Friday, November 11, 2011

Gifting Thoughts and Ideas

I received this email from a dear friend the other day, and it has been on my mind since...I am guilty myself of going through the shop aisles without taking notice of where the items in my cart are from...the other day, my youngest son suddenly exclaimed out loud that Huxley, his favorite stuffed mouse ( he has a thing for mice), was Chinese....
"Oh really?" "And why would you say that?"
"Well Mom, it says that he was made in China"
I know not everyone visiting here is American, but I think that you all can relate, no matter which country that you are in....Here is the email...
           Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. 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 Chinese 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China 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.

This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?


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My favourite stop for handmade...

It gets you thinking, doesn't it? Personally, I am going to think twice and check my labels like I check the ingredients in the  food I buy...It just makes sense. Keep our dollars supporting local businesses and ourselves. I also really loved some of the gift ideas here!

In honour of the Veterans out there, I salute you, today and everyday...

xo, Nathalie

Thanks to Terry for sending this to me!


  1. A wonderful post, Nathalie!
    Thank you for this much needed reminder.

    Have a beautiful week-end,
    - Irina

  2. Awesome post, Nathalie!! Great ideas. Amen, Sista!

  3. I agree it is time to buy local and support your neighbours and friends! What a thoughtful post Nathalie.

  4. It's so true. For the past year and a half I have become so much more aware of what and where I buy. Lovely and meaningful post :)

  5. Oh dearest, I SO AGREE WITH YOU! We need to give back to EACH OTHER HERE for all the talent and hard work that goes on here. SPEAKING OF WHICH, I just left you a message on Etsy, and talk about talent....your hand work is STUNNING AND I THANK YOU WITH ALL MY HEART! My goodness, what a darling pillow that goes PERFECTLY IN MY HARP ROOM! Ahhhhhh.....gray and regal!

    OH how I need to make a post about your Etsy friends....WOW!!!!!!!!

    BLESSINGS TO YOU and many thanks, Anita


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