Here at Gracious May, baby gifts are our specialty! For the past 10 years we have specialized in made in the USA baby shoes and clothes. In addition to selling baby clothes and shoes individually, we have a section of our website dedicated to newborn Baby Gift sets. We have gift sets for baby boy and gift sets for Baby Girl!
What’s included in a Gracious May Newborn Baby Gift Set? Each baby gift set varies, but each set includes a combination of the following:
Baby Hat or Headband
Baby Diaper Bag
Each item at Gracious May is made by hand in the USA. The attention to detail that goes into Gracious May Baby products makes them perfect for gifting! Each gift set is assembled by hand and monogramming is available. If you are looking for a unique gift for a baby shower, Gracious May baby gift sets are a go-to!
The materials we use to make each item in our baby gift sets are selected for softness and comfort. Our baby headbands are made of soft t-shirt knit fabric. Our baby blankets and bibs are backed with soft minky. All of our baby shoes have a soft and flexible suede sole and soft fabric upper! These elements combine to make a baby gift set that it as delightful to wear as it is to look at.
When you order a newborn Baby gift set from Gracious May, we will even add a custom gift note! That’s right, for no extra charge you can add a personalized message to your baby gift. Be sure to input your message at checkout and we will add the note to your gift wrapping.
Why buy Made in the USA Baby Gifts? When you are shopping for a gift, you are in search of something special, something unique. A handcrafted, made in the USA product is adds a meaningful element to your gift-giving efforts.
How are Gracious May’s baby products made? We are glad you asked! Gracious May is headquartered in the Dallas Texas area (USA). Each item is cut and stitched by hand in the USA. It’s been this way since we launched Gracious May in 2008! Keeping our products made in the USA adds a one-of-a-kind dimension to our products and supports our local communities.
We have the shoes for every season and every outfit! The Hazelnut Moxie Jane for Little Girls is a durable leather shoe with adorable fringe and bow detail. As with all Gracious May Shoes, these mary janes are MADE IN THE USA!
SHOP in sizes 4-13 HERE!
“The earth is the Lord‘s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein…” Psalm 24:1
Looking for that perfect pair for baby girl?? Our Bow Mary Janes are here for you!! These handcrafted Gracious May shoes are topped off with a sweet silk bow. Made by hand, these shoes are perfect for gifting!
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Made by hand in the USA!
“…children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3
VALUE: The worth of a thing; it’s utility and ability to produce or procure good. As we work to fill your orders here at Gracious May HQ, we want to thank YOU for seeing the value in our MADE IN USA shoes. Thank you for your orders, thank you for your support! -Love, Gracious May (SHOP the MAMA-JANE HERE)
2 years ago I made a resolution: buy only USA Made or thrifted clothes for a whole year.
I made a New Years resolution in two years ago. My resolution was this: for a whole year, I would only replenish my wardrobe with clothes that were Made in the USA or thrifted. My clothes have always been important to me; but it wasn’t until 2018 that I began seriously thinking about where these clothes came from and how they were made. My Purposeful Wardrobe Resolution has changed my perspective, my lifestyle, and the way I run my business. For sake of total transparency, I have to say I kept my resolution to about a level of 80%; I did buy a few items off the rack that year. Overall, though, this resolution has evolved into a lifestyle for me. 2018 was the year I began shopping on purpose.
So here are the “rules” I set for myself during my challenge. My new clothes had to be one of the following:
Made in the USA
Thrifted (aka, second hand)
Gifted to me. (People know me, they buy me clothes for my birthday. I can’t refuse.)
So, basically, Made in the USA, thrifted, or gifted was my “new clothes criteria”.
It goes way back…
I believe God gives each one of us different interests. Fashion is a major one for me. When I was 10, I started a side-hustle so I’d have the spending money to for that perfect outfit from the mall. By the time I was 13 I was spending almost all of my free time on my moms sewing machine. I’d make my own clothing and experiment with different designs. When I graduated Highschool, I went to work full time to develop my own line of Made in USA Baby and Children’s clothing: Gracious May! My sisters tease me about my weakness for faux fur, and I recall significant events by outfit rather than date. The day I got my braces off: dip-dyed cardigan, white empire top, and wide leg jeans. Case and point.
Large or small, I believe we have the responsibility to use our gifts in a way that glorifies God. No matter how materialistic a love for fashion, faux fur, and fringe boots may seem, I believe it can be used to glorify God. The Bible says that whatever we do, we are to do it all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). When I determined to change the way I shopped 2 years ago, I made it my aim to start shopping on purpose. I was tired of being lead by impulse and trend. I wanted to start shopping with a “why” behind my buy. I wanted that “why” to be more than a flash sale.
With my 2018 wardrobe resolution, I wanted to know where my money was going and how it was impacted the people I bought from. This put me on the hunt for sustainable clothing brands with real stories and “real people” behind them. I honestly wanted to step up and support people like myself. It makes a huge impact when my customers loyally support Gracious May. I wanted to give that same support to other made in the USA clothing brands like my own.
When I made the resolution to buy only Made in the USA or thrifted clothes for a whole year, I had been running Gracious May for almost 9 years. On a daily basis I would tell people how important it was to “shop small”, “buy made in the USA products”, and “invest in local business”. When it came to my own shopping practices, though, I fell short (I know, major confession, right!). When I made the resolution to only replenish my wardrobe with Made in the USA Clothes, it was in part because I wanted to start practicing what I preached.
Practically speaking, when we buy made in the USA, it is easier to ensure they are being produced ethically. It became important to me to know that the people who made my clothing were being treated fairly. I wanted to make sure the people who made what I wore were happy and note being taken advantage of. This is just is easier to do this when your clothes are made in a US factory rather than overseas.
Another reason for my Purposeful Wardrobe resolution was that I was burnt by the quality most major retailers were producing. With fast fashion taking over the apparel industry, quality has taken a serious nosedive. I would grab a shirt off the rack and it felt as thin as the Kleenex on my coffee table. I’d feel it and cringe, knowing it would fall apart after one trip through my washer and dryer. I had become tired of spending my money on this stuff. I wanted clothes that were built better than this. What’s more is that there was no value or character in this clothing beyond a flashy trend. I felt in my gut that a wardrobe could be something more meaningful than following a trend.
So I have explained the “Made in USA” part of my wardrobe resolution, but where does the “thrifted“ part come in? I’ll tell you. Before Gracious May became a full time job, I ran a small vintage and second hand resale business. I’d hunt down second hand clothes, clean them up, and resell them in my little resale shop. It was a thrill to unearth forgotten gems and give them a second chance to shine. When a piece of clothing still looks great after serving it’s first owner, it was created with thought and purpose. Vintage clothes speak of a day when wardrobes were built for people rather than fads. This clothing has always been a part of my life so it fell seamlessly into my wardrobe resolution.
So this is part one, telling you where it all began for me. This resolution turned lifestyle has been such an eye opener. It has shown me that every action has a ripple effect. When we buy clothes, we are being a tiny rudder for change in one direction or another. We are telling the world how we want it to run. If we continue to buy clothes that have been manufactured unethically, we are telling the world that it is okay to treat people poorly.
I have to be honest: I had my ups and downs in keeping this resolution. I did buy a few items off the rack in 2018. But the goal remained and, despite a few failures, I picked up and moved on with that vision before me. Buying Made in the USA clothes and shoes has become a lifestyle that outlived my 2018 resolution. I am on a journey toward a purposeful wardrobe; a wardrobe that transcended trends and make a positive impact on the world around me.
The Gracious May Mama Jane is a sleek, made in the USA leather shoe for Women. Shop these American made shoes in 4 colors at graciousmay.com.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
Late night pumping out your orders!! Gracious May, the brand, celebrates 12 YEARS in June. There have been serious highs and lows, but to this day I still feel like I have the best job ever. The Lord is good!!! Love, Gracious May
“Does Made in the USA always mean high quality products?”
I had the pleasure of a radio interview with Amy at CovidVirginia.com (102.5 FM in Roanoke, VA). We talked about the USA Wardrobe Movement, Gracious May shoes & clothes, and Made in the USA products in general. During the interview she asked a really good question: “Does ‘Made in the USA’ always mean high quality?” I am going to share the answer to that question in this post and give you 5 tips for getting the best quality when you shop for Made in the USA Clothing!
The short answer is: not always. If you have been following me for a bit, you will know that 2 years ago I started the process of quitting fast-fashion and buying made in the USA clothes (read more here). While most made in the USA Clothing brands put a major emphasis on quality, I have learned from a few unfortunate experiences that I need to do a little digging before I buy.
Made in the USA clothes and shoes are often more expensive than their imported counterparts. In return for the higher price, many American Manufacturers pack as much quality as possible into their products. Here are 5 tips for choosing the best quality possible when shopping made in the USA products! These 5-tips have helped me find the best quality when I am shopping for made in the USA clothing on the internet.
5 tips for finding the best quality when you shop Made in the USA Clothes and Shoes!
Look for an “About Us” page. The best way to connect with the quality a brand puts out, is to get to know the brand! A brand’s About Page should share their story and/or mission statement (look for a button to it at the top or bottom of the homepage). If the brand has a video (like Gracious May’s video here) watch it and see if it tells you anything about the quality of the products and how they are made.
Look for a blog or social media page. Here at Gracious May, we use our blog and social media pages to give you a closer look at how we make our products. I have found that other quality American Made Clothing brands do the same. It’s often a great way to find out what kind of materials and quality an American brand puts behind their product!
Look for Customer Reviews. Customers say it best! Look for customer reviews on the website of social media pages to see what customers are saying about the quality of the brand’s products.
Avoid sketchy-looking sites. You can’t always judge a book by it’s cover, but more often than not the quality of a brand’s website is a reflection of the quality of their product. If a brand is investing in high quality products, they will likely invest in a good website (and good photos). A picture is worth a thousand words!
Be wary of prices that are too low. High quality, American Made clothing generally doesn’t dip below a mid-range pricepoint (unless the brand is offering a unique promo)! Be careful of websites that advertise “Made in the USA” and rock bottom prices.
These are a few of the tips that have helped me as I have shopped Made in the USA clothes and shoes these past 3 years! I hope they help you as you make an effort to do the same. Please subscribe to the USA Wardrobe Movement and once you do, I will immediately send you my 5 Tips for Building a Purposeful Wardrobe.
I believe it is so important for Americans to make an effort to shop USA made products, and I believe it’s equally as important for American Made clothing brands do deliver the highest quality possible.
These American made shoes for Women are genuine leather and Made in Texas! They come with a 3 year limited warranty, and blister free guarantee! Soft, yet durable. A lovely ladies flat for day to day. Shop in sizes 5-11.
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6
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