How to Use Wish-lists and Support Local Small Businesses


How do you like to do your Christmas shopping?There are so many different ways to search for the perfect gifts. Christmas wish-lists are often utilized by well-meaning friends and families to make life easier by telling them exactly what they wanted to receive. However, these list can also become a burden to others. These wish-lists often limit the gift-giver the type and the cost of the gift. Sometimes, the type of gift may even go against the personโ€™s habits or philosophies. Therefore, these frustrations can turn into a very uncomfortable time during the holidays.


In the spirit of Christmas, as a parent, I like to emphasize that Christmas is a time about giving and not receiving. As technology becomes more and more prominent, it is important to remember that it is our local businesses that support the communities around us. Giving back to our local neighbourhoods should be one of the most important themes during the holidays, even while doing our shopping.

Letโ€™s see how we can use these wish-lists to help local businesses.

Popular Items On Wish-lists

1. Clothing: Local consignment stores do sell brand-new items of clothes. Sometimes people buy some pieces and do not wear them. I have seen pieces that still have their original tags on them too!
2. Jewellery: Visiting local Christmas markets can help you discover some unique and handmade pieces of jewellery. Remember to pick up a brochure about the jewellery-maker to put inside the wrapping. That way, your recipient can continue to shop for their own friends too!
3. Toys: I still bought toys for children, but as a daycare educator, I prefer to choose educational toys that require children to either use their imagination or have more players. Our local toy shops stock toys that are using less plastics and packaging. For the older children or even adults, the shop has some unique game boards that the whole family can play together. This can facilitate communication among friends and family.

These are just a few ideas for some of the items that I often see on wish-lists. Of course, you must do what makes you the most comfortable. Remember, Christmas is about joy and happiness for world. It is crucial that we all work together to share this positive message.

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