Friday, November 26, 2010

Tip 16 of 20 Shop Local

Happy Holidays is my goal. Each year I feel a mix of trepidation and exhilaration as the end of November approaches. I love the holidays! I love gift-giving! I love shopping! What I don't love: pressure, stress, drama, and a host of other holiday-related angst that comes along with the next month.

This year, I am simplifying and shopping local. Admittedly, there will always be things I have to go online for, or possibly (dread upon dread) to a mall for. But shopping locally makes me feel like I am giving in two ways:
1. I am supporting the small businesses around me, which feels amazing and I wish I could do more often.
2. I am finding small, quality gifts instead of a mass of generic, bath&body style pre-packaged gifts.

Plus, everyone loves opening a box from a small shop. It makes them feel more special, which is the best gift of all.

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