Buying Christmas Presents is one of the best parts of the festive season, but how do you make gift giving even better?
Shopping local means that every penny you spend makes someone happy, lets them grow their business and helps the local economy. The extra plus? You’ll be buying something that’s limited edition, making it that little bit extra special.
If you’ve never shopped from independent stores before there are a few things you should be aware of, this is not a list to put you off, but to make the experience more enjoyable, for you and the person running the store you are shopping in.
- If you are heading to a Christmas market (etsy made local is a great one to start with) remember the person behind the stall is probably the person that made the items, so even if you aren’t interested try not to be critical.
- Use social media to find and contact indie brands, but make sure you don’t ask pointless questions. Want to know about shipping rates? Check the website before you ask.
- Be aware that you may not be able to get a refund or an exchange for a gift if you buy it at a market.
- With any refund or exchange remember that there will be a limited amount of stock, don’t be angry that you can’t get a different size, just try and be sure of sizing when you are buying, ask for help if you need it.
- Be patient, sometimes there is only a small team operating the business and high demand can create delays. So if you don’t get an email reply straight away, or within 24 hours, don’t bombard them with follow up emails, they are going to get back to you as soon as they can.
- Be polite, remember when dealing with a problem with an order that you are dealing with a real person, so be nice. If you are mean it might ruin their entire day.
- Promote! If you get good service or buy something awesome then share and tell other people. Your recommendation could really help their business grow.
- Remember it’s Christmas, the season of goodwill! No matter how stressed you are about Christmas shopping you will always get much farther by being nice rather than nasty.