I have a friend who decided she was going to give only gifts this Christmas which were made in the USA. When she announced this back in August, she made it clear she wasn't asking anyone else to do this for her, it was something she felt she needed to do. When I waited until a few days before her birthday in October, I failed. Everything I looked at was made in China. I finally settled for items not made in China.
We got together a couple weeks ago for Tito's and another friend's birthday. She and her husband found gifts for both of them made in the USA and she gave us an update of her journey. Instead of buying tins at Walmart to package homemade goodies for her workmates, she found canning jars are made in the USA and will be using them this year. She has found small companies making handcrafted items. She went to Hallmark for Christmas cards and found although single cards are printed here, the boxed cards are not. With the help of a clerk they found the UNICEF cards are printed here, so that is what she is sending.
I thought making gifts would be the answer, but you have to search to find fabric and yarn that is not made in China. It took some time and thought, but I have managed to find items made in the USA. I have e-mailed companies when they do not list manufacturing info on their web-site. The answer is usually China. I thank them for their response and tell them I am only interested in purchasing items made in America. I have found clerks in most stores helpful, but I am most impressed with The Container Store. They have a section on their web site of items Made in the USA.
I admire my friends conviction and by speaking out she has a few other people aware and looking at what they purchase and that's how you make a difference.