Five Holiday Essentials You’d Be Better Off Buying Locally

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Just in time for Buy Local Week, our suggestions for a holly, jolly, socially responsible celebration.

By Jesse Donaldson, 1 Dec 2014, TheTyee.ca

The Christmas season is almost upon us, and with it a slew of turkey dinners, Christmas carols, figgy puddings, and of course that most beloved of holiday traditions, spending approximately $1,500 on your friends and loved ones.

But the first week of December is also the time for a more recent seasonal tradition: the third annual Buy Local Week. This celebration of community asks the question: rather than spending your holiday dollars to make Walmart or Sony’s season a little jollier, why not make your purchases at your favourite local businesses?

“Local businesses are the heart and soul of our communities,” notes Maureen Cureton, Vancity Credit Union’s energy and environment/local economy manager. “If we all recognize the value they bring socially and economically, and shift some of our spending this holiday season (and throughout the year), collectively we could make a very big impact that strengthens our local economy and the communities in which we live and work.”

Read more at TheTyee.ca

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