Christmas is less than one week away and if you haven’t finished your shopping, why take a chance with online shipping when you can support your neighborhood businesses?
By shopping local, you are in turn supporting your local economy. And right now amid this pandemic, small businesses can use your support probably more than ever.
Start by checking with your chamber of commerce to explore what shops are part of your community. Perhaps you will even find a new store to fall in love with and shop at after the holiday.
Here are some ideas of how you can shop local for holiday gifts, or if you don’t know what you’re shopping for yet, hopefully this will help you start your shopping list. Almost anything you can find at “big box” you can find at a small business!
Shop at Local Home Decor Shops
Scented candles, wall art and other decorative items always make great gifts. What’s fun about shopping at a neighborhood decor shop is you can usually find those one-of-a-kind gifts that you just can’t find anywhere else.
Find Treasures at Clothing and Jewelry Boutiques
Instead of standing in line at the mall, check out downtown boutiques for clothing, jewelry and fun accessories.
Visit Your Neighborhood Florist
When you think of a florist you might automatically think of flowers and pointzettas, but you can also find gift baskets cards, centerpieces, candles and other keepsakes.
Shop Local Bookstores
For the reader on your list, skip the big box stores and find a local bookseller in your community. You might pay a little extra for your book, but you are directly supporting the business owner who is your neighbor.
Purchase Treats at Nearby Bakeries
Who doesn’t love holiday desserts? Even if you don’t plan on gifting baked goods, pick up a pie at your local bakery or farm to bring to dinner or enjoy for yourself later!
Shop Beauty Products at Local Salons or Apothecaries
You’re probably familiar with a few household names that sell the flavored lotions, soaps and other fragrances. But does any one you know sell make up or essential oils?
Or visit your downtown salon or apothecary for various beauty products. There are some hair salons that sell more than just hair products so call around or ask for recommendations on Facebook.
Support Restaurants by Buying Gift Certificates
Restaurants have suffered tremendously in Michigan due to the pandemic and recent shut downs. Help them out by purchasing gift certificates. You’re helping local restaurants sustain income and giving the gift of a night out. It’s a win-win.
About Metro Detroit Lender, Julie Krumholz
Julie Krumholz, is an FHA lender at Superior National Bank in Rochester, Michigan. With over 35 years in the mortgage industry, Julie’s goal is to provide the best possible mortgage experience and the most competitive rates. Julie has vast experience in FHA loans, VA Loans, USDA loans, portfolio loans, MSHDA loans and more.