What does it take to support a local businesses? Big government? A specific leader in office? A majority in congress?
It takes you and me making the effort. Making the effort to connect with our neighborhoods, the businesses on main streets, and the people that live next door.
Simple? Yes. The easiest choice? Not always.
At Gracious May, our products have been made int he USA since we launched in 2008. It is our goal to support the communities closest to us through local manufacturing. We want to encourage you to do the same:
Choose community over convenience.
So today, make that choice: support the businesses in your community. Skip buying produce on Am*zon and go to your local Farmer’s Market. When you do shop online, try and source a USA made product from a small business.
This is short, but a message that’s at the front of my mind today. So many people are wondering what’s next. The answer to that lies not in any shift in government, but in the day to day choices we make.
Choosing to trust in the Lord.
Choosing to say what’s right when it isn’t easy.
Choosing habits that perpetuate community over convenience.
That’s all for today! Thank you all so much for supporting Gracious May’s vision with your orders, comments and virtual support :).
Owner and Founder at GraciousMay.com
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:3-5
✨✨A BRAND NEW HIGHLIGHT AT GRACIOUSMAY.COM: The Gracious May Gift Guide!! ✨✨ Each item in our gift guide is unique, handcrafted, and USA Made. We have gifts for baby girl, baby boy, children, and Ladies! Scroll for a direct link to each category!
The Gracious May Gift Guide is updated with new and unique gifts year round! Whatever you are shopping for; be it Christmas, Birthdays, Baby Showers, Mother’s Day, and beyond, Gracious May’s Gift Guide is chock full of gifts for all!
THE GRACIOUS MAY GIFT GUIDE IS LIVE and full of unique gifts for nearly everyone on your list!!!
We have pulled together the best, made in USA gift items from the Gracious May Marketplace and put them into one easy-to-shop category. We have Gift Collections for baby girl, baby boy, toddler and big girl, toddler boy, and ladies (aka mom and sisters!). Gift Wrap is included with all Gracious May Gift Guide orders, and shipping is free for orders of $25+ (just be sure to use the code “GiftGuide” at checkout)!
“The fact is, that in a world full of ‘stuff’, we as shoppers are in search of meaningful, unique gifts for the ones we love…”
Gracious May’s gift guide features gifts that are hand made in the USA. Each item has heart and quality behind it! Our gift guide includes some of our best gift items for baby, toddler, children, and mom!
For the last 10 years, Gracious May has been widely recognized as a Made in the USA footwear brand. Footwear is still our signature and mainstay here at Gracious May, but beginning in March 2019, we began to transition GraciousMay.com into a Marketplace. The Gracious May Marketplace is dedicated to featuring the best Made in USA items available. We don’t simply carry a product because it is Made in USA, we are setting the bar higher. The items at the Gracious May Marketplace are unique, handcrafted, and USA Made! We are setting the bar high for USA Makers and creating a marketplaceplace that is dedicated to featuring the best of the best!
It’s a Gracious May goal the be the best unique gift destination on the internet!
It is our goal at Gracious May to be the best unique gift destinations on the internet! Each item in the Gracious May Gift Guide ships quickly and arrives beautifully gift wrapped. We live in a world where “stuff” is piling up everywhere. The glut of cheap products creates a hunger for product with value, gifts that are unique, and USA made items with real stories behind them. Gracious May’s aim is to be an oasis of beautifully crafted products in a mass-produced market!
The Gracious May Gift Guide is easy (and fun!) to browse!
Gracious May aims to provide you with the best gifts available for every person on your list! We have curated collections based on gender and age group. This makes shopping easy! We have gifts for baby and newborn; which are perfect as baby shower gifts, or for use as pregnancy announcements. We have gifts for toddlers and children; which are perfect for birthday parties, Christmas gifts, Valentines, and beyond! We have gifts for mom, gifts for sisters, and gifts for wife! We strive to provide you with a well-rounded selection so that you can make Gracious May your one-stop shopping destination.
Meaningful gifts for mom!
Mother’s Day is a time when it’s especially important to choose a unique gift for mom! To find a beautiful gift for mom, browse our Gift Guide for created especially for Mamas. Build the perfect gift, by choosing a variety of handcrafted items from the Gracious May Gift Guide for Mamas. You will find handcrafted jewelry, footwear, handbags, and headbands. Choose one or two of these items, then let us do the gift wrapping for you!
“The products in our Gift Guide are not only unique, they are handcrafted in the USA by local artisans!“
Each item in our collection of unique gifts for moms is tested and approved by the Gracious May Team. Many of the items we feature in our Gifts for Mama section are actually products that ladies here at Gracious May HQ wear and use daily!
We have unique gift options for both BOYS and Girls!!
Our selection of unique gifts for baby includes: booties, soft cuddle blankets, bibs, beanies, and more! We have items for both baby boy and baby girl. Add a monogram to our baby blankets and bibs to create a personalized baby shower gift! We know that baby boy is sometimes overlooked. Yep, girly bows and sparkles are easy to find, but equally adorable gifts for baby boy can be a challenge to hunt down. Here at Gracious May, we have so many adorable options for baby boy. We’ve got Blue Suede Shoes, Handmade Puppy Dog Beanies, and cozy-soft blankets in several boy colors! If you need a unique baby shower gift for boys, Gracious May has you covered!
We’ve removed headache!
In each of our gift guide sections we aim to provide you with enough options to create a complete gift, without subjecting you to the headache of sifting through 900 different products. You will notice that each Gift Guide section has around 15 items in it at maximum. We did this intentionally. We know that when it comes time to shop for the perfect gift, decision making can be the culprit for so much stress! At the Gracious May gift guide we have boiled it down to some of our best options. We have assembled a selection of our best products. We have also made sure the colors and styles in each section coordinate well with one another. This allows you to checkout with a combination of items that creates a well coordinated gift. We have eliminated the grunt work that goes into shopping so that you can enjoy the process of buying and giving a unique gift!
Complimentary Gift Wrap on orders of $25+!
Each order of $25+ from the Gracious May Gift Guide is delivered gift wrapped (just be sure to use the coupon code, “Gift Guide”)! When you are at checkout, you also have the option of adding a personalized gift message to your order. Whether you arrange to have the gift shipped directly to the recipient or not, your gift arrives wrapped and ready! A simple bow is tied around a logo-stamped box to create a refreshingly sweet presentation.
Gracious May has a unique gift for every budget!
The Gracious May Gift Guide features unique gifts with prices starting at $10! Whatever your budget, there is something here for you! Here at Gracious May we make an effort to put more emphasis value than pricepoint; however, we do understand that budget often comes into play when gift-giving! We have handmade gift options for nearly every budget: $10, $15, $25, $35 and more. We aim to provide you with the most unique, handmade gifts that will accommodate your budget. Our lower priced gift items make great birthday party favors, Valentines, stocking stuffers, and more! Whether you need a head to toe gift for a birthday party, or just a small party favor item, Gracious May has options for you!
Made by hand:
Here at Gracious May we put an emphasis on curating a Marketplace full of truly handcrafted items! There is so much character and value in items that have been assembled by hand. By purchasing a handcrafted, USA Made product you are investing in the life of a local maker. You are investing in those who rely on your faithful support to stay in business. You are passing on the torch, so-to-speak, and realizing that your purchases (no matter how large or small) make an impact!
See how Gracious May’s products are made!
We love to connect with our customers through video! At the Gracious May Channel, you will see all of the videos we have created around our products. Through our videos, we hope to show you just how much love and attention to detail goes into each item from the Gracious May Marketplace! We invite you to head on over and watch a few of those videos about our made in USA products. Additionally, you can watch these videos on the product pages when you are shopping.
Revival from the bottom up!
At Gracious May we are serious in our efforts to revive US Manufacturing. As we have actively worked towards this goal, we have realized that it is the small businesses that make the more serious impact. In fact, small businesses make up over 95% of the US economy! Creating a platform for well-crafted, USA Made products is one of the ways that Gracious May is actively working to revive US Manufacturing.
“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
“Too bad it’s not Made in USA”. I think my family might be sick of hearing this from me when we are out shopping major retailers. The reality is: the way I shop has changed. I look at labels, and if it is an imported product that could be sourced from a USA supplier, I think twice before I buy.
The first tag I used to look at was the price tag, now it’s the label that tells me where the product was made.
Even buying second hand supports local businesses in a big way. My shopping process usually goes something like this:
“I like this, but can I find it made in the USA?”
“Okay, if I cannot find a made in the USA option that’s in my budget, could find a local second-hand seller with a similar item?”
If I can buy a second-hand item from a local seller, I am supporting a local business in the same way I would support a USA manufacturer. Plus, this gives me the ability to repurpose and avoid directly stimulating the mass imports of foreign goods that may not be ethically manufactured.
December is a huge shopping month, and I want to encourage you to shop small. Go to your local farmer and artisan markets, search out handmade businesses, and be willing to buy less so you can support more. More ethics in the US marketplace, more thoughtfulness in the types of gifts you give, more quality, and more opportunity for local businesses to heal through your support.
This is a short post, but I hope it makes a big impact on the way you think and shop this Christmas Season!
It’s fall and we have 7 adorable outfit ideas for baby and toddler girl! Each of these outfits features a pair of Gracious May’s Signature Moccasin boots for girls. Our Suede Moccasin boots are BESTSELLERS and available in 7 adorable colors! Chestnut Brown is our most popular color when it comes to our moccasin boots for girls.
Now matter what color you choose, our suede moccasin boots for girls are sure to become favorites! Each pair of our Girls Moccasin Boots are made by hand in the USA. They are durable and easy to put on and take off: a must for any little girl’s boot!
The Great American Farmer’s Market Tour goes to the Georgetown Texas Farmers Market At Wolf Ranch Shopping Center!!
Stop #4 on the Great American Farmer’s Market Tour took us to Georgetown Texas! This was a combination farmer AND Artisan Market, where we were delighted to find a broad selection of handmade products as well as local food! Leather goods, handmade furniture, woodwork, handmade candles, organic produce and meats… AND SO MUCH MORE!! The Georgetown Texas Farmer’s Market is well worth your stop!
Here is a list of a few of the vendors at the market:
Butler Botanicals Potless Plants Rock House Farms Pasture-Raised Meats and Veggies Ay Amiga Artisan Jewelry Johnson’s Backyard Garden Sunflower Sister Studio Heart Creations by Jessica ATX Candle Company Mother’s Botanicals Tiny BagsNTotes by Suzanne Johnson Butterfly Bags Nuts About Candy Fig Tree Pots Mugs and Pottery Bougie Bakerie Kandles Mesquite Mystique Play with Pigments Cooper’s Classic Crafts AND MORE!
Join me as I bring you along for a day worth of order fulfillment at Gracious May HQ! Today I am making shoes and filling your online orders. All of the products you shop at Gracious May are MADE IN THE USA! Your purchases support not only me but a network of local men and women who are truly grateful for the opportunity to work a job they love. THANK YOU!!
We are thrilled to share this head to toe look featuring our newest vendor and our newest SHOE FOR LADIES! First up is the Elizabeth Linen Maxi Dress by Virginia Dare Dress Co. This dress is made in Virginia USA. It is incredibly flattering and made to last. The linen this dress is made of is printed with a pattern from a vintage kerchief. This Made in the USA dress for women is unique and timeless!
The Gracious May Shoes featured in this ensemble are our NEW Aubergine Leather Mary Janes! These mary janes are constructed using rich plum leather from Wickett and Craig. This leather is tanned and processed in the USA using artisanal methods that date back to 1867! These made in the USA shoes for ladies feature a slight heel and classy brass buckle closure. The outsole is made of a top-of-the-line vibram rubber. These made in the USA shoes for women are quality from top to toe
The denim shirt in this ensemble was not made in the USA, however it was purchased second hand (#thrifted!)! If you cannot find a made in the USA source for your clothing, we strongly encourage you to support local businesses by shopping 2nd hand!
We created a video try-on for this head to toe look! Enjoy!
Gracious May Moccasin Boots are durable and match every outfit!
Our Made in USA Chestnut Moccasin Boots for girls are available in sizes infant – youth 2. We have made adjustments to these Girls Moccasin each size range in order to meet durability needs at each age and stage! For infant 1-4 the soles is genuine suede (soft), size 5 and up feature a flexible rubber sole, and for sizes 11+ we upgrade the body of these Moccasin Boots to genuine Suede!
Moms say Gracious May Boots are the only ones that stay on their baby and toddler’s feet!
Many moms love our Moccasins for those early baby and toddler days when keeping shoes on is a challenge! Our Suede Moccasin Boots feature a built in elastic strap that holds them on your child’s foot. This ankle strap is present in sizes 1-10.
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Gracious May Boots are American Made in USA!
A Gracious May Goal is to be the first name in Made in USA Footwear for Children and Adults. We prioritize function, quality, and design! Each pair of shoes you purchase from Gracious May is Made in USA and shipped from Gracious May Headquarters in the Dallas, Texas, area! Our children’s boots are Made in USA, as well as relevant and fashionable.
Farmer’s Markets are a gateway for farmers and local artisans to connect with buyers! Alternately, Farmer’s Markets can be an amazing opportunity for intentional buyers to support their local community! Over the past few years, however, Farmer’s Markets have received a bad reputation for allowing vendors to set up with products and produce that has not been sourced locally.
This leads me to the most important question to ask when you are shopping a Farmer’s Market:
“Was this made local?“
As we have toured our small town markets, the answer has always been a resounding YES! Followed by inspirational stories of how these farmer’s and artisans grow and craft their products.
We toured the Dallas Texas Farmer’s Market for stop #3 of the Great American Farmer’s Market Tour! The Dallas Farmer’s Market was expansive. It was located in the midst of food courts, a large flower nursery, and an indoor retail shopping area.
While the vendors were absolutely great, the Dallas Farmer’s Market prohibited us from asking the sellers for video interviews. This was a major disappointment, but we were allowed to walk the market with our camera. As I conversed with the vendors, some were so excited about the mission behind the Great American Farmer’s Market Tour that they asked to be on camera!
Because we could not interview the sellers, we do not have a large vendors list to share. However, we do want to highlight the guys at toocold.herbal . They were incredibly enthusiastic about our goal to get the word out about small businesses! Check them out via the link above for info on their herbal ciders.
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