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 By Susan Ahlstrom, JD Sponsored Content by, US Daily Review’d Radio Partner.

Ten Great Christmas Presents Made in the USA

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It’s that time of year when we are supposed to pause and be joyful, and celebrate with our family and friends. Whether it’s during a holiday dinner, or at an office party, or over hot cocoa on a Sunday afternoon, we want to eat, drink and be merry and gift giving is a part of the tradition. While we are certainly not master shoppers or fashionistas, we do have two basic gift rules that we ask everyone to follow:  watch the cost and look for products made in America.

We always want to acknowledge our loved ones but we refuse to buy multiple gifts per person because we believe one or two gifts are enough. We are still in a recession, and even if we were not, there’s no good reason to buy a pile of cheap items instead of one or two quality gifts. So, we looked around for and found great gifts ideas that are at every different price point and all made right here in the USA (listed in no particular order!).

(Hot) chocolate on a stick – made in San Francisco

Soapstone “ice” cubes used to chill not dilute – milled and crafted in Vermont

A lot of different items on sale from the “Main Street Revolution” on – a clever way to promote US made items on a popular discount site

  1. New Balance sneakers – mostly made in the USA (you need to read the fine print). They are making an effort
  2. For the best woolen blankets and throws, period. Pendleton, made in Utah
  3. The All American Clothing Company – need we say more?
  4. Fine outdoor wear for men from Orvis
  5. American Apparel is made in Los Angeles in their “sweatshop free” factory
  6. Clothes for baby and mom made from bamboo (china sourced raw material but they tell a good story about that) made in South Carolina
  7. Find an accessory for virtually any teenager

Write a comment below if you have some good sources for made in America gifts that we missed. We’d like to learn about your favorites!  See it at its source, here.

Are Super PACs Like Tabloid Newspapers?

Many Americans are far too busy with work, family, chores, bills, and struggling to hold everything thing together in these stressful times. Sure, the presidential race is now starting to heat up – the Iowa “primary” is right around the corner, and the debates have been ongoing for months. But there hasn’t been a lot of press about the “Super Pacs” but that tide seems to be turning. With primary season starting, it’s time for the big guns to come out swinging, and the Super Pacs are ready to roll!

Citizens United is the Super Pac on Mitt Romney’s side. Lead by a former Romney campaign aid, and with fundraising numbers in the millions, Citizens United is using its war chest to achieve two goals. The first is of course to highlight the differences between President Obama and self-anointed frontrunner Mitt Romney. However, the second goal is to take down any rivals for the GOP nomination. Mr. Gingrich as “yet another Washington insider career politician” is its target right now. What sensational headlines will we see come from their advertising?

There’s also a pro-Gingrich Super Pac, Solutions 2012, but they haven’t yet hit their stride. One strategy they may have is to paint Mr. Romney as an elitist, out of touch with the American people (that $10,000 bet didn’t help Mitt!). They may take aim at Mr. Romney in a way similar to the brand new Democrat-backed Super Pac named AmericanLP which has a television ad showing Mr. Romney speaking French. Does anyone remember Pierre DuPont?

Not to be forgotten is the President Obama focused super Pac, Priorities USA Action. So far they have only targeted Mr. Romney, but with millions in the bank they are sure to throw a few jabs at Mr. Gingrich’s glass chin of trustworthiness. He developed that Achilles heel after too many divorces and ethics issues, and he is sure to spend a lot of energy defending himself.

We can only imagine the scandalous attacks and innuendo that will bombard the good people of Iowa and New Hampshire. The tabloids may have nothing on the Super Pacs. We wait for the most memorable ones!

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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