5 Gifts Made in America

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5 Gifts Made in America

Looking for those last minute gifts to get? Here are five ideas that will cure your procrastination blues while supporting American businesses.  Some of these gift ideas are useful, some of them are fun, but they all have one thing in common. They are from right here.


Vew-Do Zippy Balance Board

Balance Board

Improving your balance is always a good idea. One way to do this is by using a balance board. Get on and try to stay on. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and you will be working a whole lot of your core. Yup, the midsection. If you like to do sports on slippery surfaces (think skiing, ice skating, etc) balance boards are a good way to stay in shape when you can’t get to that slippery location. They aren’t just for standing on either. Putting your hands on a balance board to do some pushups or planks will give your shoulders a great workout also. Most physical therapists have some sort of balance board in their offices for doing rehab too so they aren’t just for sports nuts. Vew-Do Balance Boards are made in Vermont.


Darn Tough Socks


Who doesn’t love some good socks? A fresh pair of socks feels oh so nice to pull on. It’s time to replace those cotton socks with holes in them for some good wool or synthetics. Believe me, your feet will appreciate it. Plus, they make great stocking stuffers too. Eastern Mountain Sports socks are made in Iowa, Darn Tough are made in Vermont, and SmartWool is made in Tennessee. For more about Darn Tough click here.


EMS SustainU T-shirt

SustainU Shirts

Most of us do it. It’s pretty easy. Throwing stuff into the recycling bin is always a great thing. But did you ever wonder where it goes? Well, you might be wearing some of those plastic bottles you threw in the recycling bin. Plastic bottles can be used to make polyester. SustainU uses a blend of post-consumer recycled polyester and recycled pre-consumer cotton. Put those together and you get a t-shirt that is 100% recycled. Pretty nifty idea for both the consumer and the environment. SustainU shirts are knitted in North Carolina. To find out more about the company click here.


Princeton Tec Headlamps

Princeton Tec

A headlamp is a handy item to have around. If you are a camper chances are you have one for those late night bathroom runs. Even if you don’t camp they are very useful to have around the house or in your car. If the power goes out a headlamp gives you light while allowing you to still use both your hands. When it comes time to fix something it’s nice to be able to put a light right on the problem. Princeton Tec headlamps are made in New Jersey.


Platypus Soft Bottle

Water bottle

Hydration is important. Even if you aren’t working out you still should consume plenty of fluids throughout the day. In the winter this is even more important if you are working or living some place that is very dry. Having the heat on dries you up. With your body being composed of about 60% water, it is important to replace lost fluids. Having a water bottle around is a good way to make sure that you remember to hydrate. Nalgene water bottles are made in New York and Platypus Soft Bottles are made in Washington.

These are not the only products that we carry that are made in America, they are just a sampling of what there is to offer. If you want some other ideas head to your local EMS and ask a guide for some assistance because time is ticking to get all your shopping done. If you are looking for more ideas check out our other gift lists.

Amy Parulis

A former Strength and Conditioning Specialist and captain of the University of North Carolina track team, Amy now looks for her next mountain to climb or mud run to take part in to keep in shape. Her favorite hike was to the crater rim of Mt. St. Helens where she witnessed a steaming lava dome and she some day hopes to summit Mt. Rainier. In the meantime she can be found helping customers at the Waterford EMS. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @amyparulis

1 Comment

  1. C2
    December 27, 2012, 7:48 pm

    Awesomeness! So proud of EMS for caring about the right things!
    As always, an EXCELLENT read from Amy.

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