Friday, December 25, 2015

Local Shopping by Proxy

Here's a fun idea for holiday gift-giving – Shopping Local by Proxy.

I got an email last week from a good friend, with a proposition for me.

She lives more than 1,500 km away from her mom, while I live about 20 km away from her mom. And there is an awesome, new, independent bookstore, Lexicon Books, in the town where I am living this winter.

So, rather than order books online from one of the big conglomerates, my friend asked if I would be willing to pick up some books she would order at Lexicon and take them over to her mom the next time I was going that way.

This sounded like an excellent idea to me. I happily agreed.

I picked the books up yesterday and delivered them today.

My friend added a gift certificate for me to her order – which she totally didn't need to do, but which I will gleefully spend – I want to get one of Rebecca Roher's adult calendar/colouring books: Hot Babes Wash Dirty Dogs while I'll put the remainder toward Brené Brown's book Daring Greatly (which I have on order and which should be coming in later this week).

So have a think about friends who live near your loved ones and figure out if you can replace the faceless convenience of online shopping with friendly connections and support of local businesses.

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