Small Business Saturday may have been last week but supporting small businesses is something we should do all year round. However, it is vital to do during the holiday season. With big juggernauts like Amazon or Walmart, it is important to support independent businesses to put money back into the local community for the community to thrive.
So if you are looking for ways to buy from independent businesses this holiday season, here are some great ones to help you get your holiday shopping off to a great shot:
I am a little bias in recommending this business. Not only is a great business full of candles, sprays and bath and body products that are made from natural and sourced materials of the Washington, D.C. area but this is business is owned by my cousins! This holiday season, give the gift of beauty products that are good for both the body and mind but also for the environment. But just don’t take my word for it, check out this recent news article highlighting their business!
Cosy Wee Reads is a great monthly book subscription that if a perfect holiday gift for not only the book lover in your life but also the person in your life who is a caledonophile ( lover of all things Scottish). It’s a bit of Scotland being delivered straight to your door!
I currently subscribe to this and I absolutely love it! This one is perfect for the Anglophile book lover in your life. In this monthly subscription, British books and British products delivered to your door each month. They have various book subscription boxes but their most popular one, The Original Travelling Reader delivers a fiction book and British beverages, confectionery, and other products from the book setting. This wonderful box provides a unique literary experience!
Bookshop.org is a great site to help support indie bookstores. On the website, you get the chance of buying from the independent bookstore of your choice. And what’s even better, every purchase on Bookshop.org financially supports indie bookstores!
If you are looking for some bookstores to help support, here are some to start with:
Persephone Books reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction, mostly by women writers and mostly mid-twentieth century. The books they print are chosen to appeal to busy people wanting titles that are neither too literary nor too commercial. The books range from short stories to gardening books with an elegant grey jacket, a ‘fabric’ endpaper with a matching bookmark. For the classic lover in your life, they ship worldwide!
The Mysterious Bookshop
If you are ever in New York City, one of your destinations has to be The Mysterious Bookshop. The world’s oldest and greatest specialty store of mystery fiction, this a must-visit for any mystery lover! But not only is this is a great place to visit, it also a great place to support with their book subscriptions. Their Crime Clubs are ways of giving readers and collectors a chance to read first editions of books. What better gift than a book signed by your favorite author?
And no list is complete without mentioning Libro.fm. Libro.fm gives you more control over the audiobooks you purchase while supporting your favorite local bookstore along the way. I could talk more about how wonderful Libro.fm, but why don’t this image do the rest?