How I shopped small for the holidays

November 24, 2011 | By | Comments (7)

SPOILER ALERT: If you are a member of my family, please don’t read this post lest you want to get an idea of what you might be getting for Christmas.

Last year as I ran around the mall on the hunt for last minute gifts, I decided that in 2011 I was going to try something different. I was going to get an early start on my holiday shopping, and before turning to Amazon or Target for gift ideas, I was going to look to sites like Etsy for inspiration.

iPad in hand I sat on my couch last week (recovering from surgery), and started shopping. Through the site I found adorable wood toys and custom superhero capes and masks for our nephews, leather bike accessories for my husband, a unique necklace and matching bracelet and other beautiful pieces of jewelry for women in our family, and a pair of earrings I forwarded to my husband as an “idea” for his wife.

I may have also splurged on a new holiday decoration for our house – a Merry Christmas sign I’d been eying for a long time.

As you may know, this Saturday is Small Business Saturday, an initiative designed to support local businesses by encouraging people like you and me to spend some of our gift-giving budget on one of the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

I’m going to try to stop by Little Bits Toys in downtown Natick for a few stocking stuffers. But looking through my list, I would estimate 50% of this year’s budget will be going to artisans found through Etsy.com. I may have spent a bit more per person than last year (although I did also find some amazing values), which I balanced by buying less items per person favoring a quality over quantity strategy this year.

Will you be supporting small businesses this year?

Photo credit: Super Hero Capt from CopusHagenDesigns on Etsy

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