Christmas is right around the corner, and we know what you’re thinking – what on earth am I going to buy for everyone’s Christmas gifts? Well, we’ve got just the ticket.
Instead of running around department stores, buying generic pressies for your loved ones, and pumping money into big businesses, why not just shop local? From supporting small businesses, to discovering truly unique and thoughtful gifts, there’s plenty of perks to keeping it in the community.
Here, we share the top 5 reasons you’ll love shopping local.
Support your local economy
For every dollar spent in a big store, you’re encouraging more same-same shops to join the neighbourhood. But when you spend your dollars in a local store or on a local experience, you’re keeping originality and creativity thriving.
Whether it’s an old theatre revamped to play vintage movies, a local bakery experimenting with the next ‘cronut’ or quaint bookstores in back lanes, local economies get more from your support and investment.
Avoid awkward gift swaps
Do you and your family all buy gifts from Myer or Kmart? How awkward would it be to unwrap a mass-produced present that you’ve just wrapped for them? By shopping local, you avoid the risk of buying the same stuff for each other, and ensure there’s no returning on Boxing Day.
Stores closer to home offer delicious local produce, handicrafts and artwork from local artists, and original experiences you just can’t buy in a big department store.
Impress your family & friends
Are you a competitive gift-giver at Christmas? Do you love the grin on someone’s face when they open something truly exceptional? Well, look no further than your local neighbourhood.
By shopping locally for gifts this Christmas, you can wow family and friends with the type of presents they just can’t get anywhere else.
Do your parents love special nights out together? Why not grab a voucher to a really cool restaurant? Is your sister big on fitness? Grab a yoga gift certificate or a paintball experience for her and some friends.
Maybe your best friend has a unique sense of style? Stop into your local clothing or homeware store for some original gifts. You’ll be everyone’s favourite Santa Claus on Christmas!
Shopping local creates jobs
If you stick to your local neighbourhood this festive season, not only are you scooping cool gifts for friends and family, you’re keeping plenty of locals in much-loved jobs.
By keeping things close to home, you’re giving small, thriving businesses the chance to grow, and helping their job opportunities grow as well. And by encouraging creative, local storeowners, you’ll find more original shops popping up in no time.
Give experiences over possessions
More than ever, people are moving away from collecting ‘things’ and towards truly rewarding experiences, so shopping local has never been more relevant.
Instead of adding to your loved one’s cluttered homes, why not stock up on activities, vouchers and opportunities that won’t just be unwrapped and forgotten.
Whether it’s a night out at an incredible bar, treating them to their first tattoo, spoiling them (or their pets) with local grooming vouchers, or taking them out to a quirky museum or wine tasting experience, it’s an original gift they might never have thought of.
You can give a one-of-a-kind present and even tag along for the ride!
Check out our top picks for shopping locally this festive season in every area you can think of! We’ve got everyone covered for Christmas:
Food and Beverages
Hair and Beauty
Sports and Recreation