The Season of Giving

OrnamentsIt is that special time of year again. A time when warm well-wishes are shared with the loved ones and friends that surround us during the Holiday season. As gift-giving is in full force, the commercialization of the Holidays can often overshadow good cheer. As economies suffer, consumers are pushed to purchase Holiday gifts earlier and earlier in the year. It was amazing to discover the US Black-Friday sales of Holidays past creeping into the Thursday of US Thanksgiving which is traditionally a time to be spent at home surrounded by loved ones.

If you haven’t considered it before, artwork or hand-made crafts and gifts often leave a much more lasting Holiday impression and are an excellent alternative to commercially available electronic products destined for quick obsolescence. Additionally, there is a considerably more intimate bond between the present and the receiver and the enjoyment of the gift can literally last for decades to come instead of quickly becoming disposable like the latest trendy electronic devices. There are many sources for hand-made presents throughout your local area as well as through Internet e-commerce sites. By supporting small businesses and artisans, you not only help bolster economic growth, but you also contribute to the promotion of the arts. Websites such as this oneEtsy, ZibbetFine Art America, RedBubble, Cafe Press, or Zazzle are great places to discover handmade art, jewelry, or unique items that can really lend a personal touch to Holiday gift giving.

As we continue through the Holiday season, give some serious thought to giving a handmade gift, supporting small businesses, and creating a lasting memory that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Happy Holidays!

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