This is a bit of a rant. Full-disclosure here. I have been listening to people talking about the holidays and gifts. Ordering now to make sure things arrive on time. This ordering usually involves Amazon. I just looked up CEO worth and it is over 200 billion. So I figure he has been taken care of and have no worries he will do without with my little rant.
What concerns me is people are ordering on-line and usually not supporting the local shops and/or artists in their community. This year has been (and continues to be) hard enough for individuals without them losing their livelihood because we are shopping on-line with multi-million dollar companies. Okay I get that local can be more expensive. That said maybe we should be asking questions like 1) does this person need this 2) am I purchasing too much 3) how can I make this a win/win 4) is there a lesson here for my kids in supporting local and community?
How many Christmas gifts do kids really need? Maybe purchase fewer items but make them higher quality by buying local. I know there are tons of artisans in my local community and I have no doubt it is the same world-wide. There are crazy talented people out there. Check your local Etsy sellers. If you and your friends exchange gifts why not decide to support a local business. I recently purchased earrings and the artist delivered them right to my door!
Rethink your shopping experience. The majority of us do not need more stuff because it is a good deal from big box businesses. Over 200 billion? I think that should be spread around a bit. How cool would it be as a family to check out local businesses and local Etsy sellers and pick your favorite shops to support. Decide to buy less stuff and spend it at home – to support artists and restaurants in your area.
Can we make 2020 the year to blow up purchasing our gifts locally? I think we can – lets make 2020 count for something. Community.
You can always start now!