As you decide where to shop for gifts for friends and family this holiday season, why should you choose to purchase gifts locally from small businesses when the big box retailers compete for your attention? Well, when considering the state of our economy, buying local could be the best decision shoppers make this season. That’s one reason the motto ‘The Future is Handmade’ has picked up speed. For example, studies show, local business generates 70 percent more local economic activity per square foot than big-box retail.
The Maker Movement
Overall, buying local is a chance to support the growing Maker Movement meeting talented artisans and small business owners. These people take great pride in their work, create handmade, one-of-a-kind and meaningful gifts as well as support your community. Consider this when deciding where to make your purchases this year.
WHAT KINDS OF PRODUCTS ARE ARTISAN MADE?
You might be surprised by how many products are artisan-made! You may find wooden and ceramic goods for our kitchens or textiles for our clothes and bags. Nearly always, you will discover metal and glass pieces for jewelry and décor. Artisan products are candles, toiletries, cosmetics, journals, toys, and more handcrafted with care. On top of tools and décor, artisans also make delicious and authentic preserves, coffee, chocolates, and much more in the culinary world.
Expensive or Not?
You may find that products made by artisans tend to be more expensive, but this isn’t without good reason. Artisan-made goods are often unique and handmade with a personal touch, high quality and great attention to detail and materials. These artisans are ideally respected for their craft and paid a fair, livable wage for their work. So when you purchase artisan-made products, you’re showing your support for all of these initiatives.
The Boutique Approach
Never has it been easier to shop for those unique, handmade gifts. With the new ’boutiques’ available where a shop owner curates exceptional items in all price ranges, keeps stock and advertises for their artisans, we’ve got it made.
“Even when an artisan product is not made specifically “for you,” it’s still an item that does not have an exact match in the world. The opportunity to have a handmade, one-of-a-kind item is pretty remarkable.”
Written By: Jane Laker
Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses
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