This is one of those mass emails going around… I really liked the sentiment. Many of you know I am a big supporter local business, buying local goods, and food, of course. This year I am going to make an even stronger effort to shop from my friends, fellow farmers, artisans, and other local businesses. The email I have received twice now is below…clearly it is relevant to shopping for any occasion.
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear
to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods
–merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This
year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine
concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving
time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone — yes
EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificate from your local
American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
book of gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the
Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver
would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mown for the summer, or driveway
plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates.
And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen
breakfasts at the local breakfast joint,or a box of American made Chocolates.
Remember, folks this isn’t about big
National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with
their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle,
done at a shop run by the American working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a
local cleaning lady for a day.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is
struggling to get his repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin
their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and
beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your
server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty
cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave
the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China
can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US,
encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their
dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our
communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.
Forward this to friends and we can make a BETTER CHRISTMAS for AMERICA
So, I’ve posted it… which is kind of like forwarding it 🙂
Here’s how I am following the above advice so far this season:
- gave the gift of several CSA boxes to charity auctions
- meat for carnivorous friends and family
- my mother’s childrens’ book UP IN SMOKE (written and illustrated by Susan Kallander (Zsa Zsa and my Mom) about threshing at the family farm and only $11.50!)
- good coffee and other goodies from my local gourmet shop
- maple syrup, honey and hot sauce – oh my
- the really cool magnetic spice rack Larry is making,
but I am gifting it to someone to organize their office/craft space
- locally made mittens from upcoming craft fair