As everyone begins Christmas shopping, I feel the need to remind everyone to shop locally as much as possible this year – especially this year.
Many families are dealing with financial stress this year due to the pandemic, and sometimes shopping locally can put a strain on the wallet. Many families are spending the holiday away from their loved ones, and may find it easier to send an amazon order directly to their friends and family who they will be missing.
While there is always an exception, everyone has lost something this year, and businesses are losing just that – business. These are the businesses that have sponsored your children’s sports teams, and employed you through the years. We need to give back to them. While they are all struggling, they’re still finding ways to support the community and stay open.
We’re so blessed to live in a town that remains small but has grown so much over the years – it is unlikely that anything you need for Christmas can’t be found within our bubble.
Stores like Fincher’s, for example, can still order in from a wide catalogue of books, toys and giftware for you.
Store’s like Canadian Tire are still locally owned and offer plenty of modern appliances and housewares to cover your list.
Restaurants are suffering the most with the new “yellow” zone, and in a year when things are hopefully back to normal, a gift card for a nice dinner out makes the perfect gift!
Huron-Kinloss has a wonderful shop-local incentive with their Holiday Shopping Pass. The more you buy locally, the better chance you have to win local “bucks”.
Many local organizations, such as the Christmas Hampers, are offering up gift cards to local businesses this year.
We live in such a wonderful community, that is so willing to help each other out, and COVID has only proven our strength. We are resilient and strong, but stronger together.