Editorial: Who will buy ... local?We’re not out of the woods yet. Probably won’t spend a ton this year, like last, on Christmas gifts or even celebrating the season.
We’re not out of the woods yet. Probably won’t spend a ton this year, like last, on Christmas gifts or even celebrating the season.
There are small signs of an improving economy, but not in time for big splurges this year.
There are some real budget considerations to make when considering the holiday season. Here are a few recommendations.
Get thoughtful. A beloved present usually comes from the heart and head, not your pocketbook. Think about a cherished present you’ve received and how little it had to do with cost.
It’s important to keep loved ones on your mind all year, for when that perfect item alights in front of you.
Going the route of thoughtfulness often leads to homemade gifts. Up and down the North Shore, you’ll find plenty of small businesses offering help for your do-it-yourselfer. Fabrics, textiles, even coupons to get your giftee started on a hobby.
And if you have no skills to properly hone before it comes time to present a gift, get something made by the many artisans in the region.
Buy local. More moves are afoot across the country to get people out of national retail stores and into our local shops. It makes sense to keep more money circulating in the local economy. And, right along with gathering thoughtful gifts, the experience of shopping at your neighbor’s business is assuredly a much richer one than the Muzak din of the big box.
We know well from political debates the past few years that small businesses are the backbone of the economy. They don’t get the bailouts, the health care remedies. Frankly, they’ve gotten nothing but the shaft while providing the majority of jobs in the country and keeping our small places alive.
Invest in your immediate area, and if you can’t find it here, go to a larger market like Duluth and be mindful of their small shops as well. Yes, there are places in our region that are for tourists only. But you’d be surprised on how the majority are often priced for every-day shoppers with items you can’t get anywhere else.
This isn’t a suggestion for only the holiday season. Keep “local” in mind year-round. As one ardent supporter of a “shop local” campaign explained: “My hometown is more important than a cheap pair of underwear.”
We live in one of America’s truly unique places. A thoughtful gift from here supports and promotes our virtues.