How to Shop Local This Holiday Season

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The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to get serious about getting your holiday shopping done. Traditionally, we would go to Christmas markets, stores, and bazaars full of unique items designed to bring a smile to your loved ones’ faces.

This year, things look a little bit different and local shops and businesses need all the support they can get. Buying goods and services from them can keep them afloat during this difficult time. Here are a couple of ways you can shop local and help your community by doing so. 

Buy Gift Cards

You don’t have to shop in-store to support a business. Many businesses have entered the online marketplace, which makes shopping easier than ever. Simply buying a gift card from your local shop, can support them tremendously. It also gives the gift card receiver the chance to pick out something they really want. 

Buy Locally Made Products

Shopping local is in itself a great way to support locally run stores, but buying products made in your own community is even better. A lot of these small-batch creators don’t make a large number of products, like jewelry, bath salts, and clothing. That means every purchase is helping them stay afloat. 

Help Advertise

We all know that social media is the best place to advertise, especially Instagram and TikTok. If you buy a locally made product or have a shop you love, promote them on your social media channels. This will give other potential customers gift ideas, and drive up sales for your favorite local stores.