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Content & Community Manager at The Grommet

  • For National Thank You Day — Thank YOU

    There's a good chance you've never heard of National Thank You Day, but at The Grommet, we consider it a national holiday. It provides us with a formal opportunity to thank you, our Grommet community, for helping us do what we do every day.

    So on behalf of Tea Drops, Emergency Stain Rescue, Flagpole Farm, Quickloader, Meater, IdeaPaint, and the rest of our Makers and Retailers  — thank you.

  • 8 Gifts to Celebrate Grandparent's Day

    It's National Grandparents Day, a formal opportunity to reach out and engage with another generation. If you have a special grandparent in your life you may even want to give a gift with them in mind. Here are just a few of the grandparent gifts we've found.

    The New York Times - A printed walk down memory lane

    Journey through a lifetime’s worth of news with this New York Times book. Provide a date and you’ll receive a leather-bound, gold-trimmed set of yearly front pages from that day every successive year. This collection captures a nostalgic snapshot of history in the context of their life.

    Shop Now - $99.95

    Nuheara - Lend an ear

    IQBuds combine a Bluetooth headset and noise-canceling headphones in sleek earbuds that enhance natural hearing. Now conversations at a noisy dinner table can be heard by everyone.

    Shop Now - $299.95

    World's Coolest Rain Gauge - Ready for rainfall

    Determining if plants and flowers have gotten enough water doesn’t have to involve guesswork. In fact, it can be a work of art. The World's Coolest Rain Gauge is a statement piece in the yard of any green thumb.

    Shop Now - Starting at $34.95

    Lake Art Cribbage Board - Game night, personalized

    The laser-cut, heirloom quality cribbage boards from Lake Art are a personalized way to play a classic game. What better way to count 15-6 and a run of four than along the shores of a favorite lake?

    Quick poll: Should we start a Grommet Cribbage League? Leave your answer in the comments. I am in, for the record.

    Shop Now - $69

    Peeps - Smudge-free vision

    Handkerchiefs are timeless, but they're not the best eyeglass cleaner. That title belongs to the NASA-inspired carbon cleaner that fits in your pocket.

    Shop Now - $14.95

    BANDI Wear - A pocket belt

    We can debate whether fanny packs are re-entering the fashion lexicon. But their practicality is undeniable. BANDI Wear fits all of that practicality into a slimmer, more vibrant pack.

    Shop Now - Starting at $28

    Precious Metal Prints - Completely unique jewelry

    Precious Metal Prints creates a beautiful and entirely unique keepsake. It comes with everything you need to take an impression of a grandchild's, friend’s—any special person’s—fingerprints or even a beloved pet's nose. The finished piece is a wonderful, personalized gift that belongs close to the heart.

    Shop Now - $79.95 

    Card Cubby - A deskside card catalog

    Whether it's at the office or the home, gift, business, and credit cards need organization and Card Cubby keeps them in a convenient alphabetical order so contacts are always within reach.

    Shop Now - $19.95

     

    Looking for something else?

    Don't worry, we have an entire collection of gifts for the grandparent in your life.

  • The Future of Made in the USA

    This week we’re celebrating Makers with products Made in the USA. At The Grommet, we see American manufacturing through the lens of the final product. At a conference held by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, we were able to see the progress being made in American manufacturing on the ground floor. Here are the issues we dug into.

    Access to Capital.  2.7% of female founders receive VC funding and it’s even less for minority business owners. The group advocated for alternative methods of financing like crowd funding and impact loans that have more generous results and are very effective in lifting small businesses off the ground.

    Physical Space. To combat this issue, cities and facilities are meeting in the middle. San Francisco has begun rolling out modular manufacturing spaces and across the country, micro-factories are popping up for companies looking at producing smaller batches of products before full-scale production.

    Education. Creating a product has never been easier, but many Makers enter the manufacturing world with limited knowledge. Manufacturers are being trained to help Makers understand this new realm regardless of their background. For the next generation, schools are focusing on technology and entrepreneurship programs. Two examples of that happening in Boston: BUILD and Fab Labs 4 America.

    Inclusivity. Entrepreneurship and the American Dream are evolving on a cultural level so policymakers and business leaders must make inclusivity a priority. Minority business owners seek representatives that look like them at the decision-making table. The more hurdles they face, the less likely they are to succeed and make an impact on their community. Beyond economic, it’s a trust-building issue. As the business world grows more diverse, that trust becomes more vital.

    There is plenty more we can and will dig into. If you have any stories or resources, we'd love to hear about them.

    And now, here are some of the American-made products from our site that are helping to make more American-made products possible.

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    1. Mobile guitar lessons

    Made in South Dakota, Jamstik+ lets you learn how to play the guitar at your own speed. The guitar neck complete with strings and frets plays through your iPhone, iPad, or Mac with free downloadable lessons.
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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Sarah Collins of wonderbag

    In the Western world, wonderbag is an alternative to electric slow cookers that uses no fuel and no electricity. In the developing world, where women spend hours each day gathering firewood and tending to dangerous indoor cook fires, it serves as a catalyst out of poverty.

    Today, we speak with wonderbag Maker Sarah Collins about the events in her life that led her to care so deeply for this community and how she grew her rebellious spirit into a global movement. Then we'll get her advice on how we can all do our part by investing in each other.

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  • 7 Pet Products Chosen by The Grommet Team & Their Pets

    At The Grommet, we get to test out every product on our site. Often, our pets enjoy that perk just as much as we do. Everything from an automatic ball launcher to a whisker relief food bowl goes home for rigorous testing and we document the results. And those results are in, let the team recommendations begin!

    Himalayan - Dog Chew Treats

    Tester: Bacon, French bulldog and Madaline Spinks, Senior Designer

    Review: “This is Bacon's favorite chew bone by far. It has no preservatives and natural ingredients cleans her teeth as she chews and lasts a super long time. Also, when it gets down to a little nub, you can pop it in the microwave for a cheese puff treat!”

    Shop Now: Starting at $8.95

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  • 11 Unique Wedding Gifts Chosen by Our Discovery Manager

    It’s wedding season and as soon as our Grommet team members started getting Save The Dates, we turned to Discovery Manager Ayana Blue to help us find gifts as special as the happy couple.

    Ayana is a woman in the know. As a Discovery Manager, she finds unique, unexpected products worthy of your attention AKA the perfect wedding gifts. Here’s what she’s loving now.

    1. Fill a jar with gratitude

    These beautifully designed jars from Studio Penny Lane remind the couple of all they have to be thankful for. With each message added to their partner’s jar the gift becomes even more personal.

    Shop Now - Starting at $30

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  • 7 Gifts For the “I Just Want to Spend Time with You” Dad.

    If your dad doesn’t want anything for himself, get him something he can enjoy with the whole family even though it will be for him. Because, after all, there is no greater gift than the gift of quality time.

    1. Modern Campfire

    Solo Stove provides the same comradery as the age-old fire pit in a stainless steel design that burns easily and produces less smoke. It also comes with a lifetime warranty, which every dad will appreciate.

    Buy Now - Starting at $89.95

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  • 7 Gifts For the “I’ll Fire Up the Grill” Dad.

    If your dad knows no bounds when it comes to grilling season and is always looking for the next tool to up his game, these Grommets are sure to excite and elevate your gift giving to well-done.

    1. Deliciously fast pizza

    In the past, if you wanted to give dad the gift of making brick oven pizza in the backyard, it would’ve entailed a six-month construction project. Now you just need an Uuni. This pizza oven heats up to 900 degrees in 10 minutes and cooks a wood-fired pizza in two.

    Buy Now - Starting at $299

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  • 7 Gifts For the "It's Better to be Prepared" Dad

    Dads. They always seem ready for every scenario. And with these Grommets, you can help dad elevate his preparedness game to Inspector Gadget level.

    1. Every Tool in One

    It’s hard to be any more prepared than when you’re armed with 36 tools in one compact multi-tool. Packed with everything from a screwdriver and hammer to utility knife and corkscrew, Kelvin Tools can handle a fix around the house as easily as opening a bottle of wine.

    Buy Now - Starting at $29.95

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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Max Feber of BRUW

    The Grommet office is located just outside of Boston, the unofficial iced coffee capital of the world. There is no temperature too cold for an iced coffee in Boston.

    12 degrees? That just keeps it iced longer.

    For those who love iced coffee but want the next best thing, there’s cold brew coffee. There is no ice to water it down, it's less acidic, it’s more caffeinated. But it wasn’t always easy to make, something Max Feber learned the hard way in his kitchen as a high school sophomore. So he created BRUW to make making cold brew easier and cleaner.

     

    Like what you hear? Listen to the rest of the Meet the Maker Podcast series here then rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes.

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