For some reason, my three year old son has an obsession with Nutcrackers. He is on the hunt for them this season. We’ve recently seen them in Target, Costco and Orchard Supply Hardware and they are cute but I’m just not excited about owning a cheaply made Nutcracker from overseas. I was determined to find a high quality, handcrafted little guy to proudly display in our home!
Nutcrackers USA, based in Richmond Virginia, handmakes beautiful Nutcrackers. Their Nutcrackers are simply stunning and they offer a handful of different designs each year. Based on information from their website, there are only a few companies in the United States that produce Nutcrackers because it’s incredibly challenging to do so and requires approximately 400 steps in the production process. Amazing!
You might remember the U.S. Postal Service Nutcracker stamp released in 2008 (when postage was much cheaper). Yep, that stamp featured photographs of four Nutcrackers designed by Nutcrackers USA. These four Nutcrackers are now featured in the Smithsonian! Wow!
If you know someone who likes to pretend, then let me introduce you to Superkid Capes! This company sells all that a boy, girl, man or woman needs to transform themselves into a super-duper super hero. I know this personally. This past Halloween our entire family was decked out in Superkids gear. We transformed ourselves into Wonder Woman, Superman, Captain America and Batman. It was so much fun, we got tons of compliments on our costumes and the boys are still wearing their outfits! Even though Halloween has passed, the capes and accessories (think Captain America shield, masks, Wonder Woman tiara) make great holiday gifts for those aspiring super heroes out there!
Now off to travel around the world in my invisible jet…
I don’t know about you, but I’m in desperate need of some new holiday decorations this year. I’ve looked high and low for a wreath for my front door and I’ve finally found one! Elegant Holidays makes gorgeous wreaths for all occasions. I bought their red and green eucalyptus wreath and I can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail. It’s the perfect wreath – I’m serious! The eucalyptus is harvested in the USA and with a little love and care, the wreath should last for many years and should continue to smell great. What a fantastic investment! I won’t need to buy a new evergreen wreath for the front door every year! I also bought some beautiful pre-made bows for the fence in the front yard in weather resistant fabric. Another great product that will last more than one season!
I can’t wait to buy more wreaths for future holiday seasons. Thinking my next purchase will be the beautiful lavender wreath for the springtime…