Our designated holiday shopping days set all sorts of records this year. What should be most notable is that on Cyber Monday (the Monday following Black Friday that had been dedicated to online shopping deals), American consumers spent nearly $1.5 billion in a single day. And all of these purchases were made online.
Most consumers turn to online shopping for the convenience of shopping at home and to find the best deals. But where do your dollars go once you purchase that nifty gadget? Most likely, your dollars will head out to company headquarters far outside of Arizona, which will then be sent to employ people and create jobs in either other states or far away countries.
Did you know that you can still conveniently shop online while supporting local businesses in your community? Many Local First Arizona members have online stores, and Judy Hedding of About.com is keen to point out 5 easy and local Arizona gift ideas that can be purchased online (and shipped to the gift recipient!). To name a few, Hedding suggests: Fairytale Brownies, some of Arizona's most delectable treats; Queen Creek Olive Mill, a sustainable farm producing Arizona's only supply of Extra Virgin Olive Oil; and 100 Years, 100 Chefs, 100 Recipes, a Centennial-themed cookbook featuring recipes from some of Arizona's best celebrity chefs.
A few other ideas:
- Twisted Sisters' Designs - purchase some unique handmade jewelry as a great gift!
- Strawberry Hedgehog - these soaps are hand crafted from natural plant based ingredients, and they smell great!
- Tucson Symphony Orchestra - give the gift of music and purchase tickets online!
- Deville Skateboards - for the skater in your life, give him or her some new skating gear!
- Dos Cabezas Wineworks - sample some Arizona wine for your holiday party, or give to a friend!
You can find even more easy online holiday shopping ideas at the Local First Arizona directory. Additionally, don't forget to check out our members participating in Buy Local Month, offering discounts and deals for the entire holiday season! The opportunities are endless to support local businesses this holiday season, and you can even do it in your pajamas from the comfort of your own home!