5 Reasons to Start Your Holiday Shopping Early
I know, I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet and all the holiday ads & sales are already runnings. There are some wonderful advantages to starting your holiday shopping before Thanksgiving. One of those being less stressed as the holidays approach. Check out these reasons why you should start your holiday shopping ASAP. And don't forget to shop small businesses this holiday season!
1. Shop small, local & socially responsibly
By starting your shopping in November, this gives you more time to research the ethics of brands before you buy & shop your values. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy local craft fairs and order from small businesses that will be grateful for your support this holiday season. Shopping early prevents those quick last minute online orders from name brand stores and gives you time to enjoy shopping.
2. More time & less stress.
Let's be real. The holidays get stressful with family coming in, cooking, traveling, & gifts. By starting your shopping early you'll be less stressed and have more time to sit back and relax.
3. First dibs on the good stuff.
The unique & funny gifts go fast. I speak from experience as a small business owner...our Shit Show Tee sells out quickly around the holidays because it's unique, sustainable, and funny. Start your shopping early to get dibs on the truly unique gifts that will be meaningful to your loved ones. Plus with all the insane black Friday & Cyber Monday madness businesses are sure to sell out of things quickly. Beat the rush by shopping before the sale days...sure you might not get the deal, but you'll have your sanity.
4. Receive your packages on time.
I also speak out of experience as a small business owner. I can get your package in the mail on time....but you know how crazy the post office & mail services get during the holidays. Ensure your packages make it to your on time by ordering early.
5. More thoughtful gifts.
Having more time to shop typically results in more thoughtful gifts. As I stated above...it prevents last minute online orders from name brand stores. This gives your more of a chance to shop local craft fairs & boutiques to keep your eye out for gifts that make you think of a certain person. And put meaningful thought into the gift you're giving.
This holiday season please remember to support small businesses. For ideas & resources on ethical & sustainable gifts consider checking out the 2019 Damn Good Holiday Gift Guide or the 2019 Ethical Holiday Gift Guide by The Honest Consumer. Purchase wisely as you hold a lot of power as to where you spend your money.
Ethical Gifts to Love
Moon Crater Minimal Marble Earrings
Social Impact: These eco-conscious earrings are ethically made in Michigan. This woman owned company celebrates zero waste design ensuring all excess materials are used.
Product Description: Moon crater minimal marble collection. Items are handmade from polymer clay. Earrings have stainless steel post backs. Items are ethically-made and sustainable. They are zero-waste. Earrings are lightweight and easy to wear. Each may vary slightly due to the handmade nature of the item. Dimensions are around 2.25 in. X 1.25 in.
Shit Show T-Shirt
- Our t-shirt supplier produces great quality shirts, while fighting generational poverty in Haiti. LIFE, the Haitian facility where the shirts are produced, creates dignified work that keeps families together. They pay workers 5x the going rate for similar jobs in the area. 100% of LIFE's profits are dedicated to programs that support orphans.
- Each shirt uses 6 recycled poly water bottles and all fabric is spun, knitted, processed and finished in the USA.
- Our tees are printed locally in Seattle, WA using non-toxic and phthalate free inks
Product Description: Embrace the messiness of life with our "Star of the Shit Show" tee. Unisex sizes to flatter men, women, & everyone. Tri-blend Crews unique and proprietary blend is built from 50% Repreve® polyester from recycled plastic; 25% organic, US grown, combed, ring spun cotton; and 25% TENCEL™ Modal. These sustainable fibers combine to create a soft, flexible, and smooth fabric.
Out of stock of your size? Don't worry! We have our tees made in small batches to avoid creating excess product & waste. We restock our short sleeve tees about once a month. Sign up for our e-mail list here to be notified when sizes are restocked.
Washing & Care: We recommend washing in cold water & hang drying your tee! As this will ensure it lasts the longest and is better for the environment!
Clove + Orange Candle by Light Shine
Social Impact: Light Shine Candles are made by "mom-preneur," Anna, in Nashville, TN. Candles are made with non-GMO soy, a cotton wick, a made-in-the USA glass jar, and free of dyes and phthalates. A portion of proceeds from Light Shine Candles go to Global Outreach Developments International to encourage community development in El Salvador.
Product Description: 8 ounces, Single cotton wick, & 40+ hour burn! 2 3/4" round x 3 1/2" tall. Lids may vary based on availability. Light Shine Candles uses several lid colors including pewter, rustic brown, gold, antique gold, and vintage yellow.
Scent: Spices and citrus make a wonderful combination for fall and winter. A great transitional fragrance.