I’ve always been an advocate of shopping local where ever you possibly can – and this year it’s even more important. Local shops and businesses employ our friends, family and neighbours, and keep our high streets, communities and economies going. They are literally the lifeblood of our villages, towns and cities.
Christmas is the perfect time to shop local – you can buy so many unique and personal gifts for your loved ones, as well as helping those business owners to get through another winter. Here are 5 reasons why you should shop local this Christmas.
Reduces Environmental Impact
So this might seem like an odd reason – but trust me, it’s a valid one. If you think about it, local businesses are just that – local. You don’t need to travel for miles to buy your gifts, you don’t need to buy them online from abroad, reducing the impact our purchasing habits can have on the environment!
Supports Local Jobs
The busier the business, the more local people it can employ. Instead of paying the wages of those working in multi-national and million dollar companies, you’re paying the wages of people who you’ll pass every single day. And if your local business sees an increase in trade? They’ll be able to hire local people – maybe even you one day.
Investments in the Community
What I love about local highstreets is that they all chip in together. They work alongside each other to make sure everyone is surviving, and they also help to facilitate local events, local initiatives and local investments. Local highstreets ultimately support the local community!
More Consumer Choice
Put simply? A high street that is flourishing is a high street that can offer more consumer choice.
You Get a Personal Experience
If you frequently visit your local shops and businesses, those traders will recognise you, chat with you, and ultimately bond with you. Where I work, we have a handful of regular customers who will pop in on their way past to make sure we’re all doing okay – and we always give them a little Christmas treat and card during the festive season. Shopping local can have benefits for you as well as your local shops!
So shop local this year, support your local high street and grab yourself some of the most amazing Christmas Gifts you won’t find on Amazon.