Make Your Gifts Count this Year

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Harvest Time Tea Towel From Creative Home Expressions

Harvest Time Tea Towel From Creative Expressions

Buy Quality Products from Small American Businesses!

I hope that you will sit and enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with your family this year, instead of rushing out to buy the latest plastic shrouded gadget on the big box shelves. I know that I will boycott shopping on Thanksgiving because I don’t want to support stores that make their employees work on such a family centered holiday.

I also intend to purchase as many gifts as I can from small businesses located right here in the USA. I want my shopping dollars to support our small American entrepreneurs! Have you been looking for ways to buy American, reduce your carbon footprint, and share handmade, homemade, or environmentally friendly products with your friends and family? Keep reading for some of my suggestions!

Made in The USA & Environmentally Responsible!

Let me introduce you to a few American handicrafts and garden products that I highly recommend!

An assortment of handmade soaps would make a wonderful gift!

An assortment of handmade soaps would make a wonderful gift!

Pumpkin Seed Soaps

Peggy from Pumpkin Seed Soaps makes all of her own soaps, crafts and lip balms. You can find her latest ad in my side bar for ‘buy one get one free’ soaps with a free lip balm! You can visit her Etsy shop here. Be sure to check out her Scents of the Season Collection! Proceeds from sales will help fund the adoption of a little Boy from Uganda…read more about Peggy’s shop in my review of her soaps.

Scents of the season

 

Pink Oxheart tomato from Mary's Heirloom Seeds...yum!

Pink Oxheart tomato from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds…yum!

Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

A great choice for the gardener on your list! Mary has a great selection of heirloom vegetable, herb, and wildflower seeds available, as well as soil conditioners, seed sprouting kits, herbal tea, and lip balms. Don’t forget your furry friends either…treat your kitty to a cat grass kit! Visit Mary’s Heirloom Seeds or Mary’s Basics instead of hitting the malls this weekend!

 

 

Expressive Creations by Kathy’s Creative Home

Beautifully crafted, handmade gifts are easy to find on Kathy’s Etsy shop! She has a lovely selection of Christmas stockings, pillows, gift tags, fabric bags, and tea towels. You are sure to find something for the home decorator on your list in Kathy’s Etsy shop!

 

Green Circle Grove

Check out the pretty purses, totes, zippered bags, and handmade soaps from Green Circle Grove! There are so many nice things on their Etsy shop, I know you will find wonderful gifts for family and friends! I especially like her rooster bags!

 

These are just a few suggestions for shops I think you would like. Please take the time to find a gift that supports people like you and me, instead of big corporations that make cheap junk. A gift that lasts for years to come will be so much more appreciated than something that falls apart the second time you use it!

I have received advertising dollars, products to review, or giveaway items from all of these shops, but I promise that the opinions are my own. 🙂

Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving this year? Do you try to buy from small business owners too? I love to hear from you!


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19 comments on “Make Your Gifts Count this Year

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  2. Maureen

    I make many of my gifts and buy as much as I can from local artisans and small businesses. Occasionally, a grandchild asks for something that isn’t in those categories and I can’t stick to it, but they usually are more than pleased with their personalized, hand made gifts.

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      That’s wonderful, Maureen! Homemade is always great 🙂 I did buy some things that my family wanted that isn’t local too, because no one around here makes what they wanted. But I really do try to shop local and earth friendly, or make it myself too!

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  3. Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead

    Sometimes you’ve got to put your money where your mouth is. THANK YOU for this post reminding us all to support small business. Like you, I’ll be focusing strongly on just that again this year. Let’s keep our buying dollars in our own back yard!

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

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  4. Marla

    Buying locally and environmentally is extremely important if possible. It builds up you local economy and the back bone of American at one time was Mom & Pop shops. Now we have big corporations that are taking over and we need to do everything we can to help sustain our local business. I try to buy as many things as I can locally and I definitely love things that are environmentally friendly. The whole world benefits from that. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  5. Joyce @ It's Your Life

    I have never participated in black Friday however, my reasons were different before. Now like you I don’t want to give my money to big businesses that don’t care about their employees. For about four years now we have been supporting small local businesses. Thanks for the suggestions, their is one I already on your list I plan on buying from.

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      That’s great, Joyce! So glad to hear that there are so many like minded folks staying home and ordering from local businesses! Thanks for supporting these ladies!

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  6. creativehomeexpressions

    Thanks so much for featuring my Etsy shop, Lisa! : ) I also shop local and small businesses, especially around the holidays.

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  7. Toni

    I agree! I get a lot of satisfaction from purchasing gifts and anything I can locally or at least American Made. Buying from the big boxes is feeding a monster that cannot be satisfied.

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