglasses
100% recycled lenses, frames, hinges and details
Responsibly made in Taiwan
Best Price: $21.95 (PRE-SHIPPING) at ICU Eyewear (left pair here, right pair here)


Portland General Store Aftershave Splash
All-natural
Handcrafted in small batches in Maine
Best Price: $12.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at PGS’ Etsy Shop (if sold out, try Urban Outfitters)


Take Ivy
Publisher’s description: “Take Ivy was originally published in Japan in 1965, setting off an explosion of American-influenced “Ivy Style” fashion among students in the trendy Ginza shopping district of Tokyo. A collection of candid photographs shot on the campuses of America’s elite, Ivy League universities, the series focuses on men and their clothes, perfectly encapsulating the unique academic fashion of the era.”
Best Price: $16.20 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Amazon.com


BreadandRoses2 Selvedge Chambray Pocket Square
Deadstock, shuttle-loomed 100% cotton chambray
Cut and sewn in Ohio
Best Price: $22.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at BreadandRoses2’s Etsy Shop


MasterHide Leather Belts
Domestically sourced leather
Natural tanners
Brass hardware
Hand cut and dyed in Florida
Best Price: $18.95 – $24.95 at MasterHide Leather’s Etsy Shop


Kent Handmade Combs
Natural cellulose acetate (plant-derived and biodegradable)
Handmade in England
Best Price: $5.30 – $10.65 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Smallflower


Newberry Knitting Newteck Lined Ragg Wool Glove with Deerskin Palm
85% ragg wool – 15% nylon outer
100% polymide boucle lining
Vegetable tanned deerskin palm
Made in USA
Best Price: $25.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Newberry Knitting


NATIVE(X) Scarves
100% Pendleton wool
Woven, cut and sewn in Oregon
Best Price: $22.00 – $25.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at NATIVE(X)


Duluth Pack Money Clip Wallet
Domestically sourced leather
Brass hardware
Made in Minnesota
Guaranteed for life
Best price: $20.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Duluth Pack


Smallflower Trading Co. Bar Soap
All-natural
Handcrafted in India
Recommended scents: Himalayan Cedar & CinnamonLavender BasilSandal Saffron
Best Price: $3.95 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Smallflower


The Complete Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook
Publisher’s description: “The worst of the worst, all in one place! Includes a hardbound volume of the most popular scenarios from all 11 Worst-Case Scenario handbooks, plus the entire contents of all the books on a fully searchable CD. Avoid the perils of mountain lions and blind dates, avalanches and teenage driving lessons, runaway golf carts and Christmas turkeys on fire – a remedy for every crisis the worst-case experts have anticipated.”
Best Price: $16.47 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Amazon.com


Pointer Long Shop Apron
100% cotton denim body
Natural cotton tape straps
Made in Tennessee
Best Price: $14.75 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Pointer


Cecile Raley Designs Brushed Sterling Tie Bar
100% sterling silver
Handmade in NYC
Engraving service available
Best Price: $24.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Cecile Raley Designs’ Etsy Shop


Rothco Genuine U.S.N. Wool Watch Cap
100% wool
Made in USA
Best Price: $6.95 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Army Universe


Whittleseycreek Medium Canvas Tote Bag
Upholstery-grade, 100% cotton duck canvas body
Mil-grade, 100% cotton webbing straps
Made in Wisconsin
Best Price: $25.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Whittleseycreek’s Etsy Shop


Maggie’s Organics Crew Sock Tri-Pack
89% organic cotton
10% nylon
1% spandex
Low-impact dyes
Made in USA
Best Price: $14.22 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Lucky Vitamin


Barry Beaux Bow Ties
100% cotton
Self-tied
Fully adjustable
Cut and sewn in South Carolina
Best Price: $20.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Barry Beaux’s Etsy Shop