It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the IN is encouraging you to shop local whenever possible this holiday season. We do it every year. But just because the message is familiar, doesn’t mean it’s any less relevant or important.
Everyone benefits when you keep your money local—including you. Lines are shorter, parking is easier, crowds are less annoying and the people who work at most small shops are actually knowledgeable and helpful. So even if the price is a dollar or two more than Wal-Mart, you’re still saving when it comes to your sanity. And that’s priceless—especially this time of year and you know it.
So whether you look at it as “how to shop local” or “how to save yourself some headaches” you should make a commitment to buy as much as possible locally. We’ve made it pretty easy for you to get started by picking out tons of great local gift options—most of which we are personally giving to our lucky friends and family (and ourselves) this holiday season.