Why shop locally this Christmas?

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Lot’s of people dread this time of year. Unless you’re the most organised person on Earth it can seem like a lot to get ready. The sudden realisation that you have just a few weeks to go until Christmas can be enough to make your head spin!

With the amazing array of Christmas offers out there it can be a bit hard to know where to start. Big businesses are funneling huge amounts of money into advertising, trying to get you to visit their shops. So why would you even consider buying locally this Christmas?

Here’s 6 good reasons explaining why we think you should shop locally this Christmas.

1. Shopping locally is less stressful

Shopping locally removes the stress of city one-way systems, fighting the crazy crowds at large shopping centers and the stress of waiting around on Christmas eve thinking ‘That last present should have arrived three days ago!’ It’s much easier to make the short walk or easy drive to your local shops or businesses pop in, have a chat with people that are passionate about their business.

2. Buying local supports local families

When you buy from a small business, you’re not helping a CEO buy a 3rd holiday home. You’re helping a little boy get piano lessons, a girl get her first her first football and mum and dad put a delicious meal on the table.

The owners of the business are often behind the counter, these owners buy local produce, local businesses support local charities, events and sports teams. All of this keeps the money in the local economy compared to the big chain shops.

Research on spending says that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized businesses 63p stayed in the local community whereas it’s only 40p with larger businesses. So shopping locally supports local companies supports the wider local community.

3. It can be an Ethical choice

We’re been trying really hard this year to reduce our impact on the environment. And shopping local is a great way of doing that.
Unlike out of town shopping centres, most people walk to local shops and because they are centralised they don’t take over and spread into green countryside causing habitat loss and pollution.

4. You’ll get unique gifts

Unlike the big chains, you’ll find local shops often stock unique gifts, often purchased locally and brought to your doorstep. If you’ve struggling to find something unique, then shopping locally could be just what you need. Often you’ll find shop owners will go above and beyond to find the perfect products to stock and they may even be locally handmade.

5. You’ll get fantastic service

Shop owners are passionate about their businesses and usually have a business because it is what they love. They LOVE what they do, are passionate about their businesses and will happily dedicate more of their time to getting to know their customers and giving them the best service possible. They’ll often go about and beyond, will show their expertise about their products and services and will be experts in their field. So ask them questions and get their advice.

“Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It Means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependant on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.”
— Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local.

So before you run around trying to grab the perfect gift in big chain stores think about how you could benefit local businesses, the local community and above all local people.

P. S. If you’re still searching for a unique gift for someone this Christmas. We’ve just released our Christmas vouchers. perfect for those looking for a family photo-shoot or looking to book a wedding photographer.