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Big Ways To Shop Small This Holiday Season

This holiday season, ditch the big box retailers for the smaller, local boutiques to find the perfect gift for your loved one. By shopping local, you're not only finding unique, thoughtful presents, but you're also helping put money back into the local economy. But where do you start if you want to shop small? Here are some great ideas on where to shop during the holidays:

1. Local farmers markets. Farmers markets are a great place to find handmade foods and products. Have a food lover on your Christmas list? Your local farmers market is where you should shop to find the most delicious jams, pies, breads, sauces, and anything else yummy you can think of.

2. Local small businesses.
There are over 28 million small businesses in the United States, so chances are you can find one in your neighborhood. Boutiques are unique places to find uncommon gifts for those on your holiday list. Shopping local means you will find products you can't find anywhere else. These are also great shops to purchase gift certificates or gift cards at so your friends and family can experience the local flair themselves.

3. Craft fairs.
Crafts fairs are a "must do" during the holiday season! Holiday craft fairs are the best place to find handmade Christmas ornaments, decorations, and gifts for your family and friends. It is also a great way to support local entrepreneurs and artisans.

4. Online marketplaces.
Shopping online doesn't mean you have to shop big retailers. Online stores such as Global Gifts and Etsy are full of handcrafted items that you can't find anywhere else. Most of these online shops are fair trade and locally owned.

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