2020 has been an incredibly chaotic year, so it is understandable that many of us will find ourselves wondering how Christmas has come back around so quickly. It’s hard to believe that its time to start working on Christmas lists (both for yourself and your loved ones) and try sourcing that perfect gift for the special people in your life.
While Christmas shopping is expected to be far from ‘normal’ this year, it could be the perfect opportunity put a hold on our usual Amazon orders and support small and local businesses that may find themselves struggling in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Buying Local, Online?
England is now in the swing of a second national lockdown, with bars and restaurants, as well as non-essential retailers forced to close for the duration. While this means that we are unable to visit local makers and retailers in person, it may not mean that you can’t support them with your custom. Check out your local businesses’ social media pages to see whether you can buy online.
Even if a business doesn’t have a website, it is possible that they are continuing to operate with the help of social media or even over the phone. Get in touch to find out!
Pay Now, Buy Later with Gift Cards
Another great way to support local businesses is to opt for a gift card/voucher. While you may not be able to head in-store for a browse right now, purchasing a gift card will help to support small businesses through a tough time. An added benefit is that you don’t have to spend too long trying to pick out the perfect gift – vouchers have always been the perfect solution to that picky friend!
Take a Look on Etsy
Supporting small businesses doesn’t end at shopping local. Purchasing hand-made and unique items from online retail websites like Etsy is also a great thing to do. You will be surprised by the sheer variety of products available on these sites, and we’re sure you will be able to find the perfect, quality gift while supporting a hard-working maker.
So, get into the Christmas spirit! While many aspects of the festive season will be altered by the pandemic and ongoing lockdown and restrictions, that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun sourcing quality gifts!