Supporting handmade businesses during the holiday season is very important, just as all year around, but around the holidays, it means more to everyone.
When you purchase from an artisan, a maker, you do not only support a family, somewhere on this planet, and your community too, if you buy local. You buy something unique, truly special, one of a kind, that you can (perhaps) get personalized to your needs.
You also help protect skills around the world, because if everyone bought machine, mass-made items, who would keep on embroidering, making ceramics, painting, woodcarving, weaving, dyeing, bookbinding etc etc ? That would be a pretty sad world indeed.
And when you decide to spend your hard earned money, you get to spend it mindfully on something that makes two persons (minimum) happy : the maker and the recepient of the gift ! This doesn’t happen in chain stores ! Your money needs to be spent wisely, and to help a family live, not a CEO get extra richer ! Your money is your way to change the world, is a way to vote for something better & more balanced.
This said, I know we can’t all afford to buy all of our holiday presents from artisans. I know I can’t. But even buying one only among them makes an extra step in the right direction.
Have you planned or considered to buy something handmade from an artisan, locally or not ? If you have makers/artisans shops/link to share, please feel free to do so in the comment sections, I would love to discover new ones !
Thank you for reading, and for visiting ! Be well !
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