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Gift Ideas to Support your Local Community

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday are right around the corner. 2020 has brought new challenges to small businesses and organizations around the globe. It’s been so heartwarming to see communities coming together this year to do what they can to help businesses keep their lights on and their doors open. Every dollar counts.

Aside from directly purchasing from small businesses in your community, consider including your favorites on your online wish list too. Instead of adding an item from a big box store, consider the impact you could have on your community if you chose to list the item from a local shop instead.

Think about the places you typically visit throughout the year. You might get your hair cut a few times, spend money on lawn care services, or take yoga classes. Supporting small businesses this holiday season, when they need it most, could make all the difference in the world to help them stay afloat.

Need some specific ideas? Below is a list of different types of local businesses and non-profit organizations you might consider listing on your Giftster wish list.

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  • Restaurant & coffee shop gift cards
  • Farmers and CSAs
  • Jewelry and accessories
  • Boutique shops
  • Garden center certificates
  • Toy stores & bookstores
  • Exercise classes/memberships
  • Flowers from your favorite local florist
  • Hair salon or spa gift certificate
  • Handyman services
  • Lawn care services
  • Bakery
  • Your favorite chocolatier or candy shop
  • A night away from home at a local hotel
  • Outdoor recreation gear
  • State Park and trail passes

Request a gift donation to a local non-profit

In addition to adding your favorite non-profit organization to your own list, consider gifting a donation in a family member’s name. For those stubborn family members who say they don’t want or need anything (which very well may be true), this is the perfect excuse to pay it forward in their honor.

  • Food banks
  • Organizations supporting kids & families
  • Homeless shelters
  • Health care organizations
  • Elderly care services
  • Humane society
  • Environmental organizations
  • Your local Habitat for humanity
  • and so many more…

We hope these ideas have helped you fill out your online wish list with ease.

No matter what you add to your list this year, we wish you a joyful holiday season.

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Happy gifting!