December UFH Challenge #4: Small Business Christmas

I realize you may have the bulk of your shopping done (I hope) but if you are looking for some last minute ideas and to plant a seed for next year...please consider supporting local, small businesses. If you have never taken the time to stop by small local businesses near you, you don’t know what you are missing!

I stopped by this little gem in Carnation, Miller’s, originally a country store servicing the town of Tolt which you know as Carnation.

I was amazed at the thought that went into the selection of wares – heavily favoring local artisans and natural materials, with a bent for retro, kitschy and rustic farm life.

Who wouldn’t want a hand crocheted chick potholder set?

They have a wide selection of fun metal and wooden toys, science experiments, and toys from simpler times. What a wonderful way to foster innocence in these crazy times!

Gorgeous hand-knitted hats, scarfs, and mittens!

Fun and kitschy hostess gifts – too many to choose from!

Next time you are happening by a local gift shop near you I encourage you to check them out. Some other of my favorite local small businesses:

City People’s Mercantile with their tastefully chosen garden and household goods
French Girl Knits with their gorgeous patterns and body care products. They are truly one of a kind!
Village Green Perennial Nursery has another thoughtful selection of gifts and perennial plants, including heirloom roses and hard to find perennial vegetable starts.

Glad Jul!

2 Responses to December UFH Challenge #4: Small Business Christmas

  1. I love shopping small businesses! The customer service is so much better and the items can be so much more interesting. I’ve found serving trays made from reclaimed barn wood, cheese cutting trays from melted wine bottles, excellent handmade soaps & lotions & lots of local food items such as cheeses and soup mixes. Whenever we are on vacstion, we always try to shop locals shops (& eat at local restaurants.)

  2. 2012 marks the first year that I did not enter any mall (or strip mall) for my Christmas shopping. I was able to find local products in downtown Bellingham, at the Allied Arts fest, and at the Farmer’s Market. In fact, I think the only time I did enter a mall ALL YEAR was to buy a dress for my daughter for the first day of school. I see a no-mall vision in my future. :)

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