Good Giving: 50 Under $50


Welcome to the 2012 Well Spent Holiday Gift Guide. Like the 40 Under $40 guide from last year, and the 25 Under $25 guide from the year before that, the following is a collection of goods that are not only affordable and US / first-world made, but also offer some utility, and will last. Hopefully it’ll help you cross a few people off your shopping list. Here’s to a healthy and sane holiday season.


Beckel Canvas Handi Bags
15 oz. cotton canvas body
2″ heavy cotton webbing straps
Leather reinforcements
Made in USA
Best Price: $45.00 at Beckel Canvas




a tail we could wag Leather Tip Belts
Handwoven Guatemalan fabric (made by artisans paid a fair and equitable wage)
Natural cotton webbing backing
Domestically-sourced leather
Solid brass hardware
Made in USA
Best Price: $39.95 at a tail we could wag




New York Hat Co. Herringbone Camp Caps
Wool herringbone
Metal eyelets
Adjustable black nylon strap
Made in USA
Best Price: $29.00 at New York Hat Co.




Juniper Ridge Scented Products
Sustainably harvested fragrances
Natural ingredients
Wildcrafted in the USA
Recommended products: Douglas Fir Incense, Cascade Glacier Trail Crew Soap, Red Rock Canyon Room Spray
Best Price: $12.00 and up at Juniper Ridge




Apogee Handmade Leather Goods
Various leathers
Handmade in Canada
Best Price: $36.00 and up at Apogee Handmade’s Etsy Shop




Jungmaven Light Weight Hoodies
60% viscose hemp / 40% organic cotton
Made in USA
Best Price: $49.00 at Jungmaven




CHUP By Glen Clyde Socks
Cotton blend
Limited numbers
Made in Japan
Best Price: $35.00 at End Clothing




MidWest Gloves
Various leathers
Lined and unlined styles available
Made in USA
Best Price: $31.88 and up at Texas Good Gloves




Lumina Neckties
Various fabrics
Made in USA
Best Price: $42.00 at Lumina




Wolfum Coasters
Baltic birch wood
20 different patterns / designs
Handprinted in the USA
Best Price: Four for $35.00 at Wolfum




Species Creative iPad Stand
Black walnut wood
Made in USA
Best Price: $49.99 at Species Creative’s Etsy Shop




Karas Kustoms Render K Pens
Aluminum or brass body
Threaded pen cap with stainless steel clip
Compatible with Pilot Hi-Tec C and Parker refills
Made in USA
Best Price: $35.00 at Huckberry (scroll down)




Wigwam El Pine Socks
81% wool / 15% nylon / 4% spandex
Made in USA
Best Price: $11.54 at Amazing Socks




Ebbets Field Flannels Authentic Ballcaps
Wool broadcloth
Goat hair crown
Satin under-visor
Cotton sweatband
Made in USA
Best Price: $40.00 at Ebbets Field Flannels




J. L. Lawson & Co. Bottle Openers
Cold rolled steel
Machined by hand in USA
Best Price: $40.00 and up at J. L. Lawson & Co.




U Got Hooked Fish Hook Bracelets
Rope or leather cord
Carbon steel circle fish hooks
Made in USA
Best Price: $15.95 and up U Got Hooked’s Etsy Shop




Port Canvas Duffel Bags
100% cotton canvas body
Cotton webbing straps
Fully customizable – 39 possible body / strap color combinations
Made in USA
Best Price: $30.00 and up at Port Canvas




nanoSTRIKER XL Firestarter
Anodized aluminum body
Tungsten carbide striker
Ferrocerium and magnesium rod (replaceable, waterproof and good for over 3,000 strikes)
Made in USA
Best Price: $28.00 at Huckberry




Best Made Co. Duck Canvas Utility Trays
15 oz. natural canvas exterior
10 oz. grey screen-printed canvas lining
Made in USA
Best Price: $26.00 and up at Best Made Co.




George Dickel No. 12 Whisky
Seller description: Medium amber tint. Concentrated aromas of oak, ash and toasted grain are elegant yet profound; for me, its the prototypical Tennessee whisky bouquet. In the mouth, warm, roasted, ash- and tobacco-like flavors are scrumptious and intense. Oaky, grainy finish.
My description: Damned tasty, damned affordable and a beautiful label to boot.
Best Price: $19.99 at Fine Wine House or buy it locally




Annin Historical Flags
Various materials
Made in USA
Best Price: $30.95 and up at Flag Store USA




Goodwear Long Sleeve Sweatshirts
10 oz., 80% cotton / 20% polyester fleece
Crew neck and hooded styles available
Made in USA
Best Price: $39.00 and up at Goodwear




Paula Art Industrial Office Organizers
Repurposed scrap metal
Made in USA
Best Price: $18.00 and up at Paula Art’s Etsy Shop




Friday & River Leather Goods
Various leathers
Handmade in USA
Best Price: $35.00 and up at Friday & River




Artex Knitting Mills Government Issue Beanies
100% wool
Made in USA
Best Price: $15.99 at e4Hats.com




Solmate Socks
80% recycled cotton / 19% nylon / 1% lycra
Made in USA
Best Price: $19.00 at Hickorees




Frost River Canvas Lunch Bag
18 oz. waxed canvas
Premium leather
Made in USA
Best Price: $25.00 at Frost River




Hav-A-Hank Pocket Squares
100% cotton
Smaller 14″ x 14″ pocket square size
Made in USA
Best Price: $16.50 at Nordstrom




Leather Works Minnesota Stanford Wall Spike
Repurposed railroad spikes
Clear coated for wear resistance
Made in USA
Best Price: $25.00 at Leather Works Minnesota




Orion Leather Co. Belts
Various leathers
Made in USA
Best Price: $27.95 and up at Orion Leather Co.




Dapper Classics Socks
63% mercerized cotton / 36% nylon / 1% spandex
Made in USA
Best Price: $20.00 at Dapper Classics




Kaufmann Mercantile EDC Kit
Includes: pry bar, capsule lighter, screwdriver keys, precision tweezers and titanium key ring
Made in USA
Best Price: $44.00 at Kaufmann Mercantile




Doug Johnston Pencil Buckets
100% cotton sash cord
Made in USA
Best Price: $30.00 at Doug Johnston




Archival Clothing Trail Caps
5.5 oz waxed cotton / nylon blend (80% / 20%)
Made in USA
Best Price: $34.00 at Archival Clothing




Colorado Horsehair Bracelets
Genuine horsehair
Friendship, silver-tipped and wrapped-copper styles available
Made in USA
Best Price: $9.95 and up at The Brown Cow




Meow Meow Tweet Soy Candles
Non-toxic soy wax
Natural essential oils
Hemp wick
Recycled glass jar
Made in USA
Best Price: $18.00 at Meow Meow Tweet




Fisher M4C Cap-O-Matic Space Pen
Writes underwater, upside-down and in temperatures from -50º to 250º Fahrenheit
Unconditional lifetime guarantee
Made in USA
Best Price: $11.99 at The Historical Archive




Parrott Canvas Dock Totes
18 oz. cotton duck body with reinforced cotton duck bottom
2″ cotton webbing handles
Heavyweight nylon thread throughout
Also available in 22 oz. canvas with a Cordura nylon reinforced bottom
Made in USA
Best Price: $20.00 and up at Parrott Canvas




Corter Bottlehooks
Plated steel
Hand-cut and stamped leather tab
Made in USA
Best Price: $36.50 at Corter Leather




Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof Whiskey
Seller’s description: Intensely woody aromas and succulent marshmallow, bakery and lanolin scents spring forth. The fat palate entry oozes butter cream, dark caramel, and brown sugar tastes; the midpalate focuses more on the grain aspect as the flavor becomes toasty, fruity and honeyed. Ends honey sweet, decadent and maple-like. An unbelievable bargain.
My description: Don’t let the subpar label fool you, Rittenhouse is one of the most delicious ryes on the market. Extremely spicy, and potent, one glass will leave you feeling warm all over.
Best Price: $22.99 at K&L Wines or buy it locally




Pocket Square Clothing Neckties
Various fabrics
Made in USA
Best Price: $27.50 and up Pocket Square Clothing




Geier Gloves
Various leathers
Lined and unlined styles available
Made in USA
Best Price: $39.95 and up at The Prospector




PegandAwl Chalkboard Tablet
Reclaimed oak (taken from the bleachers at Liberty Highschool in Philadelphia)
Reclaimed leather (taken from WWII spats and gun holsters)
Includes one Koh-I-Noor chalk pencil
Made in USA
Best Price: $22.00 at PegandAwl’s Etsy Shop




Anonymous Ism Socks
Various materials
Made in Japan
Best Price: $20.00 and up at Sir & Madame




Portland General Store Grooming Products
All-natural ingredients
Produced in Small batches
Made in USA
Recommended products: Hunting Camp Soap, Whiskey Aftershave, Wood Hand Cream
Best Price: $10.00 and up at Portland General Store




Earl’s Apparel Fatigue Pants
100% cotton sateen
Front and back patch pockets
Metal zip fly
Bar-tacks at key stress points.
Made in USA
Best Price: $40.00 at Archival Clothing




Owen & Fred Concrete Coasters
Polished and waxed concrete
Made in USA
Best Price: $29.00 and up at Owen & Fred




Howard Yount Ribbon Surcingle Belts
Cotton webbing
Nylon grosgrain ribbon
Leather tabs
Brass hardware
Made in USA
Best Price: $27.50 at Howard Yount




AndreyAndShay Leather Goods
Various leathers
Handmade in Israel
Best Price: $29.00 and up at AndreyAndShay’s Etsy Shop




Duluth Pack Drawstring Backpack
Natural canvas body
Adjustable leather boot lace straps
Hand-stamped Duluth Pack logo
Made in USA
Best Price: $29.00 at Duluth Pack


Want more ideas? Check out last year’s 40 under $40 gift guide.