Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time to start planning for holiday shopping. As you make your list and check it twice, consider gifting from small businesses and artisans this year! Shopping small is a great way to give back, support local and give unique and thoughtful gifts.
2020 has been a difficult year for small businesses due to the COVID-19 crisis. With many people staying home and spending less money this year, small businesses struggled to stay afloat. Sadly, some local and small businesses have closed permanently for what was supposed to be a temporary break.
Shopping small requires more time, thought and effort, but it makes the gift-giving experience all the more joyful and personal! One of the greatest advantages of shopping with small businesses is more personal customer service and unique products offered. Many small businesses offer custom gift wrapping which could be a huge timesaver for you!
For many small business owners, customer loyalty is what pays the bills and supports their families. Purchasing from a small or local business is more than just buying a product, it is investing in your local community. In many cases, you are giving back to people that support local events and community initiatives.
If you don’t feel comfortable going into stores or if you want to support a small business that is not near your home, many small businesses offer online shops – sometimes even through Instagram! Online shopping does not necessarily mean big-box shopping.
Below are a few tips on how to support small businesses this year:
- Think about what’s important to you and find a small business which supports that
- Plan to shop early
- Allow extra time for in-person shopping
- Purchase gift cards
- Search #ShopSmall on social media
- Spread the word
- Engage with small businesses on social media
We’ve compiled a list of small businesses around DFW to help you get started on your holiday shopping:
- All Good Things
- Archer Paper Goods
- The Artistry of Essential Oils
- Bella & Brawn
- Caffeinated Beauty Bar
- Commerce Goods + Supply
- The DIME Store
- Favor the Kind
- Interabang Books
- Jackson Vaughn
- Jade & Clover
- Mizzen + Main
- Mod + Jo
- Nickel & Suede
- Odin Leather Goods
- Read Between The Lines
- Saint Bernard
- The Sweet Hive
- Talulah & HESS
- Texas Goods Company
- Urban Owl
- The Wild Detectives