9 Ways to Shop Local This Holiday Season

We all know that shopping local has become even more important than it has ever been before. 

Everyone has holiday shopping to do, so instead of running to big corporations (we’re looking at you, Amazon), consider supporting a couple local businesses in your community instead. Even just a few gifts off of your list can make a huge difference (we know, these lists can get out of hand…quick). 

By shopping local this holiday season you can help:

  • Keep your money local–this means your local government receives more tax revenue, resulting in better public services like schools, transportation, and emergency services.
  • Reduce your environmental impact by reducing the negative effects of manufacturing and transportation of goods. 
  • Give back to local charities! Local businesses often donate to local charities and sponsor youth activities, as well as provide family and neighbors with employment opportunities. 

Need more convincing? Check out Why Shop Local? Top 5 Ways You Can Support Local Business

Let’s get into it!

9 Ways to Shop Local This Holiday Season

1. Explore Your Local Shops

The first step is to learn about the local businesses in your area—what they sell and where they are!

A quick Google search will usually give you all you need to know, but even better, you can take a stroll around town and see what your community has to offer!

Chatting with some locals at the grocery store, asking friends and family, or even flipping through the local newspaper are great options.

2. Holiday Cards

See if you have a local print shop nearby that does holiday greeting cards. Not only will you be supporting a local business, but you’re sure to get something unique and expertly crafted that your friends and family will love!

3. Locally Crafted Flower Arrangement

Since this year’s shipping methods are almost sure to be delayed, (check out the holiday shipping deadlines provided by FedEx, UPS, and USPS) what better local gift to give than the gift of flowers? 

Support your local flower shop by sending a unique holiday arrangement they can proudly display at their table.

Not sure where you can find a real local florist? We’ve got your back!

Head on over to lovingly.com, enter the address you’d like to send flowers to, and we’ll direct you to a local florist in that area! Easy peasy. 

Shop Local, Shop Lovingly

Support your local florists this holiday season.

4. Independent Bookstores

Skip Amazon and Barnes & Nobel (we’re sorry, we love you both dearly), and take a trip to your local bookseller instead. Local bookshops are far and few nowadays, so supporting them is even more important than it has ever been before.

If you’re a book-lover (like we are), make a day out of it! Round up the kids, your spouse, a good pal, or go solo—grab a hot drink and take a stroll!

You may end up spending a few more dollars but also might be surprised with what you can find!

5. Fresh Ingredients

Whip up your signature baked goods or holidays meals using fresh local ingredients from your local farm store or farmer’s market! 

Not only will they undoubtedly taste that much better, but you’ll also be supporting local markets and farmers. 

You can boast about your fresh, locally grown dishes to all your friends and family. A little holiday clout amongst friends and family never hurt anyone *wink*.

6. Buy From Your Local Salon

You may think this one’s just for the girls, but fear not boys—we know you love your hair products too!

Contact your local salon, barbershop, or hairstylist and check out what products they are currently selling! Not only does this promote them, but it can also help you get the right products according to your personal needs. A win-win!

7. Gift Cards

Gift cards are a holiday staple. Instead of your typical gift card to big business stores, try a gift card to a local restaurant, bar, or local shop of interest. 

8. Local Art

Pretty much anything you can buy in stores, you can buy from a local artist:

  • Clothing
  • Mugs
  • Pottery
  • Blankets
  • Hats and gloves
  • Candles

You get the picture.

How can you find local art near you? 

Check out Facebook and Instagram—most local artists heavily rely on social media to promote their work and brand. 

Local art galleries are another great option for finding local arts, as well as farmer’s markets, local coffee shops, and restaurants all often promote local artists’ products. 

9. Local Chocolatetier

Last but certainly not least (let’s face it, everyone loves chocolate during the holidays), support your local sweet shop! 

Perfect for stocking stuffers, desserts, or just because.

Get festive, get local, get shopping!

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