Go lo­cal for per­fect gifts

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Magic of Christmas - Lor­raine Howard

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

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