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Consious Christmas Shopping

The run up to Christmas is the perfect time to consider the impact of your purchases. It is so important to support your local economy and local traders. Every item you buy sends a message for how you want to make your purchases and the type of product you wish to see.

From an environmental view buying local reduces the use of fossil fuels from using a company that needs to transport your items. Typically, you can also have less packaging or have the option to not receive packaging. Think about the transport and packaging for an item ordered from Amazon with a tiny item surrounded by a mass of brown paper in a large box.

The Guardian states that research in spending by local authorities shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business 63p stayed in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business. Also, the Institute for local self-reliance say "small-scale, locally owned businesses create communities that are more prosperous, entrepreneurial, connected and generally better across a wide range of metrics".

Could you consider gifting some presents second-hand, handmade or homemade?

Could you arrange Secret Santa exchanges?

Do you need to buy this gift from large multi-nationals or can you support your local small businesses?

Claire Rayner from Retail Champion says "Christmas sales can account for between a third and nearly two-thirds of a retailer’s annual turnover. A bad Christmas can mark disaster for a small business. Sadly, it really is a case of 'use it or lose it'". This year following closures through the pandemic small businesses need your help more than ever.

Shopping local and via small independent shops isn’t the easiest when we are in the second lockdown. Here are a few online markets and links I have come across you might enjoy…

www.smallandbeautiful.store – a free to join site set up as an alternative to etsy or Amazon.

www.notonthewestend.co.uk – a virtual market running this weekend.

Gossip Girls UK Virtual Christmas Market -https://www.facebook.com/groups/ukgossipgirlsvirtualchristmasmarket/ – think you may need to join the group but lots of small businesses are posting in here. #familylockdownchristmasfair – again lots of lovely small sellers in this hashtag on Facebook. Adorn & Friends Macclesfield Christmas Market - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php… – local businesses to Macclesfield. #wilmslowgifts – set up for businesses in Wilmslow to link to. www.treaclemarket.co.uk/contact-stall-holders - The fabulous Macclesfield Treacle Market has links to their traders. Love Bollington Market - https://www.facebook.com/events/1437830713088760/ - are holding a virtual Christmas Market on the 29th November.

https://uk.bookshop.org - supporting local bookshops

Hope you spot some lovely finds above, have fun!

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