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The most famous thing to come out of Arkansas is the Clintons, right? Wrong! Just ask Pinterest if you don't believe us, which is why we're pumped to share these 5 locally made gift ideas under $50 right here in our first-ever Shop Local Guide to the Holidays.
Be sure to check out the rest of our 250 picks for made in USA holiday gifts under $50 on our new interactive US map, where you'll find our favorite locally made products by state for her, him, kids, the home, the host/hostess, stocking stuffers, even some for pets!
Essie Nail Polish
If you've spent any time on Pinterest or reading style magazines this past year, you know how hot (and important) nail trends are right now to women worldwide. Essie nail polishes, one of the two most popular brands used by salons and amateur nail artists alike, has been made right in Arkansas since 1981. Purchase these iconic little square bottles online at ULTA Beauty with free shipping on orders over $25 (use code HOLIDAY2012 at checkout).
Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World
We couldn't very well have a gift guide without including something from our beloved Bubba, and we're huge fans of Bill Clinton's philanthropic tome ($7, Amazon).
Gingiber Organic Pillow Animals
These made-to-order pillows are handmade by Stacie Bloomfield in Springdale, start at just under $20, and are the most huggable kids' bedding items we've ever seen. Also check out Stacie's prints, wall decals, and other kid-friendly homewares in the Gingiber Etsy shop.
Great Food, All Day Long by Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is not only a national treasure but a Renaissance woman. From supper club chanteuse to activist, award-winning poet to political wingwoman, Angelou (now in her eighties) reinvented herself again with this autobiographical cookbook drawing on her Arkansas roots ($12, Amazon).
Alternative beauty icon (and Arkansas native) Beth Ditto fronts this new fusion band whose "infectiously danceable beats) mix soul, gospel, disco, punk, and a whole lot of ABBA. Grab a copy or download A Joyful Noise ($10, Amazon) for winter playlists.
Did we miss your favorite locally made products from Arkansas? Definitely share them with us in the comments, we'd love to add them to our shopping lists!
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