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12 Ways to Celebrate Small Business Saturday

12 Ways to Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday, a shopping celebration that encourages everyone to patronize locally and privately owned operations and to support enterprise in our own communities.

This annual event aims at injecting new energy and traffic into local outfits, rejuvenating America’s downtown shops and reminding folks to revisit ma-and-pop operations.

How can you celebrate Small Business Saturday?

Take a look. Here are 12 practical ways to knock names off your own holiday gift shopping list, while fostering family- and privately-owned businesses.

1. Purchase dining gift certificates for intriguing local restaurants. Use these prepaid passes yourself to take special people out to eat, or give them for holiday surprises.
2. Buy someone a gym or fitness center membership for Christmas, choosing a locally owned facility, rather than a mega-chain.
3. Stop in a nearby thrift shop, and poke around for creative holiday presents. Why not fill up a bag for donation before you go?
4. Purchase individual or group passes to local parks, preserves or museums as Christmas gifts this year.
5. Prepay an oil change, or pick up a car wash punch card for a relative or friend, and tuck it under the tree for December 25th.
6. Enroll a loved one in a craft or special-interest class for Christmas.
7. Send a holiday wreath to a dear person, but call a local florist direct to place your order.
8. Visit a local bakery, and order a Christmas cake for someone you love.
9. Select spa services at a beauty boutique in your community, and give a friend or family member a treat for Christmas.
10. Choose an array of locally-produced jams, confections or other gourmet items, and build a bountiful gift basket for holiday giving.
11. Browse through your own town’s toy store, and pick up a Christmas plaything for a child you love.
12. Sign up a family member for music instruction as a holiday gift.

Maybe you can come up with additional creative ideas for Christmas shopping on Small Business Saturday.

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Happy Small Business Saturday!

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