This year I’m being intentional about my holiday shopping.
The days of running to Target for 85% of my gifts are over. No offense to
Target, or any other large department store, but from reading this blog, you
can tell that I am inspired by the work of small designers, crafters, and shop
owners. In these difficult economic times they really need our support. Here
are a few actions that I’ll be taking to switch it up this shopping season.
- Looking local. By shopping, small businesses, close to
home I can support my local economy while finding unique items. I can’t wait to
see what treasures I find. Go ahead and be an explorer in your hood too.
- Thinking thrifty. Books, Cds, video games, and clothing
can be brought from thrift stores or on consignment. When considering this
option just be sure to gage the comfort level of the recipient. Some people
are not into getting used stuff. Also, be sure to clean any garments before gifting.
- Shopping sites.Think Etsy or any of the fair trade sites
recommended by The Angel Rock Project for handmade gifts. These items are made all over the world but can be purchased in the
comfort of your home. How perfect is that?
- Frequenting fairs. This upcoming weekend I’ll be
visiting a few holiday fairs for handmade items, one of a kind finds, and perhaps
the gift that I’ll give myself. To
find craft fairs in your area look the newspaper, on Craigslist, or polity ask
someone at your local craft store, they’re usually in the loop.
This goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway), suggest
these tips to the people buying gifts for you. Not only will they have a fun shopping
challenge they’ll ensure a happier holiday for a small business. It’s a win
Throughout the month of December Creative Cookie will be
featuring more ideas and shopping suggestions. I’ve also added a category
called *holiday* on the site. Click on it to find past posts that feature
places to shop. Tell us what
you’re doing different this holiday season, leave a comment or drop us a note,
let’s expand this list.
photo : © Lesley Williams, 2009