- 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 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.