Thursday, November 24, 2011

Christmas 2011 - Birth of a New Tradition

Christmas 2011 - Birth of a New Tradition

Did you start your Christmas Shopping yet ... I presumed you did ... me too ... but I thought that this year I will buy in small, local and Canadian stores. Buying local will allow our local economy to grow and ensure local stores and restaurants to stay alive.
Everyone gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local Ottawa hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, Canadian owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

There are gazillion 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.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by local working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

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 hometown theatre?

Obviously I also want to recommend that you purchase gift cards from local specialty shops, like your local quilt shop, for the quilters in your circle of friends. I’d like to give you the opportunity to make suggestions and to use this space to allow you to make additional suggestions of independent business that you recommend. Make a suggestion by leaving a comment.


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