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Last-minute Gift Ideas that Support Small Businesses

Published on Apr 23, 2013


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With the holidays just around the corner, it’s crunch time for finding those perfect last-minute gifts. It seems like every year there are one or two big ticket items that everyone just has to have. However, great gifts don’t always have to come at a large retailer price. As an alternative, we break down a few ideas for last minute gifts that support small businesses!
  • An independent bookstore. Independent bookstores have more cultural, literary and economic benefits than the big box stores. Not to mention the expectation of great service due to sales associates that typically have a passion for literature!
  • Hit up the local holiday markets. Around the holidays there are countless holiday markets and craft fairs jam-packed with local artisans selling their goods. Variety is guaranteed, so you’re sure to find gifts that are unique and thoughtful, while supporting your community. Some of the most famous US holiday markets are Koziar’s Christmas Village in Pennsylvania and Christkindlmarket in Chicago. However, every major city is bound to have at least one holiday market filled with unique gift ideas!
  • Consider Etsy. Etsy is an online marketplace where people from all over can buy and sell original, hand crafted goods. Etsy sellers range from hobbyists to professional artists who own their own businesses and almost everything you find on Etsy is likely one-of-a-kind. You may not even know what you’re looking for until you see it, the beauty of handmade art!