Awesome Ideas For Holiday Shopping…Keeping It Local

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I got this in the mail today, and I loved it.  I never thought to do some of this stuff, but I do prefer to shop locally, rather than in one of the “big box” stores.  There are some really cool ideas here for gift giving this season, things that you can do on the small, and locally.  Keep your local businesses alive! I’m posting it as is, enjoy it, get some ideas from it…and pass it on!

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high

gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods —

merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This

year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine

concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift

giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. 

Yes there is!

 

It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in

a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? 

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates

from your local American hair salon or barber?

 

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some

health improvement.

 

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned

detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a

book of gift certificates.

 

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down

the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift

receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or

driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

 

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift

certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about

a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this

isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town

Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

 

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or

motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

 

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a

local cleaning lady for a day.

 

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy 

who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

   

 

Donate to a Local Non-Profit, they always have a need for additional funds at this time of 

year. What better way to end the year and help lower your income taxes! 

 

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin

their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery

and beautiful wooden boxes.

 

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave

your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at

your hometown theatre.  

 

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

 

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese

lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about

fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to

burn, leave the mailman, paper carrier, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

 

  Donate to your local university in an area of your interest – Theatre, Science, Athletics.

 

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that

China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about

US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow

their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our

communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. 

 

Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it to discussion groups — 

throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city — 

send it to the editor of your local paper & radio stations, TV news departments. 

This is a revolution of caring about each other. Isn’t that what Christmas is about?

 

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