The holidays are the busiest shopping time of the year. According to PwC, Canadians will spend an average of $1,593.00 during the holidays this year, a 1.9% increase from 2018. Roughly half of that total spend is on gifts with the rest being on travel, food and other items. With this gift-giving season being a prime time for retailers, I’d like to take this opportunity to shine some light on the smaller shops that create local, sustainable items that will be perfect for anyone on your list!
Shopping local is important for many reasons. One of my favourites is that you are purchasing an item from someone that you know! I am lucky to have so many friends that create beautiful pieces in the fashion, beauty, wellness and home space that I am never at a loss for a gift idea. When we shop local, we directly contribute to our community. By purchasing a pair of earrings from a local designer, you are providing them with money that will be used to buy groceries at another local business, and the cycle continues. I like to search for local shops that sell products from local designers so that I can support two businesses at once. For example, One Of A Few in Gastown, Vancouver carries Kara Yoo jewelry and Woodlot products so I can make one stop and contribute to two businesses.
Recently, I’ve been chatting about gifting experiences rather than products which is something I have embraced this year. There are however people on my holiday shopping list who prefer an item instead. For them, I shop local for products made of sustainable, quality materials.
With so many purchases being made this season, I want to ensure I am capitalizing on the points and benefits my credit card provides which is why I always use my Mastercard. From the security of knowing that I’m protected on most items in the case they are damaged or stolen within 90 days of the date of purchase or collecting points that I can use to book my next flight, my Mastercard credit card provides security and benefits making holiday spending as seamless as can be (note that benefits and coverage varies by issuer).
I encourage you to shop local this holiday season following my three tips below:
- Purchase a hand-made item. This ensures that there are not high production costs or effects on the planet.
- Make a quick google search for local brands in your city. If you visit a local shop, you’ll be sure to discover many small brands.
- Attend markets like Fall for Local, CRAFT and Lady Business Holiday Market to discover independent labels.
Below you’ll find a wide assortment of gift ideas in fashion, beauty, wellness and home that you can purchase from a local Vancouver brand. Should you find a lower price for a new item within 60 days from the date of purchase using your eligible Mastercard, you may be reimbursed for the price difference (benefits varying by issuer).
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