Think of the businesses that impact your community as you tackle your shopping list.
Shop in-person or online
By shopping at businesses in your neighborhood, you can make an investment in your community. Your support also can be meaningful to online small business owners. Online marketplaces are great places to buy unique goods, such as jewelry, artwork and furniture, from independent artists.
Avoid the headaches of supply chain issues by shopping early. Small businesses don’t have the same kind of shipping abilities that large businesses do, so search for your gifts early to help them navigate a rush of requests closer to the holiday.
Spread the word
Got a favorite restaurant or shop? Tell your friends about it or take them with you. Word of mouth is a great way to introduce others to the small businesses you love. You
can post on social media to share your experiences with others. If the business has a social media presence, tag them for greater visibility.
Buy gift cards
Purchasing a gift card now is an instant source of revenue for the business. Treat someone on your list to a spa day, a meal at a special restaurant or a unique experience they can enjoy anytime.