If possible, this holiday season, try to put aside a portion of your holiday budget to support local small businesses and makers. Local craft fairs are popping up virtually all over the place, and bigger malls have started opening stores that showcase local handmade items only.
If in-person shopping is not your jam, Instagram hashtags are a great way to narrow down and find local makers in your area.
Slow Down & Create Memories
While gifting is fun, it’s only one small part of the holiday season. Being with those closest to us, and reaching out to those we are distanced from, is what is most important. Re-live your old childhood memories and introduce your kids to them, create and form new memories, and most importantly – take the time to truly slow down and savour each other’s company.
Some easy ways to be mindful, while still creating memories:
- Take a walk after a large Christmas brunch as a family
- Read your favourite Christmas book to the kids on Christmas eve – all piled into one large bed! Don’t forget your matching Christmas jammies.
- Decorate the tree together, followed by hot chocolate and Christmas playlists in the background
- Writing handwritten letters to Santa, friends and family
Gives that Give Back
Consider donating this holiday season to a local charity, in someone else’s name. You can choose a charity near and dear to the recipient’s heart (for example local animal shelter, food bank, veterans center, etc.). This is guaranteed to be a touching, thoughtful gift and will also help those in need this holiday season.