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The Iconic Made in Maine L.L. Bean Boots

Over and over, I find myself returning to LL. Bean for their high quality gear. For 30 years our family has bought shirts, sweaters, boots, and their rugged canvas utility work pants (highly recommended). While not everything from Bean is made in USA, many of their items are – such as their iconic rubber-soled “Bean Boots”. They’re made in Maine and are the best boots for cold and wet weather. Even my daughter has Bean boots for college (because they’re trendy too). Looking for a great gift? Try an L.L. Bean Gift Card. You really can’t go wrong. Find it at Amazon…

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Thorogood Work Boots Handmade in USA

It’s hard to find boots for men that are high quality, rugged and good looking. Out of the midwest comes Thorogood Boots. They might seem new, but this employee-owned American manufacturer has been making men’s footwear in Wisconsin USA, since 1892 – that’s over 130 years of fine boot making. A little more expensive than your usual boots from China, but consider that these are an investment in owning handmade “lifetime boots” made by skilled craftsmen. We like all colors including tobacco, but their Crazyhorse brown is our a new favorite around the shop. Find it at Amazon…

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The Self-Luminous Keychain Made in USA

Add this black gem to your keychain and never lose your keys in the dark again. Spot your keys from over 30 feet away. Attach to anything and find your gear when you need it. The Glow Rhino Tritium Glow Fob is a work of art machined from black nitride coated stainless steel that has a vial of real Tritium that illuminates brightly in the dark. The science of Tritium’s radioluminescence is fascinating. Does not need to be charged by the sun (unlike other cheap glow-in-the-dark items). Never needs batteries. Waterproof. 100% reliable. Built in the USA. “Great stocking stuffer”Find it at Amazon…

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The Life Aquatic Team Hat

The Bright Red Filson “Team Zissou” Hat

Wear a hat similar to the one on The Life Aquatic – like the crew and Captain Zissou aboard his ship the Belafonte. This hat is 100% wool and stretches to fit most. It’s the perfect hat to wear out on your boat, private island or just in the woods (perfect protection during hunting season). If you’ve not seen this movie, it’s a classic with Bill Murray and Owen Wilson. Note: Klaus’ hat has a pom pom. Ned’s has a stoplight patch. Bill’s is plain. Debate rages on color – it’s red but looks orange. Rent the HD or watch the official trailer. Made in USA by Filson. Find it at Amazon…

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The American Made Cattle Baron Drifter Coat

The cold weather is coming. Stay warm in The Cattle Baron Drifter Coat by Schaefer Outfitters, known worldwide for their premium ranch wear. Cozy, water repellent 24 ounce Melton wool plus quilted taffeta with SOTek insulated lining. Subtle Western yoke design on front and back. A storm flap covers the zipper which moves two ways to make sitting more comfortable, or for riding simply unsnap the riding vents. Brass Schaefer hardware. Collar trimmed with soft full grain leather. Hard to beat this coat for good looks, durability and warmth. Made in USA. Find it at Amazon…

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The Classic Stetson Open Road

The Stetson Open Road 6X is our favorite hat because it’s so versatile. The look is a cross between a classic cowboy and a fedora. Stetson says it will never go out of style and we can see why. You’ll see everyone from U.S. Presidents to ranchers and famous musicians wearing this hat. The 6X means it is 6 times the felt quality. It’s not flimsy felt, it’s stiff and keeps its shape even in wind. It may be hard to see, but the edge is nicely bound. Made by Stetson in Garland, Texas, the inventor of the cowboy hat – see how it’s made. Find yours at Stetson or Amazon…

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Limited Edition Cap: Made in USA

Limited edition trucker style caps, made by hand in Texas. The American Made Cap Company sits on the plains of West Texas, they produce “the best hats in the business”. The Hooey Brand designs superior western style gear and they give back too (over $300,000 to Veterans and others in-need). That little bison on the side tells you it’s a Hooey American made cap. Pearl Beer, Lone Star Beer, Bison designs and more. Order yours before they are gone. Find it at Amazon.com

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A Handcrafted Leather Wallet

Shown is the Tobacco Snakebite Brown Leather Wallet by Main Street Forge. Skilled craftsman use only the finest American leather to make handcrafted masterpieces and they do it here in the USA! The perfect gift for the American Man is this leather bi-fold wallet. They still make ’em like they used to. Rugged full-grain leather, great leather smell, lifetime warranty. Find it at Amazon…

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The American Made Tie

Why are ties so boring? In 1995, Josh Bach pondered that question. Now, celebrities, scientists, astronomers, governors and quite simply, men that want more interesting ties are all wearing his ties. They make people smile. They’re featured in museums, on TV, in movies and in fine stores everywhere. The Dog Plays Frisbee Tie is one such tie and is a perfect gift for the dog lover. Each tie is made from imported silk and hand-finished in New York. Say goodbye to boring and tie one on. Made in USA. Find it at Amazon…

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US Made Leather Keychain

The Leather Valet Keychain is the perfect inexpensive gift for any guy – this gift will last a lifetime. In fact, it comes with a lifetime warranty from Relentless Tactical. Each is handmade with bull hide leather in the USA by real craftsmen. Attach to your belt to keep keys out of your pocket – uses a quick release J clip for quick detachment. A great gift for Father’s Day, stocking stuffer or birthday gift. Makes for a nice “knife dangler” too. Order in handsome brown or black. Highly recommended. Made in USA. Find it at Amazon…

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The Best Lifetime Boots

Harrison Ford wears their Oxfords. Presidents wear their hunting boots. The list goes on. Since 1898, The Russell Moccasin Company is one rare U.S. company that still make by hand in their Wisconsin factory, boots, shoes, and moccasins. Each pair is custom fitted and hand-made by talented, experienced craftsmen on traditional machinery. Featured here are their new Safari PH which uses tan Cape Buffalo hide, antique brass studs and Poron cushioned sole for walking those long miles. These are the finest made boots in the world.

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best American made vest

The Schaefer McClure Vest

When there is a chill in the air The Schaefer McClure Vest is there for you. Comes in Herringbone pattern or solid colors (the one shown is Taupe). There is a premium taffeta lining that makes the vest go on smooth and allows unrestricted movement. The vest has a flattering tailored fit due to the elasticized back. Four outside pockets and two inside. Solid brass buttons with the Schaefer logo. Made in Fort Worth, Texas. Find it at Amazon…

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best movie star sunglasses

Classic Randolph Aviators

If you’re a movie star you own Randolph Aviators. These are the understated American classic seen in war movies, romantic movies and spy movies. In fact, Navy pilots and Army helicopter pilots both wear Randolph’s polarized matte chrome 52mm Aviators. All manufacturing processes take place at the company’s 22,000 sq. ft. facility in the U.S. Randolph Engineering also produces their own high-strength solder flux, and every pair of their glasses comes with a lifetime replacement warranty for every solder joint. A great gift for any man. Made in Randolph, MA. Find it at Amazon…

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The Frye Arkansas Boot

There are plain old shit-kicker boots and then there are real boots. Since 1863 Frye has been making boots in the USA. We’ve owned several pair of biker boots back in the 80’s and can attest – they are good quality and last a long time. The Frye Arkansas Mid Lace Boot is a traditional work boot, made for any situation. Made of rugged, heavily oiled suede, leather laces and a rubber sole, a full-length leather sockliner for breathability, and a cushioned insole for comfort. We like the contrasting stitching and that the soles have just enough tread for streetwear. Find it at Amazon…

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The Best Hiking Socks

Darn Tough Micro Crew Socks are the best outdoorsman socks we have found. In winter, Merino wool will keep your feet cozy, warm, dry, and repel water and moisture. In summer, it repels moisture to ensure your feet stay dry and not sweaty. This sock is naturally antimicrobial, which repels bacteria and odor. Made with 61% Merino Wool, 33% Nylon, and 3% Lycra. American service members serving abroad love receiving these premium-made socks as a gift, as they are significantly better than standard issued socks. Money-back guarantee. Made in Northfield, VT. Find it at Amazon…

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100% Made In USA Shirt

Believe it or not, buying a t-shirt that is made 100% in the USA ain’t easy, but this one is. Black “Made in America” t-shirt with sleeve flag is 100% pre-shrunk cotton, screen printed on front and arm, USA flag woven into label. The arm flag is going the correct (backwards) direction – historically the standard bearer charged, and his forward momentum caused the flag to stream back. You want to buy American. Well, here’s your chance to own a t-shirt that is made in U.S.A. Made in Ballston Spa, NY. Find it at Amazon…

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Flowfold Minimalist Wallet

Ready for a new wallet? Or, one that takes up a lot less space? The Flowfold Wallet is made from carbon fiber repurposed racing sails (perhaps the toughest and lightest material on earth). Thin as a credit card and so light it floats. Holds up to 11 credit cards plus cash. Designed by surfers and handmade in Maine USA. Super thin, light, durable and built to last. This may be the perfect Christmas present or holiday gift for your man. Find it at Amazon…

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best mans keychain

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer

The clean, strong, efficient design of the Craighill Brass Keyring is hard to beat. It’s made of thick 1/8” solid brass to create a secure ring for your keys. Holds many keys, easily. There are keyring versions with enamel strips in red, white, blue or black. These strips can be used for identification or simply to match your style. The white enamel is our favorite. Designed and made in Connecticut and New York by Craghill, a design and manufacturing company. The perfect stocking stuffer for a man. Find it at Amazon…

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best belt made in usa

The Classic Jeans Belt

Why pay over $100 for a leather belt when this one does the job for a fifth the price? The F&L Leather Roller Buckle Belt is the perfect width at 1.5” wide and is made of 1/8” real full grain cowhide. Made in the USA. Forget cheap China-made belts that fall apart or are made of fake leather. This belt is a practical and economical gift for the American Made Man. Find it at Amazon…

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The Best Messenger Bag

Most guys have one briefcase we keep for life. The Colonel Littleton Messenger Bag is that kind of breifcase. Individually handcrafted in Lynnville, TN – Pop. 327 from full grain leather. Perfect size, perfect weight, right pockets (three deep and three smaller for ipad, phone, business cards, etc). Adjustable shoulder strap. Reinforced with brass rivets. Embossed logo and brass badge that states the serial number. Warranteed by Col. Littleton throughout its entire natural life.  Watch the video. At over $1,000 this gift makes a statement. Find it at Amazon…

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