The scenes from Black Friday were not my favourite, not really showing humanity at its best. I liked a quote I saw on Twitter best “it’s only a bargain if you actually want/need it”. Now isn’t that the truth?
I missed both Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday, but really want to support these initiatives. Like all things, balance is always a good thing, and whilst you might not want to avoid well known names, spreading your spending could be a great thing too.
So, seek out great local independent places to shop, for things that are unique and different. If you’re in the Nottingham area, then I’d really encourage you to try Delilah for fabulous food stuffs, and Debbie Bryan for all sorts of fabulous arts and crafts. But if you can’t face any form of real world shopping, then these are some great ways to support small businesses online:
Etsy – so many great small businesses to choose from here, for every possible kind of gift you might need. You’ll find BonfireCherry there, who designed these fabulous bags for The Foodie Gift Hunter, as well as great food gifts from all over this place. I love the shop local feature, meaning you’re going small, independent and local all at the same time. I put in Leicester, and got this great Indian Food Mains and Starters tea towel. Perfect. Worth an explore. And please stock up with beautiful cards from The Letterpress Lab.
Not On The High Street – I still find it a bit odd to see a fancy ad campaign on TV from NOTHS, as I remember interviewing Hollie when the business had just started. But I still love this site, and buy lots of gifts from it, foodie and otherwise. Some of the businesses are not so small, but there is always something new to discover. Perfect if you’ve got lots of different kinds of gifts to get. This year I have my eye on this rather quirky Gin Lovers Hamper (did I mention I like my gin), but failing that, then the Mojito Lip Balm would be a great stocking filler too.
Big Barn – for more actual food, then this is a great site, really putting you in touch with local suppliers to you, both to shop online with, or to head out to. I mean, a farm shop certainly has to be less stressful than the average high street, even on Christmas Eve. Put in your postcode and see what comes up. Unsurprisingly for me, there’s a lot of cheese and pork pies local to me, but also fantastic producers like Botterill and Son at Croxton Kerrial, perfect for goose or turkey for the big day.
So, there are plenty of options for getting your cash into more locally based businesses, to smaller businesses, and independent businesses, even without leaving the comfort of your own home. But if you can get out there, then there are many gems hidden in our smaller towns that would love your support this Christmas, and beyond.