Every year I see jokes about Black Friday shopping and maxing out credit cards, but lately I’ve been noticing a trend of more mindful shopping and gift-giving.
I’ve been noticing parents requesting experiences for their children instead of things (from those insistent on buying gifts), and sticking to the: something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.
I am also going to suggest, as the title of this post implies, mindful shopping this holiday season.
Y’all, I love Target. It’s no secret. I even added it to this list of my favorite places. Say what you will about it, but just being able to walk around and look at the things, even if I’ve no intention of making any purchases just makes my heart happy and restores some level of normality in my brain, even if everything else around me is chaotic.
But even with my deep, burning love of places like Target and Starbucks, I am very aware that it isn’t always the best place to shop for the more conscious consumer. That’s why I’ve put together this list of ways to be more conscious in your shopping and purchasing this holiday season.
Shopping at local businesses is not only good for the local economy, you’re also helping keep these local places you love in business. Whether it’s buying bags of coffee or gift cards from a local coffee shop (or local chain of shops) or ordering your Thanksgiving pies from a local bakery, you know exactly where your money is going and generally purchasing higher quality products.
The Saturday after Black Friday is known nationally as Small Business Saturday. A lot of small businesses discount their prices giving you an advantage when looking to purchase handmade, personalized, and other goodies. And the best part? You’re supporting a person who loves what they do, not a big corporation. Try sites like Etsy or search Facebook for local craft fairs – local and small business.
Thrift stores and consignment shops always get a bad rap, but they’re not really a good reason why. You can find some seriously amazing stuff there. Whether you’re looking for the perfect piece of holiday décor or a cozy sweater for your sister, you can find just about anything at a thrift store. Plus, usually, proceeds from the store go to local charities. In most cases, you can even get a piece and upcycle or DIY it!
Handmade from the Heart
Speaking of DIY, try making your own stuff this holiday season. If you’re crafty and have supplies on-hand, you can make a plethora of presents for next to nothing. If you lack in the supply department, try having a crafting party with some friends where everyone pools their supplies and works on projects together. If nothing else, it makes for a fun time with friends. I’ve inherited a Silhouette Cameo recently and told my family to be expecting random personalized gifts this year. Monogrammed water bottles, anyone? 😉
Will I be shopping at Target and Starbucks still this season? Absolutely. I love the place. But I think I’ll be making an effort to be a little more aware in my spending this holiday season, and the rest of the year.