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The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon

 

I’ve never done a holiday gift guide before. Why? Frankly, because I have never been all that creative when it comes to thinking up great gifts to give people! I usually exasperate my relatives by having no viable answer when they ask what they should get the boys and the HH & me for Christmas. And my Handsome Husband usually comes up with at least 75% of the gift ideas we give our kids & family.

I have such a hard time, in fact, that I’m usually the person who is searching OTHER bloggers’ gift guides for ideas!

 

However, I DO love beautiful, artisanal things for the home.

And I love supporting the few multi-generational American businesses who still make them.

 

That’s why I’m excited to focus on one American company that I’ve known about (and patronized) for many years — the Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

 

Faribault Woolen Mill — 150 Years in the Making

 

I first learned about Faribault Woolen Mill when we had just moved to New Hampshire back in 2011. I read a headline about about a historic woolen mill that had filed bankruptcy in 2009 but was reopening under private management with pre-sales of some of its basic wool throws and blankets.

At the time, we had hardly any furniture. We were in a depressing basement-type of an apartment. Our  bedding was just one of about everything I hated.

But I’d always loved the feeling of wool. And I thought a wool coverlet for our bed, something that would go under our comforter in the winter and be our main layer in the summer, would be a wonderful way to help support an iconic American company that was trying to make a comeback — as well as give me one soft, beautiful thing in that depressing place!

 

The COZIEST Gifts from an American Icon, Made in the USA

I chose the Pure & Simple Blanket in Ivory — 9 years later, it’s still on our bed!

 

Founded in 1865, Faribault Woolen Mill is the longest running manufacturer in Minnesota and is one of the last “vertical woolen mills” left in America. Its Cannon River dam is on the National Register of Historic Places

 

All images from Faribault Woolen Mill’s website

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon

 

(A vertical woolen mill is one where ALL FABRIC PRODUCTION PROCESSES are undertaken at one site, by one company.)

 

The “new” factory dates to 1892.  Many of current employees have been working at the mill for 30-60 years, with generations of their families, from the end of the Civil War through WWII, providing blankets for the USA’s armed services.

 

The COZIEST Gifts from an American Icon, Made in the USA

 

Faribault receives bales of wool weighing 600-900lbs each and puts the fiber through 22 STEPS  to become a finished product. This 7 minute video takes you through the fascinating process.

The mill uses either virgin lambswool or merino wool, sourced from the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. Most finished products take an average of 10 days to produce.

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon

 

I’ve used Faribault products in a few of my decorating projects. Like in the teen boy’s bedroom below.

This is the Cabin Blanket in Heather Gray & Navy. It’s currently sold out, but you can get on the notification list when it restocks. It’s also available in a throw blanket.

 

Or in the 2019 Idea House for Cottages & Bungalow Magazine.

 

Faribault Ashby Twill Wool Throw in Navy

 

And even in my Remuddle Remodel, which was just published in the November/December issue of reader favorites for Old House Journal! (Full reveal of the whole space here.)

 

Remuddle Remodel REVEAL! -- The Unfitted Kitchen/Converted Porch
Discontinued summer weight wool throw.

 

The Coziest Gift Guide, Courtesy of Your Fellow Americans

 

What made me think to highlight Faribault this year was receiving its catalog in the mail last week. I was impressed by the continued evolution of designs and offerings — as well as how chic some of the newest releases are!

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon

 

Let’s face it. The whole world is suffering economically with the pandemic. I’m tired of seeing local businesses I love close.

I’d also be REALLY sorry if this scrappy grassroots, generations-old manufacturer, that has boot-strapped its way back into being from bankruptcy (even opening a a Chicago retail store on Michigan Avenue in October  — fingers crossed they can stay open) had to shutter again, after all its innovation, imagination, and inspiration!!!

 

BTW–This is not to say that Faribault is in financial straights. I have no idea. It’s just that I want to support this company and help them continue to innovate and provide the public with beautiful wool products!!

 

So here it is! My favorites from Faribault Woolen Mill Co., American innovator & icon and Heartland employer.  These are not going to help you with the “$15 & Under” set on your shopping list, but for your dearly loved ones, you couldn’t find better!

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon
Ombre Wool Plaid Throw

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon
Roll Neck Wool Sweater With Stripes. So sexy!!!!

 

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon, Faribault Woolen Mill
Blue Dress Gordon Edged Wide Scarf. These are beautiful wide scarves in various patterns.

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon, Faribault Woolen Mill
London Wool Map Throw. 8 different maps!

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon, Faribault Woolen Mill
Nisswa Throw. Love these preppy colors.

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon, Faribault Woolen Mill
Women’s Wool Cardigan. I want one! It will keep me warm in my office this winter.

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon
Plaid Wool Tote Bag

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon, Faribault Woolen Mill
Minnehaha Throw

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon, Faribault Woolen Mill
Buffalo Check Throw. Comes in 5 colors.

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon, Faribault Woolen Mill
Men’s Zip/Button Cardigan. Also comes in blue.

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon, Faribault Woolen Mill
Cabin Wool Throw

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon, Faribault Woolen Mill
Defender Wool Blanket

 

The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon, Faribault Woolen Mill
The Traditional Scarves are Buy One Get One Half Off right now!

 

 

Did you see anything you like? I’ll take one of the cozy merino cardigans! But I think Faribault needs to make some map blankets of our New Hampshire lakes — what do you think???

I’ll be taking time off next weekend for Thanksgiving with my men. I am thankful for all of you lovely readers. You keep me coming back to write this blog, week after week! It is my wish that, even as this holiday presents us with less gathering together than usual, you, too, have many things to be thankful for — including, I hope, your health!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Amy

 

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6 thoughts on “The COZIEST Gift Guide, Courtesy of an American Icon”

  1. Loved your blog today. I have a beautiful yellow Faribault blanket that was my mother’s. It’s probably from the 1950’s. Then I found a bright pink one at a thrift store($25.00) and another one at an estate sale , that still had the tags on it, never been used. They are both from the 1950’s also. They are in beautiful condition.the one from the estate sale I got for a dollar!! I live in Minnesota so they are probably more popular here. They do have beautiful product.

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