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Sam Says...

Can you feel it? Love is in the air!  And the winter holidays proved to once again be a perfect time for guys to pop the big question.  Awesome! You just went from girlfriend to fiancee status.  Now what?  It's time to start thinking about venues, an amazing wedding gown for you, gorgeous bridesmaid dresses for the girls,  classic tuxes for the guys, engagement parties, flowers, the bridal shower (or showers), bachelor party, bachelorette party,  rehearsal dinner--whew-- oh wait, money doesn't grow on trees, does it? Pinterest madness, isn't it?

Whether you are on a budget or the sky's the limit, The Great American Gift and Paper Co. can help on a couple of fronts:  let's start with step one:  asking your besties to participate in your exciting day. Ask in style- with darling cards from the sophisticated style of Anna Bond at Rifle Paper Co. or with a touch of glitter from Karen Adams Designs. Looks like we have you covered for the first step in getting your girls together.


And if you really want to be creative when you ask your flower girl, we love the idea of this personalized puzzle.  Place the puzzle deconstructed in a gift bag and have your littlest lovely put together the puzzle to reveal "will you be my flower girl"!  Hands down best idea ever!

Next, you will need to say thank you and a darling piece of jewelry to commemorate the special day will definitely do the trick.  Check out these special pieces from Freshie and Zero.


 Visit The Great Gift and Paper Co. to find loads of great ideas for your bridesmaid and your groomsmen, too! That will be our next post!  Can't forget about his wing men!


Thanksgiving is by far my most favorite holiday.  This fourth Thursday of November event brings families together in a totally unadulterated way.  Coming together for the sake of giving thanks is, plain and simply, one of the best reasons I can think of to celebrate.  A prelude to the little fussier Christmas holiday, Thanksgiving just makes me happy.

Here is a peek around my home as I prepared to host our Thanksgiving 2015 family get together.  The day was delightful in every way.

My husband is one of nine children, so when we remodeled our home years ago, we converted our living room into an over sized dining room to host every event we can get our hands on. Entertaining is a joy for me and the more the merrier.

Since we were hosting 18 people, we needed two tables.  This is our breakfast room all set up with Thanksgiving flair.  Notice the panels of the Thibaut fabric.  It will be a sad day when I have to change out those draperies.  I love this fabric.

Fresh flowers and candlelight turn any table into a stunning masterpiece.  I added pink daisies to the table to bring a touch of pink in the seats of the chairs to the tabletop.  An unexpected punch of color on Thanksgiving, but it worked beautifully.  The sugared-fruit cornucopia has been a favorite for years.  I love the tradition of bringing this handmade centerpiece out each Thanksgiving.  

I know that we rush on to the next holiday, but I am not quite ready just yet.  I am spending the entire Friday still enjoying the Fourth Thursday.  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by friends and family.  As you hit high gear for the Christmas season, I hope you will remember to spend a few dollars on American Made.  It matters. It really does.






The holidays are ever so rapidly approaching.  For goodness week is Turkey Day-which, btw, is my all time favorite holiday.  It really is time to get started on holiday shopping.  I hope you will join me in committing to spend a portion of your holiday budget on Made in the USA goods.  You will? Great! Well, guess what...we have made it so very easy for you.  Stay in your jammies on Black Friday and click away at You will be amazed at what you will find.  Not your typical made in America selection here.  No way!  We have curated the most beautiful selection of Made in America you will ever see for everyone on your list.



  Have you signed up for our emails?  We are sending out a Black Friday coupon code, so be sure to get on the distribution list. We are so glad you are joining us for a Made in the USA holiday 2015!

Welcome to the new Great American Gift and Paper Co.--a simply American made lifestyle boutique.  Since 2001, I have searched the main floors and deep in the nooks and crannies at markets from coast to coast for unique finds to fill my boutiques.   Year after year,  I kept plugging along buying a mix of products, but, more often than not, I found myself gravitating to specialty items made right here in the USA. In 2012, an idea occurred to me: "why not all made in the USA"?  The more I thought about it, the more I fell head over heels in love with the notion. Imagine a shop where customers never have to turn over a product to find out where it was made.

By Spring 2015, I couldn't contain my love for this idea any longer. I had to create it. I couldn't resist  attempting to accomplish the task of bringing together an entire store of made in the USA goods. I keep wondering if anyone besides me really cares? If the choices are easily accessible, would it make a difference? Is it just a matter of convenience? Well, it's time to find out.

So, here it is. No more wild goose chase! By fall 2015 my dream came true-- The Great Gift and Paper Co. became The Great American Gift and Paper Co.-- a boutique branded and dedicated entirely to Simply American Made (now you know where SAM comes from) is open for business. Please take a look around. You can trust that I have curated the best of the best here at The Great American Gift and Paper Co.. You will find beautiful picture frames made in New York that would make a lovely gift; newborn baby layette that is made in Texas; and wall art made in Pennsylvania to dress your walls.  It's ALL right here at your fingertips. And there is so much more to come. We can't wait to share it all with you!

To be clear, The Great American Gift and Paper Co.  strictly requires that our manufacturers create their end-products here in the USA. We realize that some of the pieces and parts are imported because somethings just aren't made in the USA anymore and never have been. We believe that any company running in America is a step in the right direction. If you are that customer that wants only goods made in America with no parts imported, then we are not your store.   Keep in mind that we are not trying to tip the global economy off its axis-- GA just asks that you consider looking to American made first.

There is evidence from east to west that the Made in America movement is gaining momentum.   Our mission at The Great American Gift and Paper Co. is simple: it is to inspire you to look to buy made in the USA first.  Just as President John F. Kennedy once said, "One person can make a difference, and everyone should try". This is me trying.  I hope you will join me in making this dream come true.




Chris Williard, creative director

The Great American Gift and Paper Co.

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