Well it's fair to say two weeks out from Christmas that we are all feeling the pressure to get that list ticked off ASAP! It can seem easy to overlook our lovely local shops and small business owners to go to the big shops to knock it all over in one horrific hit, which in itself takes weeks to recover from the trauma of aggressive parking, aggressive shoppers and aggressive marketing! Not very nice and not very merry.
But our local stores can offer something else which the big stores can't, a unique experience, special products and wonderful friendly service and advice. On top of that you are giving back to a local family who is working really hard to make a living from something they love too.
Last night I walked along our lovely street, looking at shop windows at night really is magical, and it was a great reminder of all the beautiful products that are on offer.
So many treats for loved ones or maybe just for you...
Ok just for me...
Spreading Christmas cheer...so sweet!
Stop the clock, a holiday anyone? Yes Please, over here!
A little more sparkle to give...I'd be happy in this gilded cage
Or maybe something extra special from Mr Bromley?...hint, hint!
So do check out your lovely local stores, artisans and producers, this was just a few, they have so much more to offer than you might expect. And don't forget your butchers, bakers and local greengrocers they come in pretty handy once you've finished the gift buying and need to start planning Christmas lunch!
Merry Christmas Shopping!