American Made Gifts For The Cowfolk In Your Life
Holiday gift giving season is almost here. So, what should you buy for different cowfolk in your life? Check out some less common gift ideas for hunky cowboys, stylish cowgirls, and little cowpokes.
Personally, with the exception of some ethnic foods and religious items, I prefer buying items that are made in USA. Not just made here, but also made by hands of hardworking small business owners if at all possible. If you are anything like me, the following suggestions would be right up your alley.
Gifts For Hunky Cowboys
Can your cowboy use a nifty flask to carry his favorite liquor in? Whiskey Leather Works (www.whiskeyleatherworks.com) from Missoula, Montana has you covered. Their copper flasks come in four different colors of leather jackets. There’s definitely going to be one there for your cowboy. On the other hand, if he is into food, there’s nothing better than a chuck wagon cooking set of spices from Cowboy Kent Rollins (www.kentrollins.com). Is your cowboy an amateur photographer? Does he admire a good ranch life photo? Chris Douglas Photography (http://chrisdouglas.photography) is the place to find a gift. And, while he is working on the ranch, give him something that will keep his energy up. Go Roam Free (www.goroamfree.com) has four different flavors of all natural, pasture raised bison bites to choose from. The animals are roaming free on their large ranch just south of Flathead Lake, so you can be sure that your cowboy will be putting only good stuff into his body when he snacks on these. If this year is your big year to splurge on a gift for him, consider getting him a saddle at Frecker’s Saddlery (www.freckerssaddlery.com). What cowboy would refuse a brand new saddle? Last but not least, if you are looking for a small gift that packs a big punch, tooled leather belts from Tosha Wise Studios (www.toshawisestudios.com) are it. The artistry on these belts is truly amazing!
Gifts For Stylish Cowgirls
What cowgirl wouldn’t like a fun pair of boots? Even better, a pair of fun upcycled boots? Enter Canty (www.cantyboots.com). Made in Montana, they are all one-of-a-kind, just like your cowgirl. Or maybe she’d prefer a hat. Warbonnet Hat Works (www.warbonnethatworks.com) makes all of their hats to order and to your exact measurements. If her heart is set on Texas, a Warbonnet hat is what she needs, because Texas is where they are made. Does your chic cowgirl have a rock-n-roll streak? Then, get her a piece of Buckaroo Bling jewelry (www.buckaroobling.com)! Our designs aim to add a bit of rock-n-roll sass to her country western flair. Maybe seed beads are her thing? Get in touch with Kayla of Buckaroo Bead Co (www.buckaroobeadco.com). Who can resist her cuff bracelets loomed in Wyoming? Want a gift that’s as useful as it is stylish? Wyoming Wild Rags (www.wyomingwildrags.com) has got you covered! You will be sure to find something for your stylish cowgirl among several styles of silk wild rags available there. Last but not least, if you really want to splurge on a gift she’ll be using on a daily basis, consider a bag by Beargrass Leather (www.beargrassleather.com). Made on the shores of Flathead Lake, these bags are all handmade from materials mostly sourced in the US.
Gifts For Little Cowpokes
Every teacher will tell you that reading to and with your children is very important for their proper development. Why not start them off right with tales about the ranching lifestyle in Ree Drummond’s series of children’s books about Charlie The Ranch Dog (available from Bass Pro Shops www.basspro.com)? If your little one is a crib fashionista, Old West is the place to go! Their line of leather baby cowboy boots (available at www.thewesterncompany.com) is adorable. Are your kiddos old enough to ride horses? Do them a favor and get tack they can carry and handle on their own. Tack from Riding Free Tack Company (https://www.facebook.com/ridingfreetack), envisioned and designed by a tween girl, will do just that - allow your kids to ride free. Not old enough to ride? You can still get them their first horse, and a winged one for that matter. Pegasus coat from Two Crows For Joy (www.twocrowsforjoy.com) will introduce them to a horse before they can even crawl. Got a sassy little cowgirl? The fun cowgirl tutu outfit from Chic Somethings (www.etsy.com/shop/ChicSomethings) is just what the doctor ordered. Finally, let’s not forget the ultimate, the classic toy of generations past and present - the rocking horse. Handmade from wood, leather, and yarn, a rocking horse from The Rocking Horse Barn (www.etsy.com/shop/therockinghorsebarn) will definitely become your little one’s favorite toy.
Note of caution: although most of the small businesses whose products are presented in these gift guides accept custom orders, if you wish to go that route, make sure you contact them well in advance of the gift giving day, as they are pretty busy this time of year.
Now, go shop Made in USA and shop small! Happy trails!