A banner hangs across the main street of a local town.
Last year, I tried for a Nothing New Christmas, but this year, I admit that I am buying a bit more. That said, I am trying to make my money count. Did you know that "$45 out of every $100 spent at small businesses stays local." Only $15 out of every $100, by contrast, stays local when you shop at national chains? There are many more reasons to buy local - preserve the character of your area, create local jobs, foster entrepreneurship, and "help sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers" to name a few.
To be honest, though, one of the best reasons to shop local for the holidays is because you get better gifts.
1) Toy Stores - In my experience, independent toy stores carry more American and locally made products than chain stores. They also offer a wider selection of educational and old fashioned toys as well as arts and craft kits and supplies. If you are heading out this weekend to stuff the stockings, skip the Dollar Spot at Target and peruse your local toy store. Try some old fashioned wooden airplanes, a wooden top, a jump roper or a bag of magic tricks. If your elf prefers Legos or My Little Pony, never fear. Local toy stores will likely carry that too.
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