We couldn’t agree more! The run up to the winter festive season is a wonderful time of year here in Nova Scotia. And a great opportunity to explore more small indie gift options.
Whether you’re a watching Holiday Movies on repeat from Nov 1st or rushing to get your last-minute shopping done on Dec 24th.
The sights and sounds of the Holiday season envelope you.
And the coolest part in multicultural cities (like those in Halifax Regional Municipality) is the exposure to the vast diversity of festivals celebrated this time of year.
Whatever we celebrate, it often involves gathering with friends and family (from far and near) and sharing in delicious food and drink. And, of course, for many of us, the giving and receiving of gifts.
The Commercialization of the Holidays
We increasingly bemoan the commercialization of holidays like Christmas. The mad rush to the packed malls. Searching for something new to give to each person on the seemingly ever-growing list of recipients. It can really take the shine off of what’s supposed to be a celebratory time of year. And the corporate driven Black Friday and Boxing Week sales that book-end the holiday season only add to the frenetic rush. Increasing Holiday Stress during what should be a time for celebration, relaxation, and connection.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
What if this year, we make a change. One small change with profound positive impact on our peace of mind, our communities, and our planet. What if this year, we make a point of our buying more of our Festive gifts or booking our holiday meals at the small independent businesses in our locals? What if you make a trip to the local flower shop to send that gorgeous seasonal bouquet? Or check out the deals at your small local home décor store on Black Friday? Maybe pick up a one-of-a-kind cozy sweater from the cool local clothing boutique you’ve been wanting to check out this Boxing Day?
Positive Impacts of Buying Small Indie & Local
Even if you start small and prioritize making one change (say getting stocking stuffers from the independent kids shop on the corner) you will be making a difference. How? Well, those gifts you buy at small indie local businesses will help keep more of your purchase dollars local. You can read more about this and the many other positive benefits about buying small and local here. But for now, check out our vLife explainer video to see all the good you do by buying small and local.
This is why we’re so excited to be launching vLife in HRM during the Festive Season 2019! So we can help you find more holiday experiences and connect you with more small indie gift options to give this year. Greener gifts that give back to your community and the small business owners who offer them. Helping you get out of the crowded malls and hectic big box stores and into the small local businesses that give so much more back to our communities.
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By the way, if you’re looking for more small indie HRM gifts to give this year check out our blog about how to find more small indie gift options this Holiday Season. 9 Ways to Shop Small & Local This Holiday Season.
Also, we’d love to hear about your small local holiday gift finds and experiences so please do post in the comments telling us all about them!