Saturday, November 5, 2011

Buy American this Christmas..

So I saw something on Facebook today.  It sparked my interest, because my family celebrates Christmas in a different way.  We only buy for the kids, not each other.  I have 4 nieces and nephews, so we buy for them, and I wouldn't have it any other way. (Although I did buy the bf one thing, and yes, it is made in America).  One thing I did not really consider when I was purchasing gifts for the kiddos was whether or not it was made in America.  With the "occupy" movement, unemployment rates, etc going on, that should be important.  It should be important to support jobs in America, and hire Vets.  These things are important to me, and when I continue my Christmas shopping, I am definitely taking all of that into consideration. 

**I did change a lot of this, because I am not into discussing major politics here**

This year Americans will give the gift of genuine
concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift
giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.

Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in
a shirt box, wrapped in foreign  produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates
from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down
the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift
receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or
driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift
certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about
a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this
isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town
Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or
motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a
local cleaning lady for a day. (** I would love a cleaning lady...hint hint**)

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy
who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin
their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery
and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave
your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at
your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that
other countries can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about
US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow
their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our
communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

As I peruse the shops of the NorthEast, I will be sure to look at the "made in America" tags.  I will be supporting the local shop owners, ETSY, and probably will be making my own cards.  With unemployment as high as it is, I want to support these folks because I am fortunate enough to have a job.  I would love a haircut at my fav salon, maybe even an oil change for Christmas.  Why?  Because these are things I need.  I want a few things, sure..who doesn't? 

The following are websites that will direct you to made in America companies, etc.  It is amazing how much stuff I found just searching the internet. 

1 comment:

  1. I have found many affordable gifts online for the kids. I just ordered some baby clothes for the little, some toys, etc. I think I am more excited about the gift of homemade this year. Not me making homemade stuff, but buying things off of ETSY. I am slowly becoming addicted..


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