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This Veterans Day, discover the hard work Armed Service members have put into their small businesses. From spices to steel signs, ornaments to accessories, the extraordinary talent of our U.S. veterans can be found all over.
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We scoured the web to find 10 that are especially praise-worthy. Read on to discover our favorites.
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1. Rumi Spice
Founded by U.S. Army veterans, Rumi Spice brings ethically sourced spices from Afghanistan to your kitchen. The star of Rumi Spice’s collection is saffron, which is responsibly harvested so you can feel good about using this precious, hard-to-get ingredient. Rumi also offers a variety of other items to take your cooking to the next level, including this beautiful mortar and pestle set.
2. Steel Roots Decor
For beautiful steel works to decorate your home, go to Steel Roots Decor. You’ll find a wide range of designs from seasonal décor to customizable signs in different sizes and colors ranging from black to a shimmering copper. We love the falling leaves design.
3. Combat Flip Flops
Founded and operated by a team of passionate veterans, Combat Flip Flops is a company with a mission to promote literacy among young women in Afghanistan, as well support the removal of landmines to create a safe environment for those living in war-torn countries.
There are the namesake flip flops of course, but the company also make shoes, apparel, accessories, and even home décor.
Also, just in time for the holidays, Combat Flip Flops has launched the Peacemaker Dove Ornament. For every ornament sold, a 3-meter square of land is cleared of landmines in Laos.
4. Red Line Steel
For some fun outdoors, turn to Red Line Steel. This company specializes in steel works to decorate your home and garden. Check out the quirky tree stakes that you can stick into the trees in your yard for some woodland fun. They are rust resistant, so they’ll weather any storm.
We also love the cardinal design, which comes in your choice of red or black. But, you can select from a wide range, including adorable bear cubs and patriotic flags.
5. Teak and Twine
Teak and Twine has made gifting easier than ever. This woman- and veteran-owned business carefully curates gift boxes full of treats that anyone on your list will want. These boxes showcase artisan products that range from cookbooks and coffee to home décor.
We love the bundle specially created for the home office worker, which features a mug, a lovely spiral-bound notebook, and an edible treat.
For the holiday season, Teak and Twine has put together a delectable mix that you may want to buy for yourself! It includes a special blended cardamom hot cocoa, holly candle, hot toddy cocktail syrup, and some sweet treats.
6. Flags of Valor
Flags of Valor was founded by veterans to create opportunities, like jobs, for veterans, and also to donate to a wide variety of causes that support military personnel. Flags of Valor’s specialty is wooden American flag décor for the home, in several designs, from wall hangings to coin holders and tech accessories.
Check out the phone stand for the home office or bedside table, customized for the veteran who wants to honor their specific service. Also, the classic wooden American flag is a beautiful way to display the stars and stripes in your home, while supporting this small business.
Even Fido can support veterans thanks to USA-K9. This veteran-owned business makes dog toys that any pup will love tossing around. These colorful toys are heavy duty and can handle chewing and lots of games of fetch. The attached rope cords make it perfect for a game of tug of war.
One of the toys even includes a treat dispenser, creating an exciting reward for your furry friend. Plus, all USA-K9 toys are dishwasher safe in case they really get dragged through the mud.
8. Stuffed Squadrons
These sweet Army plane replicas are hand knit from cotton yarn and satin ribbon and are kid-safe, making the perfect gift for any Air Force family.
Designs are being added to the shop as requested, so feel free to do so if there is an aircraft that’s meaningful to someone in your life.
9. Sword and Plough
Co-founded by veteran Emily Núñez, Sword and Plough bags are designed with the sturdiness of high-quality Army basics. The signature bags come in a wide variety of neutrals and camo print, and they best serve the person on the go. The signature tote comes with exterior pockets to easily store objects you want readily accessible. There’s plenty of room for all the essentials, like a laptop, books, and extra set of clothes.
In addition to these bags, Sword and Plough makes card holders, travel kits, and jewelry. The brass jewelry is individually crafted from recycled shell casings and turned into stunning designs.
10. R. Riveter
R. Riveter was founded by two military spouses looking to create meaningful work to support military families. Named after the iconic Rosie the Riveter, the company has crafted American-made handbags, including small crossbody bags and large totes.
Aside from bags, R. Riveter has expanded the product range for the home into a line of signature candles with scents like fig and sandalwood or violet and magnolia.
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