Go local for perfect gifts
Shut down that laptop, look away from the online check out basket and take a deep breath.
Why not think local this Christmas and head to your own high street where you will find a host of unique gifts.
And you will be boosting your local economy too.
It’s a win-win for everyone and after all, it is the season of giving, the perfect time to invest in your own community.
The lure and quick access of online shopping is something we are all guilty of.
But if you take the time to wander along your own high street you will be surprised at the wealth of knowledge the retailers have and the unique range of gifts too.
Years ago we would never dream of going out of town.
But now the temptation of large retail parks and the convenience of that is hard to resist.
But at this time of year, where better to find a vast array of wonderful gifts and independent shops often stock items which are made locally and aren’t available elsewhere.
Buy a dress by a new designer and there is little chance of turning up to the office Christmas party wearing the same as someone else.
Give your child, niece or nephew a handmade toy and at least it won’t be identical to everything they already have.
Bookshops, cafes and craft shops often drum up custom by hosting events and this is something that could appeal to you if you just pop along and see what they have to offer.
After Christmas it could allow you to take up that hobby you have always wanted to try.
And for bargain hunters, the better you get to know your local shopkeeper, the best chance you have of bagging a local discount.
So go on, think local this Christmas.
Shop local You will find a host of Christmas gifts right on your doorstep