But it can get expensive, or worse than that, we end up spending our dollars on items not made in the US, or in national chain stores rather than supporting our local merchants.
Well, no more. Here’s some nifty gifting ideas so you can give in the best way of all, shopping American and keeping your neighbors in business.
- Gift certificates are an excellent idea for any occasion, but instead of buying one from Target or Home Depot, get them from your local merchants, from the large number of local or family owned restaurants, to that wonderful gift boutique, salon, or hardware store. Here's an idea: Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle? Get them a certificate for one done at your local auto shop!
- For those more extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese-made flat-screen TV, perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his/her driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or a few rounds at the local golf course.
- Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
- And, for those recipients who you know to love all things artsy, you can find local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves, or who make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Or, how about tickets to a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Find a venue showcasing local bands, theatre troupes and dance groups.
- And remember to plan your special occasion outings at local, owner operated restaurants and always leave your server a nice tip.