5 Thrifty Things: Gifts Made in AR Under $50

by Shoestring Editors
December 1, 2012 - 12:13pm

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!

Nail Polish

FOR HER
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).

FOR HIM
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).

FOR KIDS
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.

FOR HOME/HOSTS
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).

FOR STOCKINGS
Gossip
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!

Story & main image: Copyright 2012, Shoestring LLC.
Photos: Courtesy, various retailers.

About The Author Related Articles
Photo of Melissa Massello
Melissa Massello is an editor, start-up junkie, entrepreneur, Swapaholic, and lifelong New England girl. As a sustainable style expert, Melissa has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX news station affiliates around the country and in US News & World Report, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The New York Post, The Denver Post, The LA Times, The Dallas Morning News, MSN Money, and WalletPop, among other fine media outlets. Melissa currently lives with her husband and their Whippet mix in Somerville, Mass. -- "the Brooklyn of Boston" -- where they strive each day to save money, save the planet, and live the dream for less.
It Bikinis on a Budget: Mara Hoffman Sample Sale by Melissa Massello, Shoestring
If you follow fashion, you know that Mara Hoffman printed...
Groupons for Go-Go Juice: Half Price Starbucks by Melissa Massello, Shoestring
Whenever I can, I always prefer to get my coffee...
Shortly after moving to Austin, one of the local vintage...
Discuss | Print | E-mail | Feeds
Share/Save