On the back of Thriftober, comes Shop Small “the largest ever nationwide campaign to breathe new life into the small business sector. Running throughout November, the Shop Small movement is asking Australians to shop at small businesses in the lead-up to Christmas…
…Shop Small comes to Australia for the first time this year after campaigns in the United States and Great Britain were credited with stimulating consumer spending with small retailers and service providers. It brings together support from the business community, governments and consumers and encourages people all over Australia to support small businesses in local communities.”
Lacking the requisite credit card to participate and unconvinced of the altruism I’m not spruiking the Amex aspect of Shop Small, rather continuing to support local producers and businesses as I have done, sans the Shop Small label, Christmases past and increasingly this year via farmers markets.
Even though there are still plenty of weeks until Christmas, gift shopping has been on my mind as I need to do some of it early. The G.O. and I spend Christmas at Taylors Arm. This year the number of family we will spend Christmas Day with is, at this stage, one: the G.O.’s mum. Other family members on both sides have plans to be elsewhere. Of course things may change, but we’ll exchange early gifts with absent family members. On the day there will be small gifts under the tree for each other and the G.O.’s mum, as well as friends, so I need to do Christmas shopping.
Yes, the emphasis on “I” as in “Me, Myself & I” to an extent because working 6 days a week on a construction site, and not being au fait with the joys of on-line shopping (probably a good thing as our budget can only support so much), Christmas shopping can be the bane of his festive season.
Thanks to comments regarding nifty thrifty veering to Christmas shopping extolling the virtues of consumables, even prior to Shop Small I’d started to think along those lines. I’m not in a space, by any definition of it, to create my own consumables at the moment but as we have coming up at the beginning of December a 5 day break at Taylors Arm I considered what locavore gifts I could score from within a few kilometres of home; convenient and truly local.
So far, I’ve come up with:
- Perry’s Lemon Myrtle Australian Rainforest Products: Soaps, Hand & Body Lotions, Moisturisers, Essential Oils, Honey, Wax Melts, Teas & Spices.
- Gruber’s Winery: Wine, Port, Mead, Honey.
- The Nambucca River Festival might provide an opportunity to pick up local gifts. I don’t think our schedule will correlate with Macksville Producers Market but there’s Saturday morning visits to Eveleigh Farmers Market.
- And, my friend Nanna is due for a visit to the city, so a selection of Nancy’s Herbal and Gourmet Teas.
Locavore consumables won’t cover off everything on our festive shopping list but it’s a starting point that means in turn those very real people I purchase gifts from will at least have a few dollars so they can do the same.
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Teresa